John Morrison decides he wants to be mayor of “stagnant” city

City councillor John Morrison has decided to stand against Celia Wade-Brown for the Wellington mayoralty, according to a DomPost report this morning.

The 65-year-old former New Zealand cricketer has been a councillor since 1998.

The DomPost quotes him as saying that Wellington has been “stagnant” for the past three years and it is time for key matters such as regional governance and the Wellington Airport expansion to be resolved.

He’s also a proud member of the Basin Reserve Trust, where he has sometimes found himself in a difficult position regarding the flyover issue.

The Wellingtonian quotes him this week as defending the opening hours of his local library – but no mention of his mayoral ambitions.

John Morrison is wellknown as being an implacable opponent of Celia Wade-Brown. In Werewolf this month, Sue Kedgley asked the mayor about this.

SK: Some Councillors such as John Morrison seem implacably opposed to you. Do you think you’ve been effective in getting support across party lines?

C W-B: All our elected Councillors believe they’re doing the best for Wellington, so what I’ve tried to do is to find their strengths and work with that. I wouldn’t put John Morrison near the transport portfolio. But just because we disagree in that area doesn’t mean he doesn’t do a lot for the sporting community and he’s been one of the real movers and shakers in getting Australian football to play their Anzac game here, for example


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