Crone has resigned her role as CEO of Xero to concentrate her formidable energy into becoming Auckland's mayor in 2016.
The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance has issued the following media release.
SUPER CITY NEEDS COMMITMENT TO FISCAL PRUDENCE
The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance is welcoming the announcement from Victoria Crone that she will be standing for the Auckland Mayoralty next year. Ratepayers’ Alliance spokesperson, Jo Holmes, says:
“The two big challenges for the next mayor will be tackling the Council's spending and debt. Many of our members have expressed an appetite for a mayor with business acumen. We welcome Victoria Crone’s entry into the race."
Vic Crone has resigned her role as Xero’s managing director, NZ and new markets, to focus on her tilt at the Auckland mayoralty, promising she will bring fresh thinking and a focus on fiscal responsibility should she win next year’s election.
Officially announcing her candidacy at an event at Auckland learning centre Mindlab this afternoon, Ms Crone says she has been prompted to make her run by a desire for her children to “grow up in a city that thrives, prospers and embraces change.”
She says that although Auckland “is facing huge imminent growth”, there is currently “no plan that addresses and embraces what's coming.”
“We must be a step ahead and we need to make some big decisions to get there,” Ms Crone says.
These involve addressing the issues of rates increases, council costs, transport and housing “head-on.”
There are no quick fixes for these, she warns, and any solutions must take into account future trends and developments.
Although she says she will run as an independent and would be happy to work with National and Labour if her bid is successful, she notes that she believes “strongly in the values of fiscal responsibility and share this view with others on the centre right. (my bold type)
“I have had discussions with Auckland Future as it develops its thinking around our city, and expect to continue these discussions in the coming months.”
Ms Crone will not be announcing policy immediately.
Instead, in the next few months she will be seeking the views of Aucklanders about what they see as the challenges facing the city, as well as beginning to present some of her own ideas.
“I want this process to be a dialogue,” she says. “I will be talking to people from across Auckland, in person and via online forums, from all walks of life to ensure I deeply understand the real issues Aucklanders face.
“I believe strong leadership comes from listening and making informed decisions as well as having the foresight to drive fresh thinking. It is not about imposing my views on our city.”
As well as her mayoralty campaign, Ms Crone also announced the launch of a website to support it: http://vic4mayor.nz/
Meanwhile Crone has the done the honourable thing and resigned her lucrative post as Xero boss. This is a brave step towards demonstrating her commitment to fiscal responsibility.
Victoria Victorious or Goff the trough?