Student radio broadcaster Aaron Hawkins took aim at the
Dunedin City Council as he was confirmed as the Green Party's
candidate for the Dunedin mayoralty last night.
Mr Hawkins was named by party co-leader Metiria Turei as the
party's mayoral and council candidate at a function at the
Queens Cafe and Bar in Dunedin.
He told supporters the council seemed to treat some people as
''an annoyance'', and needed to realise democracy did not
only occur every three years.
Mr Hawkins, an unsuccessful council and mayoral candidate in
2010, hoped to capture some of the electoral support enjoyed
by the party, particularly in North Dunedin.
If elected, he would push for sustainable jobs, warm and
healthy homes, and more efficient and affordable public
transport in the city.
''Green jobs and green homes and green transport to get us
between the two - that's a Green Dunedin,'' he said.
However, he would not elaborate when asked by a member of the
crowd how he would improve public transport when the system
was run by the Otago Regional Council.
And, speaking afterwards, he told the Otago Daily
Times it was too soon to say how many other Green
candidates could also seek election in Dunedin.
Mr Hawkins' mayoral campaign would pit him against Mayor Dave
Cull and Cr Lee Vandervis, and possibly former Act New
Zealand party list MP Hilary Calvert.
Sir Eion Edgar had also suggested reconstituting a Citizens
Association to back candidates for the council and mayoralty.
- Cr Andrew Noone, the only incumbent Dunedin city councillor
yet to be contacted about their election plans, also
confirmed yesterday he would stand for council again in