Labour for Lester for Wellington

Justin Lester has launched his campaign for Mayor of Wellington.He is clearly backed by Andrew Little and is running as a Labour party candidate.

He announced some policy policies:

“Firstly, as Mayor I’m going to offer a $5000 rates rebate to anyone who wants to build their first home here.

That’s a significant rates rebate, funded by other ratepayers.

If we act quickly, we could end up like Auckland where people are locked out of the market entirely.

That sounds like a mistake.

“Secondly, I’ll make swimming free for kids under 5 at council pools. This is about making sure all our families have access to council facilities, no matter how much money they make. The cost is a paltry $55,000 per annum, there’s no reason why this can’t happen soon.

More free stuff for some funded by others.

“I’ll also deliver an upgrade for our airport, more affordable public transport and deliver projects like a film museum to add millions to our local economy.

Using ratepayers money presumably.

Waiving fees for outdoor dining will help remove obstacles to CBD vibrancy and business success.

More on his website.

It’s interesting to see who is promoting his mayoral bid.

‘Notices and Features’ posted a Justin Lester launches campaign for Wellington Mayor promo at The Standard.

Current Deputy Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester launched his campaign for the mayoralty yesterday, running on a Labour ticket.

There’s nothing in the video that follows that links Lester’s campaign to Labour until the final screen:

LesterLabour

His website headline:

Sign up to help elect Justin Lester, Labour’s candidate for Wellington Mayor.

Clearly a Labour local body candidate. Also:

LesterLabourWebsite

Labour leader Andrew Little has also given his stamp of approval:

LesterLabourLittle

So while Labour MP Phil Goff is running for the mayoralty in Auckland as an independent candidate – even though Labour set up a support office for local candidates – Lester is sort of openly campaigning as a Labour Party candidate.

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  1. Clemgeopin

     /  4th April 2016

    I am not sure why you are treating this issue as some sort of secret or scandal because a while ago, may be a few months ago, Labour had announced that the party was giving authorisation for candidates to stand as ‘Labour candidates’ for any council elections around the country. I am positive I read that because I do get regular Labour party notices in my email.

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    • I’m not treating it as a secret or a scandal. But it’s the first time I’ve seen a mayoral candidate as a Labour candidate, which I think is a notable change in approach now put into practice.

      Especially interesting to see Little personally promoting the candidate.

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      • Clemgeopin

         /  4th April 2016

        So what is wrong with that? He is being open about it rather than the secret surreptitious dodgy way the powerful and wealthy interests do with their support and big donations to their own preferred candidates and in secret.

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        • I didn’t say there was anything wrong with it. I agree that it’s best that it’s out in the open.

          But it’s a significant change of approach,, therefore I think notable.

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          • Clemgeopin

             /  4th April 2016

            The tone of your writing seemed like Labour and Mr Little were doing something wrong.

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        • Pantsdownbrown

           /  4th April 2016

          You sound very defensive there Clem……….

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          • Clemgeopin

             /  4th April 2016

            Of what? Of what crime? Stop being crap. Not defensive. Simply stating facts and my honest opinion as I see it.

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            • Pantsdownbrown

               /  4th April 2016

              Calm down Clem – just an observation, not defensive at all………..

        • Iceberg

           /  4th April 2016

          “and big donations to their own preferred candidates and in secret.”

          Len Brown is the only candidate in recent memory that did that. Well, there’s Winston I guess. Oh and the big money from the unions. Who else?

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    • Iceberg

       /  4th April 2016

      Maybe he’s hoping that in posing for a photo with Little, some of Littles popularity will rub off?

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  2. jamie

     /  4th April 2016

    I don’t understand what your problem is with spending rates. Everything council spends our rates on is for some people, not everyone.

    For example a proportion of my rates pays for a public stormwater system I can never use.

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    • Pantsdownbrown

       /  4th April 2016

      Extra spending means the extra money has to come from somewhere, so why not question it? Current council income is already accounted for in terms of expenses – so either you take the money from some other dept or raise rates.

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      • Clemgeopin

         /  4th April 2016

        Just don’t for that candidate. Easy. Go for a candidate that wants low rates and low services for your town and trust that they are not liars and crooks. You have the power.

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      • jamie

         /  4th April 2016

        Absolutely, question the value of all spending.

        But I don’t understand questioning spending simply on the basis that not every person benefits from it.

        That would invalidate pretty much any spending.

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  3. how is this not electioneering like the Crone billboard was ? Or is electronic media outside the same regulations ( confusing ) I would prefer party lines in local politics but recognise many wouldn’t …

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  4. Conspiratoor

     /  4th April 2016

    God help us if labour and their cronies get their grubby little mitts on ratepayers funds. Just once I would like to hear one of these plonkers tell us how they intend to save ratepayers money

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  5. Pete Kane

     /  5th April 2016

    I think Lester was originally hoping for Rongotai. In Wellington local body politics there are at least 4 ex Labour MPs (and one Green). And that’s off the top of my head that is, maybe more.

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