Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett says he will announce his decision about running for Mayor of Wellington at a launch later this month. It sounds like he has already made up his mind about what he is running for; the real question is what is he running from?
Could it be Porirua’s rate increases, projected to average over 5% year on year out to 2022? This is what he told Te Manu Korihi in March last year, apropos of the scrapping of the super-City:
Mr Leggett also said that the current structure would be unsustainable for Porirua in the future because it did not have the resources like the city of Wellington had.
Leggett says he has been invited to stand by people from all over Wellington. His CV says he has a background in commercial real estate – possibly the invitations came from those with similar backgrounds? Another covert real estate merchant with an eye on those resources (and carpet-bagger to boot) is the last thing we need in Wellington.
Justin Lester’s background in developing a successful small business chain has much more appeal. Leggett is very popular in Porirua – he should stay the course there. Otherwise he runs the risk of being seen as slick Nick “Leg-it” Leggett.