"Ms Celia Wade-Brown QSO was elected Mayor of Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand, from 2010 - 2016. She was a Councillor for fourteen years previously.
Prior to local government, Celia was a programmer, teacher and IT analyst. Born in London, UK, she has worked in Europe, Africa and Australasia.
Mayor Wade-Brown led the establishment of several regional entities but firmly resisted wholesale amalgamation. She strengthened business and cultural relationships between cities in Asia and Wellington. She was a founding member of the New Zealand Internet Society and also the founding Chair of the 2020Trust, which promotes digital literacy. In 2002 Ms Wade-Brown founded Living Streets Aotearoa and was inaugural President until 2009. Wellington became the first New Zealand Council to introduce a Living Wage and the goal of Predator Free Capital.
Connecting walking access along Wellington’s wild South Coast, upgrading quirky laneways, installing signage for pedestrian shortcuts, initiating the world-first trans-gender traffic lights, increasing cycling facilities, reducing speed limits in suburban centres, resisting a flyover and supporting public transport have been integral to Ms Wade-Brown’s political career. She effectively recognised cultural diversity, adding Asian, African and European events to the city’s calendar.
Ms Wade-Brown has been appointed to international bodies: Biophilic Cities Network Advisory Board, Walk21 Foundation, and Commonwealth Foundation. Locally she’s on the boards of Living Streets Aotearoa, Te Araroa Trust, Predator Free Wellington Ltd and the Walking Access Commission among others.
She teaches refugees in New Zealand and also works to restore biodiversity in native forests while sequestering carbon dioxide. In 2017 Celia walked Te Araroa and in 2020 she’s cycled Tour Aotearoa, both traversing 3000 km."