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Conor Hill announces climate change package

Media release from Conor Hill
Wellington mayoral candidate Conor Hill today released an honest, fair and ambitious plan to reduce Wellington’s carbon emissions.

Hill said “The big announcement today is a statement of intent to cap carbon emissions from the airport and airlines that use it. Every other candidate is ignoring this issue, putting it into the too hard basket. If we really are in a climate change emergency then we can’t pretend. Carbon emissions for flights cannot continue to grow.”

Hill promises to set up a mayoral task force to advise on how to implement reducing airport and airline carbon emissions.

Hill said “I don’t have the answers, and that’s not a position I like to be in. But did Kate Sheppard have the answers when she joined the Women’s suffrage movement? Did Marilyn Waring know what would happen when she crossed the floor in 1984 to oppose nuclear warships? Sometimes we have to be bold. This is one of those times.”

As well as this, Hill wants an approach to reducing carbon emissions that is fair to working people.

He wants to see warm, dry affordable homes located near good quality public transport and amenities. For the able-bodied he wants to see a shift from cars to public transport, cycling and walking.

Hill said “A compact city with good quality public transport and cycling infrastructure is one which is more fun, more affordable and importantly one which dramatically reduces our carbon emissions. As Mayor that is what I will push for.”


  1. Roy Kutel, 22. September 2019, 13:34

    The average number of passengers on a bus is 7 Conor. Many run around devoid of any passengers. Cut back on bus transport and make Wellington a liveable city again. Where were you when the trolley bus wires were pulled down?

  2. Greg, 23. September 2019, 10:46

    And the average car carries *1* person before sitting idle for some 90% of the day, taking up land (at minimal cost compared to the value of the land). And, when in use each car disproportionately adds to pollution (if burning petrol / diesel), and increases risk to non-motorists.
    More buses, more frequently and fewer cars on our streets might just make the city more liveable?

  3. Benny, 23. September 2019, 11:06

    I’m absolutely blown away by this announcement. Indeed, Conor is the only candidate tackling the biggest polluter in Wellington, the airport. This is bold, courageous and consistent with climate emergency declaration.