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Media coverage of mayoral race unfair, says candidate Goulden

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IN THE RUNNING: candidates listen as current mayor Celia Wade-Brown speaks. From left: Jack Yan, Nicola Young, Karunanidhi Muthu, John Morrison and Rob Goulden. IMAGE: Khalid Ahmed

MAYORAL candidate Rob Goulden says he has been treated unfairly by the media in this year’s election campaign.

The former councillor says the media is making it a two horserace between Celia Wade-Brown and John Morrison for the Wellington mayoralty

“It’s not fair to the other candidates, we all deserve fair coverage,” he said in an interview with NewsWire.

It’s not the first time Mr Goulden has attacked the media.

In 2005 he sued the Dominion Post’s after its coverage of an incident at Wellington’s Southern Landfill site. His complaint was not upheld.

Although he spent most of the NewsWire interview attacking the media and other mayoral candidates, Mr Goulden took a short time to outline his policies if elected as mayor.

He wants Wellington to attract more jobs and business and he supports the flyover project.

He has his own proposal for a road that will go straight to Newtown from the city centre.

“I want to extend the runway at the airport, we want more airplanes and business in this city, and I also want us to have a good relationship with the government,” he said.

“We have to make sure that business thrives in Wellington. We don’t want to continue to lose jobs.”

Transport is one of the main projects Mr Goulden wants to focus on, but he has dismissed the idea of light rail.

Reducing the council debt, which he says stands at $344 million, remain his top priority if elected.

“I love Wellington, I want a campervan park for the city and to expand the artificial turf programme,” he said.

Referring to his time in local body politics, he said it takes a brave man to stop the lack of responsibility that has been going on for the past 18 years.

The results of the elections will be announced by 7pm on Saturday.

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