Even putting aside the Omicron variant of Covid-19 and how it will shape 2022, Auckland has enough big decisions ahead, Stuff reports. Perversely, in past years of strong patronage growth and healthier public coffers, the decision has always been to eke a bit more out of the paying customers rather than flag a change of course. Meanwhile, it’s a local body election year and the mayoralty is likely to be a wide open contest, with Phil Goff expected to sing out after two solid terms.