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Celia Wade-Brown answers the questions

by Joanna on August 31, 2010 in Elections2010, Politics

Yay, we have our first response! Thanks to Celia Wade-Brown for her answers to our questions.

1. You have 30 seconds to convince someone to come to Wellington. What’s your pitch?
Wild nature close to cosmopolitan centre! Kayak with dolphins, buy eco-fashion, eat fresh seafood, drink Fairtrade coffee and see brilliant exhibitions and inspiring theatre.

2. How do you think traffic flow to the hospital and airport could be improved?
Light rail (modern trams), flexible office hours, travel plan for hospital day shift, safer cycling, bus priority lanes, tradespeople parking permits, downtown airport check-in.

3. Where do you stand on the issue of opening up government data?
Share GIS layers between Councils, DoC, NIWA and make public. Most Council decisions and data must be open while also respecting individual privacy.

4. What plans have do you have to improve recycling/composting facilities?
Recycling wheeli-bins for plastic, paper and tins. Green bins for glass. More NZ recycling. Home compost bins, Bokashi for apartments and Kai2Compost for cafes.

5. What is your policy on street alcoholics?
Support wet house, DHB investment in treatment facilities. Look at root causes for people feeling despair, violence and alienation. Limited liquor ban not city-wide.

6. Do you support pedestrianisation of the Golden Mile? Why/Why not?
Public transport essential for workers and shoppers. Car-free peak hour bus priority then light rail. Bikes, pedestrians, street trees coexisting with good public transport.

7. What’s the last local market you went to? What did you buy?
Johnsonville Playcentre gala – yummy cupcakes and a second-hand wooden toy for Iona’s toddler. I love Hill St, Newtown, Victoria St, Tawa and Harbourside Markets.

8. Describe your bicycle, or your favourite bus route?
Scott with enough gears for going up-hill, Kevlar tyres and bright lights. Most scenic bus route is no 23 Mairangi to Houghton Bay.

9. When did you last use the library, a community centre, or a council-run sports facility?
30/8 Library on-line tonight – search of scientific journal,
30/8 Kilbirnie pool today for son’s rehabilitation.
22/8 Brooklyn Community Centre for orchard planting.

10. Would you welcome a central government driven "super-city" amalgamation of local authorities? If not, why not?
No, would Hutt or Porirua politicians be passionate about Wellington City’s ambience, arts, reserves, heritage or infrastructure? Prefer cooperation, shared services and local democracy.

11. Do you think the council has a role in fostering community websites? If so, how?
Improve WCC Community Directory. Help community groups use cycberspace. Support modest grant for Wellignton Community Net. Need Northern Network Centre for elders and disadvantaged.

12. Where do you stand on water privitisation, and why?
I’m against both water privatisation compulsory metering. UK and French examples – high prices, poor quality. Council can help schools, households and businesses reduce leaks and wastage.

13. What city overseas inspires your vision for Wellington? How?
Online and physical inspirations: Bogota – leadership, New York – greening Broadway , London – housing associations, Copenhagen – cycling, Zurich – medium density housing and public transport.

14. Is the concept of democratic representation important to you? How so?
Yes – participatory democracy, not “elect us and leave it to us”. Quality and quantity of input is important. Complex issues need community wisdom.

15. What do you think about commuunity gardens on public land?
I love them. WCC now has supportive operational policy. I’ve planted homegrown grapevines on Council, church and school land. Public gardens grow friendships.

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Andrew October 16, 2010 at 12:01 pm

As a supporter of the 350.org campaign, does Mrs Wade-Brown support the views expressed in the recent 10-10 campaign where a video was made depicting the murder of schoolchildren who did not agree with the need to cut carbon emissions? (This video received widespread condemnation and withdrawal of major sponsors in the UK) This video was produced by “Love Actually” director Richard Curtis.

Does Mrs Wade-Brown support advocacy groups such as Greenpeace and WWF that make propaganda videos specifically aimed to frighten children?

Does Ms Wade-Brown agree with the notion that, in order to reduce the level of CO2 in the atmosphere to 350ppm, the only practical way to do this in any foreseeable timescale is the extermination of most of the worlds population? If not, then can she provide some verifiable mathematics on how this may be achieved?

Is Mrs Wade-Brown aware that a large part of the country is becoming extremely sceptical about the science behind climate change, that it is becoming very educated on the topic, and that the dogmatic refusal of the media and politicians to accept this fact is doing them a lot of damage?

