Let’s see how well Labour and the Greens work together in Wellington

The Green/Labour MOU states that they will “consider ways we can cooperate in the 2016 Local Government elections”.

The first obvious test for that should be in Wellington.

The Greens have an existing mayor in Celia Wade-Brown while Labour is putting up her deputy, Justin Lester, to run against her.

Wellington’s mayoral team may be side-by-side for now, but they’ll come head to-head in next year’s local body elections.

Deputy mayor Justin Lester has broken his poker face and announced he will stand for the mayoralty in the October elections.

Lester, who will run on a Labour ticket, will be trying to oust his boss, mayor Celia Wade-Brown.

That doesn’t look hopeful for considering ways they can cooperate in the Local Government 2016 elections.  

To complicate matters, also standing is the Mayor of Porirua and former Labour man Nick Leggett.

The latest bidder for the Wellington mayoral chains says the capital is “stalled at the lights”, and he will bring new leadership and energy to the role.

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett announced his tilt on Sunday and promised to move to the capital if he was elected.

The 36-year-old’s candidacy brings the field for the Wellington mayoralty to six, including incumbent Celia Wade-Brown.


He said in his announcement: “Wellington is a great city that deserves great leadership, but it’s been stalled at the lights in recent years.”

Leggett has many Labour people working in and on his campaign but has resigned from the party, mainly because of Justin Lester’s official status as Labour’s candidate. Again this doesn’t appear to work well with the “consider ways we can cooperate in the 2016 Local Government elections” goal of the MOU.

So, in Wellington you have three candidates from the Greens and Labour. I wonder what they consider are ways they ” can cooperate in the 2016 Local Government elections”?

This could be a real live test to see how well they do actually work together.

Or could we see a situation where they aggressively target each other.

Already you have Justin Lester taking pot shots at Celia Wade-Brown, will that cease?

Nick Leggett is hoovering up the corporate donors starving Lester of funds, will he share the loot for the greater good?

How will Labour and the Greens demonstrate their new approach to working together in Wellington with these coming local government elections.

This may well be the first litmus test of the arrangement.



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