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Phil Sprey gives support but no money for Andy Foster

Media release from Phil Sprey
In November last year I offered $10,000 for anyone to run against Mayor Justin Lester in Wellington in the Local Body elections. By February no one had made any serious approach and it looked like Lester was running unopposed and time was against any ‘unknown’ candidate to have the opportunity to set themselves, brand and policy into place so I reluctantly withdrew the offer.

When Andy Foster made the announcement at Shelley Bay today it was a perfect collision of two issues I support – a serious challenger, and Shelley Bay for which I am on record as opposing the development plans and in support of the same opposition Peter Jackson has. In fact I wrote the original Vision Document for Shelley Bay for Enterprise Miramar over a decade ago.

Living in Hutt City, I am running for a City-Wide seat on Hutt City Council and champion many local and regional issues.

Working with a new mayor in the Capital for common goals is high on my list of to-do’s.

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  1. greenwelly, 18. August 2019, 16:44

    “… but no money for Andy Foster.” No surprise there….Given there is likely to be at least discussion this term around the WCC providing support or funding for a new covered arena, the last thing Phil Sprey would want is Mr Foster being forced to skip any votes due to conflicts of interest.

  2. Lindsay, 18. August 2019, 17:11

    Given that there is such a weak case for a covered arena – an extravagant and wasteful structure that would be empty for most of the year – I cannot imagine any candidate speaking out in favour of it. The council has too many urgent priorities for which it needs to find money. These priorities should be at the core of the election campaign.

  3. Andy Foster, 18. August 2019, 22:10

    I very much appreciate Phil’s support and wish him well in standing for the Hutt Council.
    Greenwelly – Phil knows I do not think a Concert Arena is affordable or will stack up. We need to save a lot of money (given the rates rise that’s expected,) and this is one of quite a few areas I would look to make a saving. So that would be an ironic conflict of interest!
    So I am agreeing with you Lindsay – we cannot do everything all at once.
    Kind regards, Andy