Former Green Party member and council employee David Hay has announced he is standing for the Auckland mayoralty next year.
Mr Hay today said he was standing as an independent, saying among his policies would be to change the voting system to single transferable vote, create a "joint committee" of Auckland councillors and Government ministers, and apply a commercial governance model to the council's core operations.
Mr Hay has been a Principal Policy Analyst at Auckland Council and at Manukau City Council before that. He also stood for the Green Party in Rodney, in 2008, and Epsom in 2011. He is no longer a member of the Greens, nor does he work at the council.
"Local government is a uniquely complex business" Mr Hay said.
"After 10 years of working in the sector, I've got a pretty good handle on it. Auckland needs a mayor who understands the business and the dynamic policy environment in which it operates. I can be highly effective in the role because I have that background and experience.
"Auckland's mayor needs to work with the Government of the day. I'm willing and able to work with the current Government, and any future Government, to do what's best for the people of Auckland." said Mr Hay.
In February last year, the Green Party suspended Mr Hay for attacking the party's leaders and releasing internal documents. An investigation panel found that he had breached the party's code of conduct and recommended a "cooling down" period of one year.
One of the major problems with Auckland is Green activist bureaucrats ruling the roost and telling the politicians what to do, say and think. That is why all the Council planning documentation, fully prepared even before the first meeting of the new Supercity elected representatives back in November 2010, is full of UN Agenda 21 rhetoric with words like liveability, sustainability, and biodiversity but lacking words like accountability and financial responsibility.
Mind you, it might give the Green UN Agenda 21, Generation Zero and Cycle Action activists a candidate of their own to vote for, but I doubt someone sidelined from the Party has big appeal, even for them, when they already have Goff.
I can think of no worse credentials for the job of mayor than being both Green and a Council bureaucrat with an ego as big as loopy, lying, lecherous Len's? A Council bureaucrat's bureaucrat? No thanks.