Environmental Leadership

Since first being elected I have led Council’s environmental restoration journey, and on my watch Wellington has undergone an incredible environmental renaissance. We’ve gone from basket case to show case.

Our environmental reputation is globally renowned. During my mayoralty, the Economist made us number one city in the world for environmental security.

As a founding trustee, I remember when our now world famous Zealandia was once a crazy dream.

The Outer Green Belt has gone from dream to reality and we are closing in on its completion. Gorse covered hills have become rich, developing forest. Together Wellingtonians have grown and planted two million trees so far – and we’re not stopping!

Protecting land has allowed natural regeneration. We’ve gone from two reserve care groups to 140; thousands of Wellingtonians like me get our hands dirty every week eradicating pests. We have a south coast marine reserve, and are regularly visited by dolphins and even orca.

Our environmental journey is not finished yet. I will continue Wellington’s environmental renaissance, empowering and supporting community involvement in:

  • Wellington becoming a predator free citywide
  • Continue the removal of noxious weeds
  • Protecting and restoring our streams
  • Completing our outer green belt
  • Bringing back kiwi to our rural areas; and
  • Lifting community participation in this mahi.

I want to green our Central City too, especially as more people call the CBD home. Under my leadership, we’ve adopted a Central City Greening Plan, and my Long Term Plan last year provided $38 million over 30 years to acquire and develop inner city parks. This is the first time Council has ever made anything like such a provision.

We know we need the environment. It adds so much to our quality of life, and it has its own intrinsic value. We know that being a ‘City immersed in nature’ is a unique strength of Wellington, loved by residents and visitors alike.

We are its kaitiaki, together we are doing something very special here in Wellington. Please join me in keeping the work going.