Thanks a bunch Sue and Michelle

Sue Wood and Michelle Boag have helped deliver Labour-aligned councillors to North Shore with their ill-fated and frankly bizarre set up called Auckland Future.

After a nail-biting race to the finish line, Richard Hills takes his seat at the council table next to North Shore ward councillor Chris Darby.

The announcement was confirmed at 9am this morning, October 14, following a neck-and-neck race between Hills and rival Grant Gillon.

Hills takes?the title by 128 special votes.

Hills and Darby were campaign partners for this election, and are looking forward to working together.

Hills says he’s chuffed and?it feels real now.

Darby says it just seemed like a “natural fit” to work with Hills. ?

Focussing on public transport, especially safer cycling routes, will be one of their first priorities.

As well as the progressive planning of light rail to the North Shore.

Darby says he will also address the regeneration of Takapuna, Northcote and Birkenhead, and how we can address “this housing affordability problem” which is a shared?responsibility between central and local government.

“We can’t shy away from it,” he adds.

Hills says that, additionally he wants to make council more people facing engaged service.

“Working with the mayor, the governing body and the community.”

Darby voted for massive rates increases but campaigned on small ones this election. Richard Hills is tribal Labour but hid it on his signs. Now, after being elected he is pushing for rail to the North Shore.

The fools at Auckland Future have caused this. They need to be carded. Run out of town on rails.

 

– North Shore Times

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