Samoan minister to challenge for Auckland mayoralty

SARAH HARVEY
Last updated 08:38 01/07/2013

Relevant offers

Politics

Auckland housing land released by Crown Jenny Shipley among Mainzeal directors facing legal action Asset sales fund over-committed by $424 million, Labour claims PM not fazed by poor turnout at flag meetings MPs to get pay rise, but by much less than expected Prime Minister John Key warns property speculators will get caught Plastic bag phase-out plan rubbished Police cleared over Banks investigation Beehive Live: Focus on Saudi deal What you need to know about the Government's deal with the Saudi businessman

A Samoan minister is preparing to take on Len Brown for the Auckland mayoralty in a contest which is likely to divide traditional loyalties for the current mayor.

Reverend Uesifili Unasa joins Brown, activists John Minto and Penny Bright and millionaire businessman John Palino in the race for the top spot.

Unasa said today that the first term had been a "huge challenge" for the mayor and council to bring together the many different legacy councils, but Aucklanders needed to consider whether people or projects were being put first.

"I think it's important when we have elections that we are able to contest ideas. I believe that the issues now are very profound and important for Aucklanders to consider.

"The vision that was set out that Auckland be the world's most liveable city has to be tested again.

"Is the vision about people or about what we can build on roads and tunnels and trains? We have got to get the issues right and the priorities right and it seems to me that we have got to ask the question again of our leaders. Are people being put before the projects?"

Unasa said the contest was not a personal one between he and Brown, who is revered amongst the Pacific community, but a contest of ideas.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should the speed limit be raised to 110kmh on some roads?

Yes

No

Vote Result

Related story: 110kmh limit moves closer

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content