Has Mrs Wade-Brown read and understood the climategate emails, the whitewash enquiries, and the damage to the credibility of the scientists and the media and political claque that supports them?

No pressure…


Jim August 31, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Why is the last question not “How do you plan these promises will be paid for?” Does she plan on taxing businesses or homeowners more? Or cutting other services?

Without asking some tough questions this is little more then a fluff piece.


Josh August 31, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Well designed public transport is a must but why are so many people obsessed with light rail/trams? I am sure there are places where it is appropriate as one solution amongst many – such as in medieval towns with narrow streets and few options or modern cities with lots of extra space to go off road on dedicated tracks. But why is it always mooted for Wellington city and why is it considered so superior to bus? Trams run at grade and despite the ‘light’ rail moniker are very heavy. As such they can cause great damage when involved in collisions. Trams running in traffic have all the same hinderances as buses and none of the advantages. The only advantages I can see are the larger capacity (which is not significant, especially if they’re not running at capacity), the more comfortable ride (thanks to all that dangerous extra mass) and the somewhat dubious ‘coolness’ factor.

Why are we not talking about other options for Wellington like trolleys with larger batteries for venturing off the trolley grid or monorail which runs above traffic (I love the Simpsons but despair at the bad name the writers have brought to this brilliant transport solution – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEZjzsnPhnw). I know the proponents of monorail can seem a bit loony and the costings/running costs are arguable but some of their points are undeniable (see here: http://www.monorails.org/tMspages/MonoVs.html)


Brenda September 15, 2010 at 10:18 am

I like Celia’s answers best of them all. The light rail might be reaching too far. I’d be proud to have her as mayor of Wellington. She is involved at a community level, biking and walking and going to markets and other things us plebs do.


Rich September 8, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Isn’t the fact that trams “cause great damage in collisions” the whole point. Makes people stay out of the way.

Also Columbian politics is riddled with corruption and collusion with right-wing death squads and Celia rates them for “leadership”. WTF?


Greenish September 8, 2010 at 2:29 pm

‘Isn’t the fact that trams “cause great damage in collisions” the whole point. Makes people stay out of the way.’

Partly. More to the point is that they’re predictable: they’re on rails, so you know exactly where they’re going to go and don’t get in the way. Buses can be a lot more unpredictable in the way they swing around teh carriageway, and can thus be more dangerous.

‘Trams running in traffic have all the same hinderances as buses and none of the advantages. ‘

A couple of points:
– the greater capacity of trams means that dedicated lanes are more easily justifiable
– trams/LRVs can use the existing rail lines (Jville, Hutt Valley) where they exist, so they can make use of dedicated lines for the suburban leg of the trip, meaning that they’re not running in traffic for the whole journey.

‘Also Columbian politics is riddled with corruption and collusion with right-wing death squads and Celia rates them for “leadership”. WTF?’

I suspect that Celia wasn’t referring to Colombian national politics, but to local leadership in Bogota, specifically former mayor Enrique Peñalosa who made big changes regarding mass transit, congestion control, parks and pedestrian space.


HCE September 4, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Re 1. Where exactly can you kayak with dolphins close to Wellington? Why should dolphins be inflicted with gormless humans waving paddles at them and scaring away the fish (you know, the “fresh seafood” we’re also competing with them for)? OTOH she gets a bit more sensible further on…


Megan November 29, 2010 at 11:25 am

Jim – sorry, you can’t reduce CW-B’s thinking to cuddly’ fluff’; these scenarios she talks of represent modern, integrated, best practice thinking.

These projects get funded the same way that previous mayors have invested in other large infrastructural projects that have benefited our city enormously; waterfront development, our gallery, sports venues. You charge thousands of people a fee every day in a public transit system. They eventually pay for themselves. Unlike traffic jams which reduce productivity and make everyone cranky.

I trust this mayor will do integrated thinking (the land might be cheap in Kilbirnie for a sports venue, but the access isn’t great for anyone north of the Cake tin).

If we spend a little in the right way we can get big gains for our economy, our communities AND our environment. Win, win win. That’s what this Mayor is about. Yes, change is scary – but Wellington is going to ride the unstoppable wave of Green because we want our place to thrive. So you might want to grab your surfboard.


Megan November 29, 2010 at 11:27 am

I’ve kayaked with Dolphins in the Wellington Harbour. And all the rubbish.


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