Kia ora Len ,
We had the greatest respect for you as Mayor of Manukau . When you put your hat into the ring for Auckland we were excited .
We donated funds to your campaign. Sally and I delivered and paid our staff to deliver your leaflets. We also worked the Ponsonby Business Community to vote for you and achieved some success.
We have been concerned about your lack of understanding of the importance of heritage buildings to our community, but have kept our comments to a few trusted friends .
However, our disappointment on your view about the port workers and you refusal to take a principled stand for these workers has reached new levels. Under previous boards which have been led by experienced ship mangers such a Peter Dunlop, the port worked well, productivity improved and industrial peace was maintained .
You expectation of a twelve percent return has always been fanciful and has contributed to the current situation in the port. We would all like 12% returns, or 25% , or whatever number is pulled out of a hat, but it is just not possible.
The public do not accept that you have sit on the sideline in this dispute and nor do we .
We believe if you met with both parties and came a realistic settlement then your re-election is more likely. The mana that would be achieved by reaching a solution would become the stuff of legends .
If you don’t many of your supporters will regard you as a Claytons Labour mayor. The position you have taken aligns you not with your people but with John Key, the man who is also kicking your aspirations for a transport solution for your city, for a six .
We urge you to become the leader we all hoped you would be and come out of this dispute with honour.