Rates, consultation, public money … Nick Leggett answers our questions

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As a preview for Tuesday’s mayoral forum, we’ve asked the mayoral candidates to answer eight basic questions about their policies for Wellington. Next to answer: Nick Leggett. Read more »

Rates, consultation, public money … Nicola Young answers our questions

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As a preview for Tuesday’s mayoral forum, we’ve asked the mayoral candidates to answer eight basic questions about their policies for Wellington. Next to answer: Nicola Young. Read more »

Rates, consultation, public money … Helene Ritchie answers our questions

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As a preview for Tuesday’s mayoral forum, we’ve asked the mayoral candidates to answer eight basic questions about their policies for Wellington. Fourth to answer: Helene Ritchie. Read more »

Rates, consultation, public money … Justin Lester answers our questions

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As a preview for Tuesday’s mayoral forum, we’ve asked the mayoral candidates to answer eight basic questions about their policies for Wellington. Third to answer: Justin Lester. Read more »

Rates, consultation, public money … Keith Johnson answers our questions

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As a preview for Tuesday’s mayoral forum, we’ve asked the mayoral candidates to answer eight basic questions about their policies for Wellington. Second to answer: Keith Johnson. Read more »

Rates, consultation, public money … Johnny Overton answers our questions

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As a preview for Tuesday’s mayoral forum, we’ve asked the mayoral candidates to answer eight basic questions about their policies for Wellington. First to answer: Johnny Overton. Read more »

Saying yes more often

by Troy Mihaka
I’ve been saying throughout my campaign that if the Wellington City Council doesn’t start saying more ‘Yes’ then how can progress ever happen? It seems that recently a lot of things seem to be getting a ‘Yes’, as a cluster of motions and projects are met with approval (in time to hit the headlines before the election). But this seems to be the most action we have seen this whole triennium. Read more »

Energy, and evaluating candidates

by Dave McArthur
Energy is something we are all vitally intimate with but no one knows what it is. Those who think they are experts on it tend to be the most ignorant of its true nature, and such people abound in cities like Wellington. Read more »

Not the end of the runway

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Did anyone think, at first, that yesterday’s news from the airport company was indicating defeat for the runway extension plans? Not so, it seems, in spite of the company’s surprising decision to suspend its application for resource consent. Read more »

Money for Miramar

by Gordon Campbell
Here’s an interesting story from the local government campaign trail in Wellington. Read more »

Pushing Wellington down the wrong track?

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by Keith Johnson
I was keen to deliver a keynote spiel last night at the Chamber of Commerce Mayoral Debate. I got absolutely no chance. So here it is: Read more »

If Auckland can do it …

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by Brent Efford
Auckland, the former City of Cars, now has a city rail link under construction and another, a proposed light rail scheme to link the inner suburbs, getting strong support. Read more »

Does light rail have a chance?

by PCGM
Wellington’s mayoral aspirants have been running lemming-like at the idea of light rail – despite it having been put to death in Celia Wade-Brown’s first term back in 2010-13. So is light rail a viable solution? Or does it represent a collective brain explosion from a bunch of people who should know better? Read more »

Colour scheming: red? yellow? green? blue?

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by Lindsay Shelton
Colours are being used with varying degrees of clarity in the local election campaigning. Red is the standout. Here are Paul Eagle and Daran Ponter, complementing each other’s visibility as they tell us to give them our number one vote. But what’s that yellow campaign? Read more »

What to ask about the Basin

by Tim Jones
It’s local body election time, and the candidates are subjecting themselves to a punishing schedule of meetings. The mayoral election field appears to be wide open. Read more »

Sizing up the deputies

by PCGM
In the heat of a wide-open mayoral campaign, it’s easy to focus on the main contenders – their policies, personalities, and pratfalls – and lose sight of how the council will function after the election. Running a tight ship depends on more than just the mayor, and an effective deputy is one of the key linchpins of a council that can get things done. Read more »

Independence vs the party

by Troy Mihaka
Not everyone is interested in local politics (and that’s ok). But the new City Council will represent all of the people of Wellington on civic matters. A task which is often much easier said than done, as Wellington is a diverse and vibrant city with a population who hold many different ideals and values. Read more »

Saying what they think

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“The kiss of death” is one of the startlingly-direct comments that have been made by Wellington mayoral candidates this weekend. Read more »