12 Dec 2016

Goff has $200k left in campaign kitty after mayoral win

11:03 am on 12 December 2016

Auckland mayor Phil Goff has nearly $200,000 left in his campaign kitty, after raising far more than he needed to win October's election.

Auckland's mayor Phil Goff delivers his maiden speech.

Phil Goff raised $604,171 for his mayoral campaign. Photo: RNZ / Todd Niall

Election returns show Mr Goff raised $604,171, but spent only $410,814 to win comfortably.

The leftover money remains available for him to use in a future campaign.

Mr Goff's nearest rival Vic Crone spent $232,216, leaving her with an $11,000 shortfall.

John Palino spent $80,774, Mark Thomas $46,782, and third-placed Chloe Swarbrick just $8369.

Mr Goff's biggest boost came from the auction of a book signed by the Chinese Premier, which sold for $150,000 to a locally based investment company, Hong Tai Chi.

He received $50,000 from Fuh Wah, which is building a waterfront hotel, and $5000 donations from former Prime Minister Helen Clark, businessman Eric Watson, and the E tū trade union.

Ms Crone's biggest supporters were HWM Holdings, owned by Peter Huljich, with $50,000, Fran Wyborn with $45,000, the centre-right political group Auckland Future with $18,500, with National Party president Peter Goodfellow chipping in $10,000.

Mr Thomas' return shows only one donation over the $1500 declaration threshold.

Mr Palino's biggest backer was apartment developer XCJ Group, with $28,000, and Mr Palino himself contributed a similar amount.

On a value-for-money basis, third-placed Ms Swarbrick was the clear winner, with each of her 29,098 votes costing just 28 cents.

Mr Thomas spent $4.88 for each voted received, Mr Palino $2.81, Mr Goff, $2.18, and Ms Crone $1.98.

The returns identify all donations over $1500, and all spending inside the three-month official campaign period.

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