Minor bits of “people news” this weekend. Andrew Williams has thrown his hat in to the ring for Supercity mayor.
Andrew Williams: I want to be Super Mayor
North Shore Mayor Andrew Williams is standing for the Super City mayoralty, promising to inject his own colourful style of politics into the contest. …
“I consider myself on the edge and colourful. I’m prepared to take risks and give things a go,” he said.
Of all the Auckland mayors, Mr Williams has been the most outspoken on the Super City reforms and a vocal critic of Local Government Minister Rodney Hide. He believes this advocacy has contributed to taking some of the hard edges off the reforms and in the past week decided to put his hat in the ring.
I will leave it to those better acquainted with Auckland politics than I to muse on how this might impact on the support for Brown and Banks.
And in other news Andy Haden has finally
been fired resigned from his role as RWC Ambassador:
Former All Black Andy Haden has resigned as an official ambassador for the Rugby World Cup. Mired in his second controversy over inappropriate comments, Mr Haden today handed his resignation to World Cup Minister Murray McCully – widely tipped to be ready to sack Haden anyway from his role as an honorary Ambassador of the Government’s 2011 Rugby World Cup programme.
But he had fallen short of apologising for his comments – blaming the furore on a media beat up.
Still hasn’t got a clue, but at least he’s gone. If the Nats want to save the event they should get rid of some other incompetents too. Starting with Murray McCully. Give the job to a competent minister, like – umm – like say…. Well, there’s Bill English but I’m sure he’s busy mowing his lawns in Dipton. So it would have to be one of the other competent Nats like – like – help me out here…?