Penny Bright launches Auckland mayoralty bid

5:28 pm on 10 September 2016

Colourful Auckland activist Penny Bright has formally launched her bid for the mayoralty, running on her long-established anti-corruption platform.

Penny Bright (left) and a supporter at her campaign launch.

Penny Bright (left) and a supporter at her campaign launch. Photo: RNZ / Todd Niall

Ms Bright who has given herself the nickname of "Her Warship" is pledging to take public transport out of the hands of private operators and force vacant homes to be made available.

She launched her low-budget campaign as part of the Rally for Democracy in Auckland's Victoria Park.

Penny Bright finished a distant fourth in the mayoral race in 2013, and is one of 19 candidates.

She is locked in a legal battle with the Auckland Council, having refused to pay rates for eight years, until the council publishes all details of contracts let to the private sector.

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