The Auckland Mayoralty campaign


Last night I attended the campaign launch for supporters of Ephesus Collins. He has a talented campaign group behind him. Campaign manager is Max Harris. He is a phenomenal intellect and well known for his writing on left wing issues. Campaign manager is a new experience for him but I am sure he will be fine.

The launch had significant representation from both Labor and the Greens. Labor MPs, Michael Wood, Naisi Chen, Shannan Halbert and Arena Williams were present as were Green MPs Golriz Ghahraman, Marama Davidson and Teanau Tuiono were also present.

Efeso’s speech, without notes, displayed his oratorical skills the likes of which I have not seen since possibly David Lange.

His policy platform is a work in progress. His policy of free public transport was met with great applause. And his desire to fix the housing crisis to give kids a proper start in life was clear.

He proposed as a principle that Auckland should be a city for its children. If this is accepted as a general principle then a policy platform is not too difficult to complete.

The style of campaigning will be important to him. He talked about the need for a respectful conversation that involves everyone. The contrast between his approach and that of Leo Molloy could not be greater.

Meanwhile on the right they realize that they have a problem and have too many candidates.

Occasional Standard reader Matthew Hooton is doing his best to sort this out.

The poll was apparently six weeks old at the time.

Whatever the motivation the implication that Molloy and Beck were on 6% compared to Brown’s 21% was rather naughty. Beck was on 18% and Molloy was reported to be trailing.

I can’t see him giving up. He has claimed that he intends to spend $ 1.5 million on the campaign but then said that he did not want funding to become a who’s got the biggest whizzer competition. Such ambition does not get deflated easily. And his humanitarian nature is exemplified by his intention to install sprinklers downtown to get rid of the homeless and the intoxicated.

This highlights one problem. On the right there are significant financial resources. On the left there is people power. The center left has performed well in each of the super city elections. This next one will be the most important yet.

Either we get ourselves ready for the future or we degenerate into a car worshiping version of Los Angeles of the Southern Hemisphere.

One thing the right will not be able to match is the talent and support of Pasifeka. Collins announced yesterday that Nesian Mystic had gifted to him the use of For the People.

Stand by. This campaign is going to be fascinating.

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