The battle lines have been drawn as David Cunliffe settles into his new role as Labour leader.
But as he re-focuses his priorities New Lynn supporters have mixed feelings about Mr Cunliffe's leadership.
Waitakere Ranges local board member Greg Presland has been friends with Mr Cunliffe since 1999 and says there is a new feeling of hope among Labour supporters.
"The process the party has now is a democratic one.
"I've known David since before he was an MP and I've always found him very down-to-earth.
"We probably won't see much of him in New Lynn as we used to but that will give him more time to focus on issues nationally and those West Auckland issues including the New Lynn rail line," Mr Presland says.
Co-owner of Dr Mobiles New Lynn Michael Amador says he likes Mr Cunliffe but feels National has a good grip on running the country.
"This will be bad for New Lynn because the voice will be lost.
"But all this publicity has been great for our shop with all the cameras and media," Mr Amador says.
Directly behind Mr Cunliffe's electoral office is the Ratanadipa Buddhist Temple.
Venerable Sumana Siri says Mr Cunliffe is a "nice man" and has a high level of support backing him.
"As he has more power hopefully he can bring more progress to New Lynn," he says.
Mr Cunliffe has wasted no time in attacking John Key saying the prime minister has got "form" for "sleazy" deals that would be exposed under his leadership.
But Mr Key says Mr Cunliffe would need to check his figures if he wanted to stay in the fight.
The prime minister told Breakfast that Mr Cunliffe's costings for a living wage were out of whack - costing $2.5 billion to $4b rather than the $20 million to $30m Mr Cunliffe said on the campaign trail.
Mr Cunliffe's first task will be shoring up his support in caucus after the leadership vote was divided.
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