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Mayor of Wellington
Transport

Norbert Hausberg

  • More more more more and cheaper and more frequent public transport.
  • Roads for walking bikes and scooters and the 'second tunnel' too.
  • With the knowledge we have today anybody wanting more roads and a larger airport is in my eyes an environmental criminal.

Jenny Condie

  • Hold a Citizens' Assembly to decide on rapid transit mode and funding, informed by the results of the LGWM business case.
  • Speed up the delivery of a city-wide bike and scooter network, to return footpaths to pedestrians.
  • Provide more priority bus lanes to improve reliability by getting buses out of traffic.

Justin Lester

  • Deliver Let's Get Welly Moving with mass transit from the CBD to the Airport, bus priority and improvements at the Basin and Mt Victoria.
  • Ensure GWRC runs a high-quality bus network and form a Regional Transport Authority so the mistakes of the past year are never repeated.
  • Improve the walkability of Wellington CBD and remove private vehicles from the Golden Mile. Build a city-wide safe cycling network.

Conor Hill

  • Build light rail from the CBD through the southern and eastern suburbs to the airport.
  • Build a complete cycling network in the CBD and southern and eastern suburbs.
  • Make our streets safe for our children by reducing speed limits around schools.

Ajay Rathod

  • Traffic is out of control especially in the eastern subs second tunnel a must.
  • Airport runway extension needs to be done.
  • Their is a need for water taxi.

Diane Calvert

  • Introduce a shared governance committee with GWRC and NZTA to lead and improve the city's bus network including road space and the Airport bus.
  • Reprioritise and bring forward the Basin improvements and the second Mt Victoria tunnel to get traffic away from the city centre.
  • Introduce dedicated parking spaces for e-scooters to prevent them from parking on the footpaths causing obstacles for pedestrians.

Andy Foster

  • Continue to encourage more people walking, cycling and using PT through good urban form, bus priority and safer cycling and walking facilities.
  • Review Let's Get Wgtn Moving to bring forward Basin Reserve and Mt Vic tunnel duplication. Deliver quick wins for CBD walking, biking, PT.
  • Accelerate bus priority delivery. Reinvigorate the Airport Flyer to reduce airport traffic. Regular shuttle bus services to rail stations.
Housing and planning

Norbert Hausberg

  • Encourage higher density housing throughout Wellington. Particular close to transport hubs. Highrise apartment blocks in the inner city.
  • Regulate high rise building for more resilience, drinking water supply for each inhabitant for a week, emergency photovoltaic light systems.
  • Encourage housing affordability.

Jenny Condie

  • Rezone land near train stations and transport hubs to allow terrace housing and small apartment buildings.
  • Investigate joint ventures with central government and developers to build apartments with vibrant shops at ground level in suburban centres.
  • Simplify planning rules while introducing a design committee to assess the quality of larger developments.

Justin Lester

  • Continue implementing innovative housing policy like apartment conversions, first time builder rebates and a one stop shop for consents.
  • Improve our housing market by building 1250 new dwellings per annum and adding new green space to support our compact urban growth.
  • Commit to growing WCC's affordable and supported living housing that is warm, safe and accessible for all, particularly our homeless.

Conor Hill

  • Build council housing to decrease rents and homelessness.
  • Commit to building more homes in existing suburbs instead of urban sprawl.
  • Change to land value based rates, to discourage land banking, cbd car yards and other poor uses of land.

Ajay Rathod

  • We've developed and started the first phase of the Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP).
  • In addition to improving our understanding of the opportunities and constraints to increase housing supply in Wellington.
  • Rezone the suburbs to encourage higher density housing development.

Diane Calvert

  • Update our planning rules to ease the build of new homes, for buy or rent, to increase supply.
  • Introduce infill housing rules to provide clarity and allow for appropriate intensification, respecting suburbs' unique characters.
  • Revitalise suburban centres through funding for community-led planning which enables communities to shape the future of their communities.

Andy Foster

  • Review Spatial Plan and District Plan to accommodate expected growth while identifying and protecting the special places people value most.
  • Establish an Urban Development Agency so council can get actively involved in delivery of housing through partners or directly.
  • Change resource consent delegations to improve outcomes. Work with MBIE, other Cnls and Bldg sector to avoid ongoing leaky bldg liabilities.
Climate change and resilience

Norbert Hausberg

  • Make Wellington carbon neutral by 2022 there is simply no time to waste.
  • Move the library, council chambers and the town hall to higher grounds instead of wasting money on earthquake strengthening.
  • Stop council permissions for buildings under five meter of current mean high water mark.

