An Auckland mayoral candidate says campaign spending limits are too high and the Government should provide funding to level the field.
Mana Party candidate John Minto said the current cap of $580,000 is a barrier to candidates who don't have corporate backing.
The Auckland cap is much higher than the $70,000 that candidates in other main centres can spend.
Mr Minto said that if the Government provided a pool of funding, similar to the money given to political parties contesting the general election, it would help all candidates to get their message out.
A spokesperson for Local Government Minister Chris Tremain said there is no Government support for the suggestion.