Rob Goulden left council three years
ago, and now he's back for another go,
this time searching for the top job,
and failing that, a councillor seat. He
has a varied career-history that
included time in the army and the
police, and he says the common thread
has always been working with people.
He's come out attacking the council's
debt and talking up quake resilience,
including a plan to get first-aid kits
into cars. His last term on the council
did not end well, after he yelled
obscenities in a meeting and was
trespassed from the council building
and escorted away by police, and in the
last election campaign - where he lost
his seat - he came under fire for
allegedly using fake names to post
comments on blog posts. Three years
later he says he's learned from the
past and is ready to get back at the
table, but as this election campaign
wears on he's gotten off on the wrong
foot at times by criticising without
offering solutions. He needs to change
the record if he wants to make an
impact on election day.
Lives He rents a
three-bedroom house in Miramar with his
partner of about 24 years and two of
his children. He estimates the
"comfortable house" is worth between
$500,000 and $600,000.
Big IdeaHe says he has too many to pinpoint one. An example is his idea to get a first-aid kit into every car in Wellington to build up emergency preparedness, but "that's not my main platform, it's one of the ideas under the five platforms I'm talking about".
Biggest Mistake He
points to the "difficulties" he had on
council last time around, saying he
struggled to deal with fractious
personalities and "probably I dealt
with that the wrong way". He's learned
from that now, and is better-equipped
to handle council life, he says.
What you'll find
likeable "Lots of things," he
says, rattling of a list that includes
his work in the community, a career
that's included time in the army and
the police, and the fact he cares about
people. "I love people, actually, I
What could be
irritating He has to ask to
come back to this question, and simply
replies that "you're not going to cut
the cloth with every single person".
"Some of the things I do, or maybe even
the look of me sometimes, might not
make everybody happy."
a nutshell An old hat trying
for another shot with a major focus on
reducing debt. He hasn't fared well in
the mayoral polls so far, so may need
to rethink his approach, and may
struggle in his ward where all three
incumbents are standing again.