Quotes about Celia's Mayoralty


“Lower Hutt has had an excellent working relationship with Celia Wade-Brown as Mayor of Wellington. As Mayors we have work closely together on a number of key issues such as establishing Wellington Water and the Regional Economic Agency. Celia has always had a positive approach that has been one of co-operation and collaboration. As a person I have found Celia to be totally committed and passionate about Wellington.”

Mayor Ray Wallace


“For three years, while working at the Law Commission, I was privileged to hold the position as Chair of the White Ribbon Advisory Committee.  I was also Patron of the Dwell Community Housing Trust.        Thank you for your enduring support of White Ribbon.  I remember in particular your speech at Midland Park.  You have been committed, thoughtful and clear in supporting what you believe is right.  In this regard, you have denounced family violence and added your considerable voice of authority to White Ribbon’s campaign to turn around the steadily rising tide of domestic violence. I applaud your willingness to front, to speak and to say it like it is. The same was so for the opening of the Dwell Community Housing Trust Project in Brooklyn.  This was a wonderful community occasion in which the real importance of social housing was enhanced because of your presence. My gratitude to you, and my admiration. Best regards, Peter”

Judge Peter Boshier


"It has been my pleasure to work with Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and community leaders within our LGBTI community to promote and highlight our history. An aspect of this has been the recognition of LGBTI and Wellington icon Carmen Rupe as part of the 31 March recognition of International Transgender Day of Visibility. Celia and I with New Zealand Contemporary Artist Te Mete, gifted to the people of Wellington a portrait of Carmen that is now resident at the National Portrait Gallery. In addition, Celia and Wellington City have supported the Wellington Pride Festival and this year she spoke at an event in parliament to commemorate the community celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Homosexual Law Reform. From my experience Celia truly celebrates and is respectful of diversity and has represented all Wellingtonians - whether straight, gay or somewhere in between, young and old and those who have contributed to making Wellington such a positive and inclusive place to call home." 

Louisa Wall, Labour MP for Manurewa.


"Celia has been an effective and inclusive Mayor over the last 6 years.  Under her leadership, Wellington has become more prosperous, resilient and sustainable. Whilst we have not agreed on everything, Celia has been prepared to listen and act. Celia has the highest integrity and this personal trait has been central to her successful leadership over the last 20 years.  I wish her the very best for the future and thank her for her years of service to our city."

Councillor Iona Pannett


"Celia is a tireless champion for a walkable, bikeable, and liveable Wellington.

Under her leadership the council has secured significant Government investment for cycleways that are transforming our city for the better. We're moving in the right direction."  

Patrick Morgan, Cycle Aware Wellington


 “E mihi ana ki te matakanohi o te koromatua o Pōneke, ki a koe Celia ki te whakarewa te kaupapa o te Kaunihera o Pōneke

(I’d like to acknowledge the face of the City, you Celia forever uplifting and advancing the greater purpose of Wellington City Council)

I just want to take this opportunity to thank you for allowing both Alishia and I to accompany you and the Wellington delegation to China. It was a wonderful experience to meet motivated and self-driven people who are passionate about their mahi in providing opportunities that will enrich our city of Wellington.

It has been a very humbling experience in working alongside the Mayor of Wellington, Her Worship Celia Wade-Brown. Every delegation that I have been on, the Mayor has continually promoted the business and educational opportunities effectively and tirelessly for the betterment of the city. The Mayor has always acknowledged the mana whenua and promoted the Māori culture in an adaptable and respectful manner, enhancing and sharing the cultural richness Wellington City has to offer.

Mā te tōmairangi hei whakamākuku”

Kura Moeahu,  Te Atiawa leader


“It is well known that Celia has always been friendly to walkers.  It is typical of her as a person, and as a politician, to want to engage with local people and make their everyday lives better.  Her commitment to reducing traffic speed and increasing the amount of art, parks and short cut signage across the city has not only benefited the many walking Wellingtonians but helped make the capital safer, more accessible and attractive for everyone.  And the success of Celia’s approach has not gone unnoticed internationally.   Her famous questioning of the traditional ‘lonely walking man’ traffic lights for example, has since been picked up by many other politicians around the world including, we noticed most recently, in Vienna and London (two other of the world’s most wannabe walkable cities!)  Celia has quite simply transformed crossing the road, into not just a safer activity but a more equitable and happier one for millions of people - a truly inspirational legacy.”

Jim Walker, Founder and Director Walk21


Please allow me to take this opportunity to acknowledge the exemplary achievements you have made during your two terms as Mayor of Wellington City.  You have worked tirelessly for the benefit of all communities not only in Wellington but also in the wider Wellington region.  This has made you an irreplaceable role model who has shown migrants (and in particular migrant women) to Wellington and others that if one sets their mind to achieving something it can be done.   

Celia, you have led by example in actively paving the way for migrant and refugee communities to achieving better settlement outcome in Wellington and New Zealand.  This is visible through the implementation of migrant friendly Council policies and decisions that have improved support and engagement with many of the emerging communities over the years.  Outstanding examples of this achievement are: the significant appointments of high calibre migrant men and women to a number prestigious boards and committees in the region, championing ethnic perspectives in the arts and culture scene and the promotion of Wellington as a flourishing business and innovation hub in the countries of more recent migrants.   

I am equally confident that all Wellingtonians will cherish your leadership has contributed to keeping Wellington safe and clean,  in particular for women and children.

Pancha Narayan past President, Federation of Multicultural Councils of New Zealand


Celia deserves real credit for pursuing her vision of what a 21st city should become – often in the face of resistance from a divided and fractious council. I enjoyed working with her and her infectious energy. Wellington city council has however become somewhat self-absorbed. We now need a mayor – and a council – who can see beyond the city limits to the rest of a region on which it depends for much of its prosperity. And someone who is capable of working with the region to get the best out of our interdependence.

Chris Laidlaw, Chair Greater Wellington Regional Council


Celia Wade-Brown has done more for the people working for this city than any other Mayor I can name. 

Helen Kelly


We’d like to wish Celia well. She came to see issues around the silly Takapu Valley Motorway plan, formed a view and stood by it. Thanks.

Takapu Valley Residents


As a cyclist and a resident of Island Bay I just want to say thanks for all your hard work for our city. I am sorry that some people in Island Bay have given you such a hard time. There are many of us in Island Bay who support you and your work.

Karen Hofmann-Body, Island Bay Resident



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