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Kerry Prendergast answers our questions

by Joanna on September 2, 2010 in Elections2010, Politics

 Thanks to Kerry for sending in her answers to our questions. As you can see, we were serious about only publishing 25 word answers. 

1. You have 30 seconds to convince someone to come to Wellington. What’s your pitch?
We have it all – great food, great recreation and art, and great nightlife. It’s the cultural hub of New Zealand. 93% of Wellingtonians rate our…

2. How do you think traffic flow to the hospital and airport could be improved?
We need to complete our planning for and implement a rapid transport system on dedicated lanes from the Railway station to the Airport and the…

3. Where do you stand on the issue of opening up government data?
It’s important to understand it isn’t the Council’s job to deal with Government data. I have always taken the view that the majority of local…

4. What plans have do you have to improve recycling/composting facilities?
We recently announced a new recycling contract which will see Wellingtonians continuing to use their current green bins (used by 85% of residents) but with improved…

5. What is your policy on street alcoholics?
We need to provide care and shelter for these people and I support the Night Shelter. I drove a Mayoral Taskforce on this issue which…

6. Do you support pedestrianisation of the Golden Mile Why/Why not?
This is and should remain the pre-eminent public transport artery, along with service vehicles and taxis. It is a narrow portion of Wellington CBD and…

7. What’s the last local market you went to? What did you buy?
Chaffers market last weekend. I tend to buy the fresh veges, cheese, oil, bread, and fresh fish from Yellow Brick Road Distributors. No matter how…

8. Describe your bicycle, or your favourite bus route?
Trusty old comfortable Avanti which I use frequently around the waterfront. Did the Otago Rail Trail over Easter with friends.

9. When did you last use the library, a community centre, or a council-run sports facility?
Use Freyberg gym 3 times a week for an hour and I try to keep up my swimming – it’s great for fitness and thinking time.

10. Would you welcome a central government driven “super-city” amalgamation of local authorities? If not, why not?
No. Wellington region’s population should choose its own form of governance and if there is to be change we will ask the Government to meet…

11. Do you think the council has a role in fostering community websites? If so, how?
I am committed to continued support where we contract Wellington Community Net to deliver free web hosting for community groups.

12. Where do you stand on water privitisation, and why?
I’m against privatisation and will continue to support the current legislation that forbids this happening. Wellington has invested heavily in our water infrastructure and we…

13. What city overseas inspires your vision for Wellington? How?
San Francisco because of its architecture, its waterfront, its food and wine, its walkability, its public transport, its tolerance and diversity, and its support for…

14. Is the concept of democratic representation important to you? How so?
Yes – it is very important. NZ was the first country to give women the vote. Given the importance of this, and our later moves into…

15. What do you think about community gardens on public land?
I support these. The council has just opened one in Brooklyn and we are working on one in Hataitai. I’m prepared to support any community…

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