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 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.
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
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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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