Home sweet home: Leggett moves back

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - VIR­GINIA FAL­LON

Nick Leggett has left the build­ing.

Af­ter Welling­ton shunned his may­oral ad­vances, the for­mer mayor of Po­riua has moved back to the city he left nine months ago.

In June, Leggett and wife Emily moved to the Welling­ton sub­urb of John­sonville to con­test the cap­i­tal may­oralty.

He moved in across the road from the man who would even­tu­ally go on to win the may­oralty, Justin Lester.

It was the first time Leggett, who was Porirua mayor from 2010-16, had moved out of the Porirua area.

On Thurs­day, he de­nied he had slunk back to his home­town with his tail be­tween his legs.

‘‘Some peo­ple might think that, but if I had been slink­ing I would have been a lot qui­eter about it,’’ he laughed.

Af­ter his elec­tion loss, Leggett - a long­time Labour Party sup­porter - an­nounced he would try his hand at national pol­i­tics, seeking se­lec­tion as the National Party’s can­di­date in the Porirua seat of Mana, which had been a Labour strong­hold for years.

It was a decades-long love af­fair with a Pa­pakowhai home, not a political move, which brought him back to the city re­cently, he said.

‘‘It was a house I vis­ited as a child and when it came on the mar­ket we just knew we had to buy it.

‘‘I’ve loved this house since I was 10 and Emily lived up the road when she was a kid and loved it too. ‘‘We have a grow­ing fam­ily and Porirua City is a great place to raise them.’’

He con­firmed he would con­test National’s nom­i­na­tion for Mana but wouldn’t be drawn on the de­tails.

‘‘There’s a process and that’s all I can re­ally say ... they don’t like their se­lec­tions to be done though the media.’’

Leggett, now a busi­ness con­sul­tant, said he har­boured no bad feel­ings to­wards the city where his may­oral as­pi­ra­tions fell flat.

‘‘I don’t see the in­vis­i­ble wall be­tween Porirua and Welling­ton.

‘‘I’m a Welling­to­nian, whether I live within the bound­aries of Welling­ton city or not.’’

Mana MP Kris Faafoi said he re­spected Leggett and had worked closely with him as Porirua mayor.

‘‘I’m just do­ing what I’ve done since 2010 and the com­mu­nity re­wards hard work and com­mit­ment,’’ Faafoi said.

PHOTO: MONIQUE FORD/FAIR­FAX NZ

Nick Leggett and wife Emily Leggett moved into their John­sonville home in June last year.

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