Candidates: Justin Lester for Northern Ward
We asked all the candidates the same questions. See the full list of responses so far here and read on for Justin’s answers.
1. What should be the city council’s role in helping homeless people and beggars?
Council recently developed an excellent strategy to reduce homelessness: Te Mahana. It’s a multi-sectoral approach including government, support organisations and homeless, which I wholeheartedly support.
2. What would you do to make Wellington more cycle and pedestrian friendly?
I’d start by investing $5m per year for the next 5 years, which I’ve advocated for the past year. This will speed up planned initiatives.
3. How do you think traffic flow to the hospital and airport should be improved?
A combination of bus priority lanes, dedicated cycling lanes, grade separation (preferably a tunnel) at the Basin and a second Mt Victoria tunnel.
4. What are your views on the suggestion Wellington needs to be “more than just Weta and Government” – what do you think are Wellington’s strengths?
Wellington’s strength is its creative people. By attracting and retaining the best creative minds we’ll continue to grow as a city.
5. What will YOU do to get more investment, businesses, and business confidence in Wellington?
Utilise my own business experience in establishing and growing Kapai to help mentor young entrepreneurs and help them seed the next generation of business enterprise.
What does Wellington need more of, and what does Wellington need less of?
More creatives, more entrepreneurs, more art, more sporting trophies, more dolphins and more Kaka. Less of the Wellington is dying type attitude.
6. What would your city council provide for children and young people?
More water-based activities on the waterfront, hydroslides at Kilbirnie, an indoors CBD playground and a better concert venue to attract acts.
7. What steps would you take to encourage civic engagement?
I’d like to help implement a civic education programme for all young New Zealanders to come to Wellington and learn about the democratic process.
8. Tell us about your personal earthquake plan / What’s unusual about your earthquake kit?
Firstly, keep safe and try to get to my wife and kids. My earthquake kit includes nappies, which might be considered slightly unusual.
9. Why should we vote for you?
In my first term I’ve shown an ability to get things done. I’ve offered unique insights as a business owner and a younger person’s perspective.
10. Where can we find out more about what you stand for?