While Aucklanders may only just be returning from sunning themselves on the beach, the race to become the city’s next mayor is already heating up, RNZ reports. It’s a thankless job, charged with wrangling a disparate group of councillors and a large and unwieldy organisation, but there is a growing list of candidates. “If we’re going to make this city better for our kids and our grandkids it’s about leaving a legacy behind,” says current Mayor Phil Goff.