New Zealand's capital city, Wellington, has just elected a new mayor - a green one!
After a long wait for special votes to be counted, Wellington's incumbent mayor Kerry Prendergast was pipped at the post by Green party member, Celia Wade-Brown. The Green Party described Wade-Brown's victory as another great 'milestone for the green movement in New Zealand' and stated that it was a great day to be a Wellingtonian.
According to a Dominion Post article, Wade-Brown has three main priorities, which she wishes to tackle during her time as Mayor. She wants to address the council, making it more inclusive with roles and responsibilities allocated according to expertise.
She also wants to tackle public transport in the capital by fast-tracking planning for a light rail system and a pedestrian and cycle track round the harbor. Lastly, she wants to improve community consultation so that community and business organizations gain a better understanding of local community needs.
Dr Norman, of the Greens, said that Wade-Brown's win showed that the public wanted to move toward more sustainable policies, particularly around transport.
Ms Wade-Brown has been a member of the Green Party for 15 years and is the first party member to be elected to a Mayoral office.
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