John Tamihere says a lightning bolt has hit voters in the past few weeks and he's poised to be the next mayor of the Super City.

Tamihere is nothing if not blunt and to the point - the opposite of Phil Goff, the considered and grey politician who goes about the job in a workmanlike way.

"I'm telling you mate, there is a huge appetite for change," Tamihere said after wooing Grey Power members, who vote in droves, at the North Harbour Netball Centre last Friday.

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