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The Wellington Mayoral Election Race is underway. The Mayor, Celia Wade-Brown, is seeking a second term. Wade-Brown ranks the following as key achievements during her term:
Kickstarted the airport extension
Introduced free CBD Wi-fi – over 200 000 sessions a month
Supported Hi-tech events – TEDEx, Webstock, FabLab, Summer of Tech, NetHui
Introduced the Living Wage to WCC and committed to reducing inequality
Committed to saving the Town Hall ; growing design and construction jobs
Supported tertiary and secondary education bringing overseas students
Invested in the Arts – theatres, museums, orchestras and events
Invested in tourism promotion to bring record numbers of 123 cruise ships
Signed off the Overseas Passenger development – now nearly complete
Secured $80m central govt investment in Memorial Park with $5m rates input
Promoted Wellington to millions through The Hobbit premiere events
Issued 100% of consents within statutory timeframes
Promoted local business – BIG expo, WELLCAN and ShowMeWellington
Kept rates increases in 2013 to 2.5% – the lowest in ten years.
Growing the new smart economy
Good communities, safe homes and affordable transport
Made over a thousand EnergySaver house visits , creating warmer homes
Invested in warm, safe Council housing by refurbishing Hanson Court, Central Park and Regents Park
introduced new bus lanes along Courtenay Place and Kent Terrace
Funded the TawaValley shared pathway and made Thorndon Quay a clearway for cyclists
Created transferable parking tickets and said “goodbye” to the spy car
Upgraded Newlands, Kilbirnie, ChurtonPark and Miramar town centres
Started strengthening Brooklyn Library
Ensured we have the best emergency preparedness of any city in NZ
Led community Earthquake briefings and household quake-check programmes
Enjoying our capital – residents and visitors
Invested in our school pools, built a learner pool at Karori, revamped Tawa Pool,
opened a hydrotherapy pool at Kilbirnie and commenced upgrade of Keith Spry Pool
Supported Wellington Fashion Week and local retailers
Constructed four new artificial sportsfields resulting in fewer cancellations
Opened a new track for athletics at Newtown Park
Ensured RWC 2011 created a legacy of visitor experiences – now we see results with AFL, NRL Warriors
and FIFA World Cup events
Museum of Wellington City and Sea rated one of the top 50 world museums
Signed the World of WearableArt for 9 more years, the Sevens until 2016
Achieved record-breaking SummerCity participation
Increased numbers of multicultural events
Completed the Shed 6 transformation into an attractive venue
Our Living City
Reduced water usage without domestic water meters
Reduced waste volumes and increased recycling
Created the new Orua-iti Reserve by Seatoun, with iwi partners
Began the SPCA transfer to the FeverHospital
Encouraged more than sixty groups planting dunes, reserves and community gardens
Created partnerships with universities on ecology issues
Zoo opened new Asia precinct, certified Carbon Zero, had a record 200,000 visitors
Added land to the Town Belt and agreed a thorough policy of its protection
Mayor Wade-Brown is being challenged by:
John Morrison – arch-conservative, cricket commentator and anti-green critic. Criticised during the campaign for off-colour remarks made about a model at a public event. There have been comments about his suitability for the Mayoralty.
Nicola Young – part of the Young political dynasty – inter-generational National Party stalwarts. Despite her slogan implying “young ideas” there is little in the way of innovative ideas for sustainably growing Wellington. She is also supportive of a Wellington Super City which is hard to reconcile with local democracy. Young also denounces “vanity projects” but then lists several of her own she would like to fund using ratepayers money.
Jack Yan – a local businessman is advocating some very good ideas around making Wellington a hi-tech city, Wellington as a global hub for innovation.
Yan wants the following:
• Working with property owners to revitalize inner-city areas for innovation.
• Identify and nurture our next export champions and employers.
• Encouraging the right investment into Wellington.
• Working on getting more international links into Wellington.
• Promote Wellington firms globally.
• A tech precinct for Wellington.
• Getting critical mass on research and development in our city, including working with our tertiary providers.
• Growing our technological infrastructure in an economically viable and sensible way.
• Getting the right investment for our city.
• Working cooperatively with regional mayors, Grow Wellington, and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
Read more at http://jackyan.com/manifesto.shtml#EVbpxcXVBKcsVXco.99
My political philosophy is centrist. I want to see Wellington grow and develop in a sustainable way. To do that and to ensure we are a city where talented people want to live we need to grow internationally competitive hi-tech businesses. We also need to look after our environment for the next generation of Wellingtonians. That means more than being focused on attracting one or two high profile sports events with dubious net economic benefits or bringing outdated ideas to the Mayoralty. We need a Mayor who is progressive and who understands the importance of building a high tech, collaborative economy.
I think Jack Yan has some positive ideas for the city but I suspect this year is not going to be his year as the two major candidates Wade-Brown and Morrison fight it out. If Jack doesn’t make it then we need to make the next best choice.
Morrison harkens back to yesteryear – the Wellington of the 1970s. Wade Brown has been something of a quiet achiever. Is there room for improvement? Undoubtedly. But we need to look forwards to the future – not back to the past.