Elections2010

All hail our new Green mayor

by Robyn October 13, 2010

Earlier this afternoon, final results for the Wellington mayoral election were released. Finally the reign of Prendergast comes to an end, etc, and we rejoice in the election of our new Green mayor. Official results: Celia Wade-Brown 24,881 Kerry Prendergast 24,705 Jack Yan 7,426 Bryan Robert Pepperell 5,954 Bernard O’Shaughnessy 1,174 Al Mansell 542 We’ll […]

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Simon Marsh answers our questions

by Joanna September 30, 2010

We offered to publish the answers from any candidates in the local body elections and Simon Marsh who is standing in the Eastern Ward has stepped up.

1. You have 30 seconds to convince someone to come to Wellington. What’s your pitch?
It’s a city with a beating heart and good people. You’ll love WOW, The Sevens, Te Papa, City Gallery, shopping and business opportunities.

2. How do you think traffic flow to the hospital and airport could be improved?
Safer cycling routes, wider roads, convenient and reliable public transport, progress on Basin Reserve/Mt Vic bottleneck.

3. Where do you stand on the issue of opening up government data?
All data? We compete in a global market, why tell the world our plans before we implement them.

4. What plans have do you have to improve recycling/composting facilities?
Roll on household recycling wheelibins. Offer each household one annual free dump pass for green waste only.

5. What is your policy on street alcoholics?
Support the Salvation Army and others that have the skill but few funds to help.

6. Do you support pedestrianisation of the Golden Mile? Why/Why not?
No, it’s impractical for an ageing population and also will incur major flow problems with public transport on the adjacent roads.

7. What’s the last local market you went to? What did you buy?
Chaffers, Broccoli.

8. Describe your bicycle, or your favourite bus route?
Two wheels, grey and No 11.

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Mike Mellor answers our questions

by Joanna September 28, 2010

We offered to publish the answers from any candidates in the local body elections and Mike Mellor who is standing in the Eastern Ward has stepped up.

1. You have 30 seconds to convince someone to come to Wellington. What’s your pitch?

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John Bishop answers our questions

by Joanna September 28, 2010

 

We offered to publish the answers from any candidates in the local body elections and John Bishop who is standing in Lambton Ward has stepped up.

1. You have 30 seconds to convince someone to come to Wellington. What’s your pitch?

A raft of wonderful entertainment and recreation in a compact city – good for mind, body and soul

2. How do you think traffic flow to the hospital and airport could be improved?

Wider roads, more buses and more space for cyclists. Perhaps light rail too depending on cost

3. Where do you stand on the issue of opening up government data?

Shine the light.

4. What plans have do you have to improve recycling/composting facilities?

Lids on bins to reduce rubbish blowing about. Support council’s new plan for kerbside sorting

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Marcus Ganley answers our questions

by Joanna September 27, 2010

We offered to publish the answers from any candidates in the local body elections and Marcus Gangley who is standing in the Lambton Ward has stepped up.

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Mark Greening answers our questions

by Joanna September 27, 2010

 We offered to publish the answers from any candidates in the local body elections and Mark Greening who is standing in the Lambton Ward has stepped up.

1. You have 30 seconds to convince someone to come to Wellington. What’s your pitch?

Wow, a capital city with the heart of a village. Waterfront vistas, green hills, amazing: coffee, food, art and culture!

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Rex Nairn answers our questions

by Joanna September 26, 2010

 We offered to publish the answers from any candidates in the local body elections and Rex Nairn who is standing in Southern Ward has stepped up.

1. You have 30 seconds to convince someone to come to Wellington. What’s your pitch?

 

Central city harbour jewel

A zephyr blows through

Event and party H.Q.

 

2. How do you think traffic flow to the hospital and airport could be improved? 

Can’t get through the CBD

Transport system, hah!

Buses, not automobiles

 

3. Where do you stand on the issue of opening up government data?

Sorry some stuff you can’t see

Most of it you should

Nothing to hide from no-one

 

4. What plans do you have to improve recycling/composting facilities?

We need to reduce our waste

Compost organics

Put it on public gardens

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Kris Price answers our questions

by Joanna September 18, 2010

We offered to publish the answers from any candidates in the local body elections and Kris Price who is standing in the Lambton Ward stepped up for his "15 page views of fame". 

1. You have 30 seconds to convince someone to come to Wellington. What’s your pitch?
Show them a photo of our beautiful Wellington at its best on a sunny day. (Then tell them not to come during winter.)

2. How do you think traffic flow to the hospital and airport could be improved?
Two words: Light Rail.

3. Where do you stand on the issue of opening up government data?
Mmm sweet data. I’m seriously anal retentive about data. Let’s open it all up.

4. What plans have do you have to improve recycling/composting facilities?
I want to see our boring ovoid black trash cans replaced with colourful trash cans that separate glass, plastic, paper, and general trash.

5. What is your policy on street alcoholics?
I support a wet house and getting the DHB involved in treatment.

6. Do you support pedestrianisation of the Golden Mile? Why/Why not?
Yes. Pedestrians are equal users of our streetscape. It beautifies, increases values, gives recreation, and goes hand-in-hand with PT route, which must happen.

7. What’s the last local market you went to? What did you buy?
Uh-oh. I’m guessing New World isn’t the answer you’re looking for. Hilo farmers market about a month back count? ‘Spose that’s hardly local.

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And the rest of the election

by Joanna September 17, 2010

 Some people have asked why we only sent out questions to the mayoral candidates, not councillor-wannabes or people running for community and health boards. That’s a valid question. To be honest, it was partly because mayors tend to be the ones that attract the headlines, but also because there are a metric buttload of candidates from all over the city and I just did not have the time to deal with all of them. However, since I’ve now discovered that one of my favourite tutors from uni is running (he had such a hard-on for the NZ electoral system, it was adorable), I’ve thought a little bit more about the whole thing. So, let’s see if the candidates are at where you are at. If anyone running for any position is reading this (I won’t be approaching anyone), please feel free to answer the questions that we asked the mayoral candidates, answer according to the rules, and send them to me – [email protected], and you’ll get your moment in the sun here on the Wellingtonista. 

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Bryan Pepperell answers our questions

by Joanna September 7, 2010

Thanks to Bryan Pepperell for answering our questions.

1. You have 30 seconds to convince someone to come to Wellington. What’s your pitch?

Wellington is one of the most beautiful compact cafe and cultural centres in the world.

2. How do you think traffic flow to the hospital and airport could be improved?

Traffic flow to the hospital and airport could be improved by having mode shift from private to public with light rail, park and ride on bus and cycle.

3. Where do you stand on the issue of opening up government data?

I believe government data should be made more open to the public.

4. What plans have do you have to improve recycling/composting facilities?

Public composting and recycling while energy intensive should take place here rather than in China as is the case with most recycled materials now.

5. What is your policy on street alcoholics?

Help find a place for the drinkers

6. Do you support pedestrianisation of the Golden Mile? Why/Why not?

Not sure it would work but would be happy to give it a try in parts with the agreement of stakeholders and the community.

7. What’s the last local market you went to? What did you buy?

Victoria Market to buy Broccoli, celery, bok choy.

8. Describe your bicycle, or your favourite bus route?

Avanti Montari dual purpose bike with road tyres and twenty four gear options and disc brakes

9. When did you last use the library, a community centre, or a council-run sports facility?

Newtown community Centre for a residents meeting.

10. Would you welcome a central government driven "super-city" amalgamation of local authorities? If not, why not?

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