John Tamihere: If Phil Goff doesn’t sort out Auckland’s housing, I’ll take his job and do it myself

John Tamihere has thrown down the gauntlet to Phil Goff – fix Auckland’s housing crisis or he will run for mayor and do it himself.

The prominent Waipareira Trust chief executive is setting himself up to challenge Goff for Auckland’s top job at next year’s local government elections.

He has described Goff as running a “dictatorship” which is doing nothing to help house those earning $80,000 a year or less and attacked Auckland Council as “arrogant”.

On Goff, Tamihere said: “He is enforcing inequality and it is the tale of two cities and he is building it.”

Tamihere is a high-profile – and often controversial – figure. A lawyer by training, he led Waipareira Trust from 1994, then served as a Labour MP from 1999 with a role as a Cabinet minister after the 2002 election.

He lost his seat in 2005 in the wake of publicity about inflammatory comments he made about colleagues then unsuccessfully challenged Sir Bob Harvey for the Waitākere mayoralty in 2007 before heading into further controversy as a talkback radio host.

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Source: NZ Herald