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The AM Show's Aziz calls out council candidate's bizarre messages

Newshub logoNewshub 6 days ago James Fyfe
a person posing for the camera: Aziz Al-Sa'afin and Wayne Davis. © Newshub / Auckland Council Aziz Al-Sa'afin and Wayne Davis.

An AM Show reporter says he is "getting mixed messages" from a man running for Auckland Council.

Aziz Al-Sa'afin, often referred to as the show's "roaming reporter", posted a collage of screenshots to Facebook on Wednesday showing various comments by a person called "Wayne".

"You're not happy when I'm on the show, but you're equally unhappy when I go on leave," wrote Al-Sa'afin. "Do you want me to stay or go?!"

Al-Sa'afin refers to the candidate only as Wayne, however, public comments posted by him show him to be Wayne Davis, who is running as an independent candidate for the Whau local board.

"How much does Aziz get paid, for this mediocre work, well not really work, but turning up with his iPad, and having SO much time off," Davis wrote in one comment.

"Is that moron Aziz STILL on MediaWorks payroll?" he wrote in another.

He also complained Al-Sa'afin was "poncing around like a fairy, and getting well paid, for his ego actions".

In his Facebook post, Al-Sa'afin provided "clarification" on some of the questions posed by Davis.

In response to a comment musing whether he paid to be on the show, Al-Sa'afin said "believe it or not I don't pay to be on the show, I am in fact a full timer (have been for seven years!)...As for my salary, if you'll forgive me for not answering, I'll forgive you for asking".

When approached by Newshub, Davis said he stood by his comments, but didn't realise they were publicly visible. 

"I call a spade a spade, I suppose," he said. He also expressed frustration at other parts of the AM Show he didn't like, and morning news shows in general. 

Despite his complaints, he emphasised they had nothing to do with his run for public office.

"This not Council business, but a personal opinion by a TV viewer."

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