16 Jul 2010

Super-mayor hopefuls address business leaders

8:56 am on 16 July 2010

The battle to be the first super-mayor of Auckland has heated up with the two leading contenders sharing a campaign platform for the first time.

Manukau City mayor Len Brown and Auckland City mayor John Banks addressed a business and legal community audience on Thursday evening.

Mr Banks proposed a register of the financial interests for the mayor and council chairpeople, and for the expense claims of all elected representatives to be published quarterly.

The policy comes in the wake of admissions by Mr Brown that his credit card use on occasions breached council rules, and by John Banks that he was wrong to claim he hadn't dined at ratepayers expense.

Mr Brown put a focus on transport, and said the city requires the type of leadership that can reach out and unite Auckland's communities and has a vision for the city's growth and development. Mr Banks told the gathering the city needs a stable leadership.