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Auckland councillor Efeso Collins introduced his marketing campaign for the mayoralty very last night with a guarantee of a fairer, a lot more cost-effective city. The party was held at stylish central-city songs venue Cleaning soap Dancehall, a fitting spot for the unveiling of Collins’ campaign music, Nesian Mystik’s pretty danceable 2002 anthem ‘For the People’, the title of which has also been adopted as the Collins campaign’s tagline. Campaign music have been an critical component of Collins’ political id – ‘Vote Efeso Collins’, the tune that soundtracked his 1st council marketing campaign in 2013, became a cult favorite.

“We want to be bold,” Collins informed the crowd of additional than 100 supporters standing at the edges of the vinyl dancefloor. “Let’s aspiration of an Auckland that is distinct.” Economical housing, general public transport, local weather adjust and unity had been the themes introduced up in the course of the evening by Collins and some others who spoke.

Efeso Collins speaks to an indoor crowd at his mayoral campaign launch
Efeso Collins requires the stage at his Auckland mayoral marketing campaign launch. (Image: Charlotte Muru-Lanning)

The marketing campaign party was also a exhibit of unity between the Labour Bash and Eco-friendly Social gathering – nevertheless not devoid of helpful jibes. Both equally events have endorsed Collins’ mayoral bid, marking the to start with time the Greens have endorsed an Auckland mayoral prospect outdoors their own social gathering.

Environmentally friendly MP Golriz Ghahraman spoke to the crowd and described Collins as “a prospect for unity”. Labour minister Michael Wooden, meanwhile, mentioned this was “a marketing campaign for the long term, a marketing campaign for the people”. The night was MC’d by AUT’s law university dean Khylee Quince, with Auckland councillor Josephine Bartley and South Auckland poet and activist Aigagalefili Fepulea’i-Tapua’i also building speeches in support.

Collins will be on the ballot for mayor alongside Viv Beck, Gary Brown, Wayne Brown, Ted Johnston, Jake Regulation, Craig Lord and Leo Molloy. The regional elections are held on Oct 8.

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