Wellington Mayoral Candidates' Forum

How do Wellington's mayoral hopefuls see our city - and what's their vision for a prosperous, flourishing community?

Seven of Wellington's mayoral hopefuls gathered at the PSA in the first candidates' meeting of the 2016 local body elections.

Justin Lester, Jo Coughlan, Helene Ritchie, Keith Johnson, Nicola Young, Andy Foster and Nick Leggett each gave a two-minute "elevator pitch" setting out their election platform - and answered questions from the audience.


Top of the agenda was privatisation, with asset sales a hot topic in the wake of comments by Finance Minister Bill English - and what the candidates thought about the role of the public service in the city.

Three of the seven came out strongly in support of the Living Wage, with Mr Lester, Ms Ritchie and Mr Leggett firmly in favour of Wellington becoming an accredited Living Wage employer.

The question-and-answer session was strictly off the record, so our members could speak freely - but below you can watch a video of the two-minute election spiels.