lower north island candidates
pro-rail lower north island candidates running in the 2022 local body elections
regional council candidates
While queues of traffic head through the Horowhenua a perfectly good rail line sits empty. For decades we have deliberately underinvested in public transport and undermined our ability to get around our communities safely. We now face sprawling towns, increasing pollution, and high rates of road deaths and serious injuries.
During my first term at Horizons I championed public transport and helped breathe life into a ten year public transport plan that has the potential to transform our bus and train services.
My vision is frequent and quick passenger rail from Wellington to New Plymouth and the Hawkes Bay via Palmerston North, along with passenger rail through the heart of the North Island from Wellington to Auckland. The Horizons Region is a core piece to this transport puzzle and I will continue to take every opportunity to bring this vision to a reality.
Our public transport services need frequent and quick connections along our rail spine along with comprehensive bus networks connecting our communities and people. We need services at a level where it is easy to get from A to B without needing to use a private vehicle.
I will continue to push for these changes and work with communities, government, and anyone else that wants to achieve the transport changes we desperately need.
As Kāpiti's Councillor, I will:
- Continue to push Central Government to fund electrification and extension of commuter rail to Ōtaki and further north. - Advocate for on-demand Metlink services in Te Horo and Ōtaki so people can get to Waikanae Station, the supermarket and other local amenities faster and cheaper. - Demand a review of bus routes and timetables so they work for all users, including commuters to Porirua and Wellington, people working from home or locally, and retired people and young families needing access to shops, schools, libraries and swimming pools. - Investigate a direct public transport connection from Kāpiti to the Hutt to assess demand for those commuting between the two for work.
I believe in fairness, thoughtful planning and dedicated teamwork. In a time of climate transition we need coordinated, effective regional leadership focused on the public good. I have two decades of experience working for social change at the local, national and international level. I have set up, led and advised a number of successful international campaigns and organisations, I've worked in business and community organising and with Massey University, and I have significant governance experience both in and outside council. I live in central Wellington with my partner and one year old son.
I have strongly supported improving passenger rail in New Zealand and was centrally involved with the efforts to bring back service on the Northern Explorer after the service was cut during covid. Here are a few of my policies:
- Expand regional rail with new trains, making train travel between Wellington and Palmerston North and Masterton convenient throughout the day.
- Promote two daily services each way between Wellington and Auckland: a daytime service connecting North Island towns and a night service with fewer stops. - Coordinate inter-city bus services with inter-city rail services to connect towns east and west of the main trunk line. - Support light rail as the best way to facilitate urban development, and accelerate delivery. - Deliver fully integrated ticketing in Wellington by the end of 2023, before the national integrated ticketing solution if necessary. - Deliver a public transport workforce strategy including a $30 rate for bus drivers, fewer split shifts and better facilities at depots and layovers. - Extend the on-demand public transport trial, including expanding dedicated Total Mobility services that are publicly owned and more affordable.
- Greater Wellington Regional Council – Pōneke Wellington Constituency,
- I am a long-term advocate for Climate Change Action. I was Chief Executive of Ministry for the Environment from 1986 -1995. We established the New Zealand Climate Change Programme in 1990. I was a NZ representative at the First Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 1) in Berlin in 1995. I was Chair of the OECD Environment Committee based in Paris from 1993-95. As Chief Planning Officer of Auckland ‘SuperCity’ Council from 2010-2015, I led the development of the ‘Low Carbon Auckland’ strategy. I have been a Councillor of Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) since 2016, and Chair of the Transport Committee of GWRC since 2019. I have:
- - Been a prime mover in GWRC’s decision to declare a Climate Emergency for Greater Wellington Region in 2019.
- - Made an in-person submission on behalf of GWRC and all Councils on the NIMT to the Transport and Infrastructure Select Committee in August 2020 for the reinstatement of the Northern Explorer service after the service was cut during Covid lockdown. KiwiRail announced resumption of the service.
- - Contributed to governance oversight to the Detailed Business Case for the Lower North Island Regional Integrated Mobility (LNIRIM) project which will provide new rolling stock and infrastructure for regional passenger rail between Wellington and Palmerston North, to replace the 50-year-old carriage fleet of the Capital Connection, and between Wellington and Wairarapa.
- - Contributed to Governance Oversight of approved Detailed Business Case for Wellington Rail Programme with 30-year and $7.3b investment pathway.
