Jack Yan for Mayor 2010
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Sir Frank Kitts and Lady Kitts were family friends. Sir Frank led a Wellington that was in surplus, and he was very accessible. In fact, he helped my family settle here, making sure, among other things, that my mother was getting the correct pay as a nurse at Wellington Hospital.
   While he wasn’t mayor of Wellington at this point, he still worked tirelessly for the community.
   And that idea of public service and accountability still inspires me today.
   In the 1960s and 1970s, it was arguably easier for people to find out about their city.
   Newspapers were widely read and people could go along to council meetings after reading public notices. It also helped that society was more homogeneous than it is today.
   Unfortunately, the council still works as though it’s still the 1970s.
   For example, my own street is getting some yellow lines no-parking painted. The process is still about newspaper notices and written submissions.
   On bigger matters, you have to go to meetings—provided you knew about them.
   Sometimes, they might even be held behind closed doors, in secret.
   While the WCC website isn’t bad as an information source, I’m not seeing it used to its full potential.
   I’ve long advocated blogs as a medium, where city policies can be stated and people can comment in their own time.
   You could link these to Facebook and Twitter if need be.
   But I want to see decisions made fully transparently. Put all the proposals online. And let the comments steer council decisions.
   We’re too busy these days to get to council meetings or write formal submissions. Let’s at least recognize that.
   If the ideas are good, then we have nothing to fear from Wellingtonians telling us what they think.
   And making things such as expenditure transparent will up the game for those who expect council hand-outs.
   I believe it’s your city—the way you want it.

Being a public figure in the 2010s
Imagine being able to Tweet your next mayor and have your say without layers of management. If Sir Frank Kitts were alive today, he’d be on Twitter. That’s what you can expect from me.

Your Wellington
I originally set up the Your Wellington website to show you what might be possible. Put up a bunch of city issues and see what Wellingtonians think of them.
   For a small time, it was my de facto campaign site, but now that this one exists, Your Wellington can go back a little to its original role.
   The idea behind it: you tell me what you want from your city.
   If elected, you can expect to be able to help drive city policy using Your Wellington.

The ‘Wellywood’ sign
I say no to this sign—and the majority of Wellington has said no, too. When I heard that most of you hated it as much as I did, then I acted: I approached the Hollywood Sign Trust and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, who own the original. Let’s get them on board to block this sign.
   I can promise you that under my watch, you will never get a surprise like this landed on you—because I believe in consulting the public and being fully accountable.
   If it gets put up, you’ll bet that I will fight the powers-that-be to get it removed. Wellington is the creative capital, not a tacky Hollywood wannabe.


 


 

 

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Jack’s to-do list
Keep on Tweeting and blogging, and put more issues for discussion on Your Wellington. In fact, if you have any other topics, let me know on my feedback form.

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