It’s well established that once traffic growth in a city reaches a certain point, it clogs a city, destroys its quality of life, and threatens its economic and social viability. One only needs to think of Auckland, London before the congestion charge, Los Angeles and many other car dependent cities. In Auckland, despite decades of motorway building, congestion is gradually strangling the city, at a huge cost to its economy and quality of life.
Vote Sue Kedgley for a strong, effective voice on Regional Council
I’m seeking re-election to the Wellington Regional Council. I’m a passionate Wellingtonian, a long time consumer and women’s advocate, former Green MP and Wellington City Councillor. I bring experience, energy, new ideas, strong advocacy skills and a solid record of achievement.
I’m a hard working, well-informed and effective Councillor, and enjoy working for local constituents and helping solve local problems. I’m also a strong advocate for Wellington on the Council.
I’ve fought for years to improve public transport, cycling and walking; promote genuine local democracy; protect our stunning natural environment and attract high-tech, creative businesses to Wellington.
I’ve lived in Wellington most of my life and am a writer and author of six books; founder of the Safe Food Campaign; an elected Board member of Consumer NZ; Capital and Coast District Health Board; the Consumer Foundation; the NZ National Committee for UN Women, and the Women’s Empowerment Principles National Committee.
I was a Wellington City Councillor for 8 years: a Green MP for 12 years.
My recent successes include:
- Chaired the Regional Council’s Climate Change Working Group that developed our Climate Change Strategy
- Deputy Chair of Council’s Sustainable Transport committee
- Helped persuade Council to freeze bus fares, phase out our oldest, most polluting diesel buses, including school buses, and commit to an all-electric public transport fleet
- Persuaded Council to set up a regional group to speed up the roll out of fast charging stations around our region, and require Council to convert to an electric vehicle fleet over the next five years.
- Helped organise the recent Electric Vehicle symposium in Wellington.
And I have a solid record of political achievements in Parliament. I’ve saved the Overlander train service; introduced Flexible Working Legislation; Chaired Parliament’s Health Select Committee and a landmark Inquiry into Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes; helped develop Healthy Food Guidelines for schools and for the Capital and Coast District Health Board; campaigned for improved food labelling; phasing out highly toxic pesticides; improved animal welfare; promotion of organic agriculture; protection of our bees.
I’m married to lawyer Denis Foot and have one son and three stepchildren.
I’m connected into the community through my membership of Waterfront Watch, the Environment and Conservation Organisation, Trams-Action, the Safe Food Campaign, Transparency International, SAFE, U3A.
I’d love to hear from you. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call me on 043849123
My priorities for Wellington
The decisions we make over the next three years will determine whether Wellington remains a thriving, liveable, low carbon city with high quality public transport, where smart innovative businesses want to be based; or whether it becomes just another car dependent, congested, polluted city and region that people don’t want to live in anymore.
And that’s why I’m standing for the Wellington Regional Council. I want to help Wellington become a creative, low carbon, liveable city and region, with a great quality of life; a strong, creative economy and a flourishing, high tech sector.
My priorities for the next three years
High quality, affordable, 21st century public transport.
- Keep bus fares frozen; introduce a tertiary student concession and family discounts.
- Get rid of dirty diesel buses and transition to non-polluting electric buses, including saving trolley buses.
- Free wifi, free public transport transfers, and one public transport ticket for all modes.
- Develop first stage of a modern tram network from the railway station to the airport.
Creative, High Tech Capital City
- Encourage more innovative, high tech businesses and investment and develop a flourishing creative economy in Wellington
- Attract students by promoting Wellington as a student-friendly city
- Encourage inner city living and development around transport hubs
- Improve productivity by reducing traffic congestion
- Encourage flexible working so people can work from home and don’t all travel at the same time
- Encourage more energy efficient offices and homes
- Keep infrastructure in public ownership
- Ensure gender equality, diversity and a living wage for Council staff and contractors.
- Retain local democracy; oppose moves to siphon further functions off into Council Controlled Organisations.
A Low Carbon, Future Focussed City and Region
- Encourage Wellingtonians to convert to electric cars, with a network of charging stations for electric vehicles around the region;
- An all-electric Regional Council car fleet within five years and an electric car-share network across the region.
