Maurice for Mayor

May 1st, 2013 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

The political right is already hailing the prospect of as Mayor of Auckland as a potential “circuit breaker” for local government in the Super City after the National MP yesterday confirmed he was considering running.

MP for Pakuranga since 1987, Mr Williamson yesterday told the Herald he was “getting a lot of approaches from a lot of people wanting me to stand for the mayoralty”.

“At this point I’m doing nothing other than just giving it some consideration. I have made no decisions whatsoever.”

But centre-right councillor Cameron Brewer was enthusiastic about the possibility Mr Williamson would run against current Mayor Len Brown this year, a prospect he said had been talked about for some time before yesterday.

“It would really energise the centre right and could be a game changer and a circuit breaker for local government in Auckland.

“One thing Maurice has got that people look to in mayors is experience and he’s got 26 years’ experience.” …

That experience included stints in several ministerial portfolios pertinent to the mayoralty in Auckland such as building and construction and transport.

“He’s been around, he’s got a huge following in the southern part of the region, he understands the issues, and he would be a clear alternative to Len Brown,” said Mr Brewer.

I think Maurice would be an excellent Mayor. He is a people person and hugely energetic. I think his nick-name used to be Tigger. And 15 years experience as a Minister would serve him rule in over-seeing the billion dollar . His tenures as Building and Transport Ministers would be exceptionally useful for Auckland in confronting those two issues.

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63 Responses to “Maurice for Mayor”

  1. hamnidaV2 (247 comments) says:

    Williamson would be a terrible mayor. Further privitising housing and transport would be at the top of his to do list. Not that he would campaign on such policies.

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  2. Manolo (12,643 comments) says:

    Recycling at its worst.

    The same politician who halved the life of the NZ passport on the grounds of “national security”, not profit. Yeah right.

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  3. RRM (8,997 comments) says:

    I like how the first two comments on this thread are permanently-disaffected individuals of the left and the right, both grumbling about how bad he is or would be.

    So he’s probably a good sensible guy for the role. If someone will just do the Lianne Dalziel and twist his arm a bit more…

    It must be hard to go through life hating the world and everyone in it. How do you two do it?

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  4. hane (59 comments) says:

    Williamson is a roadmonster. The last thing Auckland needs is more roads.

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  5. MikeG (359 comments) says:

    “26 years of experience…” of what? Being paid by the taxpayers?

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  6. toad (3,654 comments) says:

    My recollection of Williamson’s record as Transport Minister was that he was anti-public transport and in the clutches of the roading lobby, as all National’s Transport ministers seem to be.

    I guess two things he has got going for him is that he has a sense of humour and that he is not John Banks.

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  7. iMP (2,154 comments) says:

    So, Nats supporting Lianne Dalziel in Chch, and Maurice in Auckland. A Bob (Parker) each way, except in Christchurch. the political spectrum is all awash with colours and let’s not even talk rainbows.

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  8. dime (8,790 comments) says:

    hope he runs.

    we just need someone with a name to go up against brown len

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  9. Cactus Kate (538 comments) says:

    Hamnida
    I would be delighted if he would actually deliver that.
    Sadly Maurice has built a career on lots of talk and very little action.

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  10. david (2,483 comments) says:

    In other words Kate, the perfect mayor. Hasn’t anyone noticed that those who actually try to “do something” end up universally hated.

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  11. anonymouse (652 comments) says:

    I think Maurice should take a deep breathe and think deeply about what he does,

    Sure C+R have been looking for a candidate with “name recognition” for a while, but local Politics are a whole lot different to National ones, and one appearance on Ellen is not going to magically transform him into Cinderalla

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  12. 3-coil (1,184 comments) says:

    My experience of Williamson is lots of bluster and lame jokes, but usually to cover over his lack of understanding or action on the topic at hand. If that’s what makes a good mayor for Auckland, then they are welcome to him.

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  13. Changeiscoming (97 comments) says:

    The only celebration the centre right would have if Mr Williamson ran is that it would split the left vote, between him and Mr Brown. All thoughts of Mr Williamson being centre right is pure fantasy based on his Marriage Amendment speech I would put him as a liberal/progressive way over on the left.

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  14. Redbaiter (6,482 comments) says:

    This is the dirtbag who slandered and smeared all of his Conservative constituents in his speech on marriage redefinition.

    Fuck him.

    He is kicking dust of a wet gravel road to go on the Degenerate show and and I hope he stays there. He’d make a great co-host with that grinning empty headed gyrating ninny.

