Our Wellington

News | 7 April 2021

20 Twenty One: Celebrating our people

It’s 2021, so we’re sharing stories about 21 of our people who have worked at Council for 20 years or more.

A yellow graphic featuring black words saying 20 twenty one, celebrating our people.

From librarians to road workers, lifeguards to engineers, cemetery technicians to gardeners – it’s fair to say that the Wellington City Council team covers many corners of Aotearoa’s capital city.

And it may come as a surprise to some that currently 120 people working for the Council have been in the organisation for 20, 40, and in a couple of cases, almost 60 years.

We want to celebrate these special staff members – for their loyalty, for their unique skills and experience, and ultimately for their dedication and commitment to serving Pōneke and its people.

That’s why this week we are launching 20 Twenty One: Celebrating Our People, a series of 21 profiles highlighting valued team members who have been working at the Council for 20 years or more.

Chief People and Culture Officer Meredith Blackler says the series embodies Wellington City Council’s core value: He tangata, he tangata, he tangata – We put people at the heart of what we do.

“Without great people doing the mahi, we wouldn’t be able to deliver what we do for the city. Their knowledge, experience and skills are invaluable.

“Having people at the Council for over 20 years is a clear sign that this is a great place to work. Our people are what make this city tick, so let’s celebrate that effort.”

During the 20 Twenty One series, we’ll be sharing profiles on the photographer whose been capturing the city for 34 years, a loyal librarian of 57 years, and a senior engineer of 27 years who knows Pōneke’s pipes like the back of his hand – just to name a few.

All boast a strong passion for Wellington and its people, and are seriously dedicated to doing the best for our city.

Keep an eye on the Our Wellington news channel for these stories to be posted regularly during the year, and get to know a little better some of Council’s very special team.