What my opponents have conveniently ignored is that our jobless rate
in Wellington has gone up 1½ per cent over the last year.
They think, I suspect, that its up to John Key
and central government.
I respectfully disagree.
The best way to create jobs is to see the areas where
we have some sort of leadership.
Most Wellingtonians would probably agree that we are
the most creative, tech-savvy and artistic city in the nation. That means
we can build on these areas and create more industry clusters.
Peter Jackson is a great reminder of how one person can, with drive,
passion and belief, build those clusters.
In his case, it was film. And we already have the infrastructure
thanks in part to Miramar and the airport.
That tech infrastructure is the 21st-century equivalent
of construction and roading.
Ive been talking to Kiwi start-ups that are ready
to generate decent profits, and we need to convince them that Wellington
should be their home.
Lets get the free wifi
up and running and tell these innovative minds all over the world that
Wellington is open for business.
Lets stress that we have a world-class infrastructure
here for them.
Lets promote those businesses that are already
herelike the ones who presented at Global
Entrepreneurship Week 2009. I was the only mayoral candidate therebecause
I reckon these folks represent the future of this citys economy.
Sidhe, Weta and others are merely the tip of the iceberg.
Its up to us
We cant leave job creation to central government
exclusively. This has to come from the most innovative thinkers in New
Zealand: Wellingtonians. Of Welly, by Welly, for Welly.
Law and order
All mayoral candidates say they are tough on law and order,
but without getting to the root cause of lawlessness, its
I believe the root cause is tied to economics.
If we create new, exciting ventures that make money in this city,
then well employ more people. And if these ventures are relevant
to our youth, it gives them something to shoot for.
Sure there are other causes when it comes to crime,
but lets at least deal with the ones we can reach immediately.
California might not be that strong economically, but theres
still plenty of activity for new ventures. Hence, lets reconnect
the most Wellington of American cities with us by re-establishing
the long-lost sister-city relationship with San Francisco.
To that end, Ive
already contacted Mayor Newsom, and lets see what we can
do next with a city that shares so many similarities with us.
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Network, network, network. Ive been in the high-tech sector
for most of my working life and have connections to names that can bring
capital to our innovative Wellington enterprises. As your mayor, itll
be time to call in some favours from around the world to help my fellow