Young Nat registered the Efeso Collins domain that redirects users to the rival mayor

Auckland mayoral candidate Leo Molloy.

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Auckland mayoral candidate Leo Molloy.

A domain bearing the name of Auckland mayoral candidate, Efeso Collins, which redirects users to his political opponent, Leo Molloy, has been registered by a Young Nat.

The website efesocollins.co.nz on the Domain Names Commission designates Tristram Speedy as the owner of the site.

Speedy, in his Linkedin profile, is running for vice president of the Northern Young Nats in 2022.

He is also running for secretary of the Northern Young Nats in 2021.

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When contacted, Speedy said he would release a statement and did not want to answer any questions over the phone.

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Around 100 people across Auckland have been asked to nominate their mayoral candidates. Few people could.

The National Party has been approached for comment.

Speedy’s Linkedin profile lists political activist group Taxpayers Union as an interest.

The Taxpayers Union’s executive director, Jordan Williams, and Josh van Veen, the coordinator of its offshoot, the Auckland Ratepayers Alliance, said they did not know Speedy.

According to the Domain Name Commission (DNC) NZ, the domain efesocollins.co.nz was created on February 20 and was last modified on July 27.

He was initially registered with a number and name that appeared to be fake, until Auckland man Paul Brislen complained to the DNC.

Brislen, a public relations consultant in Auckland, said he was not interested in politics but objected to a fake mobile number being listed with the DNC.

Leo Molloy and Efeso Collins were part of a mayoral candidate debate at the Waatea Marae in Favona in July.

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Leo Molloy and Efeso Collins were part of a mayoral candidate debate at the Waatea Marae in Favona in July.

The contact details of Speedy as administration and contact of the holder for efesocollins.co.nz were added to the list of domains after Brislen’s complaint.

When users click on the domain, it redirects to leomolloy.co.nz – Molloy’s main campaign website.

Molloy denied he knew anything about it.

He called the move “mischievous” and said it reflected people not caring about their own names and brands.

“No law was broken,” he said.

When asked if he would consider redirecting the estate to Collins, Molloy said he was told the estate had been offered to his fellow mayoral candidate.

Efeso Collins during a town hall debate at the University of Auckland earlier this week.

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Efeso Collins during a town hall debate at the University of Auckland earlier this week.

When told that the domain was still redirecting to his campaign site, Molloy said, “I don’t know.”

Auckland City Council election officer Dale Ofsoske earlier said registering domain names of rivals was not illegal, but not exactly ethical.

“There were in fact no breaches or violations under local election law.”

He said the council’s investigation was ongoing.

The municipal elections will take place on October 8.