National Party figures are behind a new ticket – Auckland Future – being set up to wrestle for control of the Super City at next year’s local body elections.
Sources have linked National Party president Peter Goodfellow – former presidents Sue Wood and Michelle Boag and Auckland-based ministers Nikki Kaye and Paul Goldsmith to the plan.
It is understood the National Party is prepared to contribute resources and fundraising skills to the ticket while keeping the National brand away from the Super City arena.
Prime Minister John Key was one of about 80 people at a fundraising event for the new ticket on October 14 at the Geyser Building in Parnell.
The ticket is the latest attempt by the centre-right to win control of the council.