November 14, 2011
Candidates: Annette King for Labour in Rongotai
We invited all candidates in Wellington electorates to contact us with their answers to fifteen crowdsourced questions. Answers are restricted to 30 words each, and we publish them exactly as we receive them.
Who are you and what do you want?
Annette King, MP for Rongotai (& Chatham Islands). I want to continue to be your local MP, so vote for me and party vote Labour.
You have 30 seconds to convince someone to come to Wellington. What’s your pitch?
Come to the City that knows how to hold a party! The Sevens, it’s our Carnival!!
Where do you stand on the issue of opening up government data?
I’m for it.
Describe your bicycle, or your favourite bus route?
The bike my husband gave me for my birthday 5 years ago (plus bike pants to go with it!!). Bus – Hataitai to Lambton Quay.
When did you last use the library, a community centre, or a council-run sports facility?
Island Bay Community Centre last week for the launch of the Time Bank. Wakefield Park on Saturday for Indian Football Tournament.
Would you welcome a central government driven “super-city” amalgamation of local authorities?
It’s the people who should decide. No Beehive edict in Wellington.
What city inspires your vision for Wellington? How?
Wellington itself. The city has developed its own branding, style and sense of identity.
Is the concept of democratic representation important to you? How so?
Absolutely. The alternative is far too scary.
What achievement for Wellington are you most proud of?
After years of waiting, getting Wellington a new public hospital and if I’m allowed, another – helping to save Marunui Surf Club & Café!
What role do you think central government should play in local roading/public transport issues?
As the funding comes from Central Government, it has to be involved, but best plans come from an agreed Regional Transport Plan.
How can we make Wellington more environmentally friendly?
Add land to the Green Belt, continue the tree planting programme. Open a 2nd tunnel through Mt Victoria, future-proofed for light-rail.
What will you do to ensure diverse representation on government issues?
Keep “local” in the role of MPs, so I know what my constituents think.
What’s your personal history of living in Wellington?
Arrived 30 years ago. Became a Dental Tutor at Willis street Dental clinic, bought a house in Evans Bay Parade, stayed in the Eastern Suburbs.
What policy of your party do you think will have the most impact on Wellington?
Affordable, high quality & accessible Early Childhood Education. The young families in Rongotai want their kids to have the best start.
Do you genuinely believe you have a chance at winning the seat you’re contesting, or is this more of a party campaign?
Yes, and I’m campaigning for both.