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Ellen Blake standing in front of the bucket fountain on Cuba Street

Biography

I’ve worked a variety of jobs, with experience in policy and big picture thinking. This together with my experience leading and working with NGO and community groups, informs my evidence-based, can-do local solutions approach to the big issues!

 

I am a long-time advocate for pedestrians and an activist for many human rights issues. I work on many native bush restoration projects to support biodiverse ecosystems. Like many of our wonderful Wellington volunteers, I do more than just talk and tweet about it, I get out there doing the work.

 

I have a clear vision for a better Wellington, one that is fair for all of us and recognises we all want a good life living here. I’ve got the energy to make it happen and the sense of urgency that we need to get on with things. I am consistent and persistent.

 

The middle child of a migrant family, I grew up in Wellington. I’ve done the school activities familiar to parents and am an active part of many local community groups. I’m here living locally and often out on foot about town enjoying our public spaces.

 

I am a truly independent candidate, with no political affiliations or hidden agendas. I am currently active working nationally and locally around Wellington with a range of NGO and community groups:

  • Living Streets Aotearoa supporting sustainable transport - Wellington coordinator, includes the popular annual Walk2Work Day event in March each year, celebrating all the people out on foot and wheelchair

  • Growing Places Charitable Trust board supporting native planting projects around the region. We improve public spaces with native ecosystems, especially along public transport routes, includes planting at Takapu Road, Kaiwharawhara and Linden rail stations, and support for the recent successful Old Man’s Beard Free Wellington

  • Mt Victoria Bush Regeneration Group kaitiaki for about 11 hectares of the Wellington Town Belt, we are on the journey transforming a weedy place back to Whanganui a Tara ngahere

  • Wellington Women’s House mahi māra, a safe comfortable transitional home for women on low incomes

  • Mt Victoria Residents Association supports and advocates for community locally, currently working with WREMO to better prepare Mt Victoria and the nearby inner city for emergencies

  • Baring Head Regional Park kaimahi, transforming an important coastal ecosystem from farm to native ecosystem.

 

National and international focus

  • Friends of Tibet – Wellington – advocating for human rights in Tibet

  • ALRANZ (Abortion Rights NZ) national executive supporting bodily autonomy and healthcare for women

  • Living Streets Aotearoa national executive – the national group advocating for more people walking more often and enjoying great public spaces. Working at all levels of government and community. I’m the coordinator for the 2022 Golden Foot Walking Awards.