A polling company phoned the other night asking if I had half a minute to answer some questions about Auckland Council. I did.

On a scale of one to five, five being highest, where would I rate the council's performance? Two, I said, thinking that might be generous.

How would I rate the performance of the mayor, Phil Goff? Two.


If I was asked to choose between Phil Goff and John Tamihere for mayor, which would I choose? (So that's what it was really about.) "Goff", I answered without hesitation or enthusiasm.

What a limited choice. The incumbent dull