Porirua's mayor sets sights on Wellington job

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Porirua's popular mayor Nick Leggett has this morning announced his bid for the Wellington mayoralty.

In a statement Mr Leggett said he believes Wellington is a great city which deserves great leadership and energy -- the kind he claims he can offer.

"Wellington is a great city that deserves great leadership, but it's been stalled at the lights in recent years."

The former Labour politician, who resigned from that position on Friday, says his connections with the capital city run "DNA deep".

"My family has lived here for six generations. I went to Tawa College and Victoria University and spent years working in the CBD. Porirua and Wellington's councils might be separate entities, but we're all Wellingtonians."

Mr Leggett says his campaign revolves around creating localised decision making, stating he believes communities should be at the centre-fold of decision making in their neighbourhoods.

“As Mayor, I will enact a policy of meaningful devolution -- asking neighbourhoods to take a lead in determining local priorities, whether it’s roading improvements, better parks and recreational opportunities, or holiday programmes for kids."

The local body elections take place in October.

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