Wellington mayoral candidates support the Living Wage

Three Wellington mayoral hopefuls say they will ensure Wellington City Council fully adopts the Living Wage at the first candidates’ forum of this election campaign.

The PSA held a forum for candidates which was attended by Justin Lester, Jo Coughlan, Helene Ritchie, Keith Johnson, Andy Foster, Nicola Young and Nick Leggett.

Mr Lester, Ms Ritchie and Mr Leggett confirmed they support the Living Wage for all council workers, including those employed through contractors and council-controlled organisations.

"We’re extremely pleased to hear three candidates plan to build on the good work already done by Wellington City Council towards making this a fairer city", PSA National Secretary Glenn Barclay says.

"The PSA decided to hold this forum to hear from the candidates first-hand about their vision for Wellington - including their stance on local ownership of local services and privatisation.

"Wellington City Council has already taken great strides towards becoming New Zealand’s first accredited Living Wage council since it voted to do so in 2013.

"We know this has the backing of Wellington’s voters - what’s now needed is a mayor and a council that will deliver on the promises and finish the job."


The Public Service Association is an accredited Living Wage employer, and a member of Living Wage Wellington.

Living Wage Wellington will hold its own mayoral candidates’ forum on 1 September at 6pm, at the Wesley Church, 75 Taranaki St, Te Aro.