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TimestampCan you please provide your name?What types of actions will you support Council taking, to implement the Climate Change Emergency Declaration?What does Council need to do over the next 5 years to improve how the city adapts to climate change?What actions will you take to ensure that Council upholds its obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi?Please describe what you believe a Just Transition is for Wellington?What actions will you take to ensure that Council forms an effective partnership with Iwi, Hapu and Māori ?What steps will you take to support engagement with pacifica, youth, and marginalized groups over the Council's response to climate change?How will you work with other councils on climate change, both in the region and across Aotearoa?What policy changes will you ask the Government to make, in order to address climate mitigation and adaptation challenges?What opportunities will you encourage non-governmental organisations and businesses to take, to reduce their own organisational emissions and support those they work with to do so as well?What will you do to promote better integrated land use and transport planning in Wellington?What role do you see 'urban development' playing in a transition to a zero carbon Wellington? Please outline any specific policies or principles you will support, to enable low carbon urban development.Can you briefly describe what your transport policies and priorities are? How has climate change been factored into them? How will you work with GWRC now, and in the future, to ensure an effective public transport system is delivered to people in Wellington? What actions will you take to support and promote active and public transport?What are your views on the current Lets Get Wellington Moving programme? What projects do you support and not support? What changes will you advocate for?What role do you see Council taking, to reduce emissions from the agriculture sector?
9/2/2019 15:30:22Conor HillThe three largest carbon emitters in Wellington are - land transport, air transport and stationery energy (buildings). You can read more in Te Atakura. We need to transition to public transport and active modes for the majority of our land transport (EVS would be for those who need them - tradesman, people without the ability to drive, etc.). We need to cap carbon emissions from our airport, and we need warm, dry probably smaller homes near public transport for our expected additional 80,000 Wellingtonians. These actions would mostly make Wellington a better place, and would reduce Wellington's per capita carbon emissions.Less reliance on motor vehicles and large greenfield suburbs and shift towards medium density, public transport and active modes.Council must maintain strong relationships with Mana Whenua. These relationships both build a better city and are legally obligated.The urban transition by it's very nature is just. A city which people can get around without a car is more affordable for working people. A city with warm, dry and yes maybe smaller homes in well located areas is better for working people. A connected, medium density city with good non-car transport options is the best way to make homes and transport affordable for people, AND to reduce our carbon emissions.It's about continuing the ongoing conversation. It doesn't;t end and that partnership approach needs to be maintained.Consult directly with as many groups as possible.It's important to maintain a strong relationship with GWRC in particular as so much of the public transport issues are managed by GWRC. I want to work closely with GWRC to ensure Wellington gets the best public transport it can get.Repeal PTOM and Farebox recovery rules for public transport. Work to ensure the NPS on urban development mostly focusses on urban up zoning initiatives. Work to set a sinking lid on carbon emissions.Really central government needs to ensure carbon is priced properly so that all emitters make good decisions. I will advocate for that.Mass transit as outlined in Let's Get Wellington moving works together with Scenario 2 from planning for growth It's important that both of these things occur and work together - up zoning needs to occur around transport hubs in particular.a large amount - we need medium density suburbs not urban sprawl. I support scenario 2 of the planning for growth, I want to see minimum parking requirements removed and I want to see land value rating. See my website for more.Light rail to the airport, bus priority, connected cycleways and safer streets. They are all positive for reducing carbon emissions, and they also all make wellington an easier place to get around.Bus issues really need to be resolved in Wellington, so that will be a key focus. Project next is an important project to finally get proper integrated ticketing. we need to see close working relations so we don't have issues like we did with bustastrophe.I have a a full cycling policy - I want to see wellington become a cycling leader with protected cycleways on arterial routes, and safe speed zones elsewhere starting with schools, suburbs and the cbd.I support mass transit, connected cycleways, bus priority and pedestrianisation projects. Any second Mt Vic tunnel must not involve cars.Not much in Wellington city. Our agricultural sector is basically non existent, and a minor contributor to Wellington emissions. This is a query for other councils.
