Mark Brickell

I’m sorry, but it is just gay

NZ Herald

Citizens and Ratepayers has ditched their brand for a new green, gay one. Communities and Residents is just lame, the only plus is the retention of C&R, and the logo is limp. It looks like they had it donated for free and has all the quality of something that is free.

Citizens & Ratepayers, the right-leaning political ticket that ran the former Auckland City Council for most of its 74 years, has retired its name and partisan style of politics.

Auckland’s oldest political organisation has become Auckland Communities and Residents – still C&R for short – to broaden its appeal across the Super City.

President Mark Brickell said Citizens & Ratepayers was associated with the former Auckland City. C&R, often referred to as Citrats, performed poorly at the first Super City elections, winning just five seats on the 20-strong Auckland Council.

Mr Brickell said Auckland Communities and Residents was a new organisation for a new city with the aim of establishing citywide branches.

It would still focus on limiting rates rises and affordable policies, but planned to abandon the “whipping” system previously used to compel members to vote the same way.