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Lianne Dalziel, 53

Lianne Dalziel

Labour MP

Dalziel needs little introduction, having been a Christchurch MP for 20 years. She has held Christchurch Central and, more recently, Christchurch East for the Labour Party but is quitting to focus on her mayoralty bid. If elected, one of her first jobs will be to "open the books" of the Christchurch City Council and give ratepayers a frank update on its financial situation.

Where do you live? In Burwood in a property with a rating valuation of $488,000. It has a mortgage with Westpac.

Big Idea The epicentre, an interactive museum and postgraduate research centre focused on disaster-risk reduction, climate-change adaptation, risk management and sustainable development.

Biggest Mistake Not being open about providing a document to the media – lesson learnt the hard way.

What will others like about you? My enthusiasm and optimism.

What is irritating about you? Needing to know lots of detail.

Brad Maxwell, 53

Brad Maxwell

Company Director

Maxwell is having his second attempt at the mayoralty after impressing some last time. He finished fourth in that race and is predicted to receive similar support this time. A former real estate agent, he is one of the "minor" candidates who regularly makes an effort to engage with the media and puts effort into his releases and longer opinion pieces.

Where do you live? I own a property in Casebrook worth approximately $325,000. I have lived in the Papanui-Bishopdale-Redwood area since 1985.

Big Idea Let's bring the America's Cup to New Brighton, Akaroa, Lyttelton – got this from a chap at a retirement village invitation I accepted last week. Think about those big cats sailing by the pier at full speed or doing tacks up Akaroa Harbour or using Quail Island as the top mark.

Biggest Mistake Jumping into the River Thames in November during lifeboat and sea-survival training when I was 16 as a graduate at the National Sea Training College, Gravesend, Kent. (I'm sure there was ice on the river).

What will others like about you? It's been said by people who really know me I'm too honest to be a politician. I work long hours seven days a week to ensure I get results.

What is irritating about you? When it comes to rules, I can be very pedantic. I keep pushing an issue until I get the best result possible. This irritates some people because I don't give up.

Peter Wakeman, 52

Peter Wakeman

Retired airline pilot.

A perennial mayoral candidate, Wakeman usually receives only a few hundred votes. He has also contested various by-elections across the country. He says he retired as an airline pilot at the age of 32 and is financially independent. He gained publicity when he disrupted Dalziel's campaign launch this year but is still expected to feature well down the pecking order.

Where do you live? I own two properties; one in Merivale worth about $575,000 and another in Tauranga worth about $400,000.

Big Idea Great free activities for youth and adults city-wide.

Biggest Mistake Speaking the truth directly in public.

What will others like about you? My desire to prevent New Zealand citizens being ripped off by private banks with government collusion.

What is irritating about you? Being controversial by making people think more about issues.

Hugo Kristisson, 51

Hugo Kristisson

Managing Director

An advocate for frustrated technical category 3 residents living on earthquake-damaged land, Kristisson is relatively unknown outside certain parts of the east. He hails from Iceland. His main issue is the mismanagement of insurance across the city.

Where do you live? We live in the damaged property on destroyed land that we own in South New Brighton. Our home is our castle but the market value of the property is in question.

Big Idea I want to establish online forums enabling active engagement of communities. I want modernised and streamlined communications, video broadcasting of council meetings, and I'd like councillors and community boards to consult with their communities. Second, widen and clean up the Avon River, use boats for city transport and establish floating establishments by excavating some parts of the red zone.

Biggest Mistake Having blind trust in authorities that they would deliver what we insured for or what they promised.

What will others like about you? I am direct, hard working, honest and accountable.

What is irritating about you? Can be obsessive and stubborn. My wife, Emma, may have a different opinion; messing up the kitchen, using too much chilli or something.

Paul Lonsdale, 52

Lianne Dalziel

Central-city business manager.

The man behind Christchurch's popular inner-city Re:Start container mall, Lonsdale works for the Central City Business Association and previously managed a Merivale mall. Regarded by many as the only serious challenger to Dalziel, he enjoys a relatively modest public profile. His one problem will be shaking off his perceived central-city focus.

Where do you live? My wife and I own our home in Merivale. The market value is unknown as it is currently damaged and on TC3 land and we do not know yet the fate of our property as our claim is still waiting for an EQC determination.

Big Idea Strengthen our natural assets and the pathways that lead to them – New Brighton, Sumner (and the two rivers running to them) and the Port of Lyttelton.

Biggest Mistake I have no regrets and believe we should learn from our mistakes.

What will others like about you? I am positive, proactive and do more than just talk.

What is irritating about you? Not sure. Someone at some point will probably tell me.

Victor Cattermole, 50

Victor Cattermole


A bit of an unknown in this race, Cattermole carefully tries to craft an image as a successful businessman but still cannot distance himself from the perceived mayoral minnows in the race. He appears to have organisations like the Earthquake Commission, Fletchers and insurance companies in his sights instead of issues facing the wider city.

Where do you live? In a family trust-owned property in Burnside; moved because of the earthquakes.

Big Idea To create Christchurch as a principal destination that has international acclaim because of what we have achieved and what is on offer.

Biggest Mistake Not believing in myself on occasion.

What will others like about you? Compassionate.

What is irritating about you?I never give up.

Kyle Chapman, 42

Political Activist

Best known for his controversial protests and links to white supremacists, Chapman is blunt when he makes public comments about his campaign. He offers little depth in his responses and seems obsessed with stopping taggers rather than dealing with critical issues facing the city.

Michael Hansen, 67


A perennial candidate who usually finishes last in mayoral races, Hansen is full of conspiracy theories and produces some bizarre candidate statements. His ideas range from putting chemicals into the city water supply to allegations that Labour is conspiring against him and the public. He is expected to repeat his poor polling performances.

Robin McCarthy, 57


McCarthy is trying to juggle a mayoralty campaign while trying to boost his tourism business in the central city. He is big on the council being more accountable and open with ratepayers and wants the council to be ready to take over from the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority in 2016. He is weak on detailed policies.

Rik Tindall, 53

Technical computer support service director

A former Environment Canterbury councillor before that body was sacked by the Government, Tindall is big on water issues and has a bee in his bonnet about being dictated to by the Government. He can be aggressive on the campaign trail and constantly reminds the public that he is the only candidate with local government experience. He has stood for the mayoralty in the past and never attracted strong support.

