My aim is to help make Wellington the best little city in the world. We can build on the good work done to date via the following initiatives:
A. The Northern Ward
The Northern suburbs offer safe, family-friendly communities with a focus on lifestyle and being close to nature. While the communities are strong, additional infrastructure and amenities are required to provide each suburb with a thriving heart. My aim is to help each individual suburb via the following:
- Strongly supporting the redevelopment of Johnsoville Mall. Johnsonville retailers and residents urgently want the upgrade, I support them.
- The continued support of and investment in Tawa and Newlands Shopping Centres, including better parking, kerbside planting and lighting. These areas should be thriving focal points for the Northern Ward.
- Opposing the intensification of residential dwellings in Johnsonville. Johnsonville residents have spoken out loudly against this and I support their view.
- An improved cycling link from Wellington CBD to the Kapiti Coast, weaving through the Northern Ward, and enabling school children and commuters safer cycling routes. In particular, existing plans for the Porirua Stream and Middleton Road walk- and cycleways should be implemented as soon as possible.
- The ongoing support of the Tawa Community Board and its activities.
- Help create a community heart in Churton Park by supporting local facilities such as the community centre and additional amenities.
- Support the retention and enhancement of Glenside community's unique culture and heritage.
- Supporting the further development of Paparangi and Grenada Village into thriving communities. through initiatives such as the Community Garden at Jay St Reserve and plantings at Seton Nossiter Park.
B. Build on and improve transport and infrastructure
- Increase international connectivity by supporting the expansion of Wellington Airport's runways and buildings
- Support the urgent implementation of the Ngauranga Gorge to the Airport corridor and improve existing public transport links to and from the Airport (note that this support includes a tunnel rather than a flyover at the Basin Resereve - do it once, do it properly!)
- Investigate the potential for a central city bus depot and a ferry terminal that integrates with public transport
- Improve cycling lanes
- Upgrade service lanes to create pedestrian friendly and ambient inner city spaces
C. Maintain Wellington as the Cultural heartbeat of New Zealand
- Investigate the development of a world class concert arena on the Wellington waterfront
- Encourage outdoor dining at cafes and restaurants
- Support significant events such as the Wellington Sevens, International Arts Festival and the Cuba St Carnival to ensure Wellington remains New Zealand's cultural and events capital
- Support additional sculptures, particularly those with a focus on water and wind.
D. Economic Development
- Where possible, use WCC to support small, medium and large Wellington businesses to achieve success from a Wellington base
- Support policies that encourage more jobs for Wellington, including the promotion of existing Wellington business incubators
- Promote the timely and efficient processing of building and resource consents by WCC
E. Keep the city safe
- Improve security within the CBD, and particularly in the Cuba and Courtenay precincts, via street lighting, CCTV and the refurbishment of alleyways
- Aim to keep Wellington New Zealand's safest city through good urban design
F. The Green city
- Implement the Green Streets programme, a community driven initiative to encourage street plantings
- Encourage sustainable energy that is locally produced including wind and tidal sources
G. Sport and Recreation
- Promote new artificial pitches for use by rugby, football and rugby league to lessen the strain on Wellington's grass pitches
- Refurbish existing waterfront sports facilities for community and business use
- Promote Wellington as a high performance sporting centre