Neigh­bour­hood pol­i­tics all good

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - PHILIP MCSWEENEY

They may be po­lit­i­cal ri­vals, but two Welling­ton may­oral can­di­dates are in­sist­ing it won’t be neigh­bours at war now they’re only doors apart.

Porirua mayor Nick Leggett, who hopes to jump the fence to the Welling­ton job, has moved in across the road from his ri­val Justin Lester.

Any­one hop­ing for a po­lit­i­cal edi­tion of Neigh­bours at War, how­ever, will be dis­ap­pointed.

‘‘It’s all fun and games,’’ laughed Lester.

‘‘My wife dropped over a plate of brown­ies [last week].’’

The move may prove daunt­ing for Leggett.

Lester has lived in his Monowai Rd res­i­dence since 2010, and is fa­mil­iar with the com­mu­nity.

‘‘We’ve got a lovely lit­tle street, lovely lo­cal school.’’

Lester had also been door­knock­ing as part of his cam­paign, and said that, as a fix­ture of the sub­urb, his ef­forts had been met with suc­cess.

How­ever, Lester does not be­lieve the re­la­tion­ship be­tween him and Leggett will prove ad­ver­sar­ial.

‘‘When this is all over, I’m look­ing for­ward to hav­ing a beer with him after­wards,’’ Lester said.

Leggett, for his part, was equally mag­nan­i­mous.

‘‘Justin’s a good sport ... he of­fered to show me around when I first ran, and now he has an op­por­tu­nity.’’

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