In a letter to city leaders, an Auckland resident described downtown Auckland as sinking into anarchy and becoming a lot like 1980s New York City. In 2021, more than 1000 people were assaulted, and the amount of violent crime is on the rise. Many shops are now vacant, and the number of rough sleepers has also increased. With a mayoral election looming, the Herald asked the four leading candidates on what their plans are to clean up and reinvigorate the CBD.