Celia getting worried

June 15th, 2013 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Michael Forbes at Stuff reports:

Wellington Mayor has been accused of “blatant electioneering” by her mayoral opponent, , after she left him out of last-minute efforts to secure a football World Cup qualifying match for the capital.

Ms Wade-Brown was in Auckland yesterday, wooing New Zealand Football officials who will decide where the All Whites will play their final home qualification game in November ahead of next year’s World Cup in Brazil.

The choice is between Wellington’s Westpac Stadium or Auckland’s Eden Park.

Mr Morrison, who is the city council’s sports portfolio leader, said he had been working with Wellington’s bid team for months.

But he found out late on Thursday night that the mayor had “pulled rank” and would be leading the delegation instead of him, he said.

“She’s attempted to basically sneak around me and slip up there [to Auckland] in the hopes that she can come away with some glory, presumably,” Mr Morrison said.

“It’s totally out of order in terms of etiquette,” Mr Morrison said.

“I just hope she doesn’t unstitch the deal since she hasn’t really been involved at all.

“I hope she doesn’t stuff it up for Wellington.”

Ms Wade-Brown, who was yesterday quoted in The Dominion Post as favouring a “consultative and inclusive leadership style”, defended her decision to go.

I think the Mayor is worried that if Morrison pulled off another successful venture, it would make her re-election even tougher. So putting her ambitions ahead of the city. Sad.

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48 Responses to “Celia getting worried”

  1. Reid (16,447 comments) says:

    putting her ambitions ahead of the city

    That doesn’t sound at all like a Gween politician.

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  2. George Patton (349 comments) says:

    What’s the bet that in the time she’s out of Wellington some other scandal erupts that shows how the officers run rings around her….

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  3. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    Don’t jump to conclusions. Celia was also taking a tour of Skycity corporate boxes with a particular focus on backdoors.

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  4. Reid (16,447 comments) says:

    Celia was also taking a tour of Skycity corporate boxes with a particular focus on backdoors.

    Was Kevin with her?

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  5. Whafe (650 comments) says:

    Sounds like a jumped up spoilt brat to me… Sheesh that is the way to get your staff behind you and believe in your leadership abilities etc…. NOT

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  6. doggone7 (801 comments) says:

    A politician putting personal ambitions ahead of the people? Surely not!

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  7. Manolo (13,755 comments) says:

    The incompetent Luddite Wade Brown is burnt toast, a goner, finished.

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  8. s.russell (1,642 comments) says:

    I note that iPredict still has wade-Brown at 50c to be re-elected, vs Morrison at 35.4c. I am appalled to think Wellingtonians could be so determinedly and blindly left-wing to re-elect her after all that has happened over the last three years. I hope iPredict’s odds are not a reflection of the real situation on the ground.

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  9. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    @s.russell,

    The Preferential Voting system helps her – she picked up a lot of second choices last time, which proved to be the difference between winning and losing to Kerri Prendergast

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  10. davidp (3,581 comments) says:

    bhudson>The Preferential Voting system helps her

    It won’t this time. Sitting mayors are a known quantity… they’ll either be a person’s first preference or their last. If they get 50% of the first ballot then they’ll win. If not, the preferences will gradually fall to the least-worst of the challengers until they end up with greater than 50%. That’s what happened with Prendergast last time. This time it is Wade Brown that you either love or hate.

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  11. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    …So putting her ambitions ahead of the city. Sad.

    Oh come on, what politician doesn’t do exactly that, whether it be city or country – it is their own ambitions that take precedence over their concerns. Remember that little boy from Christchurch who want to one day be Prime Minister – he didn’t want to one day improve the country, it was a specific title he had is eye on first.

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  12. bringbackdemocracy (427 comments) says:

    It’s long distance to “push-bike” from Wellington to Auckland, I hope she makes it in time for the meeting.

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  13. Lloyd (125 comments) says:

    Celia will bring a particularly Green tinge to her presentation. It will be done by an interpretive dance, to the sound of chanting vegans dressed in hemp clothing. Of course, this is a far better approach than John Morrison would have offered…

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  14. Mobile Michael (451 comments) says:

    Well, Fran Wilde is doing much the same with this supercity rubbish – thankfully most of the region see through her and it will be resoundingly beaten at a poll next year. Sorry, David – I know you are in favour, but it doesn’t stack up for anyone outside of Central Wellington.

