Phil Goff is seeking a second term as mayor of the Super City where he faces a potentially hostile council set on thwarting his policies and making life hell for council bureaucrats.

They call themselves the "B team," and are planning to defeat "Team Goff" at next month's local body elections.

Away from the mayoral contest between Phil Goff and John Tamihere, the Weekend Herald can reveal a strategy loosely co-ordinated by councillor Daniel Newman targeting several wards to win office.

The strategy has four goals. Defeat "Team Goff" councillors in Whau, Tamaki-Maungakiekie and North Shore wards. Hold Waitemata and

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The battles for control of Auckland Council

North Shore

Whau

Maungakiekie-Tamaki

Waitemata/Howick/Maungakiekie-Tamaki

What will change if the B team wins control of council?

Who's who

Team Goff

B team

Others*