Brown keen to build on foundation work
Mayor Len Brown is asking Aucklanders for three more years to move the city forward.
The super-city’s first mayor announced his plans to seek reelection on Sunday.
His first term has been dominated by the challenges of amalgamating eight councils into one, he says.
‘‘We have put in place the foundations for Auckland to move forward with unity on a number of significant projects.
‘‘If elected to a second term, I will continue to focus on the issues that matter most to Aucklanders,’’ Mr Brown says.
Transport, affordable housing and keeping rates low are the three key platforms he’ll campaign on.
‘‘We face big challenges – the challenge of high population growth, integrating the transport system, providing affordable housing and getting the Auckland economy moving are the most pressing issues . . . in a second term.’’
Getting the Central Rail Link off the ground now the government has agreed to support it will require particular attention, he says.
Finalising the Unitary Plan and moving forward with the Special Housing Areas that will begin to address the problem of unaffordable housing are other important factors.
‘‘This will allow us to unlock new land by fast-tracking consents for development while requiring developers to provide for low cost housing in exchange,’’ he says.
Mr Brown says in a second term he would keep average rate rises at around or less than the inflation rate.
‘‘I will continue to focus on developing a more innovative economy while building links with our major trading partners in the Asia Pacific region.
‘‘Tourism is also an area the council must focus on, alongside working with the government to tackle youth unemployment.’’
Other confirmed contenders for the Auckland mayoralty are millionaire restaurateur John Palino, Mana Party candidate John Minto, activist Penny Bright and Auckland University chaplin Uesifili Unasa.
Three more years: Mayor Len Brown will stand for re-election at this year’s local body elections.