The Herald reports:
National Party figures are behind a new ticket, Auckland Future, being set up to wrestle for control of the Super City at next year’s local body elections.
A Council that doesn’t increase rates by 10% would be a good thing, and that needs Councillors who will commit to spending restraint.
Joe Davis, a Browns Bay business consultant and National Party volunteer chairing Auckland Future, said the organisation was incorporated in September.
He said there had been a lot of conversation across the centre-right, including the National Party, about wanting to see Auckland run well, and with a vision.
“There is real widespread dissatisfaction with the current state of Auckland,” Mr Davis said.
“The city is too big and too important to have councillors voting in an ad hoc manner on key issues.”
Any ticket should have two to three key pledges that they can be held to account for.