At almost the same time as Mayor Celia Wade-Brown was being sworn in last night, the Prime Minister was announcing the success of his negotiations to keep the two Hobbit movies in New Zealand. The Hobbit decision ensures the continued growth of Miramar, where Sir Peter Jackson’s activities are centred. It also means that the new mayor begins her three-year term with the surety of substantial economic activity for her city.
No doubt she’ll be initiating discussions on many levels to take advantage of last night’s $670m news. But the results of economic planning don’t come quickly. Here are 12 suggestions which could be programmed into her first 100 days. They would enable the new mayor to show that she can deliver results quickly, and they would build on the goodwill which surrounds her election. Read more »