Helene Ritchie is standing for the Wellington Regional Council.
“I will be a strong, experienced, effective, and proactive voice for the Wellington public, focusing on returning a reliable bus service; future mass transport; climate crisis action; our environment. Public transport is pivotal to our personal, social, economic, cultural and environmental wellbeing.
“As Wellington’s first female deputy mayor, Council Labour Leader, and the longest serving City Councillor, I stand on my record of successfully leading, and serving the public on over 21 diverse boards, including multiple transport boards and committees.
“Instrumental in declaring Wellington a nuclear weapon free zone, recently I successfully drove the Citywide legislation to protect the City’s lungs – our Town Belt, as Wellington’s natural environment leader.
“Today, as former Chair of the Civic Centre project, I’m pursuing the opening of the City’s library, and heritage protection of this our heart of Wellington.
Outspoken, collaborative and effective, I will do my best.”