Auckland’s mayoral race: The battle of the blue-red combos

OPINION: With one million voters to woo, candidates eager to be Auckland’s subsequent mayor must have vast attraction.

The choice by challenger and one-time Labour cupboard minister John Tamihere, to have a running-mate, in former Nationwide cupboard minister Christine Fletcher, is an apparent although novel technique to make a pitch throughout the standard political spectrum.

How that marketing campaign would possibly tackle the red-blue combo that’s incumbent Phil Goff, is beginning to take form.

Mayoral hopeful John Tamihere flanked by strategists Michelle Boag, and Matt McCarten.

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Mayoral hopeful John Tamihere flanked by strategists Michelle Boag, and Matt McCarten.

Anticipate to listen to loads concerning the “Auckland” candidate versus the “Wellington” candidate.

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Behind the Tamihere/Fletcher duo are two very long time campaigners from reverse ends of the spectrum.

Auckland Super City mayor Phil Goff at his office.

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Auckland Tremendous Metropolis mayor Phil Goff at his workplace.

Matt McCarten’s had an organising position within the Labour Social gathering, the late-nineties-formed Alliance, Unite Union, and most lately with Andrew Little throughout his time as Labour’s chief.

He was concerned within the 1992 marketing campaign which averted the privatisation of native body-owned Ports of Auckland, however the Alliance’s regionwide tilt in Auckland’s 1995 native physique election, with its “Higher Auckland Plan” to construct infrastructure, failed.

Becoming a member of the marketing campaign from the blue nook is Michelle Boag, a one-time Nationwide Social gathering President who has been energetic in looking for and help successive centre-right candidates for the Auckland mayoralty – most lately Victoria Crone who misplaced soundly to Goff in 2016.

Tamihere is prone to be pitched because the straight-talking, old-style Labour battler, taking up the institution AKA the Authorities, and bureaucrats in Wellington however particularly Auckland, the place there’ll loads of speak about an overpaid and overstaffed council.

The assault traces are clear: Goff as a”puppet” of the federal government, and of his attempting to masks his Labour previous with marketing campaign hues of blue, to once more appeal to Nationwide-leaning voters from the south-east and centre. 

Anticipate an old-style street-corner marketing campaign, with Tamihere working his street-level abilities, whereas on the similar selling his enterprise cred as a one-time Minister of Small Enterprise, and lengthy standing chief government of West Auckland social providers supplier Waipareira Belief.

Mayoral hopeful John Tamihere with strategists Michelle Boag  and Matt McCarten, with running mate Christine Fletcher in the background.

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Mayoral hopeful John Tamihere with strategists Michelle Boag and Matt McCarten, with working mate Christine Fletcher within the background.

Fletcher is a three-term Auckland councillor, one-term Auckland Metropolis Council mayor and a number one determine within the Nationwide Social gathering-aligned Communities and Residents group within the central suburbs. Her job can be to allay any fears these within the leafy suburbs may need about backing Tamihere.

Will probably be a marketing campaign that should fracture help for Goff within the south and west which historically again Labour, a celebration which Goff as soon as led.

Two weeks after his marketing campaign launch, Goff’s 2019 guarantees are but to be unveiled, although count on a “extra of the identical” method, constructing off a time period of stable progress, although not all of which he can declare credit score for.

He takes a special tack to appeal-widening, relying on voters figuring out his life-long affiliation with Labour, however with a marketing campaign colour-scheme closely tinged with blue.

Goff’s 2016 policies have not all turned out in accordance with the brochure, however whether or not Tamihere’s marketing campaign could make electoral headway with the discrepancies stays to be seen.

In opposition to Goff’s stable incumbency and $200,000 marketing campaign war-chest unspent from 2016, and Tamihere’s outspokenness and campaign-hardened workforce, the opposite declared challengers John Palino, Craig Lord, Joshua Love and John Lehmann could have their work reduce out to carve out a constituency.