Why Burke is hav­ing an­other go

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

For­mer Porirua mayor John Burke made the de­ci­sion to stand for coun­cil again at the last minute, he said.

Mr Burke was de­feated by Jenny Brash for the may­oralty in 1998, af­ter serv­ing five terms. He said his de­ci­sion to try for a coun­cil seat in the Eastern ward was made very late.

‘‘It’s only been in the last few weeks that peo­ple have said to me that my ex­pe­ri­ence might be valu­able,’’ he said. ‘‘I have all the time in the world and I know the as­pi­ra­tions of the peo­ple in Porirua East. I made a de­ci­sion just days ago [ be­fore the cut­off last Fri­day].’’

Mr Burke said the po­lit­i­cal land­scape will be dif­fer­ent by 2016, and he wants to be a part of Porirua’s tran­si­tion. He re­alised there was a log­jam in the Eastern ward, with 14 peo­ple stand­ing for four seats, but was ‘‘quite happy for it to be the will of the peo­ple’’ should he be re-elected.

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