Jenny Condie

  • Empower property owners to make informed decisions regarding the risk of sea level rise, by adding hazard information to LIM reports.
  • Assess the vulnerability of council infrastructure to sea level rise and liquefaction, to develop a long term plan.
  • Reduce transport emissions by delivering rapid transit and bike/scooter lanes, offering commuters genuine alternatives to their car.

Justin Lester

  • Make Wellington carbon neutral before 2050 by implementing our Zero Carbon Plan and significantly reducing transport and energy emissions.
  • Confirm an adaptation strategy for local communities by December 2020 for inclusion in Wellington's District Plan.
  • Significantly increase the number of native trees being planted in Wellington to a minimum of 130, 000 per annum.

Conor Hill

  • Create better public transport options and build a safe cycling network to decrease carbon emissions.
  • Build efficient warm and dry homes in suburbs near public transport instead of creating urban sprawl.
  • Commit to light rail from the CBD through our southern and eastern suburbs and to the airport.

Ajay Rathod

  • Make all council activities carbon neutral by 2030.
  • More frequent severe weather events due to the changing climate means this needs to be a focus area.
  • Increase the city's resilience to earthquakes and floods has long been a priority.

Diane Calvert

  • Fix the public bus transport (with GWRC) for Wellington city to encourage more people back from using their cars.
  • Speed up implementation of the first tranche of initiatives in the council's zero carbon plan focusing on council's own services.
  • Apply a climate change mitigation/adaptation lens across all council decisions to ensure solutions minimise emissions and waste.

Andy Foster

  • Continue delivering compact urban form and promoting more sustainable transport (PT, walking cycling) use.
  • Partner in growing forests as a carbon offset for landfill emissions (currently $2m p.a.) also giving biodiversity and employment benefits.
  • Allow public to purchase EVs more cheaply through bulk purchase arrangements.
Utilities and services

Norbert Hausberg

  • Learn from other cities and establish a proper recycling system and bio collection too.
  • Secure drinking water supply for emergencies.

Jenny Condie

  • Investigate curbside compost and greenwaste collection.
  • Borrow more to fund essential, long-term council infrastructure upgrades such as water, wastewater, and sewerage.
  • Investigate installing water metres to manage demand on our drinking water supply which is nearing capacity.

Justin Lester

  • Reduce waste to landfill by 1/3 over the next nine years. To achieve this I will significantly reduce bio-solid waste and improve recycling.
  • Introduce an organic waste collection for Wellington.
  • Ensure adequate investment in three waters infrastructure to enhance our water storage, water-sensitive urban design and local environment.

Conor Hill

  • Work with central government on changes to the management of drinking, waste and stormwater.
  • Ensure people who need recycling bags get recycling bags.

Ajay Rathod

  • All rubbish should be burned.
  • Try and minimise water waste.
  • Ban recycling collection after 11pm to reduce neighbourhood noise at night.

Diane Calvert

  • Develop a network of fenced dog parks across the city and rectify drainage/contamination of Northland dog park.
  • Continue to invest in resilient water structures to provide to cater for the city's growth and emergency management.
  • Introduce a regular green waste collection service to reduce the impact on the landfill which is nearing the end of its life.

Andy Foster

  • Encourage development of waste reuse businesses, recycling/reprocessing waste. Will need government involved.
  • Review dog policy. Consider the quality of dog parks (drainage) and whether there should be small dog parks (dog safety).
  • Continue to improve the quality of council's Asset Mgmt Plans. Ensure infrastructure aligns to growth and we invest where it is most efficient.
Jobs and economy

Norbert Hausberg

  • Promote Wellington as a destination for companies in the creative field.
  • Improve the transport infrastructure for the greater Wellington region—slogan—'No cars needed'.
  • Improve public transport will create jobs for a multitude.

Jenny Condie

  • Advocate for more business improvement districts in suburban areas, to give local retailers a voice in building dynamic local communities.
  • Strengthen council support for business incubators and mentors, to foster the next Xero or Weta.
  • Promote the connections between Wellington's creative and business sectors to enable the creative collisions that lead to innovation.

Justin Lester

  • Invest in resilient infrastructure to create jobs, increase water storage capacity, make buildings safe and transport routes reliable.
  • Deliver Let's Get Welly Moving with mass transit from the CBD to the Airport, bus priority and improvements at the Basin and Mt Victoria.
  • Grow local tourism by completing our convention centre, growing direct flights and visitation to our hospitality, events and attractions.

