Justin Lester

Justin Lester was the mayor of Wellington from 2016 to 2019.

Oct 18, 2019

Real leaders lift people up: Justin Lester on the Wellington mayoralty

The big shock of the results in the weekend’s local elections was the unseating of Justin Lester as Wellington mayor. He writes on his experience.

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Aug 25, 2017

Tenants deserve better. That’s why we’re launching a WOF scheme for rentals

Wellington recently introduced a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness. Mayor Justin Lester explains the scheme, and why the rest of New Zealand should follow the city’s lead.

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Nov 24, 2016

Mayor Justin Lester: Wellington has serious lessons to learn, and must now prepare for the really big one

Barely a month into his mayoralty, Justin Lester found himself leading a major disaster response following the 7.8 Hanmer Springs earthquake. He looks back at how the city handled the quake and its aftershocks, and lays out what can be done better next time – because there will be a next time.

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