Dun­can plans to tackle rates

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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.

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