Auckland Mayor Len Brown has been sworn in for his second term of office and is anxious to put an embarrassing sex scandal behind him.
The latest ONE News Colmar Brunton poll shows the public still backs him.
ONE News reporter Nicole Bremner, speaking from the town hall, said the mayor's message tonight was that it is business as usual.
A small but vocal group of protesters heckled the mayor during his opening speech.
They said his highly publicised affair with a council aide should not be labelled a "private affair" as it cast doubt over whether the mayor was trustworthy.
The protesters sitting at the back of the town hall also shouted that the mayor is not listening to local iwi and not giving them a say. But Brown was unmoved, and delivered his speech without acknowledging the protesters, Bremner reported.
But while Len Brown's key message is that it is full steam ahead, his swearing in tonight came at the end of a fortnight that has been anything but usual.
The mayor looked comfortable back in the spotlight today after a scandal that threatened his marriage and his mayoralty.
"Tonight really is about the future. Tonight is about Auckland getting on and Aucklanders want us to get on. Yes it's been rigorous, but that's life," he said ahead of the swearing in ceremony.
The usually high-profile mayor was recently forced to run a media gauntlet after humiliating revelations of his affair with Bevan Chuang, a council aide more than 20 years his junior.
The mayor survived the bitter fallout and has made personal concessions to his wife, Shan Inglis, and daughters who stood by him. His wife was at tonight's meeting along with their daughter, Sam.
"In the first term we didn't take enough time. I just drove myself into the ground, quite frankly. So we've made a promise to each other that we''ll spend more time with family," he said today.
It is a move likely to sit well with sympathetic voters.
The latest ONE News poll shows 55% of Aucklanders want the mayor to stay on and 58% around the country agree.
But 37% of Aucklanders want him gone in the wake of the affair and so does 30% of the rest of the country.
Around 10% don't have a view either way.
'Real close eye on the budget'
Council support, however, in Len Brown's South Auckland stronghold remains strong.
"I have no problems at all in regards to where we're heading," said Councillor Alf Filipaina.
"In regards to the issue, again that's going to be with him and his family, and that's where it should stay."
But critics expect the mayor's infidelity will subject him, and his big ticket spending for public transport and housing, to greater scrutiny.
"The community of course wants to make sure we do this in an affordable way. So we've got to keep a real close eye on the budget and on our debt levels," Mr Brown said.
The key focus of the mayor's speech tonight was letting Aucklanders know that the city is going into what he calls a construction phase, Nicole Bremner reported.
"And that means that after three years of a lot of planning and paper work Aucklanders are finally going to see things done," she said.
"And in addition to hearing him talk about his commitment to public transport and affordable housing, he and his council are under real pressure to keep rates down."
Mr Brown told tonight's meeting: "Were electrifying rail, were building new roads, were remaking bus services and ticketing systems, weve taken the first steps to build the CRL (City Rail Link)."
The council had notified the first draft Unitary Plan, a blueprint for the future of urban development, he said.
Through the Housing Accord agreed with the Government, the council is making it possible to develop a wider range of housing types to suit the different needs of different people, Mr Brown said.
"Were opening up more land to allow for some outward growth, and were allowing for upward growth in existing urban areas. That means we will be housing more people per square metre, just as other great cities of the world do.
"Our job now, and over the coming five years, is to turn the concept into timber, concrete and steel."
Six new councillors on the 20-seat Auckland Council were also sworn in tonight.
"We have been elected, by the people of Auckland, to make Auckland better," Mr Brown said.
"We can, if we do the job well enough, help to make this city not just one that people know about, but one that they never forget," the mayor said, promising on behalf of the council to "give it our all."