The War for Auckland: A Voter's Guide

Orākei ward

Your Candidates

Richard Leckinger Richard LECKINGER Green Party

Mike Padfield Mike PADFIELD Community Voice

Desley Simpson Desley SIMPSON C&R – Communities & Residents

Ian Wilson Ian WILSON

Click below to see the Spinoff endorsements

A blue S denotes a coveted Spinoff endorsement; a grey S = a capable candidate who didn’t quite make the cut. Click here for our general backgrounder.

Desley Simpson is going to win, but we can’t bring ourselves to give her a prized S beside her name.

While she seems to have a lot of support among the oppressed millionaires of Ōrākei and an encouraging ability to work across the political spectrum, her platform is heavy on catch cries like “eliminating wasteful spending” and low on vision for what kind of city Auckland will be.

Richard Leckinger has a clearer plan. He’s in favour of putting apartments close to the central city, pedestrianising streets, improving public transport networks and not sinking all our blessed cash into roads. That’s much closer to our War objectives than anything Simpson is saying.

So pin this blue S to your chest Richard. Fight the War on the beaches of Kohimarama; the fields of Mission Bay. Fight on the hills of Glendowie; the streets of Pt England. Fight in that barren outpost of Meadowbank; the seas and oceans of St Heliers. Fight until you cannot fight any more, and Ōrākei falls.

We will remember you.