Sammy Harris


Almost nothing is known about Harris, who has been virtually invisible throughout the campaign. He has not responded to repeated media queries and has not released any material.

Lindsay Dow, 65

Lindsay Dow

Project manager

Lindsay Dow and his wife Stacie own a private investigation business in Invercargill which has contracts with insurance companies and government departments. Dow reckons his experience leading teams of people in the workforce will stand him in good stead if he wins the Invercargill mayoralty. He is a former police officer and was an Invercargill city councillor from 1992-98, and says his most recent jobs are where he has shown he can lead teams. He recently completed an eight-month contract with Statistics NZ, managing 300 staff in the the Southland and Central Otago areas collecting information from the public for the 2013 Census. In 2011 he was contracted by the Earthquake Commission for a year to lead 25 teams, totalling 50 people, who assessed quake-damaged homes in Christchurch. The jobs put him in good stead to lead a team of councillors, he says. Dow was born in Dunedin to a seamstress mother and tannery-worker father, and spent 25 years in the police, mainly in Invercargill. People were telling him "loud and clear" that Shadbolt had had his day. He offers a change in leadership style to Shadbolt, he says: "An inclusive style, and I believe in transparency." If elected mayor he wants to help create a "more harmonious" council and give the city a more positive direction in education, employment, tourism and investment.

Lives Dow and wife Stacie live in a three bedroom house in Richmond, Invercargill, which is valued at "less than $300,000" and is "not pretentious". The bank owns a "little bit" of the house, he said. The married couple have six adult children between them, though none together.

Big Idea "Education, employment and investment to give the lifestyle we all want. It may sound corny, but the reality is, to make this place vibrant we have to have all those ducks in a row."

Biggest Mistake Not pursuing an aviation career at an earlier age." Dow said he gained his commercial pilot's licence in 2000-2001, but had never worked as a pilot.

What you'll find likeable "[I am] upfront, honest, [have] integrity and I offer a change in leadership style - an inclusive style - and I believe in transparency."

What could be irritating Dow struggled to answer this question, but his wife said he could be a little "over zealous".

Kevin Middleton, 55

Kevin Middleton


Kevin Middleton can't find a job, so he is trying to create his own by getting elected as mayor of Invercargill. It's not the first time he has tried to create his own job in the city. Nearly three years ago the keen gardener wanted to create a community vegetable garden to help feed the city's unemployed, but the city council didn't go through with his plan. Middleton is a regular commentator on news issues via The Southland Times website, has a genuine interest in city affairs, and enjoys living in his adopted city. He loves the people. Raised on a dairy farm in Te Puke, he has held numerous jobs over the years, including as guillotine operator on printing sites, farm worker, concrete-pipe moulder, and brass moulder. He has lived in several countries, including Hong Kong, China, Burma and Thailand and in most of New Zealand's main centres before arriving in Invercargill seven years ago. He says he has unsuccessfully applied for about 100 jobs while in Invercargill. As for his chances of succeeding in his 101st attempt, he's giving it a go.

Lives Middleton lives in a rented flat in Bowmont St, Invercargill, with his partner, Alison, who is a "southern girl".

Big Idea "Invercargill. That's my idea, to grow Invercargill. No one has sold it in the seven years I have been here. My aim is to grow Invercargill through strategic marketing and investing in the people that live here."

Biggest Mistake "Nothing. Everything has led me to Invercargill."

What you'll find likeable "Perseverance, patience, friendly smile."

What could be irritating "I don't ever give up."

Timothy Richard Shadbolt, 66

Timothy Richard Shadbolt

Mayor of Invercargill

Tim Shadbolt appears to be in a comfort zone. New Zealand's longest-serving mayor has in the past needed his teflon qualities to get out of some deep holes. But his last three years as mayor have been remarkably controversy-free - certainly compared to the previous term where the dramas peaked with his highly publicised spat with then-longstanding deputy mayor Neil Boniface. Perhaps the two big issues this term have been the inner-city upgrade proposal, where costs have ballooned from an estimated $6 million to $12m, and the planned Auckland-Bluff yacht race which the council controversially committed significant funds to before it was postponed until 2015. Shadbolt has been quiet in the leadup to next month's election, waiting for the challengers to come to him. They haven't as yet. But the old campaigner won't be underestimating the challenge former policeman Lindsay Dow, who was a city councillor in the 1990s, presents. Shadbolt, 66, known nationwide for his wide grin, unique sense of humour and vigorous promotion of Invercargill, has served as the city's mayor for six terms - 18 years. It could be argued his leadership of the city in the past three years has been more cruise control than dynamic, but he remains the frontrunner to win a seventh term in Invercargill and it would take a brave person to bet against him.

Lives Shadbolt lives in Invercargill, does not own his house and does not know its value. He lives with his partner and has four sons and seven grandchildren.

Big Idea "To attract more people to visit and live in Invercargill."

Biggest Mistake "Building an international airport."

What you'll find likeable "My fighting spirit and positive attitude."

What could be irritating "I'm a born optimist."

Arshad Chatha, 46

Arshad Chatha

Law Student

Sprung to prominence when the Waikato Times outed his extensive history in front of the courts in Palmerston North, where he also stood for office, including a two-year prison term for fraud, Chatha entertained the crowd at the Times' mayoral debate with a string of possibly intentional one-liners. What is clear is that he actually wants to be taken seriously, and says encouraging other ethnic candidates to put themselves forward was among his motivations. His policy list promises, vaguely, to virtually every segment of the community, but underpinning his campaign is an intent to tackle "injustices", whatever that means in the local government context.

Lives With two generations of family in a rented Hamilton east house, would not disclose rent but estimated at $300 per week.

Big Idea Discouraging social, cultural, economic, environmental and social injustices.

Biggest Mistake Expecting that his past wouldn't follow him to Hamilton.

What you'll find likeable Promises to hand back half of his mayoral salary.

What could be irritating Starting to get a martyr complex over his private life becoming public.

In a nuteshell No chance but brings some life to the campaign.

Tony Dixon

Tony Dixon

With three decades' experience in personal and business insurance, Dixon has focused on debt during his campaign, promising to reduce it rather than cap it at $440 million. Risks being seen as a one-trick pony, however also promises financial sustainability and better quality consultation before council decisions are made.

Lives Owns a $400,000 house in Enderley.

Big Idea Reducing council debt.

Biggest Mistake Trying to explain city debt to 250 people using a marmite jar and tales of his wife's breakfast-spread habits.

