Auckland was promoted as a ‘Mecca’ for Pacific Islanders in the 1950s, Stuff reports. They came in their droves, and Tāmaki Makaurau is now home to the South Pacific’s largest Polynesian population. Pacific businesses contribute $8 billion to New Zealand’s annual GDP, and now New Zealand born-Samoan Efeso Collins has put his name forward for the Auckland mayoral race, rallying much excitement from the Pasifika community.