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Let’s dance! Independent candidate to run for Wellington mayoralty

Conor Hill announced today that he will run as an independent candidate for Mayor of Wellington. Here’s his announcement.

Conor Hill loves Wellington, and wants it to be the best city in the world. He believes homes should be affordable, transport should be reliable, and that vanity projects should be cancelled. That’s why he’s running for Mayor.

Over the years that Conor Hill has called Wellington home, he’s enjoyed its diversity. The endless roti. The coffee and the beer. The production line of sporting talent. The crags of the South Coast and the amazing gigs. Having a range of people next to each other sharing food, ideas and neighbourhoods makes Wellington what it is.

But what makes Wellington so vibrant is under threat.

Conor said: “Wellington is a great city with obvious challenges. Homes and rents are unaffordable. The transport system is broken. Wellington’s cars and draughty homes contribute to climate change. Pensioners, young families and refugees can no longer afford the rent, or handle the congestion.

“We have a mayor who can announce a climate change crisis one week, and open a petrol station the next, a mayor who can find $154 million to home big business conventions, but only $27 million for a housing vision.

“I want a better Wellington with affordable housing, great transport options, and no silly vanity projects. If that is what you want, vote for me.”

About Conor Hill

· Conor Hill, 36, grew up in Auckland and Nelson, and first shifted to Wellington in 2001.

· He came to Wellington to study, and graduated from Victoria University with a degree in English Literature and History.

· Since then, his professional career has seen him work in Project Management Offices, on IT projects, and as a farmhand in the Australian outback, though not necessarily in this order.

· Like many Wellingtonians, he feels strongly that our city needs policies to fix the transport system and make housing more affordable. He wants to see an end to vanity projects such as the airport runway extension, the convention centre and the covered arena, to prioritize the City Library and Town Hall.

· Unlike most Wellingtonians, he has decided to run for Mayor and is asking people to vote for him in the October 2019 local election, after people started taking the title of his blog – ‘Conor Hill for Mayor’ – seriously.

· Up to now, Conor’s experience in politics has been voluntary and grassroots – flyer-ing and door knocking for the Labour Party in local and national elections. This is his first bid for political office as an independent candidate.

· He lives in Wadestown with his partner Jen.

About the Conor Hill for Mayor campaign

· Conor Hill’s priorities for Wellington are affordable housing, better public transport, and an end to vanity projects in favour of investment in the City Library and the Town Hall.

· Today, Conor is confirming he intends to run for Mayor, ahead of candidate registrations opening on 19 July.

· Housing and Transport policies will be launched in the coming weeks.

· People who would like to find out more, volunteer their time or donate to the campaign, can contact Conor at

· Conor Hill’s campaign launch on Saturday the 20th of July will provide his next steps towards building a better Wellington. Let’s dance!

Conor Hill for Mayor

– Media release from Conor Hill via Wellington.scoop