What you'll find likeable Good community contributor over the years.

What could be irritating Lecturing tone on financial issues.

In a nutshell No chance of winning but brings a good skill set to the table.

Jack Gielen

Jack Gielen

One of the characters, and also the veterans of Hamilton local political candidacy, Gielen can be relied on to argue the case for more transparent governance, and participatory democracy with binding local referenda. A former freezing worker, union delegate and pastor counsellor, he gives voice to some of those at the bottom of the heap. He has founded a trust working on suicide prevention, written a book and produced two albums of original music. Anti-fluoridation and opposes asset sales, particularly water, sewerage and libraries. Rates restricted to core services.

Big Idea Introduce text-based referenda to encourage voter participation.

Biggest Mistake Not making much more of his Elvis impersonation skills.

What you'll find likeable Off-beat presentation, he doesn't look like he's come straight from the politician factory.

What could be irritating Preoccupation with stuff most people don't care about.

In a nutshell Elvis impersonations and rhetoric will only get you so far.

Ian Hanley, 66

Ian Hanley

Priest Associate St Luke's Anglican Church, Melville.

Pro-fluoride and living wage, and anti-water meters, Hanley is the former Dean of St Peter's Cathedral and a Harley-Davidson lover. He supports Tainui's Ruakura development plans and water-saving initiatives rather than water meters. Well and truly stuck it to chief executive Barry Harris over his directorships and role in the likely AgResearch job losses so clearly not afraid of taking a stand. A former tax collector and police officer, Hanley remains an Anglican priest and Methodist Presbyter, and is vowing to be "the people's mayor" if he manages to be elected.

Lives Owns a $400,000 house in Glenview.

Big Idea No standouts, but favours economic development based around the work of Harvard economics professor Edward Glaeser.

Biggest Mistake Sitting next to a feather headress-wearing Jack Gielen at a candidates meeting wearing a cowboy hat. So no majors yet.

What you'll find likeable Approachable, intelligent, friendly and colourful.

What could be irritating Those leather pants squeaking in the mayoral chair during meetings.

In a nutshell Would make a strong councillor, the mayoralty a bridge too far.

Julie Hardaker, 53

Julie Hardaker

Local body politician

A former employment lawyer who swept to the Hamilton mayoralty from nowhere, defeating career politician Bob Simcock in 2010, promising to open the books on the cost of the V8s and sort out the city's finances. Some credit for the council's improved financial management is due to her tenure, however there have been regular slips as well, notably the floodgate letters debacle. Hardaker is a notoriously hard worker and possesses a razor-sharp intellect. She supports capital-value rating, favours universal water meters and voted against both fluoridation and holding a referendum on the issue. Hardaker endorses the long-term plan's flat 3.8 per cent annual rates increase. Tends to alienate people with her single-minded approach to decision-making, and has regularly been criticised for her lack of teamwork. Sometimes politically naive, and interestingly Times polling indicates she is struggling to convince female voters, and West ward residents.

Lives Owns a $450,000 house in River Rd, Hamilton.

Big Idea Big ideas aren't really her style, but promises more of the same prudent financial stewardship and sound planning.

Biggest Mistake Underestimating public opposition to removing fluoride, positioning herself in a tough space to sell on water metering.

What you'll find likeable When she is asking questions, staff know they better have the answers ready.

What could be irritating A sometimes patronising demeanour.

In a nutshell Looked unbeatable a year ago, but the whispers are starting.

Tim Wikiriwhi

Tim Wikiriwhi

Perennial local political candidate espousing his Libertarian values, Wikiriwhi follows the theories of economics Nobel winner Milton Friedman. Promises to keep council costs down, and reduce council "interference" with private property, individual liberty, and business. Argues that lower rates feed lower rents, food and petrol bills. Reducing city debt is another pledge, as is promoting philanthropic support for community initiatives around art, charity and culture.

Big Idea Minimal government and maximum personal responsibility.

Biggest Mistake Disappearing during the election campaign.

What you'll find likeable Offers a left-field perspective on issues.

What could be irritating Constant Libertarian ideology-driven rhetoric.

In a nutshell Has put up much stronger campaigns in the past, what's happened?

Ewan Wilson, 47

Ewan Wilson

Local body politician

A former travel agent and entrepreneur who rose to prominence with his peanuts-and-cola trans-Tasman airline which rose and fell in the 1990s. Has presented a suite of policies: free swimming for under-5s, fast-tracked playground development, and a promise that he will chase economic growth by securing international flights to and from the city, or quit politics. Offers voters some middle ground between the other two leading candidates, has suffered on occasion from his willingness to skirt away from the pack on council. While initially looking a second-place getter, has benefited from some smart positioning and policy work, and is now being talked about as a genuine chance. The only leading mayoral candidate clearly for flouridation. Has nominated the experienced Martin Gallagher as his deputy mayor if elected, the only candidate to state a preference. Has some points on the board from his earlier term on economic development, and must deliver on his ambitious airport promises to maintain any credibility if he wins the top job.

Lives Owns a $350,000 house on the CBD fringe.

Big Idea Sell down the city's airport stake, lengthen the runway and chase and secure international freight and passenger flights to Asia.

Biggest Mistake Not backing himself more with a fully funded campaign.

What you'll find likeable Doesn't shy away from his well-documented past.

What could be irritating Has a habit of referring to his wife, Monique, as his "best friend". It's charming the first couple of times.

In a nutshell Most likely to benefit from anti-fluoride, anti-Hardaker sentiment.

Rob Goulden, 56

Rob Goulden

Businessman and security expert

Rob Goulden left council three years ago, and now he's back for another go, this time searching for the top job, and failing that, a councillor seat. He has a varied career-history that included time in the army and the police, and he says the common thread has always been working with people. He's come out attacking the council's debt and talking up quake resilience, including a plan to get first-aid kits into cars. His last term on the council did not end well, after he yelled obscenities in a meeting and was trespassed from the council building and escorted away by police, and in the last election campaign - where he lost his seat - he came under fire for allegedly using fake names to post comments on blog posts. Three years later he says he's learned from the past and is ready to get back at the table, but as this election campaign wears on he's gotten off on the wrong foot at times by criticising without offering solutions. He needs to change the record if he wants to make an impact on election day.

Lives He rents a three-bedroom house in Miramar with his partner of about 24 years and two of his children. He estimates the "comfortable house" is worth between $500,000 and $600,000.

