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Porirua Mayor Leggett accused of putting his career above his city

Aug 21st, 2013 | By | Category: Editor's Picks, Front Page Layout, Lead Story, News

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Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett (above) has been accused of using the city as a stepping stone for his political career.

Mayoral hopeful Brian Collins (right), of Papakowhai, said Mr Leggett was too concerned with politics and not enough with the community.

He described Mr Leggett as someone whose focus is on his political career, “with all the interpretations of politics available in the dictionary”.CollinsHEAD

Fellow contender Yvonne Carroll (below), of Titahi Bay, said Mr Leggett looked at the big picture to the detriment of the city and ignored the community.

“I think Porirua is a stepping stone for his political career. I don’t mind that, but not at the expense of 53,000 people,” she said.

Mr Leggett, the youngest mayor in the country, was quick to defend himself.    “If you look at what they stand for, which is not much, they are opposed to everything. I’m actually progressive.

“Just because I’m young, people are assuming ‘you’re too big for your boots, you’ve got too much too say, you’re too ambitious’,” Mr Leggett said.

Carroll150pxAbout his career plans, the Labour Party member said he would not rule out a run for Parliament in the future.

“I actually also want to go and get a real job again at some stage,” he said.

“I think the best politicians are people who have had jobs in the real world.”

Porirua Chamber of Commerce CEO Holly Thompson said Mr Leggett could make a good MP one day and was a good voice for Porirua.

“Nick is seen as business-friendly and is liked by the business community,” she said. “I think he is very good at listening to all sides of an argument before forming an opinion.”

Mr Leggett said he was committed to a second term as mayor and rumours about his future were just speculation.

“I’m still as passionate about Porirua as the day I decided I was going to stand for mayor, but with three years’ experience on the job, I think I’ve got a great appreciation of what’s required,” Mr Leggett said.

 

 

 

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is a Whitireia journalism student covering Porirua, Titahi Bay, Mana and Plimmerton. He has a BA in History and Political Science from Victoria University.
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