Phil Goff is an independent candidate


The left-leaning political ticket for Central Auckland, City Vision holds two seats on the council as well as majorities on several local boards.

A coalition of Labour, the Greens and others in the central suburbs, it is backing Phil Goff for the mayoralty.

Its launch focused on what it said were a balance of major issues in the city.

The election included a region-wide push by the National Party-backed Auckland Future, and City Vision’s Michael Wood told the launch there were clear choices such as on transport and housing.

“This election is a fulcrum election, I believe,” Mr Wood said.

“This is a point at which we really go forward with progressive values for our city, or really we go back to that old Auckland-city-style, small-thinking, do-nothing, regressive type of politics.

“And we really can’t afford that in Auckland.”

City Vision holds two seats on the council as well as majorities on several local boards.

I have no idea what Phil is going to be able to do other than win on name recognition.  The money has run out, Auckland can’t borrow a cent more, it has to start inventing new ways of taxing people through road tolls, he wants to complete the already over budget rail loop, and that’s before he promises to not put the rates up.

Auckland needs radical thinking, and radical solutions.

And it needs people who can communicate those properly.



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