Green Party co-leader Russel Norman yesterday warned that plans for a Super City council would jeopardise Mt Albert's public libraries, sports and community halls.

The Mt Albert byelection candidate said Auckland needed open governance which protected local democracy and assets while providing the regional co-ordination that was needed.

"[Local Government Minister] Rodney Hide's plan to gut local democracy and prepare Auckland's assets for sale need to be confronted head-on."

He said that as co-leader of New Zealand's third major political party, he would be able to advocate residents' concerns "strongly from the parliamentary front benches" if he were elected.

"Unlike the backbenchers who ask patsy questions, I have the power to negotiate on behalf of the people of Mt Albert in Wellington."

Dr Norman spoke to Waterview residents concerned about Labour's proposal for a tunnel and National's above-ground motorway option.

He said he would campaign against the Waterview connection, which he said would "bulldoze a motorway through low-income neighbourhoods". "This is a thriving community that faces decimation if this motorway project proceeds".

He also discussed environmental issues, including the polluted Meola Creek, which he said would face "more pressure" from development at the St Lukes mall.

Mr Norman is standing against National list MP Melissa Lee, Labour's David Shearer and Act list MP John Boscawen.

- NZPA