Len Brown says he would relish the opportunity to work alongside Sue Bradford on the Auckland Super City Council.

The Manukau mayor has thrown his hat into the ring to lead the new local body, and says the Green MP would make a great councillor.

Mr Brown says he enjoys Ms Bradford's company and thinks she is a great leader. He says while people have mixed views about the anti-smacking campaigner, she is totally genuine.

Mr Brown says Ms Bradford has a continuing role to play in politics, and is young and active enough to do so. Len Brown says he was sad when he learnt Sue Bradford was standing down from Parliament.