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      • Many thanks
        • 13 Oct 2013
        • Jacob Toner
        • Unfortunately I came up short in the contest for the Northern Ward. My thanks to all those who supported me during the campaign and my congratulations to the new councilors. […]
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      • Cinema for Johnsonville
        • 4 Oct 2013
        • Jacob Toner
        • In the latest copy of the Independent Herald there is an article on the possibility of a cinema being constructed in Johnsonville (including a quote from me) and a call from Cr Ritchie for it to be part of the Keith Spry pool development. Residents in Johnsonville, and more broadly in the Northern suburbs, have voiced … Continue reading »
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      • Getting Value for Money
        • 26 Sep 2013
        • Jacob Toner
        • Residents rightly demand value for money services from the Council. Next year the Council is set to collect an average 2.5% more in rates on the average property and collect over $233 million in rates (as well as $114 million in other fees and charges). Rates have doubled in the last 10 years and are … Continue reading »
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      • Johnsonville Meet the Candidates Session
        • 20 Sep 2013
        • Jacob Toner
        • Wednesday last week the Northern Ward candidates were hosted at the Johnsonville Uniting Church for a “meet the candidates” session. It was fantastic to hear questions from residents, ranging from concerns over the poor state of footpaths through to punitive parking policies. The latest copy of the Independent Herald has covered the event and I … Continue reading »
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      • WCC Survey Results: Residents Unsatisfied
        • 16 Sep 2013
        • Jacob Toner
        • Today the Council released results of a survey it conducted gauging resident’s satisfaction with the Council and its services. The results were disappointing to say the least. Only 31 per cent of residents surveyed felt the council was on top of things as a decision-making body, down from 61% before the last election. In 3 short … Continue reading »
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      • Graffiti: Rapid Response Required
        • 13 Sep 2013
        • Jacob Toner
        • If elected, I will push for: Implementation of a Graffiti Rapid Response team to remove graffiti within 48 hours of being notified Inner city spaces for legitimate graffiti art Working with Police and community groups to work with youth to provide more creative outlets Graffiti is a growing problem across Wellington. My parents are small … Continue reading »
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      • The good, the bad and the strugglers
        • 11 Sep 2013
        • Jacob Toner
        • Tonight I went to a “Meet the Candidates” meeting at the Uniting Church in Johnsonville hosted by the Johnsonville Lions, Johnsonville Community Association, and Johnsonville Uniting Church. It was great to see so many people come out on a cold, wet, and windy night to hear from local body candidates. In my speech I called for … Continue reading »
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      • Council Alcohol Policy Backdown Sensible
        • 11 Sep 2013
        • Jacob Toner
        • I support a balanced approach to alcohol that doesn’t unfairly punish the majority that are responsible drinkers out for a good time. Tomorrow the Council will debate the Alcohol Management Strategy and Local Alcohol Policy. I issued the following press release on my stance towards local alcohol policy: Council Alcohol Policy Backdown Sensible For Immediate … Continue reading »
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      • Wellingtonian coverage of the Northern Ward
        • 2 Sep 2013
        • Jacob Toner
        • The Wellingtonian has profiled the contest for the 3 seats in the Northern Ward. I believe the race is wide open and agree with the paper’s sentiment that there are strong contenders. My candidacy stands out for the strong commitment to being fiscally prudent while supporting business growth and community resilience. Wellingtonian can flourish when … Continue reading »
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      • Fundraiser: Steve Jobs Biopic @ Paramount Cinema
        • 20 Aug 2013
        • Jacob Toner
        • I’m holding a movie fundraiser event at Paramount Cinema on September 3rd at 6:15pm. We’ll screen the soon to be released Steve Jobs biopic aptly named ‘Jobs’, staring Ashton Kutcher. You can check out the movie trailer here. If you are interested to come along and support the campaign then please RSVP by sending an … Continue reading »
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      • Building Resilience – Hitching Posts
        • 20 Aug 2013
        • Jacob Toner
        • I advocate fostering resilient communities so Wellington is ready against the risks we face. The earthquake on Friday 16th of August rattled Wellington city but not our spirits. Following the evacuation of most inner-city buildings there was a large congestion of people keen to get back to their homes. I was working in the CBD when … Continue reading »
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      • I’m Pro-Fluoridation : Oral Health Important for Wellington
        • 17 Aug 2013
        • Jacob Toner
        • Following Hamilton’s decision to remove fluoride from their water supply, there has been a debate about the merits of adding fluoride to drinking water. Our water supply is controlled by local government, so the upcoming election is a chance for residents to influence these decisions. I want it on record that I am pro-fluoridation. It … Continue reading »
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      • Campaign for Northern Ward Launched
        • 16 Aug 2013
        • Jacob Toner
        • Nominations closed today for the Wellington City Council election, and I have been nominated to run for the Northern Ward. I had initially decided to run in the Southern Ward, but on reflection I think the best opportunity to bring rejuvenation to the Council table is in the Northern Ward. I hope you will follow … Continue reading »
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      • Campaigning Stepping Up!
        • 12 Aug 2013
        • Jacob Toner
        • Campaign materials are back from the printers and we are rearing to step up the campaigning efforts! We have a small team of volunteers and will be knocking on doors across the Nothern Ward over the coming weeks. It has been great to meet residents across the ward and I’ve been hearing a consistent message … Continue reading »
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      • Putting Wellington’s Best Interests First
        • 11 Aug 2013
        • Jacob Toner
        • Today I met with fellow Council candidates Hayley Robinson (Onslow-Western), Malcolm Aitken (Onslow-Western), Sridhar Ekambaram (Onslow-Western), Sarah Free (Eastern), and David Lee (Southern) to catch up over a coffee and discuss the Council election. We are a diverse bunch with a wide variety of policy stances, but the one thing we share in common is … Continue reading »
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      • Cycle Lanes from Suburbs to CBD – Idea Whose Time Has Come
        • 5 Aug 2013
        • Jacob Toner
        • Wellington has the unfortunate distinction of being the most dangerous city in New Zealand to cycle. I am one of the many riders that can be a bit wobbly at times, and with my confidence levels I don’t feel safe trying to negotiate the likes of busy narrow Adelaide Road. Despite the dangers, taking to … Continue reading »
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      • What skills do we need at the Council table?
        • 28 Jul 2013
        • Jacob Toner
        • Last week The Wellingtonian newspaper printed an article asking “Are our councillors up to the job?” The current council has a range of skills from a psychologist to a guitar maker, but the conclusion was that: Being indecisive has been the bane of this council. It has flip- flopped on the Basin Reserve flyover, Town … Continue reading »
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