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.

Here’s John Woolf, whose email didn’t say what he was running for.

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

Support the organisations already doing good work in this area such as Salvation Army and Wellington Night Shelter. Promote affordable housing.

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

Implement a rapid transit public transport spine from the railway station to the airport, reducing the loading on roads allowing the development of cycle lanes.

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

Endlessly improving car access to the city is a no win proposition, better access, more cars, same congestion. Need to get people onto good public transport.

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?

If Wellington can be ‘the coolest little capital in the world’ high value businesses will be attracted to Wellington because of good infrastructure and liveability.

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

More investment in business incubators, international promotion of Wellington as a premium place to do business and less bureaucracy.

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

More emphasis on making Wellington a walkable city with good public transport and less emphasis on roading development. Bring back the Cuba Street Carnival.

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

The best possible library service. Passion for books at a young age is a good start in life. Discounted public transport fares for young people.

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

Attend my ward community meetings and take their views to the council table.

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

Get off the street into a building and under something solid. Stay put. Don’t do back outdoors until I am convinced the worst of the aftershocks are passed.

10. Why should we vote for you?

I believe council has an important duty to support the quality of life of its citizens and to provide people-first infrastructure.

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

  1. www.vote.co.nz, facebook, youth council www.votewelly.org , Generation Zero www.generationzero.org.nz