We’ve provided a set of questions for the mayoral and councillor candidates to answer. First 25 words to an answer get posted. Check our 2013 Election coverage for all responses as they come in.

Here’s Peter Gilberd for the Northern Ward

  1. What should be the city council’s role in helping homeless people and beggars?

Supporting the expert and committed agencies such as the Downtown Community Ministry and the Night Shelter, providing social housing, liaising with Government agencies.

  1. What would you do to make Wellington more cycle and pedestrian friendly?

Support the Great Harbour Way! Devote resources to building complete stretches of cycleway, such as the proposed route from Island Bay to the city.

  1. How do you think traffic flow to the hospital and airport should be improved?

A flyover might do the trick but it’s like the lady who swallowed a fly. Sensible roading and greater investment in public transport will do.

  1. 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?

A culture and a stunning natural environment that attract talented people, a highly educated workforce, and our scientific institutions.

  1. What will YOU do to get more investment, businesses, and business confidence in Wellington?

Build on our strengths. I’m running with a policy, “Science for the city”, that does just that.

  1. What does Wellington need more of, and what does Wellington need less of?

More absolutely positive people. A little less agapanthus and old man’s beard might help.

  1. What would your city council provide for children and young people?

Wi-Fi has been a good start, skate parks (one for Johnsonville!), playgrounds, events, a safe city, spaces to hang out, suburban cinemas, …

  1. What steps would you take to encourage civic engagement?

We might not be great voters but participation in community activities is high. Councils can provide advice, grants, and recognition.

  1. Tell us about your personal earthquake plan / What’s unusual about your earthquake kit?

Our earthquake kit has plenty of food for the cats – all the family had better develop a taste for it if we get a 7.5!

  1. Why should we vote for you?

If you would like a progressive council, then please consider it. But do vote.

  1. Where can we find out more about what you stand for?