Another left-wing candidate for Wellington’s mayoralty

It seems the left-wing are having the same problems in Wellington with candidates that the centre-right are having in Auckland.

Celia Wade-Brown is standing again and Labour’s Justin Lester has put his name forward and is the presumptive favourite. Andrew Little even endorsed his campaign.

Now there is a wrinkle in the plan: Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett has now nominated for Wellington Mayor.

Porirua’s popular mayor Nick Leggett has this morning announced his bid for the Wellington mayoralty.

In a statement Mr Leggett said he believes Wellington is a great city which deserves great leadership and energy — the kind he claims he can offer.

“Wellington is a great city that deserves great leadership, but it’s been stalled at the lights in recent years.”  

The former Labour politician, who resigned from that position on Friday, says his connections with the capital city run “DNA deep”.

“My family has lived here for six generations. I went to Tawa College and Victoria University and spent years working in the CBD. Porirua and Wellington’s councils might be separate entities, but we’re all Wellingtonians.”

Mr Leggett says his campaign revolves around creating localised decision making, stating he believes communities should be at the centre-fold of decision making in their neighbourhoods.

“As Mayor, I will enact a policy of meaningful devolution — asking neighbourhoods to take a lead in determining local priorities, whether it’s roading improvements, better parks and recreational opportunities, or holiday programmes for kids.”

Sounds like there will be a massive donnybrook in Wellington come October.

Watch the hard-left of Labour unload on Nick Leggett, who is actually a reasonable bloke. Given the choices so far in Wellington I’d vote for him if I lived there.


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