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.

When we contacted candidates with our questions, we asked them to email a specific email address that all the ‘ista could access so that answers could be posted faster. This candidate didn’t use that email address. Hence the late posting.

After the jump, Jo Coughlan who did not specify where she is running.

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

Continue to ensure the night shelter and soup kitchen are supported and that people who are struggling have access to the Government services that are …

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

Continue to roll out more cycle lanes and do what we are doing in terms of safer roads programme.

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

Reduce congestion and future proof our roading network by getting on and building the Basin Reserve bridge and the other significant roading projects (RONS projects…

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 is more than Weta and Government. 80 % of Wellingtonians are not employed by the public sector. We have a wide range of industries – including …

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

Keep doing what I am already doing which is delivering an economic development strategy which is focussing on

  • Promoting Wellington as a great place to …

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

I think we need more people – another 200 000 would be great;  and a more positive attitude.

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

As a parent of six children I think Wellington offers a great deal for families. There is a good balance of stimulating things to do …

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

Encourage people to vote for a start – voter turnout is poor.

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

Nothing unusual really – obviously finding the children and making sure they are all safe is the biggest concern. They know to stay at school until collected.

10. Why should we vote for you?

I am ambitious for a vibrant and world class Wellington. I can get things done and am committed to making Wellington a place where my …

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

Probably Google!