Kelston Electorate

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Anne Degia-Pala – NZ FIRST

Anne Degia-Pala is standing for NZ First in Kelston.

More kids on bikesCurrently only 2% of Kiwi kids ride a bike to school. Is lifting this number a priority? If so, how will we get there?

Absolutely! I want to see Kiwi kids ride their bikes to school. It is a great health and energy booster, however with roadworks, theft of bikes, cost of bikes and dangerous roads this low number is apparent. I will need to give this more consideration, however a public school bike system could be researched.

Bike-friendly citiesWhat would you do to make it easier for Aucklanders (in your electorate, and beyond) to choose bike travel?

Well ratepayers including myself are contributing to the $635m cycle way. This should be a motivating factor, however I note that Kelston is not included in the targeted surburb which is a concern as we also seek healthy communities in our diverse electorate.

Safer streetsHow would you make streets (in your electorate and beyond) safer for everyone who uses them, including those on bikes?

The road toll issue is personal due to the tragic loss of our only son some 16 years ago.  AT needs to do more, and this includes maintenance of footpaths and public driveways where there are no cycleways – especially in my electorate – and mark these for pedestrian and bikes.

Fave place to rideWhere’s your favourite place to ride a bike in Auckland?

I do not bike, due to injury.


Nicola Smith – GREENS

Nicola Smith is running for the Green Party in Kelston

More kids on bikesCurrently only 2% of Kiwi kids ride a bike to school. Is lifting this number a priority? If so, how will we get there?

It’s absolutely a priority for us, because the school run (parents driving their kids to school and dropping them off) is a big contributor to traffic chaos in Auckland. We need cleaner and more efficient public transport and protected cycle lanes so kids don’t take their lives into their hands when they bike to school. Cycling to school encourages independence in kids and takes pressure off parents.

Bike-friendly citiesWhat would you do to make it easier for Aucklanders (in your electorate, and beyond) to choose bike travel?

As above. Get more cars off the road by creating a more comprehensive, cleaner and more efficient public transport network. We’re big supporters of Congestion Free Network 2.0 plan for Auckland because multi-modal transport links are the way to go. We’d also offer far more protected cycle lanes because as we’ve seen with the Northwestern cycleway, build it and they will come…!

Safer streetsHow would you make streets (in your electorate and beyond) safer for everyone who uses them, including those on bikes?

We’re overly reliant on cars in New Zealand because we don’t have decent public transport. National’s emphasis on building more and more roads is just encouraging more and more cars. Current data tells us there are 800 more cars a week on our roads in Auckland. That number will only go up if we keep being slaves to individualism and cars. Build more roads and you’ll get more cars – all the international research tells us this. The answer is to build FEWER roads, to incentivise electric vehicles and car sharing and to build an effective public transport network. Give our cities back to walkers and cyclists and watch our communities bloom.

Fave place to rideWhere’s your favourite place to ride a bike in Auckland?

I love cycling the Northwestern to work – I’m truly fortunate to have 95% of my trip on a protected cycleway – and I love the fact that as the seasons change so too does the flora lining the route. At the moment the jasmine is blooming and the wisteria is about to spring into life. But my favourite plant of all time is flax and I’m looking forward to all the young flax growing up. I especially love the awesome hoon down Grafton Gully which sets me up for the day with a big dose of adrenaline. I also can’t wait for the Waterview shared path to be completed so that there’s a decent link between the Chev, Waterview and Mt Albert.


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