Manukau Mayor Len Brown told the audience about his work with the Sir John Walker Field of Dreams organisation.
"Is sport important? It is a core service, with all due respect to Rodney Hide in local government."
He said as Super City mayor, he would ensure that the Manukau policy of free pool use would be rolled out to the whole city. Mr Brown also promised free swimming lessons to children in years four and five at school.
So sport is a core service of local government, and schools, which are funded by central government, will now get ratepayer top-ups for free swimming lessons.
Why stop at swimming? How about free cycling lessons so kids can be safer when on their bikes. Then we could have free running lessons as a cardiovascular regime. In fact, we could have free athletic club membership; free sport club membership; free everything.
The only thing that won't be free under Brown will be society.