Big IdeaHe says he has too many to pinpoint one. An example is his idea to get a first-aid kit into every car in Wellington to build up emergency preparedness, but "that's not my main platform, it's one of the ideas under the five platforms I'm talking about".

Biggest Mistake He points to the "difficulties" he had on council last time around, saying he struggled to deal with fractious personalities and "probably I dealt with that the wrong way". He's learned from that now, and is better-equipped to handle council life, he says.

What you'll find likeable "Lots of things," he says, rattling of a list that includes his work in the community, a career that's included time in the army and the police, and the fact he cares about people. "I love people, actually, I really do."

What could be irritating He has to ask to come back to this question, and simply replies that "you're not going to cut the cloth with every single person". "Some of the things I do, or maybe even the look of me sometimes, might not make everybody happy."

In a nutshell An old hat trying for another shot with a major focus on reducing debt. He hasn't fared well in the mayoral polls so far, so may need to rethink his approach, and may struggle in his ward where all three incumbents are standing again.

John Morrison, 66

John Morrison

Sports marketer and commentator.

The king of the quip and one-liner John "Mystery" Morrison has built a profile around his blokish persona. The former Kiwi cricketer presents himself as an everyman, who will get things done and stop the flip-flopping and dithering. He's big on pushing the economy and is quick to point to his successes during his 15 years on the council, largely in the sports portfolio he leads. He's proud to be a "born and bred" Wellingtonian, and has a history of community service. But, with the best profile to challenge the mayor, his campaign has been far from smooth sailing, as his propensity for blokish one-liners has helped land him in trouble. Incidents around alleged plagiarism, emails and shower quips all landed him in hot water and forced apologies, showing he may need to learn to keep his foot out of his mouth if he wants to be successful.

Lives He lives in a cedar house in Khandallah which he says has an "awful lot of wood". Valued at about $720,000, he says it is one of the first designed by Alan Minty.

Big Idea He's quick to admit that his idea is less big than it is common-sense, naming "get the economy going" as his big plan. "It's not a big idea, it's a very sensible idea."

Biggest Mistake He has been talking up lack of leadership from the council this election campaign but says that, as a sitting councillor, he has to take his part of the responsibility. "When we can't unite and make decisions we have to take some blame for that."

What you'll find likeable He points to his long history of community work in Wellington, and the fact he'll just get on with it. "They will see me as a person who can get on with the job. A practical guy who's got a lot of runs on the board."

What could be irritating He labels his persistent nature as potentially off-putting to voters. "I do tend to keep at it and I think some people get irritated because I don't go away."

In a nutshell The incumbent's biggest competition. He's big on pushing the economy, getting the ear of the Beehive and getting on with it. But, while his blokish blustering will appeal to many from the older generation, his ability to put his foot in his mouth could be his downfall.

Karunanidhi Muthu, 47

Karunanidhi Muthu


The biggest unknown of the candidates, his entry to the race was a surprise. The epitome of a family man, he's proud of his background as a self-made man who arrived from India with "$500 and a disabled child in hand". His family is his backbone, and he's quick to make this known, regularly referring to himself as "a father, husband, son, brother, friend and lawyer". He's big on building Wellington into an economic hub, particularly through creating a better cruise-ship terminal and making better links with the airport. He says his background in business and as a barrister makes him a good man for the job, and that he'll bring "strong, fresh leadership" that can open doors for young and ethnic-community members. But as a new face he's struggled to make inroads in the all-important recognition stakes and may need to up the urgency and find new ways of delivering his message if he wants to make an impact - either in the mayoral race or for a ward seat - come time to count the votes.

Lives He lives in a five-bedroom house with his wife, mother and three daughters in Strathmore Park. With five sisters, he has spent his home life "outnumbered by women," he jokes. They moved into the $1.2 million house about four months ago, and it has amazing views to the Kaikouras but they're still making it home, he says.

Big Idea The most succinct with his answers, he simply says he wants to go "beyond fixing yesterday" and focus on making Wellington a "financial hub".

Biggest Mistake "Not starting early" he says, talking about his campaign. His aim is to help give young people and ethnic communities a voice, and he wishes he'd thrown his hat in the ring earlier.

What you'll find likeable What you see is what you get, he says, calling himself a "genuine person" who has passion.

What could be irritating He could get more specific, he says. "Perhaps they want more statistics beyond slogans and rhetoric, to be specific about my ideas."

In a nutshell A new face keen to make a difference, but needs to up the campaigning if he wants to draw attention.

Jack Yan, 40

Jack Yan

Company Director

The bronze medallist in the last mayoral campaign, Jack Yan's playing heavily on his jack-of-all-trades career as his best asset. As a publisher, businessman and the man behind Miss Universe he's got a lot of experience in a lot of areas, and is comfortable addressing an audience. He's also focused on bringing business to the city, and says the best way is to use our university sector to help think up new ideas, and identify our best-performing businesses. He's also promising to set a vision for the next three years by Christmas if elected. He touts his lack of political experience - he wants to go straight to the head of the table - as an asset, saying it will help him unite the council, but it could be off-putting to voters who want a mayor who can hit the ground running. And, while he was third last time, that equated to 10.9 per cent of votes, so he's got a long way to go to get to the majority mark. His election campaign has been heavily online-focused, which could be off-putting to older voters looking for a new option. Given the struggle to get people to vote in local elections, especially younger more tech-savvy people, he may need to find ways to broaden his appeal if he wants to build on his performance three years ago.

Lives He lives in a 97-year-old bungalow in Rongotai worth about $450,000. He says it's "incredibly eclectic", and much tidier in the front half, which acts as his office.

Big Idea He says he wants to "put Wellington on the map" by having us among the top-40 cities in the world. "I want to make Wellington really hop."

Biggest Mistake He hopes that he hasn't made one yet. "Everything I have done has been a learning experience ... I really can't think of a political mistake I've made, but then again I'm not a politician".

What you'll find likeable People will appreciate his accessibility, he says. "People have been able to talk to me in real life."

What could be irritating He says that he is not a morning person, so if you want to contact him first-thing, or hold a breakfast meeting, that may be a struggle. "I'm probably a bit moody in the morning."

In a nutshell He's been making a good impression as an alternative option for those struggling to choose, but lack of political experience could be his downfall.

