Who will be Auckland's super-city mayor?

John Banks:
The mellowed, transmogrified Auckland mayor wants the job and is seen as the best option by many.
CHANCES: The front runner

Len Brown:
The well-liked and passionate Manukau City mayor's recent heart problems may count against his getting such a stressful job.
CHANCES: Good to very good

Bob Harvey:
The six-term mayor of Waitakere believes the mayoral job is not about hubris or ego but leadership and the ability to see the bigger picture. But he might need to give a younger person a chance.
CHANCES: Average to good

Mike Lee:
The chairman of the Auckland Regional Council said he was reluctant to see central government social responsibilities off-loaded on to a new city region when getting there was tough and new infrastructure was greatly needed.

Andrew Williams:
The North Shore mayor and critic of the super city. Has eccentric, sometimes combative style and is highly unlikely to stand.

Judith Tizard:
The former Labour MP lost one of Auckland's "safe" seats to National last year. Not seen as the future of Auckland.

Paul Holmes:
The sentimental vote. The nation's conscience for years could stand a chance if Aucklanders really miss hearing him on the radio each morning.
CHANCES: Average

Peter Leitch:
Has "dylexia" as he calls it but is a self-made millionaire and tirelessly works for charity. Not a serious contender.
CHANCES: Poor to average

Blair Strang:
Once Rangi from Shortland Street, the qualified lawyer now sees himself as a, ahem, serious mayoral candidate.

- NZ Herald

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