Mayor’s welcome

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown.

Together we make Wellington a great place to live, work, study and play!

Wake up to turn on your tap for fresh clean water, walk safely with your children to school, drive to work, enjoy public art on the waterfront during a lunch-time run, and meet a friend for a show at The Opera House. The Council works with dozens of organisations to support you every step of the way.

Our city works hard for businesses, ratepayers and residents.

Working in partnership with central government, we completed the Cenotaph, Pukeahu Memorial Park and the Great War exhibition and Johnsonville roading is well on the way.

In education consents were granted for the new Whitireia/Weltec education centre in Cuba Street, Victoria University campus buildings were completed, and there was international and local engagement on Wellington as a resilient city.

Community volunteers are essential to the city and over a hundred groups actively work toward our target of planting two million trees. Our Street Outreach programme combines with the Night Shelter, Soup Kitchen and DCM, among others.

Wellington hosted and managed significant international events during the year and boosted confidence in local enterprise and employment in the region. Commercial guest nights for Wellington grew by 6.4% and were the highest for 12 months on record. International guest nights grew by 12% and people are staying longer. Major sporting events included the ICC Cricket World Cup, which injected an extra $40 million into the city’s GDP, and the FIFA Under 20 World Cup.

Council has an important enabling role to help keep Wellington great. As a city and a place to live and work, our social and environmental score is very high - but less well economically. It’s important we grow the economy, jobs, and our ratepayer base in a positive cycle of city investment. Maintaining financially healthy businesses in the suburbs is also important and our programme of establishing Business Improvement Districts extended to Miramar and Khandallah. Support for the Wellington Economic Initiative Development fund was also increased during the year.

I join with our Chief Executive Kevin Lavery, in welcoming WREDA, our Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency, which will play a major role in attracting new business to Wellington and raising our profile around the world.

Highlights for me during the year included the Bond Street activation programme, Victoria Street renaissance, completion of the Berkley Dallard, Etona and Marshall Court Social Housing projects and the Leonie Gill pathway opening.

Strengthening our buildings, reservoirs and tunnels, and Wellington joining the 100 Resilient Cities project, are commitments to a resilient future. Matariki, CubaDupa, the Jazz Festival, LUX, Korean Festival, the Chinese New Year and Diwali, all contribute to the buzz of our multicultural city. Our diversity makes us stronger as a community.
We have had a successful year. My thanks go to Council staff, volunteers, and the residents of our city, who have worked to make Wellington a great place to live. We also kept within the financial disciplines we set democratically. One of the final and important decisions taken in the 2014/2015 year was approval of the 10-year Long-term Plan 2015/25 with its ambitious yet achievable targets.

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown signature.
CELIA WADE-BROWN
Mayor of Wellington