Deep pock­ets v meet­ing peo­ple

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Porirua’s new mayor says he had no idea how much he should have spent on an elec­tion cam­paign - but it turns out his $5750 was enough.

Wed­nes­day was the dead­line for fil­ing elec­toral re­turns - how much each can­di­date spent on their cam­paign.

The re­turns show Tana’s ex­penses on bill­boards, leaflets and ad­ver­tis­ing was much less than his clos­est ri­val Euon Mur­rell, who out­layed $15,997 to try and win the may­oral chains.

Liz Kelly, mean­while, spent $10,181, David Watt $4329 and Gor­don Mar­shall $586 in their may­oral bids.

Mur­rell’s spend was off­set by $9250 worth of do­na­tions, prin­ci­pally from Porirua real es­tate firms and in­di­vid­u­als.

Tana said he set an ini­tial bud­get of $4000.

‘‘I re­ally had no idea - I could’ve spent much more, like Liz and Euon did. What was far more valu­able in the end was so­cial me­dia and get­ting out there on the street, talk­ing to peo­ple.’’

Mur­rell said the do­na­tions were a sign he had ex­cel­lent sup­port in the com­mu­nity.

He said his face on the side of a build­ing was ‘‘an ex­pen­sive mis­take’’, but he did ex­pect to spend what he did to be­come mayor.

‘‘I could have done things dif­fer­ently, sure. Life goes on.’’

The pop­u­lar-polling ‘Ana Cof­fey and Izzy Ford spent just $901 and $656 to get re-elected in the Western and East­ern wards, while top North­ern ward candi- date Anita Baker forked out $4348 in her cam­paign.

The most spent by un­suc­cess­ful can­di­dates was Phil Dyer ($5038), fol­lowed by Denys Latham ($3937) and Henry Smith ($3730).

Graeme Eb­bett, who fin­ished sev­enth of 10 can­di­dates in the Western ward, had $500 of his $3316 cam­paign ex­penses off­set by a do­na­tion from Ti­tahi Bay Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion, of which he is the chair­man.

Ten ward and Porirua Com­mu­nity Trust can­di­dates failed to file ex­penses be­fore the dead­line: Nathan Wad­dle, Barry McEwen, Dianne Khan, Ranei Wi­neer­aParai, Chantelle Anslow, Wil­lie Tau­rima, Paula Mac Ewan, Je­van Goul­ter, Faafoi Seiuli and Litea Ah Hoi, the lat­ter two win­ning coun­cil and trust seats.

Porirua’s elec­toral of­fi­cer War­wick Lampp said shin­ing a light on those who hadn’t filed elec­tion ex­penses ‘‘wasn’t a bad thing’’.

‘‘It’s a le­gal re­quire­ment they do [file] and I will be chas­ing them up - if they don’t, it be­comes a po­lice mat­ter.’’

PHOTO: CAMERON BURNELL/FAIR­FAX NZ

Mike Tana spent less than $6000 in his elec­tion cam­paign.

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