The nominations for local body elections have now closed and three councillors have already been confirmed, essentially elected due to the lack of opposition.
They are Sharon Stewart and Dick Quax in Howick Ward and Cameron Brewer in Orakei. All are top performers in their wards, working tirelessly for the local community, the lack of opposition would seem to confirm this.
It is perplexing to see the left wing not try to stand against them, or anyone else for that matter. Though given the lack of resources they it is probably smart to concentrate those in areas at the margins, like in Maungakiekie-Tamaki where the tired old warhorse and rifler of desk drawers Richard Northey will face a battle from the much younger and energetic Denise Krum.
They will also need to try to fight off Christine Fletcher and Nigel Turnbull in Albert-Eden-Roskill. Shrieking harpy Cathy Casey faces a tough battle especially from Nigel Turnbull who is a cop and all round top bloke.
Albany could be interesting, there are the usual local try hards and drop kicks in the mix but Brent Robinson has put his name forward there. He has the backing of local MP Mark Mitchell, who beat him in the selection battle for Rodney electorate. Great to see the two getting along there. It would be nice to see Wayne Walker get tipped out there. He is a toady to Len Brown and lacks critical thinking.
Anyway, it is all locked and loaded now. Game on.