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Controversial North Shore mayor to contest super city vote

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Andrew Williams
Andrew Williams

Auckland, July 10 NZPA - Controversial North Shore mayor Andrew Williams will contest the mayoralty for the new Auckland super city later this year.

Mr Williams, 51, opened his campaign with criticisms of the two main contenders, Auckland mayor John Banks and Manukau mayor Len Brown.

He also compared himself with the unconventional mayors, including London's Boris Johnson and Invercargill's Tim Shadbolt, the Weekend Herald reported today.

He said Mr Banks' suggestion New Zealand could host the Olympics was pie in the sky and the wheels had fallen off Mr Brown's campaign over his credit card expenses.

Some of the world's great mayors had been on the edge, such as Boris Johnson and Tim Shadbolt, and it was often the more colourful and stronger mayors who got things done, Mr Williams said.

Mr Williams was elected as North Shore mayor in 2007, beating long-serving mayor and former police inspector George Wood.

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