21 Sep 2009

Sharples seens as ideal new Mayor for Auckland

7:00 am on 21 September 2009

A former Auckland mayoral candidate wants to see Tamaki Makaurau MP Pita Sharples lead the new super-city.

Unionist Matt McCarten says indications Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia may seek another term in Parliament, opens the door for Dr Sharples to take up the challenge next year.

He says Auckland, with its large Maori and Polynesian population, needs a transformational mayor and Dr Sharples fits the bill nicely.

He told Waatea News that Dr Sharples would "throw the race wide open, for sure."