It’s official, Len Brown is the first ever super city mayor. My congratulations to him and to his team who have worked so hard to get this result. It’s a great victory for the people.
The Right thought they had stitched up Auckland very nicely with their undemocratic supercity but the people have rejected them and their candidate soundly in favour of a man who stands for democracy, community, and inclusiveness.
Update: And congratulations to Bob Parker. With Stuff reporting he has beaten Jim Anderton by about sixteen thousand votes. It’s not the outcome I’d hoped for but you win some and you lose some. I’m sure Jim will be looking forward to a well deserved retirement after the next election – he’s done a hell of a lot for New Zealand.