A Papakura local has sent us this story of the would-be Emperor of Auckland’s foray into Papakura.
Wannabe Super City Mayor Goofs up in Papakura, and is told to hoof it.
John Banks visited Papakura last week, to meet with Callum Penrose Mayor of Papakura. Penrose has been heading an effective rearguard campaign against the Super City, and has recently called for Papakura to secede from the union.
However for reasons unclear this meeting between Banks and Penrose didn’t go ahead. Either Banks was late, or Penrose refused to meet him, or a mixture of both.
So John Banks preceded to his next Papakura engagement, a meeting with the Papakura police at the local police station. However, this meeting also didn’t go ahead, because John Banks was late.
Having time to kill John Banks decided to take a stroll down the main street of Papakura. On reaching Selwyn Arcade, John puts his head into the little kiosk at the entrance to the arcade that sells bus tickets and newspapers. Our valiant, budding Super Hero is recognised by the female attendant, who asks him what he is doing in Papakura?
After receiving a non-committal answer, the Kiosk proprietor then asks John, “Where are you parked?”
John replies, “Why do you ask?”
“Because I want you to return there pronto and get out of our town.” she said.
Banks nil / Papakura 1.
I reckon that this is a little hint of the difficulty Banks will find in campaigning outside of central Auckland. He is the agent of the people who forced the unwanted supercity on the rest of Auckland and the neighbouring region. When he goes to Papakura or Rodney, or even Manukau and Waitakere, he is inevitability seen as an imperialist seeking to extend his empire. People know that he would still govern for the same narrow CBD business interests and the needs of the people on the periphery of his empire would be ignored.
The opening for Len Brown, to further extend his lead over Banks, is to be the champion of local demcracy. He needs to promise that as supermayor he would devolve more power to the lcoall boards and give local communities a real say in how they run themselves.