Face to face: Wellington Mayoral Candidates

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You should have recieved your voting forms in the mail, so it’s your chance to have a say. Make sure you get informed, and vote in the local body elections.

To help you do this we have talked to Wellington’s 3 main mayoral contenders about the major issues facing the city. We wanted to give them a chance to elaborate on their ideas in more detail than the usual soundbite allows.

Justin Lester discusses economic development, homelessness and the controversial airport extension.

Jo Coughlan talks transport, including the balance between cars and public transport.

Nick Leggett sets out his ideas on how to involve local communities in the decisions that affect them, and his views on  Predator Free Wellington.

We also recommend these voting guides from Gen Zero and the PHA.



Face to face: Wellington Mayoral Candidates was last modified: September 22nd, 2016 by Gareth Morgan
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Gareth Morgan is a New Zealand economist and commentator on public policy who in previous lives has been in business as an economic consultant, funds manager, and professional company director. He is also a motorcycle adventurer and philanthropist. Gareth and his wife Joanne have a charitable foundation, the Morgan Foundation, which has three main stands of philanthropic endeavour – public interest research, conservation and social investment.

One Comment on “Face to face: Wellington Mayoral Candidates”

  1. Jo Coughlan demonstrates how out of touch she is with the breadth and detail of policy needed for the job. Even on transport (even just on road transport) she seems to rely on very limited knowledge and a few “buzz words”. For example, she cites “autonomous vehicles” but fails to point out that they are likely to reduce congestion. Many are likely to be shared-use and ride-shared rather than individually owned. Also, they will be able to use roads much more effectively at speed by mutual coordination and closer following distances, and will be able to be part of a coordinating network designed to choose routes, speeds and departure times to minimise overall congestion and individual travel times. If she wanted to justify more roads, she could point to Autonomous Vehicles not happening any time soon because of complex legal and regulatory issues. Ms Coughlan also speaks as if climate change policy related to transport is a done deal, when nothing could be further from the truth. Wellington needs more than “buzz words” and second hand transport planning ideas from the 1980s.

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