Viv Beck standing for Auckland mayoralty
Heart of the City chief executive Viv Beck is standing as an independent candidate for the Auckland mayoralty at this year's local government elections.
In a statement Beck said she was standing for mayor because the city needed "someone with local and central government experience, business understanding, and someone who can work constructively with people to get the best results for Aucklanders".
The city was in an important time and needed the right choices made for its future, she said.
"There are many great things about our city. However, the reality is that we have crippling congestion, we have people stuck in a housing emergency and our streets are less safe. At the same time, Auckland has borne the brunt of the Covid-19 pandemic with many of our small businesses and communities struggling to survive.
"Now, more than ever, Auckland needs a mayor with the passion, determination and skills to get things done. To be Auckland's greatest champion, to tackle our biggest challenges while making sure we spend wisely as we invest in the future of Auckland.
"The supercity we were promised is ours to make happen. We can't accept that things are as good as they get. Aucklanders deserve better. They deserve more say in decisions that affect them, transport that meets their needs, affordable housing and safe streets. They need to see that their rates are delivering value in their community."
She would work across across the city's diverse communities to earn their trust and confidence, she said.
Efeso Collins, Leo Molloy and Craig Lord are also confirmed candidates. Collins, a councillor representing Manukau since 2016, has been endorsed by the Labour Party.
Two-term mayor and former Labour Party leader Phil Goff last month confirmed he would not seek re-election.
The local government elections will be held on Saturday 8 October.