Wellington Scoop

Sue Kedgley named as one of five Green candidates for October elections

News from Green Party
The Green Party has selected five candidates to run for the Wellington City Council and the Wellington constituency of the Greater Wellington Regional Council in this year’s local body elections.

One Green Party candidate will stand for election to Wellington City Council in each of the Lambton, Southern and Eastern Wards, and two Green candidates will stand for the Wellington constituency of the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

“We are delighted to have such a great line up of talent to contest the local body elections in Wellington,” said James Shaw, a spokesperson for the Green Party’s Wellington province.

“Along with our hard-working incumbents Iona Pannett and Paul Bruce, we are pleased to welcome former MP Sue Kedgley to stand for the Regional Council. Her broad knowledge and experience will be a huge asset to the Council.”

“They are joined by two candidates with strong backgrounds in sustainability and local government: Sarah Free and David Lee,” James Shaw said.

“Candidates on a Green Party ticket will focus on progressing a number of core issues in Wellington city.

“These centre around sustainable economic growth and more jobs, providing excellent walking, cycling and public transport options, and making Wellington more resilient to natural disasters such as storms and earthquakes.

“We look forward to increasing the Green voice on the two councils in this election. This will enable the council to focus on issues that Wellingtonians have identified as important.”

A short bio about the candidates is below.

For more information about the campaign see the website: www.thrivewellington.org.nz

Wellington City Council

Lambton Ward: Iona Pannett

Iona is a life-long resident of inner city Wellington and second term Wellington City Councillor. She grew up in Te Aro and is now raising her family in Mt Victoria, where she lives with her partner and two pre-school children.

She has worked as a researcher, communications advisor and campaigner. She has extensive experience in non-government organisations, having previously served on boards such as The Wellington Housing Trust, Downtown Community Ministry and committees of Waterfront Watch and the Historic Places Trust (Wellington Branch). She is currently a Trustee of the Hill Street Farmer’s Market in Thorndon and is on the Clyde Quay Kindergarten Parent Committee.

Eastern Ward: Sarah Free

Sarah trained as an electrical engineer, and then as a secondary school teacher, before becoming involved as an advocate and advisor on housing, health and residential energy usage. In a voluntary capacity she is a member of the Electricity Authority’s Retail Advisory Group, co-chair of Wellington City Council’s Environmental Reference Group, and a consumer representative for the RANZCOG (Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) Excellence in Women’s Health committee. She is also involved in a variety of volunteer work.

Southern Ward: David Lee

David is a strategic planner with 23 years of experience in local and central government, currently employed by a local authority. He is married with two school-aged children, and is a member of the Board of Trustees for Brooklyn School. David is a keen mountain biker, sailor and sheddie!

Wellington Regional Council

Paul Bruce

Paul has been a Green Councillor on Greater Wellington Regional Council since 2007. He is a Meteorologist and enjoys cycling to and from his Brooklyn home, where he lives with his architectural designer wife and two adult children. He plays the violin, enjoys tramping and wind surfing.

Sue Kedgley

Sue is a long-term consumer and health advocate, former MP and Wellington City Councillor, and long-time Wellingtonian. She is a columnist and author of six books. She helped found the Safe Food Campaign; is a member of the Board of Consumer New Zealand, the National Committee for UN Women NZ, the UN Women Asia Pacific Regional Advisory Committee; Transparency International, Oxfam and other community organisations. She is married to lawyer Denis Foot, and has one child and three stepchildren.


  1. peter@southwelly, 19. July 2013, 14:03

    No one can ever deny Sue’s drive, passion, intelligence or commitment. But when you analyse who is on the Regional Council, Daran Ponter in his mid-40s is the youngest. Next perhaps is Paul Bruce, in his spritely early 60s. The rest are in their mid to late-60s, as is Sue, with the exception of one or two who are in their early to mid-70s. So where is all the ‘young blood’, and the fresh innovative thinking, that Wellington needs for the forthcoming century ?
    Perhaps Ms. Wilde should re-cast the GWRC as the Gentrified Wellington Regional Council.

  2. peter@southwelly, 20. July 2013, 2:34

    Hold the presses !! What about Mr. Sridhar Ekambaram standing in the Onslow-Western Ward, replacing John Morrison. Mr. Ekambaram announced on June 17 (Scoop, Press Release) that he would be standing for the Wellington City Council, wanting a ‘greener council’, so if he is still committed, surely it would only be logical to stand under the ‘Green’s’ banner.