Lunchtime on 21 May 2019 with Digby Paape of the Wellington Party



Tue 21 May 2019, 11:00 am


Tue 21 May 2019, 01:00 pm


Avida Bar
Corner of Johnston & Featherston Streets


Political, Issues Activity, Wellington Region, Transport and Logistics


$25.00/person incl. GST

Please pay at the bar on the day.


The set menu lunch is $25.00 inc. GST per person. Please note that by committing to attend, you will be liable to pay

We are pleased to advise that Digby Paape, co-founder of the Wellington Party has agreed to be our next guest speaker.

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Digby will talk about why the Wellington Party was founded & what they want to achieve for the city and its residents.

The Wellington Party intends giving ratepayers the opportunity to elect a suite of candidates with experience in management, not political dogma.

With the next local authority election taking place on government election taking place on 12 October – this is your opportunity to tell the Wellington Party what concerns you about the management of our city and what you’d like your Council to focus on.

The Wellington Party, formerly known as Wellington First was founded by former councillor Bryan Weyburne and businessman Digby Paape. Both Weyburne and Paape were instrumental in rates-reduction group Rates Reform from the late 1970s to early 1990s which successfully got candidates onto Hutt and Wellington councils.

It would be fair to say the Wellington Party isn’t too impressed with the current Mayor and his leadership of the Wellington City Council. They think that under Justin Lester there has been too much money frittered away on vanity projects, the adoption of an anti-car mentality that has prioritised bicycles and cycleways over fixing traffic congestion, and the removal of car parking in the central city. They don’t see rate increases as inevitable, believing Councils should stick to their knitting and learn to live within their means.

The set menu lunch is $25.00 inc. GST per person.

Register To Attend



We hope that you can join us on Tuesday 9 April 2019.


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Event format

11.00am – Networking

11.20am – Guest speaker

11.50am - Lunch served



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