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New Zealand capital elects Green mayor

A bit of inspiring news from beautiful New Zealand:

Celia Wade-Brown has become New Zealand’s first Green mayor – a moment being described as a “watershed” by the party leader.

Green Party members flocked to congratulate Ms Wade-Brown when her narrow victory over incumbent Wellington mayor Kerry Prendergast was announced yesterday, with co-leader Russel Norman, former leader Jeanette Fitzsimons and MP Sue Kedgley among them.

Although Ms Wade-Brown stood as an independent, she has been a member of the Greens for more than 15 years, and becomes the first party member elected to a mayoral office.

Dame Sukhinder “Sukhi” Turner, mayor of Dunedin from 1994 to 2005, was affiliated with the Greens, but was not a member.

Dr Norman said getting a member into the capital city’s top job was a coup.

“It’s a bit of a watershed for the party. Having a Green mayor in the capital city is a bit of a breakthrough for the city.”

Getting Greens into local government was a strategy of the party, because so many important decisions were made at local and regional level, he said.

Read the full story at Stuff.co.nz.

Dave Schwab

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