Media release from J&Y Media
Wellington mayoral candidate Jack Yan has welcomed Prime Minister John Key’s caution that Wellington is being put under sustained pressure, and is calling on incumbent Celia Wade-Brown to hold a public debate about her plans for leading a revival of the city’s prospects.
“I’m glad that Prime Minister John Key has heightened the debate about whether the people leading Wellington have either been asleep at the wheel or have simply run out of ideas,” says Jack Yan.
“The quality of Wellington’s future is dependent on strong leadership. If that leadership isn’t cutting it then a time has to come when it’s best to step aside and make way for a new approach.
“As I said in an unpublished opinion piece supplied to the DominonPost two weeks ago, the choice is simple. We can opt for same old, same old politics as usual, or identify and nurture the right players in our business sector.
“At the last local government election I was the only candidate for instance who fully endorsed the Wellington Property Council’s blueprint for Wellington as contained in a report championed by urban developer Ian Cassels.
“That report – The Future of Our Capital – made a strong case for the part that the private sector has to play in unleashing Wellington’s latent potential.
“It’s time we revisited that report and that an urgent platform was provided for city champions and leaders like Ian Cassels and myself to debate the issues on the same platform as the mayor.
“This challenge to move the debate out to the people of Wellington sooner than later is a challenge that Celia Wade-Brown needs to take up now, before any more doubt is cast on the great prospects for Wellington”.