Kia ora and welcome

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Efeso Collins for Mayor

Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland has been my home all my life. From growing up in a state house in Ōtara to graduating from university with a Master’s degree in education, this city has been wonderful to my family. Dad drove taxis and Mum worked on a factory floor to support us through school and uni.

I’ve worked in research, youth development, owned businesses including a small consultancy firm, and most recently represented Aucklanders as a local board chairperson and city councillor. I know what it’s like to be a flatmate, tenant, first-home buyer and landlord. I’m a husband and dad to two beautiful girls, and committed to building an enduring legacy for them and their generation.

While you may know me as an advocate for South Auckland, I’m a champion for all communities. It’s our local areas where the kids go to school, where we can enjoy recreation at our pools and parks, connect at our local library or head up the road to grab coffee with friends and colleagues that gives us a true sense of community. It’s our town centres and villages that give Aucklanders a real sense of belonging and my mayoralty will be as much about enhancing our local neighbourhoods as it will be about creating a vibrant city centre.

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Let’s imagine a new Auckland - where it’s easy to get around thanks to reliable and affordable public transport, where long-term housing security is an achievable aspiration for everyone, and where we reduce climate emissions while creating sustainable businesses.

Let that new city be a place where we’re connected by great events that celebrate our diverse cultural vibrancy, where we close the digital and social divide and create safe and caring local communities.

And let’s bury the tired politics of old, which seek to categorise and divide us, placing one side against another. Instead, let’s engage in a politics of listening, collaboration and authenticity that places the aspirations of Aucklanders front and centre of all we do - because when it’s with the people, it’s for the people.