This week, the Auckland Transition Authority announced nominations for the new Auckland Council elections. Fifteen mayoral hopefuls have put their names forward: there are two frontrunners, Len Brown and John Banks. Both are sitting mayors. Both are very short. Both are a little odd.

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This week, the Auckland Transition Authority announced nominations for the new Auckland Council elections. The “super city”, as it’s called, will amalgamate eight local and regional authorities into one unitary council – the largest in Australasia, representing 1.4 million people and covering 6000 sq km. Postal voting begins in September and the council comes into being on 1 November.

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