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  15. Shunda barunda (2,983 comments) says:

    That is completely unethical, but also completely predictable for a left wing politician.

    Born to lead you see, and everything is justified when your very existence implies a right to lead others!

    Marx wills it!!

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  16. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    davidp,

    I think the voting preferences of the Left will still come into play and provide the same sort of benefit to Wade-Brown as last time – a Left voter who doesn’t like W-B will give her a 2nd pref to avoid the possibility of the mayoralty going to the Right.

    On the other side, however, unless another vaguely viable Right of Centre candidate emerges, those who don’t feel they want Morrison will either not vote at all, or still give 2nd, 3rd… prefs to Left leaning candidates.

    That will help W-B.

    If there was another right of centre candidate, I think it would be more likely that they would each get the 2nd prefs of right of centre voters who preferred the other candidate. That would help them a great deal.

    I think it will come down to a similar situation as last time, where second prefs will determine the winner.

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  17. Fisiani (1,039 comments) says:

    With STV voting it is important to not rank Celia at all.

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  18. Johnboy (16,529 comments) says:

    Why do Gweens all seem to have red hair these days? :)

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  19. Peter (1,712 comments) says:

    I didn’t vote for Wade-Brown. One of the most common refrains I heard post Wade-Browns win was “Oh, I didn’t realise she was a Green!?”.

    Well, now they know. Hopefully they won’t be quite so stupid again.

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  20. 2boyz (262 comments) says:

    To little to late, the city has drifted under her watch, I don’t like Morrison either but at least he seems to be more motivated. No such thing as a free lunch, well not till Morrison becomes major :)

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  21. Johnboy (16,529 comments) says:

    Whereas us sensible folk in Lower Hutt voted for Ray Wallace.

    The most sensible, little chubby Mayor we have ever had! :) :)

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  22. tvb (4,418 comments) says:

    If Ms Wade brown failed to get the match which is likely then Morrison can say she messed it up. He is well clear of this.

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  23. alex (304 comments) says:

    The Anzac Day AFL match was pretty awesome but I think Mystery Morrison probably overstates the role he played in getting it there though. There was always going to be attempts to get an AFL match in New Zealand at some stage, given its a great potential market for them. They picked Wellington because it had the largest circular field, not because of some local politician sorting everything out.

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  24. Left Right and Centre (2,975 comments) says:

    Peter 12:36 pm That’s me!! I had no idea she was any kind of green candidate. I knew she wasn’t Kerry Prendergast.

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  25. Fisiani (1,039 comments) says:

    With STV voting it is important to not rank Celia at all. She is a do nothing Mayor.

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  26. Peter (1,712 comments) says:

    Peter 12:36 pm That’s me!!

    So it was you! :)

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  27. Grendel (1,002 comments) says:

    I have never voted for mayor (why bother, they are all a bunch of high tax, big spenders) – never been polled either.

    i seem highly motivated to vote against Celia, and see if i can vote against pannett as well.

    so thanks to the greens for getting the motivation up.

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  28. Manolo (13,755 comments) says:

    Good on you, Grendel. With voters like you, Celia and the Luddites will taste defeat.

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  29. mpledger (425 comments) says:

    What a cry-baby! Too much sledging in his playing days means he doesn’t know when to shut up and get the job done.

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  30. big bruv (13,886 comments) says:

    Ah yes…..Celia Wade-Brown, the Mayor that NOBODY in Wellington voted for.

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  31. Johnboy (16,529 comments) says:

    Lower Hutt should annex Wellington and make our magnificent little chubby Mayor Ray ruler of the whole shebang! :)

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  32. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    Well Johnboy, if the price is higher rates, but lower debt then it might be too good a deal to pass up.

    And as mayor of a city with a large mix of light industrial businesses, I think he could be confident that Wallace would do more than just talk about extending the airport runway.

