Mayor in hospital

Manukau City Mayor Sir Barry Curtis is in hospital with an ongoing leg injury. He was admitted to Middlemore on Wednesday and was discharged late last week.

Sir Barry is currently the longest serving Mayor in New Zealand and at the next local body election in 2007 will have served 24 years.

The Manukau Courier article states that Sir Barry has said that this will be his last term, although he had said that several occasions before the 2004 elections.

A lot of people in Manukau City, particularly Howick and Pakuranga, do not like to see the same politicians in office for decades at a time and last year Curtis saw his majority drop from 34,000 to just over 500.

Sir Barry may still have a sound mind, but he’s not getting any younger, nor any more popular. This latest incident is a sure sign that this has to be his last term, or his exit from the mayoralty won’t via an election…

That leaves the question of who to replace Barry Curtis as Mayor of Manukau. Any suggestions?

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