Auckland mayoral contender John Tamihere is facing growing criticism for promises ranging from freezing rates to privatisation of water.

The main challenger to mayor Phil Goff has announced a number of policies that politicians have described as "fantasy stuff", "irresponsible" and "desperate".

Not surprisingly, the former Labour MP and talkback host has hit back at his critics as he seeks to convince voters to give him a shot at running the Super City and managing a $7 billion annual budget.

In the past few weeks, Tamihere has announced controversial policies to turn the Auckland Harbour Bridge into a double-decker structure

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John Tamihere's election promises

Sell Ports of Auckland's operating business

Sell 49 per cent of Watercare

Dump the Regional Petrol Tax

Build an 18-lane, mega Harbour Bridge