Let's get real. It frankly doesn't matter how much film-maker Sir Peter Jackson pumped into Andy Foster's Wellington mayoralty campaign.

What really matters is that Foster now has an opportunity to inject leadership into a council that has come to be seen by many Wellingtonians as a Government puppet.

Politically based claims that Foster is a Jackson puppet have helped fuel articles by New Zealand-based journalists for the New York Times and the Guardian who have spotlighted the film-maker's influence.


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