Sir Michael backs Jack Yan for mayor

  • 04/10/2010

By Dan Satherley

Former mayor Sir Michael Fowler has endorsed hopeful Jack Yan for the Wellington mayoralty.

Sir Michael, knighted in 1981, was the mayor of Wellington from 1974 until 1983. The Michael Fowler Centre located in central Wellington bears his name.

"A Yan-led council would unify both the left and the right," says Sir Michael. "It would mean a leap forward in our city’s progress, for enterprise development with a social conscience."

Mr Yan says he and Sir Michael agree that there must be no privatisation and no water meters, and holding rates down – possibly by tying it to the Consumer Price Index.

"I am delighted to have Sir Michael’s support,' says Mr Yan. "I am delighted that he shares my vision of a globally competitive, creative Wellington that benefits all."

Last week Mr Yan received the endorsement of former opponent Bernard O'Shaughnessy, who said Mr Yan could unite the council.

Mr Yan says his election would bring unity on the issues most important to Wellingtonians. He says there would no longer be "15 separate agendas in which little gets done in the next three years".

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