|You can’t beat Wellington.|
I congratulate Celia Wade-Brown on her re-election. I thank all supporters for their vote, and while it was not a victory for us, rest assured that I will advance as many of our policies as possible. Wellington means a great deal to us all, and I will discuss with the Mayor on how we can lift our economy and promote a greater sense of unity in our city. These ideas are not proprietary, they are for our city, and I believe they deserve a life beyond a mayoral campaign.
It’s been a fantastic campaign from April to October 2013, one which we conducted with integrity, openness and transparency. My gratitude to my campaign team, led by Hamish McConnochie, and Rhonda Grant, Stuart Cowley, Sopheak Seng, Dr Sapna Samant, Stephen Olsen, Pamela Baron-Archer, Andrew Mahoney, Andy Boreham, David Rose, and so many more people; to my endorsers, Sir Michael Fowler, Ruth Gotlieb, Hamish Edwards, Hayley Robinson, Rochelle Furneaux, Claudia Jaffe; to Krishna Magan and Hadleigh Petherick for their contributions; to Tania Siladi and Brent Wong for being there for two campaigns; to Isaac Cleland and his video crew and Komako Silver; to Tom Reidy and the whole Catalyst90 team; and to the citizens and voters of Wellington and the many supporters beyond. My thanks to you all.
My vision of Wellington: a city we love, and a city that can’t easily be beaten. What we need is the right leadership, ensuring inclusiveness, promoting innovation and restoring pride.
I believe in transparency, which is why I had my manifesto out in April. I have a vision of Wellington as a world-class city, but to get there, I believe in unity and participation. You can read about my ideas here, but you can also feed back via my campaign’s Facebook page. It’s through engagement and dialogue that we can feel we created these policies together.
We can’t afford thinking in the 2010s that’s limited to just our city or just our country. Our next mayor has to promote our city’s place in the world, and brings global connections to Wellington. Who better than a candidate who has spent a lifetime bridging cultures, speaking four languages, and engages properly with the public?
In 2010, I was the most connected mayoral candidate, engaging fully with you in every medium. This time out, I plan to do even more. My blog updates are below, and you can reach me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any of the services listed in the header and footer of this page. You can hashtag #backjack or #welovewgtn for this campaign.
I’ll keep in touch with you with my campaign videos, which you can watch on this site.
Video no. 8: Uniting the council
If a mayor should helm a united Wellington City Council, then recent history shows that being a former councillor may do more harm than good. Since the 1989 local government reforms, the majority of Wellington’s mayors have not been councillors. It’s about building a good relationship between all councillors, council officers and ratepayers. Directed by Komako Silver.
A global mindset
—Books and articles
—Press releases (off-site)
—Recent coverage (off-site)
The Persuader blog
|Connected businesses and organizations
Business Mentors New Zealand
Jack Yan & Associates
The Medinge Group
Miss Universe New Zealand
St Mark’s Church School