Celia rates the Wellington candidates for Mayor

justin Lester

Celia Wade-Brown, the outgoing Mayor of Wellington rates the contenders seeking to replace her.

She has backed Justin Lester, her deputy.

Celia Wade-Brown revealed she would rank Justin Lester No 1 on her voting paper for October’s election.

She also took something of a parting shot at the other contenders for her job, labelling them a mix of disruptive, dishonest and lacking the breadth of knowledge required to be mayor of the capital city.


In her eyes, Lester was the most capable of the eight mayoral candidates on offer to promote consensus.

“It’s just his way of working … although he’s a member of the Labour Party, he doesn’t just work with Labour councillors or Greens. He works with everyone.”

Lester would do the best job of working with council chief executive Kevin Lavery, who was “talented and communicative, but can be a little strong-minded sometimes”, she said.

Lester, 37, has spent the past six years on the council, three of those as deputy mayor.

So, he gets along well with others.

Perhaps a little too well if the truth be told…and it will be.


– Fairfax

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