Conor Hill

  • Spend valuable council money on cultural assets like the Library rather than vanity projects like the convention centre and an arena.
  • Take the $3.5 billion of Crown money outlined in Let's Get Wellington Moving and start the programme instead of talking.
  • Create a fantastic liveable city with great suburbs, a vibrant community and a booming home building sector.

Ajay Rathod

  • Promote the city as a destination for adventure tourism.
  • Wellington City Youth Council provides an opportunity for young people's voices to be heard.
  • BIDs provide a strong response to local needs and priorities.

Diane Calvert

  • Continue to support the new convention centre development which will produce 400+ new jobs.
  • Increase engagement with and support for our city's business sectors to encourage additional activity and more economic growth.
  • Revitalise suburban centres to attract and support retail, hospitality and other commercial activities to service local communities.

Andy Foster

  • Focus tourism support on the things that are uniquely Wellington inc film museum, capital city attractions, craft food and beverage etc.
  • Support downtown retail activity by restoring free Sunday parking. Incentivise long stay parks being converted to short stay.
  • Support Business Improvement Districts to develop and implement plans to enhance their local business and residential communities.
Environment

Norbert Hausberg

  • Turn Wellington carbon neutral by 2022.
  • Establish composting bins, it would stop tons to go to the landfill as well as safeguard water sources and stop water bottling plants.
  • Reduce reduce reduce waste of any form, there are no more valleys left to fill.

Jenny Condie

  • Investigate local solutions for recycling plastics 3-7 which are going to landfill as they can no longer recycled offshore.
  • Divert more waste from landfill by reversing council's decision to no longer allow coffee cups and compostable bags in their composting.
  • Investigate curbside compost and greenwaste collection.

Justin Lester

  • Become the world's first Predator Free city and remove all pests so that native flora and fauna can thrive.
  • Improve waterways by increased riparian planting, implementing water sensitive urban design and Wellington's Te Mana o te Wai strategy.
  • Work with government to reduce waste, improve local recycling initiatives and introduce a container deposit scheme.

Conor Hill

  • Protect local populations of endangered species.
  • Take a holistic approach to climate change so that we work through all policies to reduce our carbon footprint.
  • Continue the great work of Zealandia, the Marine Education Centre and other local conservation organisations.

Ajay Rathod

  • Three waters review—the government is reviewing how to improve the regulation and supply arrangements of drinking water to better support.
  • We focused on continuing our pest plant programme in 33 key native ecosystems across the city.
  • WCC and 7 councils in the region are about to consult the public on a proposed regional approach to dealing with the 300,000 tonnes of rubbish.

Diane Calvert

  • Provide for improved recycling/reuse facilities at Southern Landfill to reduce waste and give a second life to reusable items.
  • Continue to support Predator Free Wellington with council funds and resources.
  • Provide for green waste collection to reduce impact on our landfill thats nearing the end of its life.

Andy Foster

  • Finish my work to complete the City Reserve network including Outer Green Belt, Miramar Heritage Pk, stream and bush protection and restoration.
  • Better support for community reserve care groups, especially weed control. Ongoing support for Predator Free Wellington.
  • Work with government on producer responsibility for reusable waste. Support local waste reuse industries (like Flight Plastics).
Rates and revenue

Norbert Hausberg

  • Establish better public transport will tax council spending though creates multiple opportunities in the city.
  • Have residential properties pay residential rates and commercial properties commercial rates. There is big mismatch there.

Jenny Condie

  • Investigate the sale of the council's stake in Wellington airport to contribute funding for new mass transit.
  • Use more targeted rates and investigate using unimproved land values for general rates, as recommended by the Productivity Commission.
  • Borrow more to fund essential, long-term council infrastructure upgrades such as water and transport.

Justin Lester

  • Retain WCC's strong balance sheet, AA credit rating and strong liquidity, while seeking to invest sustainably in the city's future.
  • Ensure rates are affordable for all and seek to keep rates increases to approximately 3% per annum.
  • Review ownership of council's commercial ground-leases, convention centre land and other CBD land ownership with a view to reducing debt.

Conor Hill

  • Cancel vanity projects—the runway extension, the arena, and if possible, the convention centre.
  • Change to land value based rating to encourage more homes, and less land banking and CBD car yards.
  • Work with central government to deliver new funding streams and minimise rates increase.

Ajay Rathod

  • Our city's plan for growth must keep rates affordable and be balanced for all citizens.
  • The balance of investments primarily comes from investment properties, our share of the net assets of our associates.
  • When we adopted Our 10-Year Plan 2018-28 (the Long-term Plan), we also agreed limits to rates increases.