    NZ already has far too many pseudo-liberal dickwads in its parliament, and Auckland doesn’t need one as Mayor.

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  15. berend (1,602 comments) says:

    Maurice made a speech insulting 50% of his electorate, probably many who voted for him, and with that he can be a viable candidate for mayor? No way.

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  16. enjiner (15 comments) says:

    he’s got a huge following in the southern part of the region

    Really? As someone who grew up in ‘the southern part of the region’ I’d never really heard of him and don’t consider him to have any local cred (unlike say Judith Collins). I also find it hard to believe, as the south is fairly conservative and his new-found ‘social liberal’ credentials are going to place him at a disadvantage.

    If he stands I would not be surprised if the Pasifika churches mobilised against him, and there could be an even bigger landslide for Len Brown in the south (and that’s saying something, I don’t know anyone who actually *likes* Brown).

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  17. Nostalgia-NZ (4,699 comments) says:

    Will he run on a ticket with the Topp twins as his Mayoral Partners?
    They could go on the Ellen show as the Mayoral triplets from down under.

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  18. Scott (1,614 comments) says:

    I’d be interested to see any poll numbers about how his constituents think about him? Remember that the majority of the electorate did not want gay marriage. He even openly insulted a number of members of his electorate in his speech of which DPF and Ellen are so fond. But DPF and Ellen don’t get to vote for him.

    He may not even get back in as the MP for Pakuranga, I imagine that speech his speech did not go down at all well with many of his electorate!

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  19. Cunningham (746 comments) says:

    Anyone is better then Brown! I think he would do alright. I watched Campbell Live last night and I reckon Auckland just needs to beef up its bus network. Why do they need more trains? Surely billions spent on making major gains (rather then the rail loop) in the bus network would be a much better option? I don’t live there but would be interested in views as to why the money should be spent on rail as opposed to bus (or vice versa).

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  20. CameronFoxton (27 comments) says:

    Williamson would be a shoe-in for re-election in Pakuranga, he won last time by almost 14000. One speech won’t turn that result around

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  21. RRM (8,997 comments) says:

    If you take the Conservative Party’s polling in 2012 as a rough indication of the infection rate of conservatism in the population as a whole, then it’s hard to see how Maurice Williamson’s gay marriage speech could hurt his chances much.

    But at least you could remain ideologically pure, hating the abominable homosexuals as you sit in your car in a traffic jam on the south eastern highway in the morning…

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  22. Jack5 (4,231 comments) says:

    Williamson is a political oaf.

    If Williamson became Mayor of Auckland, with Shadbolt still mayor of Invercargill, the country’s cities, from almost top to bottom, would be be run by comedians.

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  23. nostrils (53 comments) says:

    Can’t blame Maurice for that…..

    “All passports issued on or after 24 April 2005 – both adult and child – have a maximum validity of five years as a result of the Passports Amendment Act (2005)”.

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  24. Alan Wilkinson (1,798 comments) says:

    Cactus Kate nailed it. He might be ok as a figurehead but he wouldn’t be leading anything anywhere based on his track record. Too many people know that for him to beat Brown unless Brown makes a major PR cock-up.

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  25. tvb (3,948 comments) says:

    Maurice Williamson would be a very serious challenger to Len Brown who mainly derives his support South of Penrose. But then Williamson has some support there too. I predict a very close race indeed.

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  26. Cactus Kate (538 comments) says:

    The Supercity needs someone who will actually do something. Figurehead Mayors don’t work.
    Blasphemy aside I would hope Brown kept it if the right can’t come up with a more innovative decision making leader and do’er than Williamson.

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  27. Dazzaman (1,114 comments) says:

    The political right is already hailing the prospect of Maurice Williamson as Mayor of Auckland

    ….what “political right”?

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  28. greybeard (46 comments) says:

    It’s not the Mayor who makes the important decisions. It’s the senior council managers: group managers , departmental heads, the chief planners and policy makers. Believe me, I live on the Kapiti Coast and what we have is a cabal of 3 or 4 who run the show.

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  29. davidp (3,329 comments) says:

    I vaguely recall that Brown was going to announce a policy or initiative every day for his first 100 days in office. Day 1 was the announcement that we was going to build the rail loop. On day 3 or so he announced that he was going to clean the windows at the Town Hall (seriously!). I missed the other 97 initiatives.

    Is there a full list of the 100 initiatives somewhere? I’d like to know what Williamson will be up against.

