Auckland councillor Fa’anana Efeso Collins has confirmed he’ll run for mayor in October, creating what may be a contest between rival, Labour-aligned candidates.
Collins, who is Samoan, told Stuff it was a “bold move” he had been considering since last August.
It is well known that Hills is the choice of Ardern and the Labour elite. He will be Labour’s candidate.
But Collins is implying he will stand, even if Hills gets Labour’s endorsement. That could split votes badly for the centre-left and allow a more fiscally responsible candidate to win.