- - Provided direct support from 2021 to present to the Mayor of Ruapehu District Council and the project team on the North Island Regional Passenger Rail Connector project, to be initially a ‘connector’ between Hamilton and Palmerston North to connect Te Huia and LNIRIM, leading to a minimum of 3 daily Auckland – Wellington return services to promote patronage growth, mode shift and carbon emissions reduction. It is expected that by the time procurement is completed, battery technology will have advanced to the point where Dual Voltage Bi Mode Multiple Units will be capable of providing a fully electric service, without need to wait for completion of electrification of NIMT.
- - I have strongly supported light rail as preferred option for Mass Rapid Transit between the Railway Station and Island Bay in Let’s Get Wellington Moving.
- - As Chair of the GWRC Transport Committee in 2019-22, I have led: > Increasing the number of electric buses in the Metlink fleet to 83 and commitment to a fully electric bus fleet by 2030.o Launch of Ika Rere (the first electric passenger ferry in the Southern Hemisphere). > Launch of a new Airport Express Service with 10 electric buses. > Innovation through PT on Demand Trial in Tawa, Mobility as a Service. > Roll out of Snapper electronic ticketing on rail network in November 2022, as an interim solution to the National Ticketing Solution.
Our wonderful city is facing challenges, both global and local. With demands on people, resources and the environment we need to act. We need to heal from Covid19, meet our climate action targets, keep our natural ecosystems thriving, economy rolling, and ensure everyone has a place to call home.
The good news is Wellington has strengths:* high public transport use and a walking culture* impressive parks and beaches* popular urban spaces* well-established services and activities.
I will take action with high value (not high cost) projects to:- Develop more and varied green spaces.- Provide quality affordable, accessible housing.- Create more vibrant urban areas, with public use of new spaces the priority.- Support better, climate friendly transport. As a city councillor I want to see bus priority, better bus stop design and decluttered footpaths as a priority. The emphasis on public transport includes making access to train and bus stops easier and more accessible – a key to increasing patronage and mode shift. I support mass rapid transit through our city.
Wellington born, I love this city and brought my family up here. I’m a walker and a public transport user as my first preferences for everyday travel. I’m active in the community to make the changes we need for a just, sustainable future. My can-do approach comes from my varied work experience, most recently in government policy, I contribute to and lead NGO and community groups. I have experience getting volunteers to band together for a common purpose and get a good job done – I’ll use this collaborative approach to lead the Council.
Together let’s find local solutions to address the big issues for a thriving future-proofed Wellington, a better city for all of us.
I’m running for Mayor because I want Wellington to be place where everyone can thrive. This is 100% possible. But it needs the right leader to make that happen.
We all know Wellington is facing some significant challenges ahead. Our housing is unaffordable for too many. Our infrastructure is literally at bursting point. Our transport network is not meeting our people’s needs. There’s also a lot of people who are frustrated and disengaged from politics.
I am here because I know it is time for a leader who’s not afraid to face these challenges head on. I will put people and our communities, especially our most vulnerable, at the heart of my decisions and actions. I believe in the strength of our democracy and will listen to the people.
Getting stuff done is my jam, and bringing people together to deliver solutions is the sort of magic this city needs right now.
All Wellingtonians deserve safe and accessible transport options, regardless of the way they choose to get about our city.
For decades the car has dominated our transport planning. Gridlock is all too common on our streets. More roads can’t fix this - only a shift to enable more public transport and a comprehensive connected bike network can help people get where they need to go more quickly and safely.
My priorities for transport in Wellington include:- Making our major bus routes faster and more frequent by adding more bus priority lanes to our roads - and ensure all buses are accessible for people with disabilities.- Championing lightrail from the railway station through an urban revitalisation corridor from the waterfront to the hospital and then to Island Bay. - Accelerating the delivery of a comprehensive connected bike network, focused on safe links to our schools, the CBD, and between our suburbs.- Supporting the revitalisation of passenger rail links between Wellington and other cities.
city & district council candidates
First, because of the environment. Transport makes up the majority of Kāpiti's carbon emissions. As we know the window of opportunity to stop further warming and avoid catastrophic and permanent damage to global ecosystems is rapidly closing. Kāpiti needs to get serious about net zero emissions and implement an effective, joined up network of sustainable public transport options. We need to make it really easy for people not to use their car. This means taking a nationwide and local approach to on-demand services and to bus, ferry and rail services. We need to think about people not just travelling within their region but also out of their region and across New Zealand.
