13 Oct 2013

Wellington mayor looks to sustainable capital

2:44 pm on 13 October 2013

Wellington mayor Celia Wade-Brown says her re-election shows there is a clear majority for a more sustainable future in the capital.

Celia Wade-Brown.

Celia Wade-Brown. Photo: RNZ

Ms Wade-Brown told Radio New Zealand's Insight programme on Sunday there will be continuity with last term's moves for affordable housing, better public transport and improving cycleways.

The proposed Basin Reserve flyover is with a board of inquiry and Ms Wade-Brown says there are more positive and interesting transport projects to get on with this term. "I think there is a clearer majority for a more sustainable future in Wellington," she said.

She said a couple of new projects are planned, including a conference centre and a new museum, but she will wait to announce details until things are signed off.

The mayor said while council needs to be more strategic with the major ministries, she is not afraid to disagree with central government.

The council will work with employers, tertiary institutions and police in a bid to reduce youth unemployment, she told the programme.