Mayoral candidate Yan would ‘unite council to get things done’
“Right now there is a culture of mistrust,” says Wellington mayoral candidate Jack Yan (right), who sees a need for more unity amongst city councillors. “That’s the problem when you vote a politician in.
“If I do become mayor, then I will be able to work with all of them, and unite them,” says the business entrepreneur, who reckons councils in the 1980s were much more united and were able to get things done.
Over the past three years, many proposals by current mayor Celia Wade Brown had been blocked at the vote, implying an apparent divide within the council chambers, he said.
Lack of co-operation between councillors had seen the demise of projects like a light rail system for Wellington and many local events such as the famous Cuba St Carnival.
Growth in Wellington was slowing and if Prime Minister John Key’s comments to Takapuna business leaders about the city dying were anything to go by, residents of the capital could assume the worst was yet to come.
With Auckland and Christchurch being the fastest developing cities in New Zealand, the focus was blurring on what Wellington could do to compete on a global scale.
Mr Yan believed he was the only candidate with the necessary skills to bring Wellington city into the 21st century: “I’m the only one with global leadership experience.”
Having established good relationships with the current councillors over the last six years, he would focus on boosting the creative sector of Wellington.
More Wellingtonians were employed by the public sector than in any other industry and there had been significant job losses in the past years under National government cuts.
Wellington’s economy needed to be judged in a strict and academic way.
Wellington was home to many world-class design institutions and he thought there was not enough being done to keep graduates here.
“I believe in a diverse economy,” said Mr Yan. ”You can’t just focus on one sector and believe that it’s going to get us out of all the problems that we’ve got.”
Local businesses would be encouraged to work with creatives to form clusters and collaborate to develop stronger products and services for export in the global marketplace.
He had a history of growing the creative sector and would help to open doors to new markets and make Wellington’s creative sector one to be proud of, something he said other councillors could not do.
“If it’s a good grow then I am the one man for it, but if we believe the last three years have been perfect then by all means vote for the status quo.”