Second, because public transport is a public good, bringing benefits to the entire community, not just to individual users. Cheap, connected public transport services allow people who can't afford a car, can't use one, or don't want to, the ability to get to shops, services and town centres. It allows them to connect to whānau, friends and community. There are spin-off benefits of well-connected communities for public health, mental wellbeing, the environment and economic growth.
While KCDC, where I am standing, is not directly responsible for public transport, the new national Sustainable Public Transport Framework will require greater collaboration between regional and local councils. I think KCDC has a key role in working with Greater Wellington to achieve: - a joined-up network of public and active transport options that gets people out of their cars (for example protected cycleways to railway stations) - the electrification of the rail network to Ōtaki and Levin (while Levin is out of our district a rail connection is particularly important for our Ōtaki residents who may need to travel to Levin for services) - public transport, particularly rail, that is cheap enough for everyone to use- decent wages and conditions for public transport staff - public transport design that works for our diverse and spread out Kāpiti communities. I'd love to be part of that work.
Ensuring we have a commitment from Central Government for electrification and extension of commuter rail to Ōtaki and further north is massive and I will continue to be relentless in my advocacy, alongside my colleagues, for this extremely necessary investment.
I’ll remain a staunch advocate for the Free Fares campaign, which is striving to make public transport free for under 25 year olds, university students, community service card holders and total mobility card holders and their support people.
I will also seek to support our Kāpiti representative on Greater Wellington Regional, to ensure they have the mandate they need to crack on with improving our current public transport access, frequency and reliability.
I’m a lifelong Wellington resident, and my background is in local housing and transport campaigns, in addition to my work in the public sector. Over the last few years, I’ve been involved in campaigns for enabling affordable, quality, and accessible homes for all in a compact and connected city. I’ve campaigned for safe biking infrastructure, building light rail, and protecting and expanding public housing in our city. I want to continue these efforts to create an affordable, liveable, and sustainable city by representing the Wharangi/Onslow-Western Ward on Wellington City Council.We’re at a critical time for change, and I hope to continue building the consensus for transformational change in our city.
I want to finally get light rail delivered to Wellington to unlock Wellington’s urban development potential and get people moving around the city sustainably. It’s crucial that we get light rail delivered well ahead of schedule, because 2036 completion at the earliest is just too late. I campaigned throughout the Let’s Get Wellington Moving consultation to support light rail from the railway station to Island Bay, without bundling it with costly and counterproductive highway changes. On completion, I want to see LGWM immediately begin work on a route to the east, and look at how we can extend the network out west.
I believe connecting Wellington up with Auckland and regional towns through regular regional passenger rail is important for creating a carbon-neutral future, for expanding transport freedom for travellers, and to open up new economic opportunities for Wellington City.
Beyond rail, I’m a strong advocate for safe walking and biking infrastructure, low traffic neighbourhoods, and bus priority improvements throughout Wellington. I don’t drive, so delivering better public and active transport infrastructure is a big priority for me.
Wellington is facing a multitude of crises since the last local election: - House prices have skyrocketed and are unaffordable to many.- High Living costs and rental unaffordability have left people to live in cars, garages, and mouldy houses.- Traffic congestion and the cancelation of public transport, as well as the endless crusade against cycle ways.- Sewage spewing over the street due to our crumbling and underinvested 3 waters system. - Able to clear native bush in “significant natural area,” but not derelict homes in “character neighbourhoods”. Every issue that has occurred above can all be traced back to the inadequate housing supply through years of constraint caused by regulation. That’s why I am standing for City Council in the Pukehīnau /Lambton Ward to advocate for more housing and less housing restraint. We need to build more housing where it is most needed, such as areas that are connected to local amenities and the transport system. Wellington has one of the highest public transport participations in the country, but its infrastructures/services need to improve to accommodate the forecast population growth and transport mode shift to meet our climate goals. I would like to see:- More rail carriages for passengers with bikes (the current allowance, maximum of 3 bikes during off-peak, is laughable). Allowing more bikes on trains mean promoting cycling uptake while decreasing reliance on cars and parking.- Larger trains and more frequent trips to improve passengers’ confidence.- Improve cycling infrastructure and the number of secure bike racks at stations.- More connected cycle networks from stations to other communities.- Increase the number of regional and freight trains to connect to other cities.- Accelerate light rail and LGWM’s programs to unlock the travel corridor to urban areas. Let’s make our city a city for the people instead of cars and mouldy homes.Vote for me if you want the bold and progressive changes that Te Whanganui-a-Tara needs.