The Dom Post reports:
Wellington’s mayoral race has just moved up a notch, with veteran councillor and former New Zealand cricketer John Morrison declaring his candidacy.
John is very well known, and will be a serious contender. I can’t see him being asleep at the wheel and not even aware of the costs of his own office refurbishment.
“The city and the council need good leadership and some decisiveness and some action. We’re the centre of the region, so we should be leading the pack, not following.”
The Council is ineffective and embarrassing at present. Not all Councillors – but overall.
It was not likely he would run for a ward position again, meaning his stab at the mayoralty could be his final performance.
However, he was confident he had strong support around the council table and was keen to use the talent available.
“Everyone at that table has to come offering something for the city.”
The Council is not divided on left v right terms. One of the biggest critics of Celia’s mayoralty has been Ray Ahipene-Mercer who has a life-time of activism on the left including the Clean Water and other environmental campaigns.