John Morrison in running for Wellington Mayoralty

Life Member of Cricket Wellington and Mayoral candidate John Morrison attended the last Board Meeting at Cricket Wellington, to outline his future vision for Wellington, and the opportunities he has identified for linking sport, trade, and tourism in the city.

As many sports fans will know, John is deeply connected to cricket in Wellington, having played 89 games for Wellington over an 18 year career.  John also played 17 test matches and 18 ODI’s for New Zealand.  John was made a Life Member of Cricket Wellington in 2010.

John spoke of a number of his achievements during his time as a councillor, including the installation of several artificial sportsfields throughout the city, the securing of AFL matches over three years, his work with the acquisition of the “A League” licence for Wellington, and the restoration of the Khandallah Town Hall, among others.

As a Trustee on the Basin Reserve Trust, John has been actively involved in the recent improvements to the ground, and closely associated with the strategic oversight of the ground, most notably for local and international cricket, as well as local club rugby.  A current issue facing the Basin Reserve is of course the plans by the NZTA to build a “bridge” or flyover across the north-eastern corner of the ground.

Cricket Wellington enjoys a strong relationship with all local authorities in the region, and encourages all its players, coaches, parents and supporters to engage in the local authority election process. In particular the cricket community is encouraged to take an interest in the sport, recreational, and economic development policies of the Council, its councilors and candidates.  Cricket in Wellington is heavily reliant on Council facilities, and in particular the provision of good-quality cricket wickets throughout the city for weekend play by the many cricketers in the region.  Understanding the future direction and plans of all councils is something that the cricket community can involve itself in over the next few weeks.

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