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Vote 1 Paul Bruce for the Greater Wellington Regional Council

Working to live within Nature’s limits will yield liveable, resilient communities

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During my three terms as Councillor, I have been able to effectively represent my constituency and have become more adept at getting items on the Agenda. I have made a real difference since the people of Wellington first elected me as a Green Councillor on Greater Wellington Regional Council in 2007.

My achievements

My recent successes are:

  • family discounts and capped fares included in Public transport fare package
  • facilitated the Wellington Bus Review community consultation
  • gained commitment from CentrePort to stop toxic fumigant release
  • got NZ wide local government support for e-waste product stewardship
  • promoted the Ngauranga to Petone cycle/walk way to investigation phase
  • gained cycle racks for buses in the long term plan
  • developed a support package for rainwater collection tanks for households
  • promoted a Green Transport Plan with Cr Sue Kedgley for immediate adoption

As a Councillor, I work hard to put people and the environment at the heart of my decision-making process.  As a meteorologist, I have the scientific background to understand the complex resource issues that the regional council has to deal with. I put in the hard yards attending meetings and briefings so I have the information from experts and the community that I need to make quality decisions.  I am energetic, dedicated and committed to making our region a better place.

My priorities

As my priorities for the next three years I will:

  • fight for frequent, reliable public transport services
  • support ‘village planning’ and ‘participatory budgeting’
  • continue supporting fast modern light rail (trams) through CBD to Newtown
  • continue to push for integrated single tickets for all modes
  • establish safe cycle routes and complete the Great Harbour Way network.
  • promote a moratorium on deep sea oil exploration and fracking in our region
  • create better land use and resource allocation policies through the regional spatial plan,  natural resource plan and product stewardship

My Policies

I promote strategies to enhance resiliency, protect the environment and improve the ability of communities to make the transition to a de-carbonised world. The challenge of sustainability rests strongly in getting the economy right. Valuing natural capital, supporting sustainable enterprises, and ending subsidies, are all vital elements to meaningful environmental reform.

Transport

  • Restoring a heart to our city with integrated transport solutions
  • Zero Emission public transport (zero-emissions-presentation-may-2016)  including fast modern light rail through CBD to Newtown and Kilbirnie, trolleys and battery buses
  • Friendly roads with safe cycle routes and Great Harbour Way
  • 20% cycle mode share, cycle carriage on trains and buses
  • Frequent, reliable services, one ticket for all modes, fairer fares
  • Better use of rail and shipping, reducing freight on roads

Environment

  • Moratorium on deep sea oil exploration & fracking
  • Protection of green spaces & waterways with carbon forests.
  • Care for Planet to meet human needs
  • Natural Resource Plan & Product Stewardship to eliminate waste.

Water

  • Protect Hutt River (and others) with Whaitua committees as Kaitiakitanga (Guardians) of natural environment
  • Permeable layers for city, riparian planting and better stock management systems for clean streams.
  • Domestic rainwater collection tanks.

Economic

  • Vibrant innovative capital lead by social enterprise
  • Improved land use and resource allocation through Regional Spatial Plan
  • Clean heat support for homes, Sustainable business awards
  • Attract and maintain high value low carbon businesses with reliable and affordable transport and services.

Energy

  • Carbon neutral Wellington with solar audit for increased energy efficiency
  • Community-owned energy projects
  • Utilisation of wood waste, tidal flows & sewage algae
  • 100% renewable electricity and 40% greenhouse emission reduction by 2020.

Community

  • Local people have improved say with “Village Planning” & “Participatory Democracy”
  • Local Council and strengthened Regional Council
  • Inspiring Communities with participatory budgeting and community gardens/orchards.

About me

I cycle  to and from my Brooklyn home, where I have enjoyed living for the last 35 years with my family.  I play the violin, enjoy tramping and wind surfing. Wellington is a great place to live, and as a region we do a lot right. But let’s do even better!

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