Wellington City Council Lambton Ward

September 2nd, 2013 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

I’ll do another post on this once ballot papers go out, but some initial thoughts on 11 candidates standing for the Lambton Ward of the WCC. With Stephanie Cook and Ian McKinnon both retiring, it is very competitive.

The 11 candidates are:

Nicola Young

Nicola is also standing for Mayor, and running a good campaign. I’ve known Nicola for a long time, and she is very good at thinking outside the square and making things happen – two things we need on Council. She’s the sort of change we need, and will vote responsibility with our rates.

Rex Nicholls

Rex was previously a Councillor but retired in 1998. When he was on Council previously he was a great Councillor. He is fiscally responsible but also a good back of necessary infrastructure projects such as the stadium and the sewerage system. He’s also been active in saving heritage buildings such as the Shamrock and Trekkers Hotel. Most of all Rex is an astute businessman. Council needs a good balance of skills. I don’t want a Council just of businesspeople, but the current Council is under-strength in business skills.

Iona Pannett

Iona is a Green Party Councillor, and I don’t agree with her on most policies. I don’t want the Greens and allies having anywhere near a majority on Council, as we would go backwards. However I think it can be valuable to have a diversity of voices, and I credit Iona with a good work ethic and an ability to work with others. I’ll probably rank her 3 or 4.

John Dow

John Dow has a great CV, and has been a part of many good things in Wellington such as the Wellington Gold Awards for business, New Zealand International Arts Festival, and Wellington Phoenix. He is close to John Morrison. I like his CV, but know nothing about him beyond the 200 word blurb. I will probably rank him 3 or 4 also.

Michael Appleby

Perennial candidate for local and central government as leader of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party. Adds humour to the candidate meetings!

Milton Hollard

CV looks solid. Supports a Super City. Details a few policies which look okay but I wonder about the cost.

Mark Peck

The former Labour MP for Invercargill for 12 years. Never made a Minister. As a Labour candidate is bound to vote in accordance with Labour local caucus decisions, and policy framework. Now a small business owner (a cafe) which is a plus. His campaign manager, or authorised person, appears to be Grant Robertson. Rather hypocritically he pays his own staff under $15 an hour, opposes a minimum wage of $15, yet demands the Council pay all staff a living wage of $18.40 an hour. Guess it is easier when someone else pays.

Stephen Preston

A corporate trainer. Can not work out from his blurb what he stands for. Lots of buzz words.

Jennifer Stephen

Supports rates being under control, but also Council backing winners.Could be okay, but not much to judge on. Would be great if the Council website linked to their websites, if they had one.

Mark Wilson

Wants to shift the port to Ngauranga. I agree! Not so sure about light rail though, as the cost is massive.

John Woolf

Against development, flyovers and motorways. I presume he owns a cycle shop.

As I said, I’ll do a fuller post once ballot papers are out.

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5 Responses to “Wellington City Council Lambton Ward”

  1. ChardonnayGuy (1,197 comments) says:

    Appleby, again?!! Still, it should be said that the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis lot are one of the larger NZ microparties, albeit still a microparty. I see Obama is not enforcing federal pot prohibition in Oregon and Colorado, which is interesting, though. Most Greens I know want them to curl up and get high somewhere, rather than diverting votes from them. And let’s face it, they’re preferable to Col Craig’s Con Party. Pity they’re so damned boring when it comes to rattling on about the weed.

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  2. flipper (3,955 comments) says:

    DPF, you say…
    “Rex Nicholls

    Rex was previously a Councillor but retired in 1998. When he was on Council previously he was a great Councillor. …”

    Horse manure. Wellington has been afflicted by Wade Brown mainly because Nicholls, demonstrating his “political acumen”, advised his wife against serious campaigning for the mayoralty in 2010.

    Yes, Mrs Nicholls, aka Prendergast, lost because Rex ran her virtual non campaign.

    DUMB! I hope he stays well away from Morrison.

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  3. Albert_Ross (270 comments) says:

    What’s a good place to find out who the candidates actually are and why one should or shouldn’t vote for them? Most of the advertising hoardings tell me nothing but their names and in one or two cases their parties.

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  4. Left Right and Centre (2,957 comments) says:

    Pannett will get back in because Wallytown is chock full of greenturd hippy noddy townie tryhards who wouldn’t know a cow’s head from its arse if you shoved their head up one end while the other end mooed.

    I’d love to put her in charge of Wally Region though….for a laugh. She would no doubt empty the Hutt, returning it to farmland, and a forest of eco-friendly residential skyscrapers would stretch from Newtown to Seatoun. Private vehicle ownership would take a steep drop to 0%

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  5. goldnkiwi (1,265 comments) says:

    Albert_Ross (54) Says:
    September 2nd, 2013 at 11:43 am
    What’s a good place to find out who the candidates actually are and why one should or shouldn’t vote for them? Most of the advertising hoardings tell me nothing but their names and in one or two cases their parties.

    http://www.vote.co.nz has some, but by no means all candidates on it. There is a question and answer facility.

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