The Dom Post reports:
Kerry Prendergast is considering another crack at the Wellington mayoralty, after previously ruling out a fourth term.
But she could find herself in the race of her life against a candidate selected by Sir Robert Jones.
The millionaire Wellington businessman has confirmed he is rounding up a high-profile team to run for both the mayoralty and councillor positions at next year’s election.
This will be interesting. Tickets can be useful for getting a mandate for an agenda. But as Wellington Alive found out, they can also often fall apart.
Already three candidates – green-leaning city councillors Ray Ahipene-Mercer and Bryan Pepperell, and local businessman Jack Yan – have entered the race.
Ahipene-Mercer has always seemed a pretty good Councillor to me, even though his politics are on the left. My comments on Pepperell are unprintable.
I don’t know Jack Yan, but think this is his blog.
Sir Robert expects to announce his election team in the new year, but his name will not be among the candidates. “I won’t be running because I am too contentious.”
His team would ban vehicles from the city’s “Golden Mile” – Lambton Quay, Courtenay Place, Willis and Manners streets – to create a pedestrian mall complete with free trams and cycle lanes.
“The whole ambience of the place would just boom … and the team, who are all name people, feel that Wellington has the potential to be magic.”
I quite like the vision. Not sure how practical it is, but the vision appeals.Tags: Bob Jones, Bryan Pepperell, Jack Yan, Kerry Prendergast, Ray AHipene-Mercer, Wellington City Council