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  33. Johnboy (16,529 comments) says:

    Whatever you decide keep that dreadful Socialist Bitch Fran Wilde out of the equation bhudson! :)

    And her handmaiden Chris Laidlaw! :)

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  34. SPC (5,619 comments) says:

    Yeah like Labour would have let Mallard lead the World Cup bid rather than Clark. And thus undermined Mallard’s hope that this would propel him into the leaders job.

    Even if Morrison was not campaigning for Mayor, the sitting Mayor would still have done this. The only story is that Morrison thinks it is all about him.

    And no one here notes this – because if
    a Green is involved all we get on Kiwiblog is back if the brain responses. It’s just like the Stanley cartoons in the Listener said about the right…

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  35. SPC (5,619 comments) says:

    And no one here notes this – because if a Green is involved all we get on Kiwiblog is back of the brain responses. It’s just as the old Stanley cartoons in the Listener predicted about the right… they would never change, they could not learn …

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  36. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    @SPC,

    I think you’ll find the Wellingtonians who want her out, do so because they have zero confidence in her ability to lead the city forward – to maintain a growing and vibrant city – not because of the colour of her membership card.

    One only needs to read her op ed in the DomPost yesterday to see that she has done little of substance in her (hopefully sole) terms as mayor.

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  37. SPC (5,619 comments) says:

    bhudson, not the topic

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  38. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    @SPC,

    Celia’s record and tactics to cling to power are exactly the topic.

    And you are the soul that introduced commenters responses to her and the motivations behind them.

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  39. SPC (5,619 comments) says:

    Are you drunk?

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  40. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    Not at all. I have to think that perhaps something is working you up a bit though

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  41. SPC (5,619 comments) says:

    The story is in the Stuff report, it is about Morrison’s paranoia – that the blog host wants to give credibility to the paranoia does not make it so.

    No attempt to rationalise this paranoia is based on thinking about the issue.

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  42. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    @SPC,

    That is richly ironic.

    The article is not about Morrison’s paranoia – that is how you choose to interpret it.

    It is about Wade-Brown suddenly deciding to intervene in a process she had not previously. And at short notice it would seem.

    And with interesting timing. Just as Morrison is getting very good press on his work getting business and sporting events to the capital. And their mayoralty battle is warming up.

    If anyone is trying to spin this, I suggest it is you.

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  43. SPC (5,619 comments) says:

    It is common practice for leaders to front these campaigns at the final stages, and that would have happened whether Morrison was running or not.

    Usually the underling asks the leader to get involved to improve the chance of winning – interesting that Morrison is thinking more about himself than Wellington’s interest.

    But then I suppose reasoned debate rather than partisan posturing is beyond the pale here.

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  44. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    @SPC,

    It’s a football World Cup qualifying match, not the Rugby World Cup final. That doesn’t need the mayor’s personal involvement.

    I don’t think councillors are supposed to be referred to as the underlings of the mayor, but nice try.

    Given Morrison has had success in bringing hundreds of jobs in, as well as securing a major sporting match which will have contributed significant $ to the economy of the inner city that night, that is one ‘underling’ that is really showing the boss now it should be done.

    You can spin all you like – this looks like Wade-Brown is getting very nervous. As well she might be.

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  45. SPC (5,619 comments) says:

    bgudson, I suppose the whole promotion in the local media about how Wellington needed unity so one person would speak for Wellington at the national level has passed you, it and now Morrison by.

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  46. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    @SPC,

    Unity does not mean not contesting the mayoralty – well not in a free society at any rate.

    Unity. Clearly not Wade-Brown’s strong suit, despite her claims of inclusiveness. A leader wanting unity in their Council would surely have allowed the portfolio head to do their job – a job that have a proven track record with.

    If there was anyone displaying disunity, it was Wade-Brown. What is more, despite her claims to be consultative, it appears that she certainly wasn’t in this matter.

    A shabby and, quite frankly, underhand attempt by Wade-Brown to undermine a Councillor in order for her to try to promote herself above them in the media as the local body elections approach.

    Wellington will be well rid of her.

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  47. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    Unity divisive dictatorships spc

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  48. Shazzadude (529 comments) says:

    I’d say most politicians would’ve taken the same route and snubbed a competitor, but yes I think she has reason to be worried. Many voters at the last local council elections would’ve made a concerted effort to rank Prendergast last; I don’t think it will happen to that degree with Morrison.

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