Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Speech: Prebble - Wellington Launch

Wellington Needs Effective Representation

Saturday 30th Oct 1999

Richard Prebble

Media Release -- Governance & Constitution

SPEECH TO WELLINGTON CENTRAL CAMPAIGN LAUNCH Karori Community Recreation Centre Karori Road Wellington


The Wellington Central electorate race is what voters wanted when they voted for MMP.

All three candidates in Wellington Central are MPs and are high on their party's list and so will be MPs.

The issue in Wellington Central is which MP will make the most effective representative for Wellington.

My two opponents are backbenchers who struggle to get reported. As a Party Leader, I am able to give any issue high public profile.

Wellington has needed a new hospital for over twenty years.

I have led the fight for a new tertiary hospital in Wellington City.

I have promoted Wellington as a tourism destination.

I am leading the debate on the need to stop the drift north of corporates.

I have protected funding for culture.

I obtained a loan for the new stadium.

While I have stopped the proposed major subdivision of the Town Belt, my major objective is to obtain reserve status for the Town Belt, Wellington's jewel.

As Leader of ACT, I am committed to the Transmission Gully project.

What is interesting about the issues, is that with the exception of Transmission Gully, that the Alliance and Labour have both opposed, all the other issues are now party political.

The issues just need stronger, effective, high profile representation which, as a Party Leader, I am uniquely qualified to provide.

I do ask the electorate to compare the record of representation between myself and my challengers.

In the year that Ms Hobbs has been the Labour candidate she has not achieved anything for the people of Wellington Central.

A check through the Hansard shows she hasn't raised a single issue affecting Wellington in Parliament.

Questions to Ministers reveal that in 12 months Ms Hobbs has made no representations on the hospital, the Town Belt, Transmission Gully, employment, education or any other issues.

Voters are entitled to ask, what has she done?

In the same time, I got a loan for the Stadium, saved the Thorndon Tennis Club, stopped a subdivision of the Town Belt, and got a decision for the go ahead of Wellington Hospital at the Newtown site.

When the issue is who is the most effective local MP, it's no contest - the answer is Richard Prebble.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

New Reports: Flood Risk From Rain And Sea Under Climate Change

One report looks at what would happen when rivers are flooded by heavy rain and storms, while the other examines flooding exposure in coastal and harbour areas and how that might change with sea-level rise.

Their findings show that across the country almost 700,000 people and 411,516 buildings worth $135 billion are presently exposed to river flooding in the event of extreme weather events...

There is near certainty that the sea will rise 20-30 cm by 2040. By the end of the century, depending on whether global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, it could rise by between 0.5 to 1.1 m, which could add an additional 116,000 people exposed to extreme coastal storm flooding. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The Commerce Commission Fuel Report

The interim Commerce Commission report on the fuel industry will do nothing to endear the major oil companies to the New Zealand public... More>>


Emergency Govt Bill: Overriding Local Licensing For The Rugby

“It’s pretty clear some clubs are having difficulty persuading their district licensing committees to grant a special licence to extend their hours for this obviously special event, and so it makes sense for Parliament to allow clubs to meet a community desire." More>>


Leaving Contract Early: KiwiBuild Programme Losing Another Top Boss

Ms O'Sullivan began a six-month contract as head of KiwiBuild Commercial in February, but the Housing Ministry has confirmed she has resigned and will depart a month early to take up a new job. More>>


Proposed National Policy Statement: Helping Our Cities Grow Up And Out

“We need a new approach to planning that allows our cities to grow up, especially in city centres and around transport connections. We also have to allow cities to expand in a way that protects our special heritage areas, the natural environment and highly productive land." More>>


Ombudsman's Report: Ngāpuhi Elder 'Shocked' By Conditions At Ngawha Prison

A prominent Ngāpuhi elder is shocked to find inmates at Ngawha Prison are denied water and forced to relieve themselves in the exercise yard... Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has released a report highly critical of conditions at the Northland prison. More>>


Promises: Independent Election Policy Costing Unit A Step Closer

The creation of an entity to provide political parties with independent and non-partisan policy costings is a step closer today, according to Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Associate Finance Minister James Shaw. More>>


School's In: Primary And Intermediate Principals Accept New Offer

Primary and intermediate school principals have voted to accept a new settlement from the Ministry of Education, which includes entrenched pay parity with secondary principals. More>>


IPCA On 'Rawshark' Investigation: Multiple Police Failings In Hager Searches Confirmed

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the Police's unlawful search of Nicky Hager's property in October 2014 resulted from an unwitting neglect of duty and did not amount to misconduct by any individual officer... More>>


Broadcasting Standards: Decisions On Coverage Of Mosque Attacks

The Authority upheld one of these complaints, finding that the use of extensive excerpts from the alleged attacker’s livestream video on Sky News New Zealand had the potential to cause significant distress to audiences in New Zealand, and particularly to the family and friends of victims, and the wider Muslim community. More>>




InfoPages News Channels