Waikato Times - - Front Page - by Aaron Lea­man

James Cas­son


Stuck to his pop­ulist mes­sage of lis­ten­ing to ratepay­ers and cut­ting ‘‘friv­o­lous spend­ing’’. Cau­tioned against too much in­fill hous­ing.

Jack Gie­len


A nat­u­ral show­man who lacks the in­sight to know when to take his fi­nal bow. Strip away his turgid prose and you’ll find lit­tle sub­stance in his an­swers.

Louise Hutt


De­liv­ered an as­pi­ra­tional vi­sion for Hamil­ton fo­cused on in­clu­sion. At her best when talk­ing about youth, qual­ity hous­ing and the en­vi­ron­ment.

An­drew King


Mea­sured and con­fi­dent per­for­mance, cer­tainly did enough to please his sup­port base. Presents as a man of ac­tion, with strong busi­ness nous.

Lisa Lewis


Con­ser­va­tive but cred­i­ble speaker, grew in con­fi­dence as the evening went on. Wants to make Hamil­ton a des­ti­na­tion and lift at­ten­dance at Claude­lands Events Cen­tre.

An­gela O’Leary


Went on the at­tack through­out the evening, es­pous­ing the need for change. Promised to tear up King’s bud­get if elected mayor. Dif­fi­cult to see the pair work­ing to­gether.

Paula Southgate


Pushed themes of col­lab­o­ra­tion and part­ner­ship but showed a ten­dency to in­dulge in council speak. Elo­quent if some­what scripted speaker.

Mike West


Di­rect if some­what dull speaker, un­apolo­getic about his de­sire to pull back council spend­ing. Failed to stand out in a bloated may­oral can­di­dates field.

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