Wellington’s Labour mayor and the Associate Transport Minister have been accused of putting party politics before Wellingtonians’ transport needs. …
According to Lester, he told the councillors he was supporting LGWM because it would be a transformative multi-billion-dollar transport project for Wellington, 60 per cent funded by the Government, and he rhymed off the benefits he saw for the city.
Calvert recalls councillors were told by the mayor that it was the best deal he could obtain, otherwise the Greens would walk away from the coalition.
It would be nice to have a Mayor who advocates on behalf of Wellington to central Government, rather than one who advocates on behalf of Labour and Greens to his own Council.