Nicola Young, 58

Nicola Young

Writer and political strategist

One of the first candidates to start campaigning this year, Young has been pushing hard to build her profile, and in a field with a couple of unknown candidates, she's made the greatest strides in this area. She's come in making strong statements about getting the ear of national government and progressing the economy, even holding an IT mixer that John Key attended to help put her money where her mouth is. Clearly intelligent, she's standing as an independent despite being a former National Party candidate, meaning she could draw some of the Right-wing votes away from Morrison, but an aura of being well-to-do, not helped by references to spending time yachting, could be off-putting to some parts of the community. Proud to be a "born-and-bred Wellingtonian" - albeit with a decent stint overseas - she's put up a decent fight for a first-timer, and should stand a decent shot at claiming a councillor seat in the Lambton ward.

Lives She lives in an inner-city apartment that she owns and estimates it's worth about $900,000. She describes the apartment as "very modern", but full of things, such as lots of art and furniture. "My clothing is quite spare, usually, but my interior [design] isn't."

Big Idea She labels "economic regeneration" as her big idea, but says she will do it by focusing on specific areas, particularly ICT, government and the private sector.

Biggest Mistake An organisation obsessive, she says she was horrified to make a "diary error" that meant she missed a Zonta Club debate. She tried to race there when she realised but "just missed them".

What you'll find likeable What you see is what you get, she says. "I don't do weasel-words and I don't sort of fluff around."

What could be irritating To this she, somewhat cryptically, replies "our strengths are also our weaknesses", meaning being straightforward could be viewed as irritating.

In a nutshell For a first-timer she'll be likely to attract a reasonable number of votes, but with STV voting it's what her supporters put as their second and third preferences that is likely to have more impact. But, she's standing in Lambton where there are two seats going spare, so there's a good chance her face will be at the council table come October.

Celia Wade-Brown, 57

Celia Wade-Brown

Programmer, Teacher and Politician.

At the end of her first term wearing the mayoral chains Celia Wade-Brown is hailing her first three years in office a success. Under her watch the council has, she says, set a clear vision for the city to become a smart green capital city - building firmly on her background in both the Green Party and in the IT sector. She says there's more to do building the city's reputation internationally, by making Wellington a place where people want to live. But the past three years have been far from smooth sailing. Her big point of difference was a vision for light rail in the capital, and she's still clinging to the idea, calling for a review of the report that found it to be too costly. The cycling mayor is a greenie from way back, and her decision to pedal to meet Hillary Clinton at the airport in her early days was foolish or practising what you preach depending on where you fall on the political spectrum. With accusations of flip flops, particularly around the Basin Flyover, and claims of lack of leadership dogging her mayoralty, she's been forced to come out swinging this election campaign. The big question is, after narrowly defeating Kerry Prendergast last time, can STV help her clinch victory again this year?

Lives She has lived in the same Island Bay house since 1983, and today it's worth about $650,000, she says. They've added to the house and changed it around over the years to make it efficient for them, and it's "full of pictures and bookshelves."

Big Idea Focusing on the "weightless economy" can help make Wellington stand out internationally, she says. "This is the area we can really export to the world."

Biggest Mistake She's proud of the council's 2040 vision established this term, but says they could have promoted it better. "We could have captured people's imagination more."

What you'll find likeable She's been told that she's "genuinely interested in people from a really wide range of background", she says.

What could be irritating Her desire to want to hear all points of view before making a decision can be annoying to some, she says. "I think that's a good thing to do, but some people just want to get on with rushing off."

In a nutshell As incumbent she's in a position of strength, but strong criticism, and her ability to fight it, could make it a tight race to the finish line.

Stephen Berry, 30

Stephen Berry

Retail Manager

Having grown up in Manurewa, south Auckland, Berry moved to Mt Roskill as a teenager. He has worked in the supermarket industry for 15 years, making his way to a senior management role and now lives in the inner city with his partner John. He says he is passionate about the potential of Auckland, but believes it is being hamstrung by an over-active council. He is running on the Affordable Auckland ticket, pushing an alternative to what he terms a high-tax and regulatory regime. His mantra: "Individuals can achieve more for themselves if council does less." Among his targets are the hot potato of housing affordability, where he blames present woes on "excessive council regulation and the urban limit". He also predicts a future shackled with rising rates if council borrowing is not curtailed. But it's not all dry economics. Amongst the best aspects of Auckland he says are the diverse multi-cultural communities and its social liberalism.

Lives Trendy inner city Eden Terrace.

Big Idea Respecting individual property rights. He says Auckland will flourish when property owners are not stymied by slow consents processes and crippling compliance costs.

Biggest Mistake Losing interest in politics in his mid-twenties.

What you'll find likeable Crisp and businesslike in his thinking.

What could be irritating Can come across as too austerely opposed to council interventions.

Penny Bright

Penny Bright

Age - 59

Self-appointed "public watchdog" on water and the super-city

Penny Bright is a fixture on the Auckland local body scene, a veteran activist who grew up protesting alongside John Minto in Halt All Racist Tours. Unusually for a woman in the 70s, Bright worked in the sheetmetal industry, learning to weld and later becoming a welding inspector. Since being made redundant from the Manukau Institute of Technology in 2000 Bright has worked fulltime as a volunteer for a variety of causes, including forming the Water Pressure group opposing the creation of the business unit Metro Water and the super city itself. Arrested at council meetings no fewer than 22 times (for demanding speaking rights) Bright has defended herself in court successfully on all but one occasion. "Four District Court judges have acknowledged the 'public watchdog' role, so that is why I describe myself as a 'judicially recognised public watchdog' on Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance matters," Bright says. She has a partner, but has never married and does not have children, although she has three cats.

Lives In a freehold house in trendy inner-west Kingsland.

Big Idea Bright says she wants to "clean up this corrupt corporate control of the Auckland region" by employing forensic investigators to go through the books and find out where every dollar of ratepayer money is being spent, and make that information available for public scrutiny. She also wants the council to stop contracting out services.

Biggest Mistake She wishes she'd spent more time studying music and playing the piano and less time riding her pony as a child. Plus, "forgetting" to have a baby, although she points out it takes a village to raise a child.

What you'll find likeable Fearless, indefatigable, completely dedicated to her causes.

What could be irritating Tends to see only her side of issues, in the belief everyone else is wrong.

