Tamihere/Fletcher Auckland mayoralty bid: “Shake it up and sort it out”

As widely indicated since yesterday, John Tamihere has launched a bid for the Auckland mayoralty, alongside current councillor Christine Fletcher. If Phil Goff stands for re-election this will be a challenge to him, especially if it splits the left leaning vote and a credible centre or right leaning candidate also contests the election.

Stuff:  John Tamihere and Christine Fletcher team up to challenge Auckland Mayor Phil Goff

Two-term Labour MP, former talkback host, and social agency leader John Tamihere has launched his bid for the Auckland mayoralty.

Tamihere has teamed up with former National MP and Auckland City Mayor, and current councillor, Christine Fletcher, in an unusual move to campaign with a ready-made deputy-mayor.

Tamihere pledged to “open the books and clean the house”, and said it’s not clear how ratepayers money is being spent.

Tamihere has called for more democratic control over public assets and wants to appoint councillors to the boards of all council-controlled-organisations such as Auckland Transport. That would require a law change.

The only endorsement so far on the campaign website, is from Tamihere’s running mate Christine Fletcher.

After promising yesterday…

There is nothing more on twitter yet, but he has a presence on Facebook:

The launch:

The campaign website: JT For Mayor


1. Open the Books and Clean the House

Aucklanders pay billions in rates and charges, but where does all that money go? Auckland has ended up with the most council staff ever, the biggest wage bill ever – and yet the most out of touch and secretive management ever. I will open all the doors and open all the books. We will find out who the billions are being paid to, what it’s being spent on, and why.

2. Return Democracy to Neighbourhoods

Too much power in our city is controlled by faceless managers in central Auckland. Control of the city must go back into the hands of the people. I will return local resources and decisions to local elected boards and their communities.

3. Bring Public Assets back under Democratic Control

Three quarters of Auckland Council’s assets are controlled by bureaucrats with no accountability. I want all Council owned organisations under democratic control. As a first step I will appoint elected councillors on every Council business board to ensure openness and oversight.

4. Crack down on Waste and Incompetence

Aucklanders deserve accountability and high performance from their Council. I will establish an Integrity Unit to investigate corruption, unacceptable conduct, and incompetence. This unit will report directly to me as your mayor. Aucklanders can be confident that their serious complaints will come to my desk for action.

5. Proper Partnership with Central Government

Aucklanders pay a huge part of the government’s costs. So why are Aucklanders forced to pay an extra fuel tax when no other region does? The present mayor should never have agreed to that. The huge infrastructure pressure on Auckland is the direct outcome of Central Government’s unplanned immigration, and Auckland ratepayers shouldn’t have to pick up the entire bill. As the new mayor representing a third of the country, I will expect a more equal partnership especially with transport and housing.

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  1. Blazer

     /  26th January 2019

    ‘I will open all the doors and open all the books. We will find out who the billions are being paid to, what it’s being spent on, and why.’

    Penny Bright rides again.

    The entitled right wing,gravy trainers will not allow this.

    JT is a bit fickle these days…a bit of a dilletante even.

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    • Corky

       /  26th January 2019

      In fact, both the Left and Right are going to have problems with this chap..Pakeha and Maori too. This is another popcorn, relax and enjoy situation..if you don’t live in Auckland that is.

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      • Duker

         /  26th January 2019

        The left candidate has normally won more votes than all the others combined…Tamihere is the new Hilary Clinton….too much baggage, way to much

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    • Duker

       /  26th January 2019

      Tamihere is just a dupe of the CR group , to bleed away votes from Goff. Watch for another candidate who has ‘green credentials’ to be the next cab off the rank for CR.

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      • Loki

         /  26th January 2019

        CR being the group that refuse to let monsters get involved, I suppose we can look forward to the spectacle of Palino having his pocket picked again.

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  3. duperez

     /  26th January 2019

    “3. Bring Public Assets back under Democratic Control
    Three quarters of Auckland Council’s assets are controlled by bureaucrats with no accountability. I want all Council owned organisations under democratic control. As a first step I will appoint elected councillors on every Council business board to ensure openness and oversight.”

    So all Council owned organisations will be under democratic control because there will be sufficient elected councillors on every Council business board to control the vote?

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    • PartisanZ

       /  26th January 2019

      In reality each Council appointee might simply get three years practice at their next job before they take it up?

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      • PartisanZ

         /  26th January 2019

        Possibly with fringe benefits?

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        • Duker

           /  26th January 2019

          It’s nonsense, as they are run like company boards, where directors MUST align themselves with the CCO , not the council itself.
          They tried councillors on the boards with Brown, they couldn’t do anything.

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          • PartisanZ

             /  26th January 2019

            Shouldn’t they be called COOs, for Council Owned Organisations?

            Really they’re sort of Organisations that ‘own’ Councils, aren’t they?

            Councils are kinda like the COOs ‘governance arm’ …

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            • PartisanZ

               /  26th January 2019

              I’d be inclined to call them Council Owned Organisational Nepotism Specialities …

  4. Gezza

     /  26th January 2019

    Here’s Katie Bradord’s news item from 1ewes at 6 tonite. In the video shown here, she made the focus of her item JT’s many current business interests, & his past misbehaviours.

    Looked to me like she’s got it in for him. Did he and Cunliffe not get on, or does anybody know who Katie’s stepping out with at the moment? Is it someone in Labour politics?

    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/john-tamihere-says-hes-learnt-mistakes-he-confirms-auckland-mayoral-bid?variant=tb_v_1

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    • Gezza

       /  26th January 2019

      Is she mates with Phil Goff? Her inclusion of him in her item was quite different: all warm and mushy treatment for Goffy.

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  5. PartisanZ

     /  26th January 2019

    Nothing about vested interests …?

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    • PartisanZ

       /  26th January 2019

      “Faceless bureaucrats” take the rap for corporate-political vested interests … as per usual …

      It’s the Right way … The easy way out!

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