Press Release – Jevan Goulter, candidate for Wellington City Council
It is no surprise how disappointed Wellingtonians will be to know that there will be no Carnival taking place due to lack of funding from the Wellington City Council.
I have to raise the question, does the Wellington City Council not realise how important the Cuba Street Carnival is to our city. Providing entertainment and a great Wellington experience to everybody in the City and to our visitors in Wellington, the Cuba Street Carnival also provides opportunities for local businesses to thrive and gives many local performers a platform to stand on.
Considering this year I am standing for council, I have tried to put myself in their mind frame of how they could not support this event. I honestly do not understand how they will not fund this event. One of the things I am passionate about is the arts and events, festivities in our City being the capital city and so proud of leading the arts portfolio in New Zealand. To lose the carnival puts us ten steps backwards !
I will be lobbying the council to reconsider and change their position on this decision, if elected I will definitely be fighting passionately and publicly to make sure things like this do not happen and that the council is supporting as many events like this as possible and not killing them.
We need to make sure things like this do not happen so we need a new council, I hope this year Wellingtonians think hard when voting this year.
We need to send a message to the council that we need to support the Cuba Street Carnival and we need to look at other ways of making the Cuba Street Carnival happen in the future if the council makes the same decision again.
We are a city that thrives on the arts and it is crucial that we act now and do something about this !