February 24, 2022
McCarten backing Molloy’s mayoral plan
The campaign manager for Auckland mayoral candidate Leo Molloy says the super city is ready for a non-politician in the role.
Matt McCarten ran Waipareira head John Tamihere’s campaign in the last mayoral election and stood himself in 2001.
He has also had roles in the Alliance and Labour Party as well as in trade unions.
He told Radio Waatea talkback host Shane Te Pou he’s known Mr Molloy for a while, and while they may seem at the opposing ends of the political spectrum, he’s impressed with how the high profile restaurateur treats his staff, his behind the scenes charitable contributions to Māori and low income causes and his vision for the city, especially for the supply of rental housing.
“It’s going to have to be done on council land and it’s going to have to be done (with) partnerships. Our people, not just Māori but poor Pākehā, we need long term rentals in this town. He’s the only one that has a very clear plan on it,” Mr McCarten says.
He says Leo Molloy also has a plan for public transport, which is a critical issue for many low income Aucklanders.