Median family income in the ward jumped 19.8 per cent from $58,600 in the 2006 Census to $70,200 in 2013.

Opinions on the rates bills in Onehunga seem to depend on your age group.

Rachel Goldsmith, a young mother of two, would rather see Auckland's big transport projects paid for out of rates than by borrowing. "Aucklanders have made some pretty significant capital gains, so why shouldn't they pay for some of these increasing services and infrastructure?" she asks.

"I think the council has done a pretty good job and we should actually pay for it, rather than our kids."

Many families are still struggling in Onehunga. Photo / Natalie Slade
Many families are still struggling in Onehunga. Photo / Natalie Slade

Their three-bedroom rented home costs $620 a week.


"I vote for Labour," he says.

"If Labour get in they will pass a bill to assist first-home buyers."

Labour's candidate, Patrick Cummuskey, says the council should build more social housing and opposes any arbitrary limit on rates increases.

Community leaders such as Onehunga Enhancement Society chairman Jim Jackson say Krum has worked closely with them to restore the Onehunga foreshore and to minimise the impact of a planned new east-west motorway link that would connect with the airport motorway in a massive interchange near the Onehunga wharf.

Krum's campaign wobbled in August when fellow ticket member Viliami Tiseli also lodged a nomination for the ward's sole seat on the council.

He had meant to nominate for the local board, and quickly dropped his Auckland Future label, urging people to vote for Krum.











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