Duncan plans to tackle rates
Mike Duncan says he is ready this time.
The Porirua mayoral candidate, who has firm roots in Titahi Bay, said he was naive when standing for the top job in 2010.
He garnered 1104 votes, well shy of Nick Leggett’s tally of 5930.
‘‘I’ve learnt a few lessons from six years ago - how to do things a bit smarter and connect with people,’’ Duncan said. ‘‘I’m confident and reckon I have a good shot at this.’’
Duncan said while he is going to run a smarter campaign this time, aiming for the post vacated by Leggett, he is still singing the same tune as he did in 2010 - stopping residential rates rising.
He hopes his down-to-earth family values and everyman attitude resonates with voters.
‘‘I stood back then on the high rates and it’s still something people care about. Rates are too high in Porirua and I want them brought back to the level of inflation. At the moment they’re double that. I want Porirua to be affordable for families.’’
Although inexperienced when it comes to local body politics, the former printer and journalist, who runs his own graphics art business and handyman service, said he did not see being new to processes as something that would hold him back.
‘‘I can honestly see it taking me a couple of months to get into the swing of being mayor. I want to lead people that are keen to see change.’’
Duncan has six children and 16 grandchildren, all of whom live in Porirua. He has lived 64 of his 66 years in the city - building a home on Te Pene Ave on the site of a burnt out state house.
‘‘I moved to a house next to Mana Esplanade when I was two. We used to collect mushrooms in the hills where Cannons Creek is now. I’ve travelled a lot but this is the most beautiful place in the world.’’
Along with rates, he said the CBD revitalisation and Trans- mission Gully construction will be key issues in the next three years.
Duncan is the only one of the six mayoral contenders to have his name down for a ward seat, hoping to snare one of the two available in the western part of the city should his mayoralty bid fail.
Mike Duncan, from Titahi Bay, wants to make Porirua affordable for families.