9/3/2019 22:46:55Norbert Hausberg Mayoral candidate for WellingtonWe have to act and we have to act faster. Any actions leading to the goal is good.First not reinforce buildings we know will be with their feet in water in 50 to 70 years time. (see Library) Have the building code ammendet to stop buildings beeing build less than 5 meter above current high tide mark. and so onTalk to the treaty partner.A just transition? Would like to know what your understanding is of it. Is it actually posible?Like above, having a talk over a cup of tea can solve a lot of problems and you get to know people. At the very end we are all in the same boat regarding climate change. Talking to all affected groups on a personal base about their needs and hopes is allways the greatest start. You have not even asked about climate refugees. Estimates are 10% of the world population will be climate refugees by 2050. Thats roughly 1 billion people. A lot will make it to New Zealand... and than?Be the best example of it. You lead by example. The other councils have to see and hear what is possible.Not certain if there is a lot of say from a Mayor. Lets be honest, like above leading by example and showing possibilities is the first option. they do have their own agenda.Like above, the Mayor of Wellington is the Mayor of Wellington thats it. Anything elso would blow the responsibilities. LEAD BY EXAMPLE!Transforming Wellington into a Greater Wellington from Masterton to Otaki and down to Wellington would be a great start to talk integrated land use.Public transport and its frequency, cost are a good start. Lets not get toooo technical. Anything that verifiably helps should be undertakenDont forget that the Mayor is only one vote around the table. You could have the most brilliant ideas but....
My idea if elected - call a meeting with scientists and organisations such as yours as well as the elected councillors. Work over a looong weekend on a detailed plan for the coming 3 years to actually achieve the goal of Carbon Neutral by 2022. It will have to be a WE. No council can do it alone. Every citizen has to be part of it.
Hope they are gone soon and turn the lower part of the North Island into one City. All this is unanswerable as it depends who will be voted into the GWRC.The aim would be free public transport in the next three years. Lets face the facts. Public transport is at times rather inconvenient. The best way to compensate and entise people leaving the cars behind is pricing. Wellingtons slogan should be - no car needed.A plan from the past for the past. Yes a second tunnel, great, for the sole use of cycles, scooters, walkers and wheelchairs. Brilliant! Think of different public transport systems, gondolas, skycap???? sadly all not part of LGWMOMG like my grandmother said - finish your plate. 40% of food is wasted that is unreal and a great contribution to climate change. Biocollections in the city would help to...... the rest? Wellington does not have a major agricultural area. Though the Government should face out intensiv farming pretty smartly and not wait another 30 years.
9/9/2019 10:44:33Justin LesterWellington City Council has acknowledged and declared a Climate Change Emergency, which I jointly led and supported.We need to reduce our carbon emissions and change the way we plan for population growth in our city. Approximately 85% of Wellington’s Carbon emissions come from transport and stationary energy. We are increasing prioritisation of public transport and active modes and that needs to continue. We are also working with affected coastal communities to plan for their future resilience and decision making. We have a Memorandum if Understanding with our Mana Whenua, which requires acknowledgement and support of Iwi as essential partners. Our Te Tiriti obligations are a key component of this partnership.A Just Transition for Wellington acknowledges the societal change occurring as a result of climate change and the impact it will have on communities, particularly vulnerable and low-income communities.

I will ensure that communities are active participants as Wellington transitions to a zero carbon future. I will also stand up for vulnerable communities and make sure their voices are heard.
We have a Memorandum of Understanding with Mana Whenua setting out our partnership and joint priorities. I will invite Mana Whenua representatives to be regular and active participants at our Council table.We have consulted broadly with diverse communities on Te Atakura: Wellington’s Zero Carbon Plan.

I will establish a Climate Assembly to support our Climate Change portfolio holder and ensure we place a climate lens on everything we do.
