Deputy mayor Justin Lester is promising to create a rates rebate of $5000 for people building their first home.
He made this offer in a speech at his campaign launch held on the waterfront this afternoon.
…As Mayor, I’m going to offer a $5000 rates rebate to anyone who wants to build their first home here. That won’t just make it easier to afford a home. It’ll create an owner-led development market where you can save up to $150,000 when you build a home because you’re not paying the developer’s profit margin. It’ll also mean new, better quality houses, where corners aren’t being cut. Because as Mayor, I’ll do more to make sure that houses here aren’t just affordable, but they’re of a decent quality as well. Because if we’re being honest, the quality of much of the housing stock in Wellington is simply not up to scratch.
— Andrew Little (@AndrewLittleMP) April 3, 2016
He is also promising free entry for children under 5 and their guardians at the city council’s swimming pools.
Seven out of ten kids in NZ can’t swim, and I won’t let Wellington be a city that turns its head and ignores that fact. This policy will make a huge difference for families, and it won’t break the bank. I’ve done the numbers. The cost is a paltry $55,000 per annum in a budget of $450m. That’s one hundredth of 1 percent. Giving people more from our community facilities is about sending the message that this is a community that looks after each other, and cares about the safety of our children. It sends the message that there’s a place for you here no matter how much money your parents earn. That Wellington is a place that supports you to raise your family.
— Justin Lester (@justin_lester) April 3, 2016
And he has promised to scrap the fees businesses pay to have outdoor dining on public land, and to tackle the council’s “ingrained sexism” by having more senior female employees, if he’s elected mayor in October. He also re-stated his commitment to extending the airport runway.