Wellington Scoop

Former MP offers his skills as Labour candidate in Lambton Ward

News from NZ Labour Party
Former MP Mark Peck has come out of political retirement to put his name forward to contest the Lambton Ward in this year’s City Council elections.

Peck, who is standing under the Labour banner, lives and owns a small business in the ward and says he is standing to help make Wellington a vibrant and growing city.

“Wellington faces major challenges over the next few years in maintaining its public places, providing a coherent transport infrastructure, addressing earthquake issues, and arresting the current economic and social decline.”

“What I am offering the voters of Lambton is my skills and experience – as an advocate, an experienced politician as a former member of parliament, and, as a small business owner – to help us meet these challenges.”

Peck says his campaign will focus on the issues that matter to local people, including better public services and a more accountable city council.

“My campaign is going to be about making sure that the local voice is heard. It should be the ratepayer’s views that matter, not unelected council officers.”

“I’ll be striving for a pedestrian friendly central city, with adequate parking and public transport.

“I’ll be striving to make sure that our council spends its money wisely and ratepayers get good value for money.

“And I’ll be striving for better services for people in our city who are struggling. I’ve got a strong social conscience. The first meeting of my campaign was with the Downtown Community Ministry for a briefing on Wellington’s unacceptably high homelessness rates to help to look for solutions to this problem.”

“I ask the voters of Lambton to give me their 1st preference vote this October because I have a strong skill set to help our city tackle these big challenges,” says Mark Peck.

Mark Peck Bio
• Standing for City Councillor in Lambton Ward
• Lives in the ward and owns a small business
• Union Organiser and Advocate 1977-1993
• Former MP for Invercargill, 1993 to 2005
• Chaired parliament’s Finance and Expenditure Committee from 1999 to 2002
• Chaired parliament’s Commerce Committee from 2002 to 2005
• Director, Smoke-free Coalition 2005-2009