Hamilton mayor Julie Hardaker will be challenged for the city's top job.
Electoral officials have confirmed Ian Hanley, the colourful former Anglican Dean of Waikato at St Peter's Cathedral, is standing for election as mayor.
Mr Hanley will also stand as a candidate for the city council's East ward.
A former tax collector and police officer, Mr Hanley remains an Anglican priest and Methodist Presbyter, and is vowing to be ''the people's mayor''.
"I have a passion for this city, the Chiefs and Magic, which was born when I was Dean of Saint Peter's Cathedral for four years,'' said Mr Hanley.
His election platform backs fluoridated water and Tainui Group Holdings' Ruakura freight hub proposal, and opposes residential water metering.
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