Len Brown, 56 (but 57 by election day)

Len Brown

Mayor of Auckland

Brown was born in Taumarunui (probably where his love of trains came from) and grew up in the struggling South Auckland suburbs of Otara and Papatoetoe. His dad was a teacher, and as one of six children Brown says he had a typical Kiwi upbringing – "rugby, beaches and a bit of study". He trained as a lawyer and worked for a medium-sized Auckland law firm before entering politics. He's married to Shan, also a lawyer, and has three children and a grandson. Brown says his Catholic faith is important to him and is what drives him to serve his community. "It's all about people and trying to make the lives of all in the community better."

Lives In a well-heeled, semi-rural part of Manukau City.

Big Idea A rail system linking the central city with Auckland's hinterland, including the airport. Plus a unitary plan that opens up new areas for affordable housing.

Biggest Mistake 'Untidy' credit card spending when Mayor of Manukau City and the transport fiasco around the first Rugby World Cup match in Auckland, when only half the fans got to the game in time.

What you'll find likeable Strong personal warmth, engaging personality, proven track record as the city's first "super" mayor.

What could be irritating Can be a little touchy-feely and PC at times. Lingering perception he favours his spiritual home of South Auckland over the rest of the metropolis.

Jesse Butler, 45

Jesse Butler


Butler was born in Tahiti and raised in South Auckland. He says he failed at school but excelled in art and rugby which he played as a Counties representative. He joined the army for a time before heading to Sydney. When he returned he was a self-confessed heroin addict, but cleaned himself up and went to university where he gained a PhD. However he has been unemployed for two years. "I'm a survivor and have had a great journey in life," he says. "I'm ready to serve." He loves Auckland, but sees some challenges which need tackling. "I view Auckland as being financially mismanaged and there is too much violent crime and poverty. I plan to change things to fit what Auckland was supposed to be - shining and prosperous."

Lives A unit in comfortably middleclass Browns Bay on Auckland's North Shore

Big Idea Changing the role of Auckland Council by securing multi-billion dollar trade agreements with South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, South Africa and the United States.

Biggest Mistake Picking up drugs and blaming people for it.

What you'll find likeable A down-to-earth bloke with no pretensions.

What could be irritating Maybe his policies are a little rose-coloured and once-over-lightly without the rigour of detail.

Tricia Cheel, "Around 60".

Tricia Cheel

Classical homoeopath and volunteer riparian planter.

Having grown up on a dairy farm in Dargaville, Cheel has lived in Browns Bay since 1977. As a classical homoeopath she says she found the same people coming with the same complaints every time the local council sprayed so since 1990, as co-ordinator for Friends of Sherwood, she has helped keep the local neighbourhood as free as possible of toxic chemicals, waste and other pollution. That 23 years of hands-on experience helped her develop "Integrated Organic Management Systems" that can be applied to any activity to make them healthier for people and the environment. She later became a convert to the anti-fluoridation movement, saying she stopped drinking fluoridated tap water in 2012 and was "astonished" when her health and well-being improved dramatically. "Now I have recovered my energy and balance, and even my intellect is returning so I am keen to make up for the years of carrying the burden of fluoride poisoning and once again contribute to keeping New Zealand the very best place to live."

Lives In comfortably middleclass Browns Bay on Auckland's North Shore

Big Idea Stop fluoride in Auckland water, axe pesticides and introduce integrated organic management systems and mind sets to give us all lower rates and reduced debt.

Biggest Mistake "Stepping aside in favour of other 'health professionals' knowing best how to deal with PTSD and other health issues of my family members, and then losing three of them in three years to what I consider inadequate and inappropriate 'treatment' while I was suffering the burden of chronic fluoride poisoning promoted by these very 'professionals'."

What you'll find likeable She's into clean, green, organic wholesomeness.

What could be irritating Her views can be a bit strident and lead into contentious alternative health. Detests fluoride.

Paul Duffy, 42

Paul Duffy

Financial educator and consultant

Duffy, a twin and former New Zealand representative in karate and triathlon, is a financial whiz and knows the council's books a lot better than many. Duffy and brother Craig founded the financial literacy education initiative DuffyClub. Along the way the pair has taught more than 15,000 school pupils and their families how to budget, save and understand money. He is concerned, for the most part, with Auckland's financial viability. Duffy says Auckland is on a path to bankruptcy by 2020 and he "can't simply can't stand by and watch this happen". He says he wants to reduce debt and balance the books at the same time as implementing an affordable transport network and providing long-term housing solutions. He says we are spoiled in Auckland with our healthy, outdoors lifestyle and high standard of living but need to work hard, particularly with younger generations, to keep it that way.

Lives A rear section property in the middle class North Shore enclave of Murray's Bay.

Big Idea Implement an affordable smarter transport network centred on public transport and commuting. To be a financially savvy, energetic, visionary and innovative mayor who inspires Aucklanders, particularly the younger generations.

Biggest Mistake "If I had had two lives I would have pursued qualification for the 2000 Sydney Olympics in triathlon," he says.

What you'll find likeable Intelligent, on to it and realistic.

What could be irritating Money, money, money. A potentially one-eyed campaign.

Matthew Goode

Matthew Goode

Computer programmer

Goode bikes to work, and most other places, has a strong social conscience and unlike some wannabe politicians, a healthy dose of humour directed at himself. Many things inspire people to run for office, in Goode's case he says: "I have an interest in politics and find it amusing to run for things. "I am not seriously running in any capacity, as I did it for fun." And the attention that has garnered has not necessarily been welcomed by the aspirant mayor. "I regret that choice somewhat," he says. He has spent a "fair bit of time" studying, from computer science to politics, ethics and economics, and "I like to try to put my learning to good use". "I have a strong desire to make a difference to the world for the better, but I am still trying to find the way most productive for me to do that," he says. Hence the tilt at mayor. He admits to some more-serious issues that exercise him, among them a belief that Auckland needs "to work out how to become a more integrated, cosmopolitan city." Though a white male, Goode says the city "needs less pakeha and men dominating council".

Lives In a unit in the lower socio-economic South Auckland suburb Otahuhu.

Big Idea To foster inclusiveness and supportiveness - the more opportunities a city provides for its many citizens to express themselves and leave their mark, the stronger, safer and happier it is.

Biggest Mistake Apart from running for mayor and not using a better bike lock, he says his biggest mistake is not truly appreciating how much harder other people have it.

What you'll find likeable He brings a self-deprecating humour to the campaign trail.

What could be irritating The flippancy can overwhelm the serious message.

