Wayne Brown has been elected Mayor of Auckland City and whether he likes it or not he’s being talked up as a head-busting swamp-draining “Warrior Without Woke” limitations.
That has had some people resign already and will have others wondering if they will keep their job within the Auckland City Council.
It’s been an issue in the building for a while – an admission made to me that it was an easy place for some people to get a job that they didn’t deserve or wasn’t required.
The upside though, is that there will be many people in Auckland who wanted to know that it was worthwhile having another go.
Those hard call moments in business, if you haven’t been in that position, can be hard to understand. They are tough life decisions in hard times.
Do I keep going? Dare I have a go?
For Auckland, Brown will be a very visual incentive to thousands of people. At times, that’s all it takes – the knowledge that other people are singing to a tune called self-responsibility.
Given that our national politics is at a standstill, stalled by a government defending unwanted policy, and a compromised Opposition, our local body initiatives are paramount to a recovery that starts now, rather than after the 2023 election.
Auckland is one of two places I’ve got my eye on, and rightfully so as journalism can play a important role in assisting any recovery.
In both cases with right-wing Mayors fresh in the job, woke journalism chasing sob stories rather than success stories will be a hindering, rather than a helpful force.
Auckland is still the centre of secondary GDP, and Rotorua could be the heart of tourism again, but realistically it’s Tapsell that has the tougher job ahead of her.