As Mayor I am part of a group representing local government from across New Zealand to:
1. acknowledge the importance and urgent need to address climate change for the benefit of current and future generations;
2. give our support to the New Zealand Government for developing and implementing, in collaboration with councils, communities and businesses, an ambitious transition plan toward a low carbon and resilient New Zealand;
3. encourage Government to be more ambitious with climate change mitigation measures;
4. outline key commitments our councils will take in responding to the opportunities and risks posed by climate change; and
5. recommend important guiding principles for responding to climate change.

I am a member of the National Council of Local Government New Zealand and a key contributor to our climate change work.
As Mayor I will ask the Government to:
1. acknowledge the importance and urgent need to address climate change for the benefit of current and future generations;
2. develop and implement, in collaboration with councils, communities and businesses, an ambitious transition plan toward a low carbon and resilient New Zealand;
3. be more ambitious with climate change mitigation measures;
4. work with Councils to deliver key commitments WCC will take in responding to the opportunities and risks posed by climate change; and
5. advocate for the swift implementation of the Zero Carbon Act.
As Mayor I will work with NGOs and businesses to:
1. acknowledge the importance and urgent need to address climate change for the benefit of current and future generations;
2. develop and implement an ambitious transition plan toward a zero carbon Wellington;
3. be ambitious with climate change mitigation measures;
4. provide grants to NGOs and businesses for their own climate change initiatives; and
5. Support and provide awareness for their climate change initiatives.
Alongside our Government partners I have developed an urban development, land-use and transport planning initiative called Let’s Get Wellington Moving, which is a 20 year whole of city commitment to land use and transport planning.

It has been unanimously supported by partners and I am now focused on its implementation.
Urban development is a critical component as we become a Zero Carbon Wellington. Wellington has the lowest carbon emissions of any city in NZ because of our compact urban form and our high use of public transport and active modes.

I have led on the two most critical pieces of work to shape transport and urban development, which can be viewed here:

As Mayor I continue to accentuate Wellington’s compact urban form because it’s necessary from a climate perspective and is also what makes Wellington such a good place to live.
Reducing carbon emissions underpins my vision for both the LGWM and Planning for Growth strategies. These strategies have garnered broad support.

I have also significantly increased WCC’s prioritisation for active modes over the past nine years and will continue to do so as Mayor.
I have worked and will continue to work collaboratively with GWRC to improve delivery of Wellington’s public transport system.

To bring the working relationship closer and to improve public transport provision I strongly support the formation of a Regional Transport Authority so all stakeholders can prioritise land use and transport planning.
Since I have been on Council our annual budget for active modes has increased from $100k per annum to approximately $7m. I will continue to support active modes and, separately, the formation of a Regional Transport Authority so WCC can help prioritise land use planning together with transport to help improve public transport provision.I wholeheartedly support the implementation of LGWM as agreed by Government, WCC and GWRC.

I support the reduction of CBD speeds, further bus priority, cycling infrastructure, mass transit for Wellington’s Southern and Eastern suburbs and congestion improvements at the Basin Reserve and Mt Victoria.
Agriculture emissions play only a small role in Wellington city.

I will continue to work with Government and Local Government partners to ensure this is a focus at a national level.
9/9/2019 22:22:02Diane CalvertSpeed up initiatives to get action on reducing emissions. Currently staff are charged with coming back to Council to implement a plan for the 20/21 year. I believe there are initiatives we can get underway sooner rather than later such as casting a stronger climate change lens on every report/paper presented to us.1. Our Council has started down the path with a very comprehensive climate adaptation pilot involving a small coastal settlement at Makara Beach. The residents have been actively involved working through the issues, reviewing technical advice and available options alongside staff. Once this pilot is completed, it will be used to inform work with other communities on local issues.
2. The design of major infrastructure projects are also being undertaken using information on future potential climate change modelling to ensure future resilience and adaptability.
