It’s not everyday you see a Mayor in his leathers, let alone leading a convoy of Harley Davidson motorbikes out to West Auckland. The group of 12 riders, including boxer Shane Cameron left from Chapel Bar in Ponsonby to arrive out in Piha for an afternoon at the Piha Café hosted by 40 Below on Saturday 1st May.
40 Below is the young professionals group of the National Party, where younger Aucklanders regularly meet with key influencers, in a very relaxed and social environment.
There was a large turnout to see the Mayor and the Piha Café was packed. He had a very warm reception and his message of council efficiency, job creation, public transport and infrastructure was well received.
Having the event in Piha was another opportunity for Banks to reiterate his commitment to the whole of Auckland and explain how this community will benefit from an Auckland that is, (as he likes to say) “singing from the same song sheet”.
One of the things we all love about Piha is its unique community, and the Mayor was very clear that he doesn’t want this to change under the new Auckland city structure.
I was really pleased to hear more about his plans for integrated ticketing and investment in public transport, as a student it’s not easy to get around the whole Auckland area cheaply and efficiently at the moment.
Banksie’s humour was really enjoyed, especially when he offered a more senior woman a spot on a bike on the ride back to Ponsonby.
It was great to work with the 40Below team and the sponsors – Neat Meat, Charlies and MD Aluminium to make the event possible.
Emma Mellow, Campaign Youth Director