GWRC Lower Hutt

7Full Responses:

Ken Laban:

Questions 1 to 7 is Yes to all.

Q8
We don’t need to sell Community Assets.
We can do more to create new Revenue streams and stronger relationship with commercial partners.

Q9
No

Q10
We are all responsible for the wellbeing of people in our community. Somes need will be much greater than others. It is not acceptable to for local to defer to central or vice versa.

Q11 & 12
Yes

Josh van Lier
Occupation: Aquatic Scientist
Candidate for: Greater Wellington Regional Council – Lower Hutt constituency.
Are you a union member/staff member? No (fixed-term contract)
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where? No, haven’t had the opportunity as a casual government/academic employee.Question 1)

Do you support a living wage for all staff directly employed by the council?
Absolutely yes!

Question 2)
Do you support a living wage for all contractors employed by the council?

Also absolutely yes!

Question 3)
Do you support a living wage for all staff employed by the council controlled organisations?

Another absolutely yes!

Question 4)

Do you support equal pay claims for relevant council staff (such as library assistants) and would you support working with Unions to advance these claims?

Yes and yes.

Question 5)
Would you support adapting council procurement policies to positively view contractors with union agreements?

On a personal level I agree with the sentiment as I would like the GWRC to be working with entities that value their workers collective rights. In practice however, I would need clarification on the legalities around this as I worry it may violate anti-competitive/discrimination laws.

Question 6)
Would you support adapting council employment policies to ensure all directly employed, contractors and staff of CCO’s have access to with union membership?

I would be happy to advocate for this.

Question 7)
Do you support declaring a climate emergency? What role do you think Council can play in preventing climate change and mitigating its effects?

Most definitely. As a scientist working in the field, climate change and environmental degradation are my key reasons for running for the GWRC. I was thrilled to see the GWRC not only recently pass such an emergency, but also pass one that had ambitious targets that had a plan attached. I’m hoping to be able to pick up the momentum from this and strive for real, effective and sustainable change.

The GWRC, with its responsibility for transport, water and the environment, has a huge role to play and the quickest and most effective levers available to it to effect change. I want to make our public transport network more attractive and more reliable. Key to this will be ensuring a fair deal, in terms of both working conditions and pay, for our bus drivers.

Question 8)

Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)?

None that spring to mind. I would be more inclined to bring things (like the buses) back under council control.

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control?

No to the first; yes to the second.

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents?

Some role in terms of consents, but I largely see this as a central government issue that has a multitude of factors influencing it.

Question 11) (GWRC Candidates only)
Do you support the establishment of a working group with relevant transport unions to regularly consult on aspects of the delivery of regional public transport services?

Yup. One thing I would really like to do if elected is do some ‘day on the job’ type things to get a wider appreciation of the different roles overseen by council so I can see first hand the challenges while talking with the people on the ground. So things become a little more real than an abstract report or some numbers on a spreadsheet. Spending time in a system to better understand it (as opposed to just reading about it) is a major transferable outlook I hope to bring from my environmental science background.
Question 13)
Can you demonstrate a commitment to working people and progressive politics? (please elaborate upto 200 words)

I have been a member of, and actively campaigned for, the Green Party since 2014. I have volunteered for a range of programmes, with Youthline most prominent among them. In my current job, I am a founding member of the grassroots Te Orite/Diversity and Inclusion club within Fisheries New Zealand and am spearheading a programme as part of this to increase minority representation in STEM fields.

Question 14)
Is there any further information that we should take into account?

All of the work around climate change, transport and the environment needs to be done with people’s welfare at the core. Giving support to, and engaging with, the community, treaty partners and the employees of the council itself, makes for a more collaborative process than we currently see. It is this way of doing things, holistic rather than individualistic, that will bring about effective, long-lasting and real change. That’s my vision. And that’s what I’m trying to offer this election.

