A left-leaning group backing Phil Goff for Auckland mayor has launched its local body campaign, saying the city cannot go back to 'small-thinking, do-nothing' politics.
The left-leaning political ticket for Central Auckland, City Vision holds two seats on the council as well as majorities on several local boards.
A coalition of Labour, the Greens and others in the central suburbs, it is backing Phil Goff for the mayoralty.
Its launch focused on what it said were a balance of major issues in the city.
The election included a region-wide push by the National Party-backed Auckland Future, and City Vision's Michael Wood told the launch there were clear choices such as on transport and housing.
"This election is a fulcrum election, I believe," Mr Wood said.
"This is a point at which we really go forward with progressive values for our city, or really we go back to that old Auckland-city-style, small-thinking, do-nothing, regressive type of politics.
"And we really can't afford that in Auckland."
City Vision holds two seats on the council as well as majorities on several local boards.