Goff sets off in su­per city’s top job

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORTER

Auck­land’s mayor-elect Phil Goff ex­pected a ‘‘fairly hec­tic’’ first day on the job as he hit the phones on Monday to speak with the 20 coun­cil­lors he will now be work­ing with.

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‘‘Day one starts with me con­tact­ing all of the coun­cil­lors elected to the gov­ern­ing body and hav­ing my first meet­ing with the ex­ec­u­tive lead­er­ship team and chief ex­ec­u­tive,’’ he said.

De­cid­ing on a deputy mayor was an­other con­sid­er­a­tion as well as pick­ing some new may­oral veteran Labour MP a land­slide win on with 186,445 votes, ri­val Vic Crone on wheels; the Nis­san Leaf be­ing his pre­ferred car, he said. Tight­en­ing the bud­get and cut­ting down spend­ing was also high on the agenda. As per his elec­tion cam­paign pledge, he was tar­get­ing an ef­fi­ciency sav­ing of at least 3 per cent, which he said would start with the may­oral of­fice.

‘‘We’ll be more mod­est in the na­ture of the cars we drive and how we spend our money. We’ll have fewer staff but we’ll have some staff that are well paid in or­der to carry out the re­quire­ments of the mayor’s of­fice.’’

He said the changes would in­volve some tough con­ver­sa­tions with coun­cil staff. The other big fo­cus was im­prov­ing the pub­lic per­cep­tion of the coun­cil, he said.

CHRIS MCKEEN / FAIR­FAX NZ

Phil Goff ar­rives for work on his first day as the mayor of Auck­land on Monday morn­ing.

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