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Accused internet pirate Kim Dotcom chalked up another couple of PR victories last night.
The giant German agreed to switch on the Franklin Rd Christmas lights, and posed outside a pub at the end of the street with Auckland Mayor Len Brown.
It was a measure of how far Mr Dotcom's status has shifted in the public mind since his arrest in the January 20 police raid on his mansion.
Duriing the mayoral election, Mr Dotcom supported Mr Brown's rival, John Banks, with a $50,000 donation filed as anonymous. The donation was the subject of a comprehensive police report but ultimately no charges.
Each year thousands of Aucklanders walk or drive past homes in Franklin Rd, whose lit up decorations have become a city institution.
The display often brings traffic in the area to a standstill during evenings.
This year there was controversy as Auckland Council demanded organisors seek a permit for switch on ceremony.
A campaign by Bill Ralston and Hamish Keith saw the Council waive fees for the permit.
"A great event in the end and the street is looking its best ever," Mr Keith told NBR ONLINE the morning after.