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THE WELLINGTONIAN, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011
• Plan your trip ahead if driving in the area.
• Get to the match early and take public transport
• Local access for residents, businesses and approved
vehicles on Thorndon Quay between Davis and
Featherston streets, Featherston Street between
Thorndon Quay and Whitmore Street and Stout Street
between Whitmore and Bunny streets.
• Pedestrians can access all areas, and buses
will run as normal.
• Parking restrictions in place from 4.30pm
and no public parking at the Stadium.
WELLINGTON URBAN MOTORWAY
Temporary road closures around the stadium
on Friday 23 and Sunday 25 September
For more information check out
Wellington.govt.nz or call 499 4444.
Temporary road closures around
the stadium on Friday 23 and
Sunday 25 September
The Wellington Central electorate comprises the
central and inner suburbs of Wellington city, plus
Karori and Wadestown. Rebecca Thomson looks
at the issues facing the electorate.
ELECTION 2008 RESULTS
In the 2008 election Wellington Central was a marginal seat.
Labour's Grant Robertson won by 1922 votes from National's
The results were:
Sue Kedgley (Greens) 5971
Heather Roy (Act) 922
Ten minor parties polled insignificantly.
National won the party vote, 14,589 to Labour's 14,244.
The Greens were third with 8494.
Better transport key to
Wellington has faced heavy
public service job cuts, but invest-
ment in the city s infrastructure
was a bigger issue, said Welling-
ton Employers Chamber of Com-
merce chief executive Ken Harris.
Mr Harris said the government
needed to think seriously about
improving Wellington s transport
links within the city and to the
Wellington is starting to look
like Auckland s poor cousin, he
said. There is always talk about
Auckland, Hamilton and Tau-
ranga being the golden triangle
There s no reason we can t
have that with Wellington, Palm-
erston North and Taranaki, but
we need better access to those
The government is investing
$400 million on new Matangi
trains and double-tracking the
railway lines. It is directing $8.8m
over eight years to upgrade net-
work signals and electrification of
But Mr Harris said road and
bus networks were also essential
for the city s economic growth.
He said the next government
also needed consider amalgamat-
ing Wellington s regional and city
The region needs to have a
clear strategy, but retain the voice
of its citizens. To do this Welling-
ton needs to become one city.
The shortage of housing is
shaping as a major election issue
Downtown Community Minis-
try director Stephanie McIntyre
said there was a serious lack of
affordable accommodation, par-
ticularly near the inner city, and
people were being forced into
accommodation with several fam-
ilies or to couch surf .
We ve got a lot of people who
want to be in houses, but can t
afford it. There is a need for
medium density social housing.
Ms McIntyre said the next gov-
ernment should look to third-
sector organisations, such as
housing trusts, to help provide
In Australia they are doing
this very successfully. The hous-
ing trusts there are fantastic
property providers and tenancy
This Government has set aside
$40 million for state housing, but
Ms McIntyre said it was not
If you split that among 10
providers across the country,
that s only $4 million each and
that s nothing if you want to build
Ms McIntyre said there was
also concern over changes to Work
and Income benefits and rises in
the cost of food and utilities.
Many people get to the end of
the month and have power bills
they can t pay.
It has been a tough year for the
arts, with several organisations
taking funding hits.
Downstage director Hilary
Beaton said the arts had taken a
back seat to the economy.
Voters need to check with each
of the parties to see if arts is even
on their agendas.
The arts are a significant con-
tributor to the economic develop-
ment of the city and the country,
so policies need to reflect that.
The government, through Cre-
ative New Zealand, funds many
arts organisations. The funding
pool had not increased, but the
number of organisations wanting
money had, Ms Beaton said.
People can t just expect govern-
ment funding and hope the arts
will grow, she said.
We need to be thinking far
more strategically about how the
sector can collaborate with busi-
nesses, how we can distribute our
products and services nationally
and how we can export them.
Ms Beaton said there was also
concern the focus on arts was
shifting to Auckland.
The energy and investment [in
arts] there attracts actors and
artists. They go where the money
is. We do need to invest in Wel-
lington, but it has to be a co-
Those who have announced their
intention to run for Wellington
Central include Grant Robertson,
Labour (incumbent); Paul Foster-
Bell, National; James Shaw,
Greens; Monique Watson, United
Future; Ben Craven, New Zealand
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