- Fully electric public transport within a decade
- Enhanced pedestrian areas and a safe regional cycle network
- Improved air quality with a low emission inner city zone
- Help communities become more resilient through flood protection, home insulation, domestic rainwater tanks, earthquake strengthening.
- Reduce carbon emission in the Wellington region by 50% by 2030
- Assess climate impact of all Council decisions.
Protect our Natural Environment
- Clean up all rivers and streams in our region, so they are swimmable
- Encourage community gardens, fruit trees and forest regeneration on Council land
- Get rid of glyphosate weed control throughout our region
- Promote a moratorium on deep sea drilling and fracking in our region
- Encourage better land use and resource allocation policies through a Regional Spatial plan
I’m also standing for re-election to the Capital and Coast DHB.
As a long-term public health advocate, Board member of Capital and Coast DHB, former Green MP, Chair of Parliament’s Health select committee and safe food campaigner, I want to promote good health and access to high quality health services.
As a Board member, I’ve advocated for decent wages for aged and home care, healthy food for the DHB, increased funding for public health and primary care, empowered self-care; a Consumer Council and a Wellington birthing hub. I’ve opposed the outsourcing of hospital meals.
I want to tackle the root causes of chronic disease. This can be done by reducing poverty and inequality; ensuring people can get healthcare when they need it; insulating homes; improving access to healthcare; improving air quality and the quality of our food; healthy food in schools; empowering consumers and ensuring workplaces are safe.
- Ensure everyone can get healthcare treatment early, when they need it.
- A health culture focussed on patient safety, compassion, quality care and informed consent
- Decent pay for aged and home care workers and nurses in aged care; safe staffing levels; a living wage.
- Increase funding for community and primary care, health promotion and public health
- Innovative healthcare homes across the region
- Healthy, locally produced hospital food
- Better child health services and facilities, and an improved Children’s Ward
- Improve infection control and reduce the spread of superbugs
- More clinical and consumer involvement in decision-making.
- A home-like Birthing Centre at CCDHB
Please also support:
Paul Bruce for Wellington Regional Council
Iona Pannett for Lambton Ward
Sarah Free for Eastern Ward
David Lee for Southern Ward
It's time to question why the oldest, most polluting buses in the Wellington region are used to transport children to school each day. It's become the norm for operators to reserve their most clapped-out buses for schoolchildren mainly because they get a special exemption from NZ Transport Agency bus rules. NZTA stipulates bus operators must remove vehicles from their fleet when they are 20 years old. But under a schoolbus exemption, operators can keep them in service for a further six years if they are used as schoolbuses.
Many Wellingtonians regret the fact our forefathers got rid of Wellington's trams 50 years ago. Now there's another, similarly short-sighted proposal on the table: to scrap our pollution-free, climate-friendly fleet of trolley buses and replace them with diesel buses. At a time when fossil fuels are becoming scarcer and pricier, and we're being exhorted to switch to clean, sustainable energy sources, it makes no sense to replace trolley buses that run on renewable energy with diesel buses powered by fossil fuel.
There's been a lot of soul searching about the historically low voter turnout at this year's local body elections, which followed the lowest voter turnout in 100 years at the 2011 general election. Discussion has focused on ways to make it easier for people to vote, such as online voting. But few have questioned the wider implications of the low voter turnout –and what it might mean for the health of our democracy.
There must be better ways of saving money in our health system than trying to slash the budget for hospital food. Unhealthy food is the leading cause of ill-health in New Zealand, with many people ending up in hospital as a result of poor eating habits and consuming too much processed, mass-produced, industrial food. That's why giving hospital patients good quality, fresh food should be an integral part of healthcare and helping patients recuperate.
One of the National Party's favourite taunts against the former Labour Government was that it was a "Nanny State" government. National MPs seldom missed an opportunity to paint Helen Clark as a "health Nazi" or ridicule Labour's healthy eating policies as examples of "Helen Clark getting into your pantry".
It's time to question why methyl bromide, a highly toxic and potent ozone-destroying gas, is being routinely used on our waterfront, close to the heart of the city, and near to residential apartments, businesses, Victoria University campus, the stadium and our cruise-ship terminal. Methyl bromide is used to fumigate cars and other imports, and occasionally logs, on the port, but the fumigation process is primitive and the controls are woefully inadequate, and result in residues of methyl bromide wafting around in our environment.