The Dom Post editorial:
Labour believes O’Connor will have cross-party appeal. The risk is that significant numbers of voters from Labour and the Greens will spurn O’Connor and even vote for Dunne as a lesser local evil. They would be perfectly entitled to do this.
After all, many liberal voters won’t buy the argument that they should support someone like O’Connor for the greater good of a change of Government. Right now a returned National-led government looks much more likely anyway.
I think the Greens may get a surprise as to what their voters do in the absence of a Green candidate.