Being guided in our actions by the Treaty's three core principles of partnership, participation and protection with iwi.A fair, equitable and inclusive approach to transition to having a low emissions economy and environment for the region. This means ensuring that we carefully plan with iwi, our local communities, businesses and neighbouring councils to manage the impacts and maximise the opportunities of the changes brought about by the transition to a low emissions economy.Our Council already has a good relationship with local iwi and it's about building on that based on a partnership approachIts important that we engage across all groups in a tailored way that relates to their key characteristics and challenges. We can't exclude anyone group as we all need to be in this together and play our respective parts. As mentioned engagement does need to be adapted and tailored to the specific groupsIn a participative way recognising that Wellington city does not have all the answers yet we can look at how we can share resources and ideas. As with other common issues and plans , there needs to be a regional approach e.g. waste management and water services. 1.Reducing waste- The Government needs to find ways to reduce unnecessary packaging and support a broad range of onshore recycling facilities. We should not export our waste elsewhere unless it has a value e.g. computer parts.
2. Air travel carbon tax - Asking Government to charge a carbon tax on all air travel
3. Work in partnership with local councils on funding infrastructure for improved resilience
We as a Council must lead from the front and we can't expect other businesses to reduce their emissions if we don't "walk the talk". We could also look at some form of rates rebate/reduction for initiatives that reduce the cost of Council services through reduced emissions/waste. Water meters is a good example of this currently in use.To intensify on any great scale we must provide good access to public transport and also plan for different modes of travel i.e. active and vehicle. This must be central to the city's current project to renew its key development planning tool - the District Plan.
Essentially its about how people can live and move around in a safe, pleasant and low emissions way. I will be ensuring a connected plan that also takes into account the wider region
See the answer to the above question. Its essentially about enabling active modes of transport, reasonable access to good public transport links and having thriving suburban centres reducing the need for people to travel far to meet their basic needs.
It is also about design of public spaces ie rain gardens, harnessing solar energy, better insulation standards, designing homes to be more compact and energy efficient etc
My number 1 priority is to get the buses sorted. WCC can take a much more active and leadership role in conjunction with GWRC, enabling better public transport now and not waiting for mass transit in 8-10 years. Check out my website for more details There will be new leadership at GWRC and I'm sure they will be just as keen to get a fully functional public bus service in place. I have a plan to follow a similar model that is currently in use at Waikato Regional Council/Hamilton City where they share joint governance over the public bus service that runs in Hamilton city. This means that both councils are not only responsible but they also share the decision making around the bus network, service, bus stops etc. NZTA is also a funder and partner. It is a model that only takes the approval of the three organisations and could be up and running by early 2020. Much quicker to implement and less bureaucratic than a Regional Transport Authority.1. Completing the transport projects we have underway e.g. cycleway programme.
2. Bring forward the review of the use of e-scooters and onzo bikes so that we can make permanent decisions on their use. one outcome will likely be dedicated parks so as to remove them from blocking pedestrian pathways.
3. Ensuring it is factored into urban planning and major urban developments
4. Ensuring we have a bus improvement plan that takes us beyond the immediate fixes.
The $6.2 Billion question! I support the early improvements identified but we really need to reprioritise and re-sequence the rest of the major projects after further information has subsequently come to light after Councils endorsed the indicative package. We need to bring forward the second Mt Vic tunnel to not only getting the traffic flowing better but also to create better space for cyclists, pedestrians and more buses.
As we have subsequently discovered the Govt's indicative package specifically went against Treasury and NZTA's advice. Check out my website including my blog for further details
Its really more about our consumption being smarter, reducing food waste and not buying goods out of season (that have travelled here by air). Council could ensure its own purchasing (and that of its contractors)of agriculture products are at an appropriate level
9/10/2019 9:25:43Andy FosterContinuing my Compact, Mixed Use Urban Form work, which underpins Wellington having the highest use of PT/walking/biking in NZ. Continue delivering bus priority, improving walking conditions (safety) and cycling infrastructure. I have a plan to invest in land and re-vegetation as a carbon offset, with biodiversity and regional development benefits on the side. Continue supporting warm, dry healthy homes.
Important also to recognise that at my initiative Council also agreed to declare an Ecological Emergency. I have led Council's work in the Environmental transformation of Wellington, been a foundation trustee of Zealandia and still heavily involved. I am also active politically and hands on in restoration and intend to continue that.
