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Wade-Brown not seeking Wgtn re-election

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/08/2016

Wellington's cycling mayor Celia Wade-Brown says she won't pedal again in this year's council elections.

The two-term mayor made the announcement on Friday morning, meaning both Auckland, where incumbent Len Brown is stepping down, and the capital will have new leaders after October.

Noted for getting to many civic functions by bicycle, Ms Wade-Brown, 60, plans to teach English as a second language part-time, take on board roles and walk the length of New Zealand next year.

She was elected in 2010 touting light rail for the city, but it hasn't materialised.

"Light rail is still on the medium-term agenda," she said.

Among her achievements during her term, she listed securing reserve Zealandia's financial future, starting to make the city predator-free and nabbing $37 million in government funding over four years for a cycling network.

She wouldn't reveal who she would endorse as her successor until nominations close next week.

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