It’s now more than six months since I became an MP and I am loving the role. My team tell me that since being sworn-in I’ve visited 50 businesses and 50 early learning centres, attended more than 100 community events, spoken in Parliament 47 times and hosted more than a dozen community catchup meetings. I’m loving the pace and energy of Parliament and am working hard behind the scenes on policy for the 2020 election.
I’ve particularly enjoyed advocating for Wellingtonians on local issues such as the bus fiasco and plans to change the name of Victoria University of Wellington.
Read on for updates on my work inside and outside of Parliament.
Wellington Bus Update
Radio New Zealand has reported that the Greater Wellington Regional Council is paying $150,000 a month to add extra buses to Wellington’s network, and over $300,000 on consultants to fix to bus issues.
I hope these extra buses result in more reliable bus service for Wellingtonians, but it just goes to show the council should have consulted properly with Wellingtonians in the first place.
The Council designed the new network poorly and have implemented it badly. Wellingtonians are paying the price not just through the poor bus service, but with a lot of ratepayers money going into the fix.
I will continue to advocate for a speedy resolution of these problems.
Pik Pok Visit
I really enjoyed the opportunity this week to meet with Mario from Wellington companny Pik Pok; a huge player in the global on-line games industry. They are a great example of tech businesses thriving in our city. Mario explained that even though a lot of his business comes from overseas, the quality of life and livability of Wellington means he has stayed put, persuading international talent to move to our city.
National wants to back businesses like Pik-Pok to succeed. If you have thoughts on what business needs to get ahead please take a moment to do our small business survey:
Youth MP - Clement Kong
I am delighted to anounce that I have selected Clement Kong from Wellington College as my Youth MP for 2019. Clement is currently the deputy head prefect at Wellington College, and is the first generation of his family to be born in New Zealand. Clement has what it takes to be a great representative: he’s hard-working, a good listener with strong values and has reflected deeply about the challenges we face as a country. I’m looking forward to working with him.
I had my first spin on a Lime Scooter on the Wellington waterfront last week. They could be launching here by Christmas / New Year. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this zero-emission transport option.
Wellington City Youth Council Meeting
I enjoyed hosting leaders from the Wellington City Youth Council at Parliament last week. We talked about the future of our city and NZ: buses, safety, mental health, climate change and... Lime scooters! Thanks for the kōrero!
Stick with Vic - Submissions open!
Concerned about plans to change Vic’s name? Parliament wants to hear from you. The Education Select Committee is calling for submissions on a petition about the name-change process. Click below to have your say.
I will be holding my next regular constituency clinic on Friday the 30th of November at the Karori Community Centre from 10:30am to 11:30pm. If you have any issues you think I may be able to support you with in my role as a List MP, or have ideas on where we can improve as a city, I would love to hear from you. Details on my future catch ups are below.
Wellington Central Library
- Friday 7 December (Meeting Room 1) - 9:30am-10:30am
Karori Community Centre, Room 4
- Friday 30 November - 10:00am-11:30am
- Friday 16 December - 9:30am-10:30am
I’m continuing to enjoy getting out and about in the Wellington community and I’m always keen to be involved in local events. If you know of any local community events I should attend, please do not hesitate to let me know.
In the meantime, please feel free to contact me if I can be of any assistance to you.
Nicola Willis MP
List MP Based in Wellington