An empty seat has brought some eager city council candidates out of the woodwork in the Northern ward.
Ngaire Best is standing down from council at the end of this term.
The other incumbents, Justin Lester and Helene Ritchie, seem likely to retain their seats comfortably.
Perhaps the top contender for Ms Best's seat is Tawa Community Board chairman Malcolm Sparrow.
He said he was standing for council to bring some more common sense to the table.
"Wellington isn't dying, but we could be doing a lot better," he said.
"We need new blood on the council, people with vision and drive.
"Having made a difference in my own community in recent years by successfully chairing the Tawa Community Board, I'm able to bring common sense and sound decision- making to the council table.
"The Northern ward deserves councillors who live in and make an active contribution to their local community."
Looking to head off Mr Sparrow are strong candidates Jacob Toner and Peter Gilberd.
Mr Toner is a senior consultant for Independent Quality Assurance New Zealand and would bring some fresh business knowledge to council.
He grew up in Johnsonville and his parents own Best Western Motel in Johnsonville. He has a bachelor of arts in public policy from Victoria University.
He said he was running because the council needed new blood.
"Wellington deserves a council with enthusiasm and ideas," he said.
"I was stunned when the council cancelled a regular meeting during the drought earlier this year because the agenda wasn't full enough.
"There is plenty of work to be done to cement our reputation."
Mr Gilberd is a funding manager for the Royal Society of New Zealand, and is a former physics researcher and university teacher.
He said he was running to bring a bigger science background to the council.
"I'm running with a policy of 'Science for the city'. It's about informing council policy with science, and encouraging scientists to share their ideas with the city, to create opportunities and jobs," he said.
He has led the planting of 15,000 native trees in local parks and was a member of the council's Environmental Reference Group.
Helene Ritchie was first elected to the council in 1977.
She said it was important people in the Northern ward voted for good candidates so the great work in the area could continue.
"We need a Johnsonville civic centre complex with new library, pool, park and a new mall, surrounded by thriving Tawa, Churton Park and Newlands communities, businesses, sports clubs, and walkable green open spaces to the hills," she said.
Mr Lester said each community needed to be developed so "residents can continue to shop locally and each centre has a heart".
He said traffic in the area was also an issue.
"Traffic congestion around the Johnsonville triangle is a major problem and also affects the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.
"We need safer walking and cycling routes in all areas, but particularly on school routes and from Tawa to Johnsonville via Middleton Rd."
The final candidate, Reagan Cutting, stood for the Libertarianz party in Wellington Central in the 2011 general election.
He did not respond to our inquiries.
Candidates' top two issues in the ward: Justin Lester: Economic development and traffic and parking.
Helene Ritchie: Improving recreational and transport facilities and economic development.
Jacob Toner: Rates affordability and building resilience.
Malcolm Sparrow: Economic development and retaining local voices in any amalgamation.
Peter Gilberd: Economic development and improving recreational facilities.
Reagan Cutting did not respond to inquiries.
- The Wellingtonian