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  30. Longknives (4,051 comments) says:

    I’m a ‘Non Practicing’ Doolan and I found his Catholic Bashing speech pathetic and spineless- It’s just Oh-so-fashionable to have a go at Catholics these days but I bet this gutless piece of shite would NEVER even dare have a crack at Maori spiritual beliefs..

    He certainly won’t get my vote…

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  31. enjiner (15 comments) says:

    I don’t live there but would be interested in views as to why the money should be spent on rail as opposed to bus (or vice versa).

    I think the idea is that the loop would massively increase throughput on the rail link (it’s currently running at/over capacity during rush hour). Increasing throughput with buses would be more difficult – you’d need to add extra bus lanes on most of the major roads. I’d be interested in seeing the cost of that proposal, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it came to more than the loop.

    The other point is that the loop takes advantage of existing infrastructure – the Western and Southern areas have an existing rail links, but the dedicated bus infrastructure is practically non-existent (at least in the south, I can’t speak for Waitakere).

    Logical reasons aside, the main reason is probably Len’s train fetish. Forgetting cost, buses do suit Auckland’s sprawl better.

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  32. Alan Johnstone (922 comments) says:

    The demographics are awful for him, he’s a lazy local mp who you never see about the place; Len would defeat him by 50,000 votes.

    This phrase interested me though

    “Where he could really push is a dramatic improvement in the relationship with Wellington.”

    It’s clear that the relationship with central government isn’t working, but I’m not sure correct approach is to elect a mayor that is going to roll over and take it. The alternative approach is to elect an administration in Wellington that takes Auckland seriously and makes it’s problems a major concern. We don’t have that just now.

    The woodwork teacher from Christchurch that is running transport just now doesn’t appear to care about Auckland transport woes, just about the flow of cash from Auckland motorists and using it elsewhere.

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  33. dime (8,790 comments) says:

    “My experience of Williamson is lots of bluster and lame jokes, but usually to cover over his lack of understanding or action on the topic at hand. If that’s what makes a good mayor for Auckland, then they are welcome to him.”

    true! we are better of with the current dope. the guy who slaps his own face after being caught using his council credit card to buy 2 dollar sandwiches.

    its not like hes some rich prick on huge money.

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  34. big bruv (12,388 comments) says:

    Once again Bedwetter’s comments have helped me make up my mind. I am now a huge fan of Williamson. I hope he runs for mayor of the super city and saves us from the insane rail loop and Lying Len Brown.

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  35. bereal (3,137 comments) says:

    dime @ 6.44
    good memory, and don’t forget those coffees, hard to credit but Len was also using his
    council credit card to buy his morning cup of coffee at a cafe.

    The council staff can have their instant Nescafe in the lunchroom, the mugs, but that was not for Len.
    He went out to a cafe and charged his $3.50 flat white to the ratepayers on his council credit card.

    If truth was known, he probably still does.

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  36. Paul Marsden (935 comments) says:

    Maurice is one of the more (if not the most), intelligent MP’s we have; is an excellent debater and possesses enthusiasm in spades. His personal views (as is often the case), can be different from the party line, but the public don’t always get to hear an MP’s personal view. Been Mayor would give him an opportunity to be his own man, but whilst I think he would initially relish, and revel in the challenge (and Auckland would benefit), my view is that he would tire of the Office sooner, rather than later, and it might even end up killing him. Neither do I think he has the prerequisite level of ego necessary to fuel the stamina demands and the challenge of the Mayoralty Office. Notwithstanding my views, I’d vote for the guy and hope he might prove me wrong.

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  37. hamnidaV2 (247 comments) says:

    I predict a two horse race between Brown and Minto.

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  38. Griff (6,263 comments) says:

    Mental Minto will win over Penny tarnish.
    A small plastic garden gnome will beat both.

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  39. Longknives (4,051 comments) says:

    Get real Hammy Minto will get about thirty votes- pretty much the same thirty smelly, unwashed, pothead University activists that follow him everywhere in Auckland banging saucepans at their weekly protest against ‘The Man’….
    The other 1.4 million Aucklanders think Minto is an annoying twat.

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  40. bhudson (4,720 comments) says:

    If Minto got a serious number of votes the only guarantee is that any centre-right candidate would come through the middle and win.

    Its moments like these you need Mintos

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  41. Rightandleft (574 comments) says:

    Somebody viable needs to run against Len and if Maurice is pro-road, all the better. No matter how much money they throw at public transport the vast majority of commuters will drive and the roads have to keep pace.

