She has the right creds. She is a business leader, a fresh young face, a person who looks forward to how Auckland should be adapting to new technologies that are already shaping the world, not backwards to nineteenth century transport options. She does not seem to be mired in political ideology but instead understands practical solutions to real problems.
Auckland business boss Victoria Crone has ranked the city's biggest challenges as rates rises, traffic and housing and revealed she will announce next week whether she will stand for mayor.
In her first media interview on major Auckland issues, the Xero managing director was frank on concerns about the city's direction, leadership and its inability to grasp or take advantage of significant technological changes.
"There are multiple issues for Auckland's citizens: rates increases, traffic in terms of congestion and public transport, and housing affordability. I think the public is very dissatisfied with the level of rate increases. I don't feel the city has used technology or innovation to solve some of its major problems," she said, referring to remote workplaces, which she said was a major global trend.
"We can be setting up trials and programmes between the public and private enterprise."
She also wants Auckland to examine driverless buses and car technology to ease road congestion.
"International research shows you can shift [traffic] volumes 50 to 100 times faster with driverless vehicles. It's not about saying we're going to solve it tomorrow, but where is the thinking in the next five to 10 years? I'm not sure we're looking strongly at future innovations. I think there's plenty of opportunities," she said.
Leadership is also a big concern and she ranked that ahead of the Unitary Plan and the port issue: "A strong leader is able to guide people through those changes," she said, referring to intensification and housing issues.
Goff is Len on steroids. He is a bureaucrat’s man through and through, more concerned with spending up large on outmoded transport solutions that will cripple Auckland than solving real problems in the real world. He has been a politician all his life and therefore knows nothing of how to make things happen but is well versed in spending other people’s money. He was a useless leader even in politics.
Crone knows what leadership is. She is a highly accomplished business leader who runs the local arm of the accounting software business. She spent nearly two decades at Telecom and Chorus before joining Xero last year.
She is a young woman who has made her mark in the business world, and that is no mean feat. She has the right stuff. Let’s hope she decides to lead Auckland in the right direction, and that means lower rates, more accountability and cutting out the culture of waste in Council. But first, let's hope she decides to stand. Timing is everything. Giving Aucklanders hope at this time of the year would be a stroke of genius.