Peter Glensor
Occupation: Retired, volunteer Trustee & Board member
Candidate for:  Greater Wellington Regional Council, Lower Hutt constituency
Are you a union member/staff member? No
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where?  Yes – long time member of Service Workers Union in the 1990s
(for business owners only) Are there union agreements at your business/s?  N/A, but I always ensured full union coverage of the Hutt Union & Community Health Service where I was Manager

Question 1)

Do you support a living wage for all staff directly employed by the council?  YES

Question 2)
Do you support a living wage for all contractors employed by the council?  YES

Question 3)
Do you support a living wage for all staff employed by the council controlled organisations? YES

Question 4)

Do you support equal pay claims for relevant council staff (such as library assistants) and would you support working with Unions to advance these claims?  YES

Question 5)
Would you support adapting council procurement policies to positively view contractors with union agreements?  YES

Question 6)
Would you support adapting council employment policies to ensure all directly employed, contractors and staff of CCO’s have access to with union membership?   YES

Question 7)
Do you support declaring a climate emergency? What role do you think Council can play in preventing climate change and mitigating its effects?  YES.  I have prepared a 7 Step Climate Change Leadership Plan which is on my page www.facebook.com/VotePeterGlensor

Question 8)

Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)?  Hard to think of any!

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services?   NO

Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control?  I think the bus chaos in Wellington means it’s worth exploring restoring a Council-owned bus system – as an essential public service

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents?   Regional Council can use its rates system to lend funding for insulation (already happening) and solar energy

Question 11) (GWRC Candidates only)
Do you support the establishment of a working group with relevant transport unions to regularly consult on aspects of the delivery of regional public transport services?  ABSOLUTELY

Question 12) (GWRC Candidates only)
Would you use your position on regional council to seek the repeal of the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM)?  YES

Question 13)
Can you demonstrate a commitment to working people and progressive politics? (please elaborate upto 200 words)  Founding Chair of Hutt Union & Community Health Service, and leader of HealthCare Aotearoa which included all union health services – and was the model for the Labour govt’s Primary Health Organisations.  Helped set up Health Sector Relationship Agreement – Health unions/ DHBs/ Min of Health – to work through industrial issues in a more collaborative way.  Opposition to sale of Council housing by Hutt City Council.  Helped introduce the more progressive capital value rating system in Lower Hutt.  Constant supporter of public transport, including fare reductions for off peak (mostly unemployed) travellers.

Question 14)
Is there any further information that we should take into account?

Strong history (since 1980s) of engagement with Labour Party via Petone Branch, Ohariu LEC, Hutt South.  Regular work on common projects with numerous trade union leaders over many years.  Appointed by Labour ministers to various positions – Chair of Alcohol Advisory Council, Member Wellington Community Trust, several Ministry of Health Committees.  Appointed by Annette King as Chair of Hutt Valley DHB – 2003 to 2010

Leonie Dobbs
Occupation: Business Owner and Public Servant
Candidate for: Greater Wellington Regional Council – Lower Hutt
Are you a union member/staff member? No
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where? No
(for business owners only) Are there union agreements at your business/s?

Question 1)
Do you support a living wage for all staff directly employed by the council?

Question 2)
Do you support a living wage for all contractors employed by the council?

Question 3)
Do you support a living wage for all staff employed by the council controlled organisations?

Question 4)
Do you support equal pay claims for relevant council staff (such as library assistants) and would you support working with Unions to advance these claims?

Question 5)
Would you support adapting council procurement policies to positively view contractors with union agreements?

Question 6)
Would you support adapting council employment policies to ensure all directly employed, contractors and staff of CCO’s have access to with union membership?

Question 7)
Do you support declaring a climate emergency? What role do you think Council can play in preventing climate change and mitigating its effects?

Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)?

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control?

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents?

Question 11) (GWRC Candidates only)
Do you support the establishment of a working group with relevant transport unions to regularly consult on aspects of the delivery of regional public transport services? Until I find out all the information on background, I can not make a decision on who the make up of the working group party should be. I do believe in collaboration, so all parties affected in public transport should be around the table.
Question 12) (GWRC Candidates only)
Would you use your position on regional council to seek the repeal of the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM)? Yes I think a review of the PTOM is necessary.

Question 13)
Can you demonstrate a commitment to working people and progressive politics? (please elaborate upto 200 words)

Question 14)
Is there any further information that we should take into account?

David Ogden and Prue Lamason did not respond.

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