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Projecting big statements to encourage consultation on plan

2018-03-09-J005541 VIDEO MAYOR LTP 2018 Intro

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Wellington city buildings, backdrops and landscapes will act as giant canvasses in the next four weeks to spark conversations about the future of our city.

Public consultation on the Wellington City Council’s 10-Year Plan starts today.

The plan will determine the level of investment in all aspects of the city for the next 10 years, including in the critical areas of housing, transport, arts and culture, economic growth, resilience and the environment.

To raise awareness and encourage engagement, the City Council will project statements and sentiments that it hopes will resonate with Wellingtonians on to a range of city backdrops, says Mayor Justin Lester.

“This is our chance to shape how Wellington will evolve over the next decade and to invest in what Wellingtonians tell us is important.

“We have big decisions to make, including about how we make sure we have enough housing, how we prepare our city for natural disasters and how we protect and nurture our environment for future generations.”

The first projection will be on the Town Hall this evening between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. It will read: “I want a city that can withstand anything nature throws at it.”

All projections will take place in the early evening and involve different locations, depending on the topic.

“The projected statements, by intent, will be direct and provocative,” the Mayor says. “We know that it’s increasingly challenging to get people’s attention, but we think the projections will encourage Wellingtonians to stop, think on what the plan means for them and then tell us about it.

“Wellington has big decisions to make as part of this 10-Year Plan, so it’s important we hear from as wide a group as possible,” says Cr Diane Calvert, the Council’s Community Planning and Engagement Portfolio Leader. “The decisions we make now will have implications for all Wellingtonians. We want to ensure the decisions we make reflect the broad views of our residents.”

People can read the plan and have their say via www.10yearplan.wellington.govt.nz
or through social media via #WgtnPlan.

“We’ve done everything we can to not only raise awareness, but to make it easy for people to have their say. Ten minutes on 10yearplan.wellington.govt.nz is all it takes,” the Mayor says.

Ticking clock for regional plan consultation


  1. Ian Apperley, 15. April 2018, 10:33

    “I want a city council that is transparent and listens to its residents”

  2. JennyKayNZ, 15. April 2018, 11:22

    Font & format of Wgtn Plan likely to exclude people. Hard to read. Glossy photos. Other than picture of councillor Jill Day, only Māori in photos are performers. No visibly disabled. Not a people-focused document. Hope WgtnCC have comms plan to engage more people & communities. [via twitter]

  3. Jonny Utzone, 15. April 2018, 14:42

    Stop anything that nature can throw at us? Fukushima anyone? We will need a Lesterian wall right around our harbour to stop the once in a million years, 30 metre tsunami.

  4. Moses, 15. April 2018, 21:39

    What a truly absurd statement. Stop nature? Nature is not the problem. Grandiose omnipotence might be.part of the problem.

  5. Farmer John, 16. April 2018, 12:08

    Welcome to Long White Cloud Cuckoo Land: ‘Stop anything that nature can throw at us’ follows on from ‘Predator Free Wellington (/NZ)’, Julie Anne Genter’s ‘zero road toll’ (for 2020!) and Labour’s ‘Planting a Billion Trees in Ten Years’ (11,415/hr 24/7).

  6. Andrew, 16. April 2018, 14:08

    Justin has a sense of humour. The irony of projecting that statement on to the town hall. It should read ‘Stop anything that nature can throw at us – apart from procrastination’

  7. Josie B., 16. April 2018, 16:32

    @Andrew, re Justin’s sense of humour. There looks to be an opening for Swedish artist Carolina Falkholt to erect one of her wall murals alongside Justin’s Town Hall projection (although it may not stay up for long).

  8. Sekhmet Bast Ra, 17. April 2018, 15:25

    The council media team missed a prime social engineering opportunity with this one. They could have projected the message encouraging participation in Te Reo Maori and used all of the fabulous colours of the rainbow for the projected lettering. As Borat Sagdiyev once said: “Very nice, how much?”

  9. TrevorH, 17. April 2018, 16:58

    @ Ian Apperley: “somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly,
    and the dreams that you dream of, dreams really do come true”
    More community singing is the answer.

  10. Josie B., 18. April 2018, 10:21

    @Sekhmet – It’s time for H (heterosexuals) to be inserted between G (Gays) & I (Intersex) to make Wellington the world’s first absolutely positively totally inclusive LBGHIT rainbow community.

  11. Mark, 19. April 2018, 23:43

    “I want a city where riding a bike to the shops results in less adrenaline than riding at Makara.”