Leggett says Mur­rell has the right stuff

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Euon Mur­rell has the tick of ap­proval for the Porirua may­oralty from some­one who should know.

Nick Leggett, who de­clared re­cently he would not con­test the Porirua may­oralty af­ter two terms in the role, said Mur­rell brought sev­eral at­tributes to the ta­ble.

‘‘Euon is a suc­cess­ful busi­ness­man, he’s well­re­spected and he knows the coun­cil and the city well,’’ Leggett said.

‘‘Porirua is a city fo­cused on its fu­ture and grow­ing, mak­ing it a place you want to live, and Euon is some­one who knows where we are headed.’’

Leggett said al­though Mur­rell might ap­peal more to vot­ers in the north of the city at first glance, he had a so­cial con­science and enough aware­ness in his four terms as coun­cil­lor to know what was hap­pen­ing in com­mu­ni­ties in the east and west of Porirua.

‘‘He’s a strong voice for Porirua and a strong choice for mayor.

‘‘Euon is a suc­cess­ful busi­ness­man, he’s well­re­spected and he knows the coun­cil and the city well.’’

‘‘He gets things done and has ex­pe­ri­ence, which are im­por­tant qual­i­ties for the job,’’ Leggett said.

Mur­rell said he would be stand­ing for the may­oralty only, so the north­ern ward will have three new faces around the coun­cil ta­ble, if Anita Baker re­tains her seat, as ex­pected.

He said he would not be stand­ing on party lines and was a team-builder who was up to the chal­lenge of unit­ing the coun­cil and keep­ing up the mo­men­tum started un­der Leggett.

He con­ceded rates would al­ways be of con­cern for Porirua’s mayor.

‘‘It would be easy to stand on a plat­form of re­duc­ing rates, but ques­tions must be asked about how that can ac­tu­ally be achieved,’’ Mur­rell said.

‘‘Just cutting ser­vices is not the an­swer. Rates is a con­stant fo­cus for coun­cil­lors and there are end­less de­bates about it.

‘‘We are ab­so­lutely aware of how im­por­tant this is­sue is in the com­mu­nity.’’

Leggett has yet to con­firm his plans, though it has been re­ported he is con­sid­er­ing a tilt at the Welling­ton may­oralty.

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