Key is not putting more people and long lived assets at risk so starting to design infrastructure (pipes) so as to cope with higher sea levels. Complete catchment management plans across the whole city (well underway now) to identify flood risk areas. District Plan review will consider where is and is not safe for residential development (which we tend to expect longer life out of) and commercial redevelopment (can probably cope with shorter life 50 years plus). Protect catchment headwaters for biodiversity and reduced runoff reasons. Water sensitive urban design. Avoid development in flood prone areas or raise floor levels to avoid inundation.I will work with all parts of the community to ensure that as best as possible we are all committed and active in being part of the solution, rather than part of the problem. I would like mana whenua actively engaged in environmental restoration projects. I will work my way through the challenge that is Shelly Bay. I am not sure any of us quite know what the necessary transition will look like, and the lifestyle, economic and technological changes that it will require. I would assume it means a world in which carbon based energy is more expensive, and there is less mobility of people and goods. The principle should be that to the greatest extent possible people who have the least ability to cope with any shocks that transition requires are at least somewhat insulated from the shocks.Wellington City has long standing MOUs with Ngati Toa and Te Ati Awa - Taranaki Whanui, which I regard as important. As you may know we do have a significant current challenge around the proposed development of Shelly Bay - promoted by the current trustees of PNBST and vigorously opposed by Mau Whenua - largely beneficiaries of the PNBST trust. I also strongly oppose the Shelly Bay development in its current overly intensive guise. The bad process has prevented the wider community from having a say, and there are also complexities around resolutions of PNBST AGMs/ votes by beneficiaries against sale. We need to resolve all these issues because there is no doubt they are straining many relationships.I think youth are very engaged in climate change which is good. Not so sure about Pacifica yet though the impacts of Sea level rise on the Pacific are obvious. My door is always going to be open to talk with and more importantly listen to any group. Specifically in relation to Climate Change I will follow through with Council's Te Atakura First to Zero Strategy and Emergency declarations - and engage widely with Wellington communities on advancing the actions signaled in the Strategy. We are all in this together. Council cannot do this on its own.I am a great believer in the Local Government family and in a New Zealand Inc approach. I enjoy good relationships with Mayors, councillors, and officials across the country. As mayor I would want to be involved in LGNZ National Council and in developing our collective policy and advocacy responses. I am already talking with my regional colleagues about a range of relevant matters. I believe in taking a taking national strategic approach, and am already actively involved in things like RMA reform, National Policy Statement responses, and national transport policy policy especially in advocating for safe and sustainable transport as President of TRAFINZ, the New Zealand Traffic Institute.Government needs to take a strategic approach to demographic change - population size and distribution. Help Councils have the powers and responsibilities to avoid more people being put at risk by development in hazard zones. Properly pricing carbon. RMA reform and related National Policy Statements that help rather than hinder climate mitigation. Waste minimisation strategies including producer responsibility. The overall objective for me is that we act collectively and individually to reduce our footprint on the Planet. Sharing information on how to reduce emissions, waste, and resource use. Open door approach. Our attitude should be 'we are here to help.' It should also be 'we are here to learn.' There are some wonderful NGOs who are doing great work in sustainability, some we support financially. Possibly help access more sustainable transport such as E bikes and EVs though bulk purchase arrangements. I want an art work(s) which show (live) how we are tracking on a range of environmental indicators.I've been doing this my entire time on Council. That's why we have a District Plan that allows and encourages mixed use, and does not require carparking in the Central and Suburban areas. That's why we have the best CDB in the country - deliberately seeking to have more people living in the Central City close to work and education. That's why we have 'medium density' areas in Johnsonville and Kilbirnie - in truth the density is no more than inner residential areas like Thorndon. It's why our Outer Green Belt is a barrier to sprawl.
Looking ahead I will guide the District Plan to allow greater intensification around suburban centres and along PT routes, while identifying those things we most value and want to protect. I will seek tools to allow congestion pricing and levies on long stay (commuter) parking. I will empower communities to make decisions within a wider city framework (and budget!) I will have to have some hard conversations regionally about where development should and shouldn't go. That probably means less greenfield development regionally, and some more commercial development in regional centres to reduce travel into the CBD.
