COMMENT:

Here's hoping perennial politician John Banks joins the Auckland mayoral race. And not just because his eccentricities have provided me with rich pickings over the years to fulminate about.

What excites me is that Banks, in his opening toe-dipping in the weekend media, homed in on what I see as the basic short-coming of Auckland Super City politics. That is, that the creators of the new city governance model deliberately tried to remove politics from the scene.

Following the lead of already declared candidate, John Tamihere, Banks is also preparing to confront this problem full on. He says that

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