Goff sets off in super city’s top job
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.
Phil Goff arrives for work on his first day as the mayor of Auckland on Monday morning.