9 Mar 2016

Ralston launches bid for Auckland Council seat

4:07 pm on 9 March 2016

Former television executive and journalist Bill Ralston has formally launched his bid for a seat on the Auckland Council, at an event peppered with past and present National Party figures.

Bill Ralston

Mr Ralston is running as an Independent in the Waitemata and Gulf ward seat currently held by the centre-left veteran Mike Lee.

He told a gathering in Ponsonby he advocated lower rates rises, a partial sale of the operating side of Ports of Auckland, and investment in transport projects such as more dedicated busways.

His audience included cabinet minister and local MP Nikki Kaye, and past National Party presidents Sue Wood and Michelle Boag, and centre-right mayoral candidate Victoria Crone.

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