Wellington Scoop

Sir Geoffrey Palmer joins Mt Victoria residents at election meeting

More than 80 Mt Victoria residents attended an election meeting tonight – at the top table were James Shaw ( Green) Paul Foster Bell (National) Grant Robertson (Labour) and Hugh Barr ( NZ First).

In the audience — protesting that he wasn’t running for any party, as he doubted “the soufflé would rise twice” – was Sir Geoffrey Palmer and his wife. He spoke, at the invitation of Mt Victoria Residents Association chair Elaine Hampton, on Local Government and RMA reforms.

Several questions were posed on “what now” after the flyover decision.

Foster-Bell said little, claiming the subject to be outside his portfolio, and so he was unable to speak for the party’s Transport Platform, but he said he expected the National Party would abide by the BoI decision. When an audience member reminded him of the Transport Agency’s threats that they might take their money for investing elsewhere in communities that were more grateful, there were jeers.

One of the panel said he had heard that Chris Finlayson thought it could be a good idea if the SH1 / RoNS designation ended at the end of the Terrace Tunnel, and the local roads were given back to local government. A joke? Who can tell?

Wellington.Scoop – August 13
Mt Victoria residents will have a chance to question election candidates for Wellington Central at a meeting tomorrow night at Crossways.Labour MP Grant Robertson will be attending, with National’s candidate Paul Foster Bell and Greens’ candidate James Shaw.

Candidates for Mana/Internet, NZ First, Act, Conservatives, the Maori Party, and Legalise Cannabis have also been invited.

Thursday 14 August at 7.30pm
New Crossways, 6 Roxburgh St