Gary Brown, the chair of the Hibiscus and Bays local board – and noted Austin Powers impersonator – has thrown his hat in the ring to become Auckland mayor.
Brown, who was elected to his local board in 2019, has a long career in entertainment and has performed as the Mike Myers character since 2000, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Announcing his candidacy, Brown acknowledged he was late to join the race, but was doing so after “countless requests to consider running”.
“My intention is to unite communities and be an open, trusted leader that goes into bat for all Aucklanders, regardless of demographics or geographical location. As one of the world’s great multicultural cities, I believe Auckland is built on inclusivity.”
He says he does not view his politics in terms of left or right, and is instead “all for commonsense”.
He said his campaign will be totally digital or via direct face-to-face contact, with limited hoardings – a reflection of his environmental beliefs. He said that if elected he will embrace sustainability and lead a charge for an increase in renewable energy and better transport solutions in Auckland.
The North Shore politician becomes the second Brown to join the race – meaning there are now twice as many Browns vying for the mayoralty as there are women.
The full list of mayoral candidates so far is Viv Beck, Gary Brown, Wayne Brown, Efeso Collins, Ted Johnston, Jake Law, Craig Lord and Leo Molloy.