Kapi-Mana News [September 14] included a report that outgoing Mayor Jenny Brash had ‘‘broken her silence’’ on endorsing Nick Leggett as her successor.
The report states that Nick is humbled by her support and aware of how significant it is at this late stage of the campaign. While I acknowledge that your reporter believes he reported accurately what Jenny had to say, he agreed with me last week that he knew long before she spoke with him that Jenny was advocating Nick as her successor (and Nick would have been well aware of it also).
In fact, both Kris Dando and I were aware of Jenny’s favouritism when he first interviewed me on my candidacy. Kris acknowledged this on the telephone last Wednesday [September 22].
Most media voluntarily print a retraction/correction when it is brought to their attention that they have misrepresented the truth. By not doing so Kapi-Mana News has endorsed Jenny’s favouritism of Nick and created undue bias in this election.
Whether that works for or against Nick will never be known. I hope those voters leaving their decision until after your next edition will decide not to elect a candidate already indulging in the same sort of part truth politicking as his predecessor.
This city needs someone with the interests of the people at heart, not a career in politics.
– BRIAN COLLINS, Candidate for Mayor of Porirua. We dispute Mr Collins’ version of events. The reporter recalls speculating with Mr Collins that Ms Brash would endorse Mr Leggett, but Ms Brash only confirmed her endorsement to us the week before the story was published – Editor.