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New mayor, all smiles, cuts a birthday cake


One of Andy Foster’s first appearances after the confirmation of his mayoralty today was to cut a birthday cake. Not his own, but for Inner City Wellington.


The organisation was celebrating its annual Founders Day, and the new mayor made a cheerful appearance in time to cut the cake.



He was notably cheerful, having just learnt that a judge had ruled against a recount that had been sought by defeated mayor Justin Lester.


The Founders Address was given by local MP (and Finance Minister) Grant Robertson, who was one of the group that established Inner City Wellington eleven years ago. But he had to leave before the cake was cut.


The third Nicholson Memorial Address was given by social entrepreneur Elisha Watson. She told how in 2017 she started Nisa, a small Wellington business with a focus on making ethical products.

The idea came to her when she was volunteering with the Red Cross in a resettlement programme. She noticed many of the refugee women shared her passion for sewing but were struggling to find jobs in New Zealand due to cultural and language barriers. Elisha quit her position as a litigation lawyer, and turned her creative hobby into a business that would provide refugee women with stable work and a safe space. It has recently moved into premises in Willis Street.


The evening began with a rousing performance by the kapa haka group from Mt Cook School.

In the interests of sustainable development and local democracy, Inner-City Wellington seeks to serve as a progressive and influential community voice of and for the residents, organisations and property owners in the suburbs of Te Aro and Wellington Central. It does this through engagement with the appropriate public authorities for the purpose of enhancing the wellbeing of those living, owning and operating in the inner-city.