Wellington mayoralty: Paul Eagle and Tory Whanau lead in close race – new poll


Paul Eagle and Tory Whanau lead the Wellington mayoral race.
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A new political poll shows Paul Eagle leading the Wellington mayoral race, with Tory Whanau a close second and incumbent Andy Foster trailing behind.

The TVNZ Q-and-A Kantar survey asked 500 Wellingtonians about their voting intentions.

It shows Eagle had 28 percent, Whanau 26 percent and Foster only 20 percent.

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However, more than a third – 35 percent – of people did not know who they would vote for.

Kantar Public said it was too close to call, with so many undecided voters.

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The poll also asked voters what issues they wanted their next mayor to focus on.

More than half (57 percent) state that water infrastructure is the top priority, followed by climate adaptation (27 percent), road maintenance (25 percent), lowering fares (25 percent) and investments in public transport (23 percent).