C&R Candidates for Auckland Council

April 15th, 2010 at 11:52 am by David Farrar

This morning Citizens & Ratepayers announced an initial 11 candidates for the . They are:

Albany Ward

Linda Cooper is a current Waitakere City Councillor and was second highest polling in her ward. A former nurse.

was the first Korean women to gain a NZ law degree

Albert-Eden-Roskill

is the former Auckland Mayor, and quite a coup for that she is standing on their ticket.

Paul Goldsmith is a current Auckland City Councillor.

Franklin

, of Nga Puhi affiliation, worked for NZ Steel for 32 years and is currently on the Frankin District Council, where he was second highest polling in his ward.

Maungakiekie-Tamaki

is a New Zealander of Cook Island descent and people tell me he is a real star in the mould of Sam Loti-Iiga. He has been active in the community sector for 20 years and has a huge network of people behind him. In 2009 was awarded a Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader Award for his contribution in the Tamaki Transformation Programme

Orakei

Doug Armstrong is in his third term on Auckland City Council and is well known in his role as Finance Committee Chair. A former CEO of Unitec.

Te Irirangi (Howick)

is also well known. He received 17,000 votes for Manukau Mayor and easily topped the poll for the Pakuranga ward.

is on the second term of the Manukau City Council, and is known for his tireless campaigning.

Waitemata and Gulf

, the Auckland Chamber of Commerce CEO will probably be up against Mike Lee in a Battles of the Big Beasts. Michael has been a member of the Auckland Regional Council for several terms.

Whau

has been on the Auckland City Council since 2000 and was the top polling Councillor for the Avondale-Roskill Ward.

Not that I think it is a huge issue, but some try to portray C&R as all white men in suits. Of the 11 candidates, two are of Maori decent, one Korean and one Cook Islands. And 4/11 are women. Reasonably diverse.

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29 Responses to “C&R Candidates for Auckland Council”

  1. Graeme Edgeler (3,282 comments) says:

    And 4/11 are women.

    4/12.

    Or did I miss John Banks’ announcement that he’d changed his mind about standing?

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  2. Jeff83 (743 comments) says:


    Chris Fletcher is the former Auckland Mayor, and quite a coup for C&R that she is standing on their ticket.

    Would without any doubt rate her the worst mayor Auckland has EVER had, at least that I know off. She was beyond terrible and one achievement is building a giant phallic of a transport centre to a public transport system which doesnt exist, and showed just how forward thinking they were by only having a single entrance and exit line on it.

    Beyond fucking useless.

    I would describe it more as a total fail, but that is what local government is good at.

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  3. poneke (280 comments) says:

    Chris Fletcher is the former Auckland Mayor, and quite a coup for C&R that she is standing on their ticket.

    She was an utterly ineffective National MP for Eden and Epsom and cabinet minister who stood down to become an utterly ineffective mayor of Auckland.

    Her National caucus colleagues bestowed the nickname “Fluffy” apon her.

    Not even Yesterday’s Woman. She is a Nowhere Woman who never was.

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  4. pushmepullu2 (32 comments) says:

    Sam Lotu-Liga is a ‘real star’? I don’t know how he performed as a councillor but I’ve got to say as an MP he’s not making a huge impression, even by the low standards of first-term government backbenchers.

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  5. Nick Archer (136 comments) says:

    Dave did you typo Michael Bassett instead of Michael Barnett as one of the hyperlinks at the bottom or is a he behind the scenes operator for them?

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  6. trout (933 comments) says:

    The selection of Chris Fletcher is a disppointment. She was flakey as an MP and wooly and indecisive as a Mayor. Back to the future?

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  7. Whaleoil (767 comments) says:

    Graeme, John Banks isn’t a C&R candidate, he was, is and always will be an independent candidate for Mayor.

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  8. A1kmm (11 comments) says:

    These are the people that, if elected, will sell Auckland off cheap to private interests. Chris Fletcher is well known as a member of the Bolger government – obviously good credentials for someone who wants to sell Auckland out.

    Paul Goldsmith is the councillor who used his casting vote to decimate the CAB (http://www.cityvision.org.nz/CV-News-_-Media-Releases/View-Article/C_R-Councillors-Slash-Vital-Citizens-Advice-Bureaux-Funding/). He is the councillor that opposes affordable housing, and to add insult to injury, even wanted to make sleeping on the streets illegal. Only caring about the rich is a good qualifiication for someone who will sell Auckland off.

    As the Auckland Chamber of Commerce CEO, there is no doubt whose side Michael Barnett will be on – not that of the people who live in the city anyway.

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  9. big bruv (13,686 comments) says:

    I had no interest in the Auckland elections until I read A1kmm’s comment.

    Now I desperately want as many C&R candidates to win as possible for no other reason than pinko’s like A1kmm might then begin to understand how fucked over the rest of NZ feels after nine years of the Klark government.

