Local Body Elections
Among an irreverent hubbub of heckling, hilarity and humming, a political meeting broke out in Wellington's Aro Valley.
More than 150 people packed the Aro Valley Community Centre last night to hear from candidates for Wellington's mayoralty, the Lambton ward, and the Greater Wellington Regional Council.
Heckling was encouraged.
As mayoral candidate Rob Goulden said he would "get Wellington humming again" a loud chorus of hums broke out, returning every time the catch-phrase was used.
A water pistol sprinkled candidates who ran over time.
The first to get a soaking was the first speaker, mayoral candidate Nicola Young. She promised to spruce Wellington with "pocket parks" in unused spaces.
John Morrison said Wellington needed to shore up its relations with the Beehive.
"Our relationship with central government is that we don't have one, how silly it that," he said.
Mayoral hopeful Karunanidhi Muthu took aim at voter apathy.
"There are people in the world who would give their life to take part in this process."
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown shared her vision for a forward thinking smart capital, before claiming to have "booted out" the unpopular parking ticket "spy car".
This prompted one heckler to remind her that she was on the council that had introduced it.
Mayoral candidate Jack Yan said Prime Minister John Key must have seen a "Wellington Terminal" sign at the airport, before describing it as a "dying city".
Greater Wellington Regional Council candidate Chris Laidlaw said super-city consultation so far had created "toxic" relationships between councils.
Lambton ward candidate Mark Peck promised to "stand up for the little man" before taking aim at Wellington City Council chief executive Kevin Lavery.
"Councillors need to stand up to Dr Lavery and say: 'You don't run this city, we do'," he said.
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