Wellington Scoop

Andy Foster on working together

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Finn Hogan interviews Wellington Mayor-elect Andy Foster, and first asks how he’s feeling about a potential recount. Read more »

Who gets what?

by Ian Apperley
It’s hard to predict which Wellington city councillors are going to lead which portfolios, especially when we don’t know what the portfolios are going to be. We do know that there are too many portfolios, and there will be changes. Read more »

Reducing the portfolios

by Ian Apperley
New Wellington city councillors will be shortly assigned portfolios. But I understand that the model may be changed. It certainly needs a refresh because right now it’s barely manageable. Read more »

Driving us backwards

by Tim Jones
Andy Foster’s transport policies put him at odds with the public’s demand for climate change action. Read more »

Getting things done

by Conor Hill
Congratulations to Andy Foster for winning the Wellington mayoralty. He had a narrow victory, with STV working its magic 7 times. It’s likely he lost four out of Wellington’s five wards. It’s unlikely that more than one (if that) of the 14 elected councillors gave him their first preference. He doesn’t have a natural majority on council, and isn’t aligned to cabinet or the regional council. Read more »

Too early for a tunnel decision

by John Rankin
We don’t know enough right now to make the decision that Mayor Foster has made about another Mt Victoria Tunnel. About the only thing we know for certain is that a second tunnel is desperately needed for walkers and cyclists. Read more »

Why he lost

by Gordon Campbell
For obvious reasons, politics is more of a big deal in the capital city than anywhere else in the country. Even so, fewer than four in ten eligible Wellington voters bothered to vote in Saturday’s local elections (turnout 39.66%). Even less was felt to be at stake this time than in 2016, when 45% voted Justin Lester into the mayoralty. To put it mildly, the Lester-led Council failed to live up to expectations. Lester will be remembered mainly for the fact that somehow, he managed to lose this election. Read more »

Winners, losers and surprises

by Ian Apperley
In what is probably the largest shakeup to the Wellington city council in many years, we have a new mayor and several new councillors, creating a political pack that is significantly more diverse than previous groups. Read more »

The buses: don’t look back

by Lindsay Shelton
With only two days till the local election results are announced, the Regional Council has congratulated itself on a year of “challenge and success.” But it chooses its words evasively when it describes its bustastrophe, looking hopefully ahead and referring instead to a “future focussed bus network.” Read more »

Fixing the Library – we need it back

by Conor Hill
I want to see our Central Library fixed as soon as possible, and I want that work to take precedence over an airport runway extension, an arena, and if possible, the convention centre. Read more »