A huge role. Good urban development makes for a walkable, bikeable city with high PT use. Spread out development will be car dependent. IMO many transport commentators miss the significance of urban development. I've been Transport and Urban Development leader several times in my time on Council. They are inextricably linked. By way of example - from memory - the last census showed around 85% of CBD dwellers walked to work or education, compared to 4% of Kapiti dwellers. Under my transport leadership there has been a steady, and continuous increase in the proportion of trips taken on foot, by bike, by bus and by train. Wellington City now has as many people commuting by 'sustainable' transport modes as by car. I intend to continue to drive this by good urban form, delivering bus priority, resurrecting the Airport Flyer (work underway on both) and making the Central City more walkable and bikeable (eg lower speed limits) and continue investing in cycleways. You might see it as incompatible but I will also get on with the Mt Vic tunnel duplication and Basin solution. I also see these providing for better quality walking, biking and possibly PT access through Mt Victoria.Unlike many City Councillors, I have a really good relationship with GWRC at officer and governance level. I've served on the Regional Transport Committee several times (not currently). We need to work together to get the bus system working properly. Some parts are GWRC's responsibility, some are ours. Our key responsibility that will make a difference is providing a more comprehensive bus priority network. We have finally got agreement between the two Councils and will start public engagement in Feb next year. After years of pushing for this I am delighted. One thing we do now have access to is better information through Snapper and RTI on where, when and how long travel time delays are. That is invaluable in supporting bus priority investment.I am a regular bus user, runner and cyclist. I am responsible for almost every bus lane in the city, and at least half of the cycleways, and all the safer speed limits. Buses - I will deliver extensive bus priority, resurrect Airport flyer, working with GWRC now to trial high frequency shuttles in some hill suburbs to their local train stations where Park and Ride is full.
Cycling - I will continue work to deliver a cycling network across the city. Where we plan bus priority we will have one discussion about bus and bike together.
Walking - safety engineering such as raised platforms, shorter wait times at lights (did quite a bit between 2013 and 2016)
Cycling and walking - safer, lower speed CBD environment and finish remaining suburban centres. I got $200K in budget 4 years ago for safer routes to schools to support walking and biking to schools.
LGWM is unworkable and unaffordable. It will add 20% to an existing Council approved plan of 52% rates rise over the next 10 years. I voted against that last year (LTP) Civic Square is on top of that. It lacks critical detail like how buses will integrate with it. Existing congestion will become worse with reduced roading capacity. Most of the money is intended to go on mass transit which LGWM's own numbers predict will transport fewer than 5% of journeys to the CBD by 2036 (buses and trains predicted to take c 39%).
So I'd focus on getting the quick wins - making the CBD more walkable, bikeable, bus priority within LGWM and beyond into the key suburbs. Get on with the Basin and Mt Vic tunnel. Do the business case for mass transit but think about whether a quicker more direct (cheaper) route through Mt Vic and Hataitai is possible. An option for a second Mt Vic tunnel is to include a PT lane. It will certainly include a better pedestrian/cycling path.
We really don’t have much agricultural land in Wellington City. However I want us to think laterally. Council is currently buying approximately $2 million a year in carbon offsets for our landfill alone (approx. 80% of Council emissions) Instead of buying bits of paper I am exploring investing in land and regenerating forest – that could be in Wellington’s own rural hinterland, or in provincial New Zealand (I am exploring PGF support) or internationally if secure tenure is possible. This could be in partnership with other Councils, Zoos etc, and could facilitate biodiversity outcomes and habitat protection for endangered species, as well as building international relationships.
9/13/2019 16:43:00Jenny CondieMy focus will be on reducing road transport emissions. This requires Wellington to develop compact, vibrant neighbourhoods with frequent transit between them. To push us in the direction of greater residential density in our city fringe and suburban centres I will support changes to the District Plan, setting up an Urban Development Agency, and building suburban apartments in partnership with central government and private developers.