Diane Calvert

  • Complete a review of capital expenditure to ensure the city can deliver and afford what's planned for the vibrancy and future of the city.
  • Deliver controlled budgets and focus our activities where they matter—transport, arts, housing, jobs, and prioritised investment.
  • Maintain a conservative debt position and keep our debt position within the current and prudent 175% limit.

Andy Foster

  • Cut spending on discretionary projects and extravagantly expensive projects. Let's Get Wgtn Moving is especially expensive adding 20% to rates.
  • Pursue alternative non rates income sources such as Development Contributions policy, value uplift capture, etc.
  • Rigorously review council's internal efficiencies. Address ongoing weathertightness liabilities, insurance costs, better risk mgmt, comms.
Governance and engagement

Norbert Hausberg

  • Open door policy throughout the council.
  • Establish living wage for everyone also contractors to the council.
  • What is the council and what is essential?

Jenny Condie

  • Establish a "People's Budget" so ratepayers directly participate in deciding how some of their money is spent.
  • Improve the openness and readability of council budgets so that anyone can find out details of how their rates are spent.
  • Review council's internal budgeting processes to improve the quality of analysis in financial decision making.

Justin Lester

  • Continue the successful Mayor in the Chair sessions with local Q&A sessions in suburban, youth, ethnic, accessibility and rainbow communities.
  • Engage with communities through the development of local community plans and a partnership with mana whenua via a strengthened MoU.
  • Ensure WCC is a supportive employer through its accredited living wage employment, equal gender pay and inclusive employment practices.

Conor Hill

  • Commit to being a living wage council, with all staff at organisations who work with the council being paid the living wage.
  • Commit to working with the principles of the Treaty.
  • Ensure consultation is fit for purpose, and don't get bogged down in repeated rounds of unnecessary consultation.

Ajay Rathod

  • Establish a monthly survey to get residents' feedback on council services.
  • Strengthen our relationship so that we can continue to influence decisions that affect our communities.

Diane Calvert

  • Establish working committees of councillors with representatives of Youth Council and iwi with full voting rights.
  • Establish a council ethnic advisory team to provide coordinated and improved delivery of council services to ethnic communities.
  • Maintain the living wage conditions for all staff and contractors.

Andy Foster

  • Ensure a more customer focused ethos. Improve monitoring of complaints systems. Empower staff to express their opinions at all levels of Cnl.
  • Empower communities to make their own decisions about how they develop, the things they value, their unique sense of place and identity.
  • Hold regular forums with economic, environmental, social and cultural leaders. Community forums for sector groups. Listen!
Recreation and culture

Norbert Hausberg

  • Laughing, hahaha, the city has not even touched the amazing opportunities the arts and sport gives to the growth of our city.
  • Walking, cycling and participation to be promoted and encouraged. All Wellington citizens are the city.

Jenny Condie

  • Invest in public facilities and events in the suburbs to create healthy, connected communities that have reduced rates of mental illness.
  • Prioritise reopening a central library, possibly by repurposing the convention centre.
  • Delay the strengthening of the Town Hall given other financial pressures facing the council.

Justin Lester

  • Strengthen and re-open Wellington's Central Library as a social and community hub, including Capital E and creative spaces for all ages.
  • Implement the Aho Tini and Decade of Culture strategy and form a Wellington-wide governance group to support our culture and creativity.
  • Support inclusive, diverse and multicultural communities. We will grow Matariki, an Eid Festival and the Welcome Home Refugees initiative.

Conor Hill

  • Ensure our Central Library takes precedence over a convention centre or airport runway.
  • Use 9 holes of a golf course almost no one uses for community facilities and homes.
  • Spend money on local music and arts rather than a grossly oversized arena.

Ajay Rathod

  • Make more sporting events to wellington city.
  • Replace the town hall to bring the city into the 21st Century.
  • Support small business with liquor licence.

Diane Calvert

  • Extend council services out to the suburbs with customer service centres, extended library hours and more support for community centres.
  • Increase the use of council venues, locations and services to support local artists and performers.
  • Review and update the outdated Events strategy to provide for key events spaced evenly throughout the year with broader appeal.

Andy Foster

  • Fix Civic Square, strengthen and reopen the Central library and Town Hall, enliven the Square with buildings opening onto it better.
  • Use my plans to repurpose Happy Valley Park to deliver a wide range of environmental and recreational benefits including reduced sports fees.
  • Empower communities to develop their own plans, including supporting local festivals.
These candidates did not respond.

Don Newt McDonald

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Andrew Grantham Cox

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