Strong relationships and representing our community are critical parts of the Mayor’s role. Our iwi relationships have been taken to new levels. I’ve worked closely with our ethnic and faith communities and rebuilt neglected relationships with our diplomatic community, helping keep Wellington connected to the world. On my watch, our Takatapui Rainbow Advisory Group has also been established.
Moving forward I will engage with our ethnic and faith communities about establishing their own advisory group.
There has been more investment in community and recreation facilities which are critically important for our quality of life – completing Johnsonville’s Waitohi library and Waiora sportshub, Pukehuia Park (Newlands), renewing artificial turfs at Wellington College and Te Whaea and Hataitai’s courts including a new sand court. Strathmore, Newtown and Aro Valley Community centres will be completed before Christmas.
Among other future proposals, I will work on an integrated plan for Ian Galloway Park, redeveloping Khandallah Pool, and a destination Skatepark in Kilbirnie.
“I’ve always believed strongly in community involvement in shaping our future.”
Councils and Governments don’t always know best! Working with the community takes time. It is challenging when most of the current councillors consistently block community placemaking. They overrode community concerns about loss of character and sold Shelly Bay, even though several made election promises not to.
I’ve been working with a lot of good, independent, community minded people standing to be councillors. My promise to you is that with your support and theirs, we will engage closely with communities across our city and we’ll work together for Wellington.