Emmett Hussey, 67

Emmett Hussey

Self-employed handyman

Hussey, is a 67-year-old self-employed man with a bone to pick with Auckland Council. He says he is running for mayor "out of pure anger at the way council is running roughshod over us without regarding our opinions or consulting us". He says the council is not there for the ratepayer but "only there for the property developer". Hussey says that Auckland is becoming overpopulated, council debt is out of hand, there is no affordable housing, and there is a lack of democracy in decision-making. Aside from all of that, Hussey says he likes living in Auckland because of its climate, harbour, beaches and access to the Waitakere Ranges. "It is just an absolutely beautiful city to live in."

Lives A unit in a cul-de-sac in Meadowbank.

Big Idea He says he will open for public submission "any areas" where he says Auckland Council is having major problems: "water reticulation, sewerage and storm water, traffic problems, housing costs, etc - anything of major importance to the city and costing ratepayers excessive amounts of money".

Biggest Mistake "Once upon a time I thought I was wrong about something (and I even apologised) and then I found out later that I wasn't wrong after all."

What you'll find likeableHe has become an almost cult figure in Auckland, especially for his campaign bill boards.

What could be irritating Lack of humility. Plus, his ideas are a little more than left-field and his campaigning can seem like he is spitting venom.

Susanna Susara Kruger, 51

Susanna Susara Kruger

Kruger is originally from Namibia but has held sole citizenship of New Zealand for nine years. She is married to a New Zealander and has two daughters and three stepsons. Family, she says, are her "core value". Her goal is to establish a university for entrepreneurs by taking disadvantaged youth and taking them through a course to give them a career path. If elected as mayor she says she will "lead our city away from crisis management to strategic leadership". Kruger says we are beset by institutional racism, discrimination, abuse and violence and a "system which makes our youth disadvantaged, disengaged and disempowered". Despite that she says the city has a "richness of arts, culture and sport, dedicated charities and volunteer services, great amenities, green parks and beautiful scenery." Kruger will introduce a diversity plan which she says would value the best in all people irrespective of status, race, religion, gender and age.

Lives An apartment in swanky Parnell.

Big Idea Establishing a university for entrepreneurs.

Biggest Mistake "Whilst being an entrepreneur, when people asked me what sort of job I was doing, for many years, I told them: 'I'm just a mother'!" she says.

What you'll find likeable Personable and enthusiastic.

What could be irritating Lofty ideas but no concrete follow-through.

John Minto, 60

John Minto


John Minto is best known to New Zealanders as the veteran of the protest movement, beginning with HART (Halt All Racist tours) which was vocal and popular during the 1970s and early 1980s during South Africa's Apartheid regime. A 2005 documentary on New Zealand's 100 top history-makers put Minto at number 89. Today he is involved with the protest group Global Peace and Justice Auckland and leads a number of Left-wing and social-justice causes. He's also been a commentator and writer and is chairman of the Quality Public Education Coalition and co-vice president of the Mana Movement.

Lives In the up-and-coming inner-west Auckland suburb of Morningside

Big Idea Free and frequent public transport to free up Auckland's road gridlock at half the cost of new roading that won't solve the problem anyway.

Biggest Mistake Minto says they're "too many and too personal to list".

What you'll find likeable No pretence, straight-talking, intelligent and genuinely cares for the less-well-off in society.

What could be irritating A veteran of the protest movement, tends to see a vast Right-wing conspiracy even when there isn't one.

Phil O'Connor

Phil O'Connor


O'Connor is a familiar name in local body elections, having contested the mayoralty in the past, but while other candidates jump at opportunities to push their profile, O'Connor remains steadfastly modest.In a previous campaign he commented: "The mayoral candidate for the Christians Against Abortion party is calling on Aucklanders to vote on the issues rather than the personalities of the candidates." O'Connor, who is the only party candidate, says he has made a decision to keep himself out of the spotlight and refuses to be photographed, saying: "I am trying to depersonalise my campaign. The issue of abortion is far more important." This year he again says if he becomes mayor he will use the office "to rally all people of goodwill to eliminate legalised abortion". "All my energy will be focused on this single issue," he says. "You are invited to put God's interests before your own. Human lives before transport issues." Last election he attracted just over 1200 votes.

Lives Unknown.

Big Idea He stands for mayor then refuses publicity.

Biggest Mistake He stands for mayor then refuses publicity.

What you'll find likeable He's unobtrusive.

What could be irritating He stands for mayor then refuses publicity.

John Palino, 53

John Palino

Restaurateur, entrepreneur and one-time TV personality

Palino, a New Zealander born in New Jersey, USA and of Italian descent, was a successful restaurateur and television personality in Los Angeles before moving to Auckland in 1995. Since then he has worked in hospitality, marketing and media. He says his passion is for "helping people, problem-solving, and creating opportunities for others." Palino says he is dedicated to defending Auckland's interests. "I have seen Aucklanders lose their voice in council since the amalgamation, only to be told how to live under this Unitary Plan." he says. "I am dedicated to helping Aucklanders retain their ways of life and the unique characteristics of their neighbourhoods." Palino says the council has not managed public transport well, and rates and other finances poorly. He says the worst thing about Auckland is congested roads, rising rates and shortage of housing but despite that he loves the "diverse people, neighbourhoods and cultures" and the city's proximity to "beautiful volcanos, islands, coastlines and harbours".

Lives In the swanky seaside suburb of Kohimarama.

Big Idea Building a second CBD in Manukau, which would create jobs and economic opportunities for people in an area where poverty, crime and unemployment prevail. It would encourage more people to work near where they live, and this would reduce congestion. It would also remove the need to "intensify or sprawl".

Biggest Mistake "I've never made a BIG mistake, so I'm unsure how to answer," he says. "I could say that I should not have sold my house 16 years ago but then I would not have met [fiancee] Rose. I would have loved to have had children by now but then my future would be different. I am only here today by all my choices. So, would any of those choices be mistakes? I don't think so. I've always been the type to make the best and the most of what didn't turn out perfectly."

What you'll find likeable Smooth-talking and intelligent, has oodles of experience in big business.

What could be irritating At times he can seem a little brash.

