Wade-Brown lays out vision for her second term as capital’s mayor
CELIA WADE-BROWN pulled dead heads out of flower pots while awaiting the mayoral election results, but she had no need for nerves.
She won her second term as mayor of Wellington city by more than 2500 votes.
“This victory is not mine alone, but the strength of all of us,” she said, acknowledging her volunteers and supporters.
Ms Wade-Brown’s vision for a revitalised economy will see design and IT firms flourish in the capital, especially in the high-tech quarter from Cuba St to Cambridge Terrace.
Performing arts will have greater opportunities through collaborations, shared venues and more festivals and promotions, enabling people to earn a good living in the capital.
She said the city needs to be promoted more – when people move here, they love it, but a lot of people don’t know about the high-tech jobs with huge potential.
The film industry in the city is “terrific”, but the gaps between blockbusters need to be filled.
Ms Wade-Brown will work with the partners in the regional council and tertiary institutions to make public transport affordable, attractive and reliable.
She said the council must consider transport in the wider city, not just in the state highway corridor.
“Of course, my vision for healthy affordable transport has a big focus on improved cycling facilities – how do you think I got here today?”
Ms Wade-Brown is committed to introducing a living wage.
She will work with police, employers, and education and training providers to reduce youth unemployment in the capital.
Her vision for Wellington includes increasing warm, dry affordable housing and will push for a rental warrant of fitness.
“It’s not good that people, whether they’re students or the elderly, have to put up with cold, damp, mouldy homes,” she said.
Ms Wade-Brown was pleased that the voter turnout has improved in Wellington.
“I think people thought their votes really counted,” she said.
She hopes her second term as mayor will be remembered for progress made in transport, lower unemployment rates, smart tech industries moving here and the natural environment.
“I’d like to thank the voters of Wellington, whoever they voted for, whoever their preferences were, it’s a great democratic decision and I’m really proud to lead Wellington into a smart, progressive future for another three years.”