Blog Posts - Mayoralty



Organizing this planet in the 21st century

As he has done so many other times since we encountered each other in 2001, Simon Anholt has articulated my thoughts on governance and politics much better than I can through his ventures. I think this puts a very good context on why I ran my mayoral...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Apr 2, 2016

A familiar call after two mayoral campaigns on Wellington’s knowledge economy

The latest Victoria University study, expressing that there is a shortage of creative people, sounds very familiar.    Dr Richard Norman highlights in a Fairfax Press editorial that knowledge economy companies are ‘struggling to capitalis...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Jul 31, 2014

The flyover: every option now heard

Embarcadero Waterfront, photographed by Ricardo Martins/CC BY 2.0.   I was consistent about the Basin Reserve flyover in my campaign. Yes, I agreed we needed improvements to the area. But no, spending millions on it—it did not matter whether i...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Jul 22, 2014

Creating real value, and that’s not what Facebook and Twitter do

My forced Facebook sabbatical came to an end in the late morning. So what did I think of it all?    One of my Tweets last night was: ‘I hope [it is temporary], though I have found people out for 7–12 days now. Now it’s Monday I hope t...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Jun 17, 2014

Why I ran

In two elections, I told people some blarney on why I decided to run.    In 2010: ‘I was working at Lew’s Diner and this guy had been picked on. I told him, “Stand tall, boy, show some respect for yourself. Do you think I’m going to...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Apr 24, 2014

Do mayoral candidates dream of electric sheep?

The original link is long gone, but I sure wish the media here did its job during the 2013 mayoral election and administered the Voigt-Kampff (I know it was spelt differently in the movie) test from Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electri...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Feb 16, 2014

The Rongotai years

This came up today at Victoria University where an old client of ours asked about my 2013 campaign. I remembered there was something about education that I wanted to address at the time.    One of the stranger emails during 2013 came from a...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Feb 5, 2014

Open the shop and strip away the jargon

I’ve been reading this Grauniad interview with Rory Stewart, MP, referred by Jordan McCluskey. I’m told that Stewart, and Labour’s Frank Field are the two worth listening to these days in British politics. On Stewart, someone who ca...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Jan 4, 2014

Steve Guttenberg shows us how a Kiwi accent is done

Back in September, The Dominion Post claimed on its front page that I have an ‘accent’ that is holding me back. It was a statement which the editor-in-chief subsequently apologized for, and which she had removed from the online edition—...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Dec 27, 2013

Responding to blog comments—and where to from here?

WordPress, with its automatic deactivation of Jetpack after each update, messed up, so I have no metrics for the last two months of this blog. Nor did it send me emails notifying me of your comments. It would have been useful to know how the last cou...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Oct 28, 2013

Crowsnest mayoral candidates debate

Once again, our intrepid reporter Joni MacFarlane with Crowsnest Voice gives us her take, this time on the Mayoralty Candidates Debate, which took place last Thursday at the MDM. Give it a read (with video) here. What you can become depends upo...
by JOHN PRINCE on Oct 12, 2013

I came, I saw, I conquered

Veni, Vidi, Vici. From what I've been told, that's exactly what I did last night at the Mayoralty Forum. As one of my commenters just said in my last post, "John, I thought you did very well tonight and proved it is not just a 2 man race." For tho...
by JOHN PRINCE on Oct 12, 2013

Veni, Vidi, Vici

I came, I saw, I conquered. From what I've been told, that's exactly what I did last night at the Mayoralty Forum. As one of my commenters just said in my last post, "John, I thought you did very well tonight and proved it is not just a 2 man race."...
by JOHN PRINCE on Oct 11, 2013

I will be attending the Mayoralty Debate tonight, after all

Got lots of work to do so I'll make this short. Last night, I decided to participate in the Mayoralty Debate. Even though I believe it to be a lost cause, I will endeavour to do my best and give it my all, in the vain glorious attempt at pulling off...
by JOHN PRINCE on Oct 10, 2013

Coffee shop horror freaks out patrons

If only I had this power.... I would definitely attend tomorrow night's mayoralty debate. ;-) Customers Freak Out as Viral Video Unleashes 'Carrie' in a Coffee Shop What if I told you your perception is a misconception because of media decept...
by JOHN PRINCE on Oct 9, 2013

Mind the gap

People have rightly asked me my positions on transport, the environment, the Basin Reserve flyover, and libraries.    These weren’t put in my manifesto in April 2013 because I expected that candidates (whomever they might be—since only...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Sep 25, 2013

Smitherman’s husband found and a mystery blooms

Boy did I need a break from the Ford news cycle — and what a doozie of story to do it on! I wasn’t aware of this but apparently Christopher Peloso, husband of former mayoral candidate George Smitherman, went missing late on Monday afterno...
by Toronto City Life on Sep 11, 2013

Being answerable to your public (or, if you can’t engage now, can we expect you to in office?)

One of my supporters Tweeted to say I was the only candidate at Vote.co.nz who has bothered to reply to citizens’ questions. It’s good for me, but sad to see my opponents so disengaged. I was also surprised to see that only three of us ha...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Aug 21, 2013

Campaign update: videos three to five

I have been posting these on the videos’ page as they became public, but maybe I should have added them to this blog, too, for those of you following on RSS. The multilingual one seems to have had a lot of hits. They have been directed by Isaac...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Aug 21, 2013

The statistics back up my manifesto: we need to help young Wellingtonians

One of the things I hear when campaigning is that one should not focus too much on youth, because young people do not vote as much. I think the first part of that is bollocks.    While it’s true that the youth vote has never been stro...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Jul 5, 2013


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