Bernard Orsman is Super City reporter for the NZ Herald.

It's raining cats and dogs in final week of Auckland mayoral race

Auckland Mayoral candidates Phil Goff and Victoria Crone. Photo / Nick Reed
Auckland Mayoral candidates Phil Goff and Victoria Crone. Photo / Nick Reed

Phil Goff attended a church service for cats and dogs in central Auckland yesterday in search of votes. Vic Crone kept out of the rain, criss-crossing the city's malls.

"It's not over yet, not at all," said Vic Crone from St Lukes Mall, one of half a dozen malls she visited on the last weekend in the Auckland mayoral contest.

For 10 months, the businesswoman has been battling Goff, letting Aucklanders get to know her, her style, vision and policies for the Super City.

With five days left until the polls close on Saturday, Crone is not letting up. She's got a sport and recreation debate(with Goff) tomorrow and is "really focused on encouraging people to vote".

It's not over yet, not at all
Vic Crone

The Crone camp is making a big splash on social media and teams of workers are organised to take down the 300 to 400 billboards across the city on Friday evening.

Goff's Sunday had an ethnic feel, plus the SPCA blessing of the animal service at St Matthew-in-the-City. He visited a Hindu temple, a Sikh gurdwara and the Bangladesh Association.

On Wednesday, Goff will go to Wellington on parliamentary business. If he wins on Saturday he will resign and deliver a valedictory speech the following Tuesday - ending a 35-year association with national politics.

Thursday and Friday will be "reasonably light" says Goff, who has a Rotary meeting on Friday morning. He has time set aside to "think about transitional issues in the event I get elected". Time permitting, he may mow the lawns at his farmlet in rural Clevedon.

Goff is planning an election party at a bar venue in central Auckland. Crone is still planning her party.

- NZ Herald

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