Candidates: Stephen Whittington for ACT in Wellington Central
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?
I’m Steve, I grew up in Wellington, and I want a New Zealand that’s more prosperous to ensure that young people stay here.
- You have 30 seconds to convince someone to come to Wellington. What’s your pitch?
Describe the following to them: Sweet Mother’s Kitchen; Hooch; the waterfront; the view from the cable car; and Kaffee Eis on a sunny day in Oriental Bay.
- Where do you stand on the issue of opening up government data?
- Describe your bicycle, or your favourite bus route
I have a mountain bike, although it has been disused through the wintry months. I catch the Number 1 to work most days; probably not my favourite.
- When did you last use the library, a community centre, or a council-run sports facility?
Often find myself in Turnbull House, which offers cheap rates to community groups, and is a great place to hold events.
- Would you welcome a central government driven “super-city” amalgamation of local authorities?
- What city inspires your vision for Wellington? How?
Shouldn’t try to copy any others. Wellington is great as it is. Certainly don’t try to copy Hollywood!
- Is the concept of democratic representation important to you? How so?
It’s vitally important. Democratic representation is an important component of personal freedom. But we should not allow majorities to take away our fundamental rights.
- What achievement for Wellington are you most proud of?
Being a fun place to live despite the presence of politicians.
- What role do you think central government should play in local roading/public transport issues?
A funding role for projects with significant benefits, and ensuring that funding for projects meets cost benefit analysis.
- How can we make Wellington more environmentally friendly?
Water metering; congestion pricing on some of our roads.
- What will you do to ensure diverse representation on government issues?
Vote for MMP.
- What’s your personal history of living in Wellington?
I was born and raised in Paparangi, in North Wellington, and have lived more centrally since beginning University.
- What policy of your party do you think will have the most impact on Wellington?
School vouchers, which will ensure tax money follows the child to the school of their parents’ choice. More parents – not just the wealthy – need access to integrated and private schooling.
- Do you genuinely believe you have a chance at winning the seat you’re contesting, or is this more of a party campaign?
I am seeking the party vote, and am number seven on the ACT list. Party vote ACT!