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  42. Steve (North Shore) (4,330 comments) says:

    “I predict a two horse race between Brown and Minto.”
    They are asses, not horses.
    A like thoroughbred like Williamson would piss over those clowns

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  43. Longknives (4,051 comments) says:

    Williamson a thoroughbred? That dickhead would be lucky to break maidens….

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  44. hamnidaV2 (247 comments) says:

    I can’t see a Tory winning in a city where around 50% of the population are immagrants.

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  45. Longknives (4,051 comments) says:

    Most “immagrants” wouldn’t know how to vote (let alone spell basic English..)

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  46. Rightandleft (574 comments) says:

    Actually I think more immigrants vote National. It’s Labour and the Greens who tend to take a more xenophobic approach while National champions the work ethic and personal responsibility that drives most immigrants searching for a better life. I’m sure I saw polling that showed the Asian vote went to National last election.

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  47. Griff (6,263 comments) says:

    Your average Punjab or whatever is far more interested in making a living.
    They hate tax: simple equation for those whose culture is of a mercantile bent .
    Most Immigrants I have known from Irish to Brazilian work and pay tax.
    Hamburgs can not see past the trash her people like to bring in under equality and refugee quota.
    Or the steady in wash of fob from the Island of the Pacifics.

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  48. hamnidaV2 (247 comments) says:

    I have not met any “Asian” people who vote for the Tory party.

    I am not aware of any polls showing the “Asian” vote went to National at the last election. I would be surprised if it did, given the Pansy Wong corruption scandal.

    Can a Tory win? No:

    http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/AboutCouncil/HowCouncilWorks/Elections/Pages/Finalresults-Mayor.aspx

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  49. rangitoto (145 comments) says:

    This poll from 2011.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10763287

    “A separate poll of 30 mainly Chinese and Korean non-English speaking voters in the Auckland CBD found the support for National even stronger, with 26 – or close to 90 per cent – saying they will either be voting, or likely to vote, National.”

    Not sure how good this poll is but certainly more believable than hambone’s personal anecdote.

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  50. Dennis Horne (2,059 comments) says:

    Letter in EASTER COURIER May 1.

    My MP calls me a bully-boy (Eastern Courier, April 24). Thanks. I’ll add that to bigot and homophobe. But fair’s fair. My name for those voted for this amendment: fool. Not the homosexuals and feminists, they know what they are doing.

    This redefinition has disconnected common law marriage–the special relationship between men and women, called marriage from time immemorial and rooted in the beginning of life itself–and the legal entity, the bit of paper. Homosexuals don’t care about that. They wanted the name, not the institution. Very few want the piece of paper, and none are eligible for anything more, marriage has never encompassed homosexual acts.

    Marriage was once prized for providing society’s best chance for children: a man and his wife, a mother and father together for the duration. This demands a strong commitment and much personal sacrifice, too much for many. An ideal, perhaps, but an ideal I think worth preserving. Encouraging. But “love” is now sufficient, so marriage is reduced to a comforting word. That is going to have profound consequences for future generations.

    Mr Williamson graduated in computer science. Had he a physics degree, as he claimed in Parliament, he would have seen at the end of the rainbow, not a pot of gold, but a crock of narcissistic humbug.

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  51. Nookin (2,891 comments) says:

    “I am not aware of any polls showing the “Asian” vote went to National at the last election. I would be surprised if it did, given the Pansy Wong corruption scandal.”

    I think your first sentence would have been more accurate if it had stopped at the end of the fourth word. Talking about corruption scandals — and I mean real corruption — and immigrants, have you ever heard of Taito Philip Field?

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  52. Johnboy (13,439 comments) says:

    Aucklander’s probably deserves a Mayor who looks in the mirror each day and tries to decide if he looks better with or without a beard.

    The rest of us realised years ago that all Jafa’s were chinless, posing, wankers! :)

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  53. Dennis Horne (2,059 comments) says:

    @Johnboy. Ouch. I’m in William-sung’s electorate. Why does he need hairs? To hide the “hook”?

    Note: No apostrophe before the s in the plural. It’s Jafas not Jafa’s.