Reuben Shadbolt, 41

Reuben Shadbolt


Being the son of Tim Shadbolt, former west Auckland Mayor of Waitemata in the 1980s and long-term mayor of Invercargill, perhaps it was inevitable he would one day take a tilt at local politics himself, though his pathway to the politics has been meandering. He rates himself an entrepreneur "who has been held back by bureaucracy". He says he wanted to be in the airforce or police but due to some injuries that was not possible. So he tried being a protester, but realised politics was his calling. He says he was inspired to run for mayor "to give hope to the young and the old, the weak and the innocent, but most of all our environment". There is an adage, called Godwin's Law that states the longer an online (or real world) discussion goes on the higher the probability that someone will play the Nazi card and start throwing around analogies with facism. In Shadbolt's case you get it in the opening line of his profile touting his political pedigree: "For generations my family have fought against fascism and corruption and for truth, justice and democracy. I'm humbled by their actions and honoured to be a member of the Shadbolt family, and feel a great responsibility to honour all those who have historically fought for justice and democratic freedom in NZ. "Now it's my turn to step forward for justice and democracy."

Lives In a unit in the fringe West Auckland suburb of Green Bay.

Big Idea Future-proofing Auckland to become the safest and most entrepreneurial green tech city in the world.

Biggest Mistake "Making the mother of my three children angry with me," he says.

What you'll find likeable He's a "conviction politician" who passionately believes in social justice, the environment and all things good. And hey - he's Tim's son. It's always fun to have a Shadbolt contesting your election.

What could be irritating Has a David Cunliffe-like tendency to veer into overblown rhetoric and then head off-topic.

Uesifili Unasa, 49

Uesifili Unasa

Chaplain at the University of Auckland

Married, a father of two teenage sons studying business and medicine at Auckland University, Unasa says he enjoys the great outdoors Auckland offers, from strolling on the beach to rugby and cricket, though he admits also to being a "cafe junky" and loves the eateries around the region. Immaculately suited, he is making a run for Auckland mayor on a platform of people and culture - wanting to see "investing in our people, giving leadership to critical issues around early childhood education, youth career pathways and safe communities". He wants a more inclusive council especially around cultural diversity, and wants to push a bit more democracy down to local board level. He says the best things about the city are that it is dynamic and rich with many cultures, still a place people can move around safely and with great lifestyle opportunities.

Lives Parnell, in a nice street not too far from John key.

Big Idea Make the Auckland waterfront the most colourful, vibrant, inclusive and accessible space for all Aucklanders. Making the waterfront the centre of our cultural life.

Biggest Mistake Telling people the All Blacks would not win the last World Cup. "I'm glad I got it wrong," he says.

What you'll find likeable Courteous, friendly and intelligent.

What could be irritating Maybe a bit too nice for politics.

Annalucia Vermunt, 45

Annalucia Vermunt

Postal worker

A lifetime campaigner for the rights of the downtrodden, Vermunt is a trade union activist who has lobbied for workers, for women's equality, for Maori and, fittingly as a dyed-in-the-wool communist, in defence of the Cuban revolution. She is also an old hand at contesting for the Auckland mayoralty as candidate for the Communist League, which she does to show fellow workers they can "mobilise the immense power of the workers' movement independently of the capitalist parties - workers organising in our own name for our own interests." For her the key issue facing the city is the lack of jobs - real jobs with decent wages to support families - and no one could argue that is a very pressing issue. Her solutions are endearingly blunt and the rhetoric entertaining: "The rich history of the labour movement in this city shows that workers are capable of waging the kind of fight needed to protect ourselves from the brutal assaults of the employers and Government that are the inevitable consequence of capitalism's deep economic crisis."

Lives In a unit in South Auckland suburb Papatoetoe.

Big Idea A massive, government-funded public works programme to create jobs and build houses, schools, hospitals and public transport alongside a massive but unspecified increase in the minimum wage.

Biggest Mistake "Believing that it was possible to make capitalism work – it doesn't work for the majority," she says.

What you'll find likeable A good old-fashioned communist railing against the capitalist economic establishment with plenty of fiery polemic.

What could be irritating Lots of big bold statements bereft of any detail about how achievable any of it is.

David Willmott

David Willmott


A lover of life, his wife, family and friends is how Wilmott sums himself up. And touting a background as an engineer, town planner and development manager, Wilmott feels he has what it takes to understand the urban development needs of the city and solve Auckland's problems - chief of which is that Auckland is facing bankruptcy "imposed by the coalition of zealous 'save the planet' environmentalists and monumentalist 'designer city' town planners". In his view it is this stop-sprawl, stop-growth, stop-the-world approach that will lead to civic bankruptcy and consign Auckland to mediocrity. He is "deeply concerned at foolish public decisions which now really threaten [what's left of] freedom and democracy for which our forefathers were prepared [and did] to die and are initiated in bureaucracies which now run governments simply because lay people are overwhelmed by 'expertise' which idealists impose through active 'post-modernism' - this threatens the very foundations of Western civilisation". Wilmott is an old hand at running for mayor.

Lives In the semi-rural splendour of Greenhithe

Big Idea To convert what he calls our "you can't" attitude to a "we can – and we will."

Biggest Mistake Wilmott says he has made so many of them it would be futile to single out one. "Suffice to say, I hope I have learned from the worst ones".

What you'll find likeable Refreshingly blunt and unapologetically a middle-of-the-road man.

What could be irritating A little too ardent at times.

Wayne Young, aka Tamaki Drive Man

Wayne Young


Young says he was made homeless after he was forced into a mortgagee sale of his leaky home, an apartment in the Auckland suburb of Parnell. Young could not afford to pay for the necessary repairs and a bailiff finally evicted him from the property in 2010. He is now sleeping in his car. It is the second time he has run for mayor and the honesty he brings to his motivations is refreshing. "To be honest the salary of a quarter of a million dollars for mayor appeals," he says. But he has policy also. He believes the council is saddled with too many council-controlled organisations costing several hundred million dollars, and believes services can be provided cheaper. Not surprisingly given his background as a victim of the leaky home saga, he also has a focus on building and construction inspections. He says: "We remain sceptical of opponents that offer their visionary finance strategies already implemented and deeply ingrained in the media psyche. And technically the half-million-dollar candidate expenditure potentially comes from the ratepayers. I pray the majority of voters are not so easily taken advantage of under my leadership."

Lives Homeless, lives in his car.

Big Idea To provide non-profit water, refuse collection and maintenance of sewage, footpaths and roads, and also "proper" building and construction inspections.

Biggest Mistake Losing his house in upmarket Parnell.

What you'll find likeable Waves at motorists and holds up cheeky signs on Auckland's Tamaki Drive each weekday morning.

What could be irritating Waves at motorists and holds up cheeky signs on Auckland's Tamaki Drive each weekday morning.