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Successful #KeepKate petition clarifies future of lights

Successful #KeepKate petition clarifies future of pedestrian lights

“The #KeepKate petition has been overwhelmingly successful” Lambton Ward Councillor Nicola Young Says.

“I launched the petition after NZTA asked Council staff to provide information and recommendations as part of reviewing the lights, which were installed on a one year trial basis.

“I'm delighted that NZTA have come out today saying that the lights will be a permanent feature. Each light costs $3 – it's a simple stencil change – I’m sure we can make them an even bigger part of Wellington.”

“The Kate Sheppard lights have proved incredibly popular. Replying to NZTA with a list of recommendations is a part of our response – but a petition from Wellingtonians about what they mean to the city is just as important. I'm delighted that NZTA confirmed that the lights will be staying, but this was the first that Wellington City Council staff or the City Councillors knew of the decision.It's a pity Celia Wade-Brown and Justin Lester had not passed this important information, but this won't detract from the success of the petition.

“The public support for Kate also gives me confidence to back other light designs. We could have soldier pedestrian lights around our National War Memorial. We are constantly told that Wellingtion is the 'coolest little capital', but we can still do more to make that true.”

“Our petition aimed to raise the profile of the Kate Sheppard lights as the trial phase ended. The response from the public has been overwhelming.” She said.

The petition had received over 1,400 responses at 1.45pm on Wednesday

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