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  54. Johnboy (13,439 comments) says:

    So he will look more like the Topp’s brother rather than their sister Dennis. :)

    Two Jafa’s, two million Jafa’s……..one Jafa is one too many however it’s spelled! :)

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  55. snapdragon (7 comments) says:

    When the National Party organisation in Pakuranga selected Maurice Williamson as their candidate for the safe seat of Pakuranga in 1987 they thought they were sending a future Prime Minister to Wellington.
    He had all the obvious attributes – tall, blonde, handsome, beautiful wife, Masters degree with honours, an impressive career behind him – and he delivered an excellent speech on the night. He had earned his stripes as a National Party volunteer worker in Auckland, he was politically astute and he was ambitious.
    But 26 years on, what did they get?
    An MP who has been in and out of Cabinet, never ranked high and with no noteworthy achievements.
    The National Party organisation in his electorate is held together by a handful of elderly loyal members and the membership is about 90% down on the total 26 years ago. His leadership of his electorate is poor.
    Over the last 10 years or so, Maurice’s primary role has been acting as the loud, boisterous joker wheeled out to give speeches to the Party faithful at selection, regional and electorate meetings around the country.
    He is very good at that.
    But he has been a disappointment in his parliamentary career because he is lazy.
    If he decides to run for Mayor I am sure we will see an energetic campaign and he might even win.
    After that he will make lots of noise, a few trips down to Wellington and all will go well until he gets a few knockbacks.
    Then it will all be someone else’s fault and he will run out of steam and the backsliding will begin.
    This all sounds a bit like the current mayor – very scary.

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  56. exile (33 comments) says:

    I would like to know which Auckland voters National are talking to about the current line they are running. A pro-congestion platform with a revised eastern motorway is pretty brave, especially with the soft polls for central government.

    And it doesn’t matter how you spin the roading agenda. 8:30am every weekday morning, and 5:30pm every weekday evening, Auckland voters are cursing the lack of real alternatives.

    The crushingly long commute also gives you ample opportunity to consider just how much more hellish your commute would be from a cheap subdivision out past Botany or Westgate.

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  57. Shazzadude (468 comments) says:

    enjiner (12) Says:
    May 1st, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    he’s got a huge following in the southern part of the region

    Really? As someone who grew up in ‘the southern part of the region’ I’d never really heard of him and don’t consider him to have any local cred (unlike say Judith Collins). I also find it hard to believe, as the south is fairly conservative and his new-found ‘social liberal’ credentials are going to place him at a disadvantage.

    I think by south, Brewer means anywhere south of Ellerslie. You’re right, outside of East Auckland, he’s not well known.

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  58. Shazzadude (468 comments) says:

    “When the National Party organisation in Pakuranga selected Maurice Williamson as their candidate for the safe seat of Pakuranga in 1987 they thought they were sending a future Prime Minister to Wellington.”

    It wasn’t a safe seat at the time-he won the seat off Social Credit.

    Interesting analysis nonetheless.

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  59. Bogusnews (425 comments) says:

    My personal view is that Len and all like minded has to go. We simply can’t keep hiking up rates to pay for a massively inefficient council. If we do, we will go the way of some of the American councils (such are Arnold’s) that can’t pay their bills and are bankrupt.

    As an example: remember the ARA? Set up to save Aucklanders money and rescue us from the massive $300+ mil Aotea square building (note, before that, Auckland had no debt, after, our debt was almost exactly the cost of Cath Tizards monument).

    The first thing they did was to hike rates by about 25%. Then they pulled a swiftie. The ARA rates were incorporated into our standard rates, and once we got used to it, the ARA was closed down. We should have been given a 20% discount on our rates as the ARA was no longer in existance. But no, they then set up the ARC and charged us for it all over again.

    In spite of this massive windfall, and rates rising by double the rate of inflation, still the council doesn’t have any money and Brown wants to put us on a bankruptcy path by adding a further 6Bil to our bill.

    We can’t afford it, other options must be looked at and the way council does things has to be changed. Len Brown is someone who will never do that. He has no concept of saving money or spending it prudently and for the good of Auckland has to go.

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  60. hamnidaV2 (247 comments) says:

    rangitoto – I am guessing the poll you quote must be accurate. After all, the sample was 30 people in the CBD.

    Maybe I should head down to the Milford shops and ask how many people voted for National and Maggie Barry. Wouldn’t be surprised if it’s 90% too.

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  61. Liberal Minded Kiwi (1,560 comments) says:

    If Wedbaiter hates him so much it means he must have done a good thing. Isn’t Weddie over the fact that the NZ parliament gave equal rights to all consenting adults to enter in marriage. Shit life must be so dreadful for him. Is there any country that can offer respite for Wedbaiter?

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  62. Keeping Stock (9,791 comments) says:

    I can’t see a Tory winning in a city where around 50% of the population are immagrants.

    Hamnida; living, breathing proof of the need for National Standards in Literacy :P

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  63. Mark (1,303 comments) says:

    I think Minto would be ideal just for the amusement of those of us who do not live in Auckland

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