Defeated Morrison back in the game

DAVE BURGESS
Last updated 05:00 24/03/2014

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John Morrison has opened up about his despondency at losing the Wellington mayoral race - and how he got over it by treating it like a game of rugby.

Mr Morrison lost to incumbent mayor Celia Wade-Brown in October's election, after some pre-election polling made him the favourite.

He confessed he had a week of "being pissed off", and his new boss in call centre business CallActive described him as "kicking the cat".

But, Mr Morrison said: "Mentally, afterwards, I tried to treat it like a game of rugby.

"Once it's over, there is no use spending endless time worrying about what should have happened, or what could have happened, or going into meltdown.

"So I gave myself an official week of being pissed off. That officially finished at midnight on the Saturday following the election."

He then picked himself up, dusted himself off, and got on with life.

"I consciously made a decision not to dwell on it. It was time to move on. I don't think there is any other way of doing it, to be honest."

Mr Morrison was first elected a Wellington City councillor in 1998. He did not seek re-election when challenging last year for the mayoralty. "I stepped up to do it because I felt Wellington had a great opportunity to really go ahead in terms of business opportunity, jobs and lifestyle.

"The council, in my opinion, was not fulfilling its role of being a stimulus of the whole city . . . You can either make it difficult for people, or you can make it very easy and then it [Wellington] becomes a haven."

Since the election he has been employed as the business development manager for CallActive, an Australian-based call centre, which he lured to Wellington after it was poised to set up in Auckland.

"It's been very exciting because, in a way, it's been a mini-role of what I would liked to have been doing for the city."

CallActive chief executive Rick Allan said he initially never thought of hiring Mr Morrison because he was convinced he was going to be mayor.

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