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Key brushes off election of Labour mayors

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/10/2016
Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel © RNZ / Conan Young Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel

Prime Minister John Key doesn't think the election of Labour-aligned mayors in three major cities means anything when it comes to next year's general election.

Phil Goff triumphed in Auckland, Justin Lester in Wellington and Lianne Dalziel in Christchurch.

They weren't running on a party ticket but Mr Goff is a Labour MP, soon to resign, Ms Dalziel was a Labour MP and Mr Lester was the Labour candidate in the capital.

Labour leader Andrew Little says the results will be a springboard for his party's election campaign but Mr Key doesn't think it will give the opposition much of a bounce.

"If people think this is the way central government will go, they're deluding themselves," he said on RNZ on Monday.

"In 2013 we had a Green mayor in Wellington and two Labour mayors in Auckland and Christchurch - and (in 2014) we had the biggest landslide we've had under MMP to National."

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