Nominations for the local body elections closed yesterday. Getting not just a mayor but a council that supports improving public transport will be critical to getting projects like the City Rail Link across the line. For the CRL at least, I think we can certainly say it wouldn’t have progressed as far as it has without having received the large amount of support it has had from the current councillors. We already knew that three current councillors weren’t standing again with Sandra Coney, Michael Goudie and Des Morrison all not deciding to run again. The confirmed list of who is standing has now been released so this is just a quick post to look at who is standing for Mayor and council – I won’t cover the local boards as it would take up too much space. There are a total of 20 councillors covering 13 different wards which are shown in the map below:
Right, on to the canditates. I have highlighted the incumbent (if there is one) in red with people who stood unsuccessfully last time in blue. There are a handful that did stand last time in a different ward but I haven’t highlighted those.
As expected Len Brown is standing again and so far the strongest contender seems to be John Palino. It’s interesting to see that David Willmott is standing again, as indicated in his affiliation his primary focus is on building roads and only roads. The video below shows many of his views and at the IPENZ talk we did on the Congestion Free Network he likened support of public transport and the environment to wanting the destruction of western civilisation.
|O’CONNOR||Phil||Christians Against Abortion|
|YOUNG||Wayne||Working for the Homeless|
As mentioned Michael Goudie is not running again which makes things interesting as we will definitely see a new face at the council table. I’m guessing the main fight will be between Wayne Walker, Julia Parfitt and Brent Robinson.
|WALKER||Wayne||Putting People First|
|WATSON||John||Putting People First|
Both Christine Fletcher and Cathy Casey have strong name recognition while both Peter Haynes and Nigel Turnbull are both currently on the local board.
|FLETCHER||Christine||Communites and Residents|
|HADEN||Grace||Transparency New Zealand|
|TURNBULL||Nigel||Communites and Residents|
The only seat where all candidates are brand new.
|CASHMORE||Bill||Team Franklin C&R|
This is quite disappointing, not because of who is standing but that no-one else put their hand up. It would be nice to at least have a contest of ideas.
Unfortunately I don’t know enough about the area but I would have to imagine that the incumbents will be very strong.
Same as with Manukau, I imagine both Callum Penrose and John Walker will be very hard to beat.
|PENROSE||Calum||Independent for ManurewaPapakura|
|TUMAI||Barry Edward||Mana Movement|
|WALKER||John||Independent for ManurewaPapakura|
A classic two horse race with one left wing candidate and one right wing candidate. This should be an interesting battle to watch. Funny enough when I was out at Panmure for the opening of the Ellerslie-Panmure bridge both candidates came and sat down either side of me for the speeches, I wasn’t sure it was the safest place to be sitting
|KRUM||Denise||Communites and Residents|
This is another seat that will be very interesting to watch. As you can see many of the candidates stood last time and it was a very close race. It’s entirely possible that we could see some changes here.
|BERGIN||Joseph||Fair Deal For Shore|
|DARBY||Chris||Talking the Shore Forward|
|GILON||Grant||Team of Independents|
|WOOD||George||Fair Deal For Shore|
Sadly this is another no contest with Cameron Brewer standing unopposed.
Again another two horse race. I don’t know anything about Steven but I imagine that Penny Webster will be hard to beat.
As mentioned, Sandra Coney is standing down this time which has likely helped to create a lot of interest in this seat (which also happens to be my ward). I imagine that Penny Hulse will be very strong here however there are a lot of names that have been around local body politics for a long time including Peter Chan, Linda Cooper, Brian Neeson and Christine Rose. Along with Albany, this has the highest number of candidates for a council seat.
|HULSE||Penny||West At Heart|
Waitemata and Gulf
Mike Lee won convincingly in the last election, will the same thing happen again this time?
|Waitemata and Gulf
The battle between Nolene Raffills and Ross Clow was very close at the last election with less than 400 votes separating them. This should be an interesting contest to watch.
All up the number of candidates seem a bit disappointing, especially as there are three people who will be elected unopposed. Of course with three people standing down there will definitely be some new faces around the place after October and you never know if there will be an upset in one of the electorates that do have lots of people standing.
Our friends at Generation Zero will be doing some hard work to get out there and get the candidates views on transport and the unitary plan issues so we can help you be better informed. As a quick warning for any candidates, both we and Generation Zero won’t be taking BS platitudes about supporting public transport. We want to know details of exactly how you support PT including the what projects you think should be built and by when.
It should be an interesting few weeks.