We need better public transport. To support the regional council in sorting out the buses, the city council should introduce bus priority lanes along arterial routes and reduce on-street parking along suburban routes - it slows down the buses to squeeze between parked cars on both sides of the road.
I will ensure that a high quality business case is prepared to compare bus rapid transit (BRT), autonomous BRT (aka trackless trams), and light rail. Then I will host a citizens’ assembly so a representative group of Wellingtonians can decide which trade offs they prefer. I will advocate for the decision of the citizens’ assembly with other decision makers.
We also need better infrastructure for walking and cycling, within and between neighbourhoods.
Update all LIMs with accurate hazard information regarding sea level rise so that property owners understand their risk. Require property owners to acknowledge they are bearing the risk on any building consents on land within several metres of present sea level. Review the vulnerability of all council infrastructure to inundation and a rising water table - especially the sea wall that currently defends most of our CBD. Establish guidelines for using targeted rates to share the cost of protective infrastructure such as sea walls between private land owners and WCC. Work with insurance companies and property owners to plan for retreat when property becomes uninsurable.I will change council guidelines so that consultation with tangata whenua must be done as early as possible, not tacked on as an afterthought.There will be costs involved in radically reshaping our city for a low carbon future. A just transition involves making sure that those least able to afford those costs are given support and assistance.It is essential that council does not try to deal with Maori as if they are a single group with a single opinion. We must engage with tangata whenua as we would with any other demographic - assuming that there will be differing views within their communities.Too often the loudest voices in consultation are those with the time, skills and resources to make themselves heard. Consultation done for Planning for Growth was an example of the excellent results you can get when you deliberately reach out to those whose voices are least often heard. I would review the lessons learned from that consultation exercise and develop guidelines for more proactive consultation that brings in unheard voices.It is important that councils share their experiences of what works and what doesn't to make progress on the changes we need for a low carbon future. We must particularly work with other councils locally if we want a coherent strategy for reducing road transport emissions across the Wellington region. However, I also think it is important for Wellington city to just get on with actions that we can take without waiting for everyone else to come on board.Councils need the authority to introduce congestion or cordon charging to encourage people out of their cars and onto other modes of transport.Council can provide information and support for other organisations that want to reduce emissions. We can also use procurement policies to give priority to organisations that are successfully reducing their emissions.As we go through the process of reviewing the District Plan to allow for more compact neighbourhoods, we will work closely with GWRC and NZTA to ensure transport planning is aligned with land use.We need compact urban form, that encourages active transport to get around within your neighbourhood, and has frequent transit between suburban centres. I will change the District Plan to encourage this type of urban development. We also need to review building standards and design guidelines to encourage new buildings to be energy efficient.My priority is to reduce road transport emissions. My transport priorities all come back to this first principle. We need much greater investment in low carbon transport options such as walking, cycling, electric buses, and trains. Roading projects focused on cars should only go ahead where they are needed to improve resilience or where other routes have been closed to give priority to low carbon transport.I will give GWRC my full support as they take the lead in fixing our bus system. The city can contribute by reducing parking along suburban routes and establishing bus priority lanes along arterial routes. In future it may be useful to establish a Regional Transport Authority for better co-ordination. However in the next three years I believe any restructuring would be a disruption and distraction from the main task - fixing our buses.Uptake of public transport will rely on making it reliable. I will support fixing the buses by introducing bus priority lanes along arterial routes and removing parking from narrow suburban routes. I will move forward on mass transit with a high quality business case and a citizens' assembly. I will work to accelerate the rollout of a cycle network across the city and to increase pedestrian friendly spaces. All of these changes can be made more rapidly by engaging in low cost trials that make use of paint and road cones before we spend large sums to dig up roads. This strategy was successfully used in New York City.We need to progress the decisions about mass transit as our highest priority. This will be essential for getting more people using public transport, and confirming the route and vehicle for mass transit allows us to figure out the details of the roading changes needed around the Basin Reserve.Agriculture is not a significant source of emissions in Wellington city. I will focus on reducing road transport emissions for the next 3 years.