Ian McKinnon has been a Wellington City Councillor for the past six years, and Deputy Mayor for the last three years.
Ian was voted most popular Wellington City Councillor (for the third year running) in the Capital Times Newspaper Best of Wellington 2010 Survey.
Ian lives, works and walks in Lambton and is completing his second term serving the ward. He recognises a key responsibility is responding to concerns of all residents and is known to be accessible and approachable. He has a record of assisting individuals, community organisations and businesses in Lambton and throughout Wellington - this will continue: “Residents are entitled to live in a safe, clean environment; councillors are there to serve.”
Ian's background is in senior management and governance which gives him a real understanding of the councillor’s role. This has been recognised in his being elected Deputy Mayor and chairing key committees, including the Audit and Risk Subcommittee, plus liaison with Pacific Advisory Group and Ethnic Council. He believes Councillors must have a good grasp of the issues.
Ian is committed to developing the city but also to holding costs: “This is important for our way of life, sustainability of natural resources and having effective infrastructure, and for the social and economic factors which ensure our well being.” Ian is sensitive to the burden of rates while also being proactive. To maintain the vibrancy of Wellington there must be a sensible balance - sound progress alongside careful sustainability: “This is important for our way of life, for our natural resources and infrastructure, and for the social and economic factors which ensure our well being.”
Ian McKinnon is very happy to be contacted at any time on issues about the Lambton Ward and Wellington or, in fact, on any matter concerning Wellingtonians.
You can contact Ian via Email:
You can contact Ian via Mail:
3A/186 The Terrace, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, NZ
Or by telephone:
Home - 04 472 6832
Mb - 021 227 8511
Dear Resident of Lambton Ward
Your Lambton Ward (WCC) voting papers will be with you soon.
Voting in the local body elections is tremendously important. What happens at Council level directly affects every Wellingtonian, including how much we have to pay to live here. That’s why I am writing to remind you to vote.
I am also asking you to consider making me your first choice (No 1 on the voting paper) – let me explain why:
I came onto the Council at the 2004 election to make a difference and since then have been determined to meet fully the responsibilities of the position of Councillor:
- Councillors must be accessible and approachable to the residents and ratepayers and be responsive to their interests and concerns - I believe I have done just that
From meeting people about floods, graffiti, boy racers, etc; assisting early childhood groups and others in their concerns with Council; to gardening in Central Park on each fourth Sunday … and a great deal more.
- Councillors must prepare properly to have a good grasp of the issues, thereby being able to make sensible and progressive decisions for Wellington:
People must be listened to and Council papers must be read! I was particularly pleased to be appointed Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Sub-committee in my first term … and that I rank number one in meeting attendance.
As I have stated often, I want Wellington to be:
- Affordable - where all peoples of all ages can live here comfortably
- Vibrant - where ample opportunities exist for all livelihoods and interests
- Accessible - where transport systems allow for ease of movement
- Respected - where certain behaviours are recognised as being unacceptable.
I know I can continue to contribute meaningfully to make an even better Wellington on the platform: Sensible balance of sound progress with careful sustainability.
Again though, and whatever your thoughts, please do vote.
Top 5 Issues
- AFFORDABLE WELLINGTON: for ratepayers, community groups and businesses.
- VIBRANT WELLINGTON: for good jobs, good services and good fun.
- ACCESSIBLE WELLINGTON: for pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and public transport users.
- RESPECTED WELLINGTON: for residents free from rubbish, graffiti and antisocial behaviour.
- EFFECTIVELY MANAGE POPULATION GROWTH IN THE INNER CITY
Ian McKinnon is a current Wellington City Councillor, having first been elected to the Council in October 2004 and then again in 2007 for the Lambton Ward - the Ward for the inner city and immediate suburbs.
Ian was born in Wellington, his father coming from Otago and his mother one of the Wellington Plimmers – the great grand-daughter of John Plimmer of the statue.
His early schooling took place in Khandallah and Washington DC (where his father was in the NZ Embassy), and then at Nelson College. This was followed by student years at Victoria University where he graduated with a B Com (in Economics and politics) and sat on the Students’ Association Executive as Vice President. He is also a graduate of Auckland University, with the post graduate Dip Ed.
Ian has been married to Jenny for 38 years and they have two adult children, both married and living in Wellington with their own children. Ian and Jenny live in Te Aro and as Ian says, “I live, walk and work in the Lambton Ward.” Jenny and Ian attend St John’s-in-the City in upper Willis Street. He is a JP.
His career has been in education, working in schools in both New Zealand and abroad, returning to Wellington in 1992 to take up the appointment of Headmaster at Scots College. Wellington was the only city which would have attracted him and his family back from overseas.
On relinquishing the Headship of Scots, he set up a consultancy advising Boards of schools. Ian is also on the Council of Victoria University and is currently its Chancellor. He was Chair of the Wellington College of Education (prior to its merger with Victoria) and The Correspondence School, the Board on which he still sits.
Ian has had considerable experience in both senior management and governance, including in finance.
He has the QSO and the 1990 Comemoration Medal, both for services to NZ in the UK. He was man a Freeman of the City of London in 1992 and was made a Distinguished Alumni of Auckland University in 2005.
Authorised by Ian McKinnon of 3A/186 The Terrace, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, NZ
Results - Final
- Ian McKinnon
- Iona Pannett
- Stephanie Cook
- Marcus Ganley
- Michael Fowler
- Mark Greening
- John Bishop
- Adam Cunningham
- Kris Price