Wellington Scoop

Water pistols at election meeting in Aro Valley

News from Aro Valley Community Centre
Wellington city’s local body elections candidates will be making their pitch to Aro Valley voters this Saturday night, and hoping they can escape the traditional water pistol soaking for speaking too long.

Aro Valley’s ‘meet the candidates’ nights are well-known for their unusually raucous nature, and are generally far better attended that is the norm for local body candidate meetings.

This year, Regional Council and Lambton Ward candidates are attending, as well as those hoping to be mayor for the next three years.

The evening’s organiser, Co-Treasurer Liam Hunt, says amongst all the fun, there will be serious questions asked of the candidates.

“Wellington is facing some dire problems, such rising sea levels, an ecological crisis and vanishing buses. We need to know our elected representatives take those problems seriously and have robust ideas, not just vague promises, about how to tackle them.”

The evening, at the Aro Valley Community Centre, will begin at 6pm, and Mr Hunt says locals should get there early.

“It makes a lie of the boring nature of local body elections meetings. We have people packed in like herrings, overflowing to outside. We have to turn people away.”