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Candidates: Martin Wilson for ?

by Guest on September 9, 2013 in Elections 2013, Politics

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, Martin Wilson who did not say what he was running for.

  1. What should be the city council’s role in helping homeless people and beggars?
Access to beds, food, resources, company; and appropriate services. City councils look after their residents.
  1. What would you do to make Wellington more cycle and pedestrian friendly?
Dedicated and separated cycle lanes! East-West, North-South arterial, and lots of local.
  1. How do you think traffic flow to the hospital and airport should be improved?
Excellent and affordable public transport! I prefer light rail. And cycle lanes. Both = less cars.
  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?
Creativity and innovation. Events. The great outdoors. Accessibility. Excessive beauty. We should embrace the booming new green economy.
  1. What will YOU do to get more investment, businesses, and business confidence in Wellington?
Offer suitable support for start-up and small businesses. Continue to develop excellent city infrastructure.
  1. What does Wellington need more of, and what does Wellington need less of?

More warm dry houses, cycling, excellent public transport, clean energy, solar panels; less car orientation and subsidies, cold damp draughty houses, oil drilling, fracking.

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

We definitely need more recreational, developmental and educational activities for youth, particularly teenagers. They are an important, but often overlooked, part of our community.

  1. What steps would you take to encourage civic engagement?
If elected, I plan to organise community forums. And training for volunteer groups. We need to discuss how “representative democracy” should work for us.
  1. Tell us about your personal earthquake plan / What’s unusual about your earthquake kit?
We have a full kit in the shed; but I also have many resources in my vehicle as well. Plan B.
  1. Why should we vote for you?
We need to do more to reduce emissions and try to stabilise the climate in this beautiful paradise earth.
  1. Where can we find out more about what you stand for?
Talk to me. Read my candidate information. Join 350.org and Gen Zero. Get informed on climate change.

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