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Thursday January 11, 2018

Dreaming of kakapo in the backyard While we love reminiscing over the year gone by, looking ahead and imagining the future it just as inspiring. Independent Herald reporter Julia Czerwonatis talked to a Johnsonville local whose job it is to be aspirational and make plans for our city’s future: the Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester. How often do you think about the future? Every day. It’s something that I have always done. Right from when I was a young person, I was always thinking five to 10 years ahead what I want to do.

Mayor of Wellington, Justin Lester. PHOTO: Wellington Suburban Newspapers File

Did you mean you dream about the future or did you make actual plans? Not dreaming but having a strategy or a plan. I’d plan five years real and 10 years with ideas. With you being a mayor it’s part of your job to plan ahead. So what aspects do you have to consider when planning Wellington’s future? It’s five aspects; resilience, transport, housing, a decade of culture so celebrating Wellington as an arts and culture destination, and sustainable economy, so making sure there’re lots of jobs for people living and moving here. That’s our five focus areas, but we’re doing lots of things outside of that. Are there certainties when you plan or is this all uncertain? No, we can plan for the certainties and for what we’re doing. We can’t plan for what might happen externally, for example, we can’t plan for an earthquake. But we can plan for what we do to prepare for the earthquake. Is it exciting for you to plan ahead? Absolutely. It’s nice to deliver what you said you’d do. It gives

you a sense of achievement. I want to live in a great city, I want Wellingtonians to be proud of the city and other New Zealanders as well, and I think we’re doing that. If we looked further ahead, say 100 years. What would your utopian Wellington look like? There will be a big statue outside Parliament of our best ever prime minister, Jacinda Ardern. There will be lots of high rises. The CBD population will probably be around 200,000 and people will walk because that’s how everyone gets around. You will be able to get the light rail from the eastern suburbs in Hataitai into the city. You will be able to cycle along separated cycleways, and people will be able to take a tunnel from Mount Victoria all the way through to the other side of the Terrace without driving through the city. There’ll be not rats, not stoats, no weasels. We will be pest free and there’ll be native birds all over the show like there are now, just a lot more. And there will be kiwi and kakapo in the backyards of people.

The city council send their New Year’s wishes to all readers Deputy mayor and northern ward councillor Jill Day. PHOTO: Supplied

Nga mihi o te Tau Hou – Happy New Year. On behalf of Wellington City Council we would like to wish you all the best for 2018. Summer has been spectacular so far, with the sunny weather bringing out our red pohutukawa flowers in force. Wellingtonians love the sunshine and our city is buzzing at the moment. To help us make the most of it, the council has once again organised a summer calendar bursting with events for all ages. The popular Gardens Magic concerts and light show begins this week, there are festivals, fairs and markets coming up and our beaches will be patrolled to help keep you and your family safe as you enjoy a day out – you can find out more at However, please also remember that hot, sunny weather puts pressure on our water supply so follow the water conservation rules. Noho ora mai, Mayor Justin Lester and Deputy Mayor Jill Day

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