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year as mayor
The external relationships
take a huge amount of time. You
need to maintain contact with
key organisations and be as
inclusive as possible.
Have you been surprised
that some councillors seem
to deliberately try to under-
mine your mayoralty?
Some of them have found the
transition harder than I
expected. Previously we were
peers; now there s a different
relationship. But there are
Jo Coughlan and I, for
example, disagree quite strongly
on transport, but she is engag-
ing with the business com-
munity and we worked well
together on the trip to China.
John Morrison s opposition to
some of my ideas is well known,
but he brought the idea of the
craft beer capital to me.
Ray Ahipene-Mercer and I
have worked together on
Do you regret cycling to
the airport to meet Hillary
No. I mean, it depended on the
weather. I wouldn t have biked
out in the rain or a howling
wind. And I didn t bike out on to
the tarmac. I got there and
quietly got myself presentable.
It made one of the top 10 cycling
stories in the United States.
What do you favour for the
space on the Miramar hills --
Wellywood isn t a goer for
me. It s a bit try-hard and not
very creative, though I like the
thinking that led to it. There are
a few ideas floating round at the
moment. The hook of Maui has
Are you a fan of Wellington
becoming a super-city?
We definitely need regional
co-operation, over areas such as
roading, water, landfills and so
on. But we need to be connected
to our communities. I m not sure
Masterton and Miramar have
terribly much in common. I like
how the mayors work together
now, and that incudes Nelson
and Marlborough for tourism,
Hamilton for IT and so on. Let s
see how Auckland pans out.
There is some thought that Wel-
lington city should be regarded
as a unitary authority, that it
doesn t need a regional council
in the city.
Were you happy with the
rates increase this year?
Rates went up an average of
3.74 per cent, despite significant
pressures. I was very happy to
keep the rise to that.
What have been your con-
Some are just a continuation
of previous projects, such as the
Tawa to Porirua walkway.
Others, such as the Welling-
ton 2040 strategic vision, have
been an evolution, not a revol-
ution. There was some fuss over
what it s called, but in the end
we agreed with what we are
aiming for: an eco-city, a con-
nected city, a dynamic city and a
people-centred city. What else?
Reinstating heritage grants to
their previous size, the bus pri-
ority lanes during peak hours,
getting two waka when there
was no guarantee we d get one.
What have you learnt from
the first year?
To be more thoughtful before I
speak, more considered, to think
three times not twice before
opening my mouth.
Regional council surplus
Wellington Regional Council ended
last year almost $10 million ahead of
The council passed its annual
report for the year ending last June
It showed a $3 million surplus
rather than the $6.8 million deficit
predicted. Total operational expendi-
ture was $164 million. Costs were
lower because the Matangi train
deliveries were late and the payment
schedules for them were set back.
Government grants associated
with the trains were also delayed.
The new real time information
passenger information system for
buses also cost less than had been
Finance costs were lower than
expected by $2 million, and returns
on term deposits were also up.
The annual report was passed in a
meeting that lasted about 10
No councillors spoke on it.
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