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  10. david (2,552 comments) says:

    A1kmm, there never has been and never will be a rational justification for artificially enforced “affordable housing” due to the co-incidental distortions it creates in the housing market …… unless of course you are promoting the idea of lifting the planning restrictions that themselves create expensive housing through artificially creating shortages of building land. If you are then I withdraw any thoughts that you are a total and unreconstructed fuckwit.

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  11. campit (467 comments) says:

    I thought the Super City was supposed to draw out fresh new talent?

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  12. campit (467 comments) says:

    …and apparently councillors will be remunerated based on full time council roles. It will be interesting to see how many of these candidates relinquish any other work they do if elected.

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  13. emmess (1,422 comments) says:

    >>Of the 11 candidates, two are of Maori decent, one Korean and one Cook Islands.

    But, but, but, pakeha people won’t vote for these people, they would rather vote for Len Brown, Sue Bradford and the mad mayor.

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  14. KiwiGreg (3,234 comments) says:

    Christine Fletcher – WORST MAYOR EVER

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  15. freedom101 (492 comments) says:

    >> Chris Fletcher is the former Auckland Mayor, and quite a coup for C&R that she is standing on their ticket.

    I’m at a complete loss to see how this can be a coup unless you are predicting what might happen should she be elected.

    Political parties get themselves into all sorts of trouble putting ‘names’ on their party lists, although of course Chrissssie Wissssie does face the hurdle of being elected at large.

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  16. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    If Fletcher was the worst Auckland mayor she would only beat Dick Hubbard out by a nose.

    Just hope Barnett beats out Mike Lee, Christ I hope he does

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  17. alex Masterley (1,507 comments) says:

    I’m quite pleased that sleeping on the streets is being made illegal.

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  18. Jeff83 (743 comments) says:

    If Fletcher was the worst Auckland mayor she would only beat Dick Hubbard out by a nose.

    Fletcher was incompetant by her own designs, Hubbard was more incompetent due to the councillors who were supposidly supporting him keep undertaking mutinys.

    Again proving local government is full of total twats.

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  19. Jeff83 (743 comments) says:

    I’m quite pleased that sleeping on the streets is being made illegal.

    Sir its illegal to sleep on the street.

    But I am homeless, I have nowhere else to sleep.

    Sir, its illegal.

    So what should I do.

    Stay awake sir.

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  20. KiwiGreg (3,234 comments) says:

    “If Fletcher was the worst Auckland mayor she would only beat Dick Hubbard out by a nose.”

    Yeah good call, he was pretty terrible. Look at her “career” tho – cabinet minster => mayor => candidate for council.

    A1kmm has made me want to vote for Paul Goldsmith – I had no idea there was ANYONE in C&R with a half-decent set of ideas.

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  21. Brian Marshall (201 comments) says:

    BB at 2:53pm, I agree whole heartedly. It’s central government function to provide affordable housing not local body government.

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  22. edhunter (535 comments) says:

    Chris Fletcher is the former Auckland Mayor, and quite a coup for C&R that she is standing on their ticket.

    A case of any press is good press. With local body elections having all the appeal of self flagellation, it will be interesting to see if voting for a supercity can raise voter apathy to over 50% of those eligible to vote, & if it does I’d imagine having “names” on your ticket that people actually recognise might be a good thing. Sue Bradford being an obvious exception.

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  23. Inky_the_Red (751 comments) says:

    C&R- is that because Aucklanders can’t spell National?

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  24. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    rifghtwing aucklanders .. ‘can’t spell National..”

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  25. bchapman (649 comments) says:

    If I were C and R, I’d look for a less Auckland City-centric name. No-one outside Auckland City is going to vote for ticket so associated with the disaster that has been little Auckland City, let alone one with John Banks as its head.

    The smart candidates in this election will stay non aligned (well officially anyway).

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  26. Patrick Starr (3,674 comments) says:

    “rifghtwing aucklanders .. ‘can’t spell National..””

    ….heh, and phool’s mocking others spelling!

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  27. BlairM (2,314 comments) says:

    Chris Fletcher is the former Auckland Mayor, and quite a coup for C&R that she is standing on their ticket.

    Yes, a coup. I think Russia had one of those in November 1917. Didn’t turn out so well for them. God help us all.

    No-one outside Auckland City is going to vote for ticket so associated with the disaster that has been little Auckland City, let alone one with John Banks as its head.

    Ummmmm… disaster? Because Hubbard and CityVision were doing such a good job of keeping the rates down before that, right? Sheesh!

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  28. BlairM (2,314 comments) says:

    Not quite sure why all these folk are up in arms about making it illegal to sleep rough in public places. They might have heard of this thing called the Welfare State. It’s supposed to deal with that. And if that fails, there’s always John Minto’s yard. Plenty of room there.

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  29. Haiku Dave (265 comments) says:

    quax used to run the
    local indoor cricket place:
    friendly but useless

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