GWRC Poneke/Wellington

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Full Responses:

Thomas Nash
Occupation: University worker
Candidate for: Greater Wellington Regional Council
Are you a union member/staff member? Yes (Tertiary Education Union)

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 and yes

Question 5)
Would you support adapting council procurement policies to positively view contractors with union agreements?
Yes – I have proposed that Greater Wellington work with unions and bus drivers to set out minimum standards for bus driver contracts that all bus companies would have to sign up to before getting work from Greater Wellington.

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 spoke during the public participation session when Greater Wellington met to decide on declaring a climate emergency. Regional council has a central role to play on climate action by
– electrifying and improving public transport, given that transport is the highest proportion of emissions in Wellington
– massively increasing native forest planting around the region
– restoring coastal marine ecology, including wetlands.
I would work to convene a regional climate assembly to bring together residents from around the region with elected officials to set out a plan for climate action.

Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)?
I am not in favour of selling council owned assets. In my view councils should be looking to work with central government to restore public ownership where possible.

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control?
I do not support further privatisation and I would support bringing privatised services back under council control.

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents?
Wellington City Council one of the largest landlords in New Zealand after Housing New Zealand and this is a good starting point for the expansion of public housing. I would like to see a much greater focus on public housing, beginning with the areas of greatest need and expanding to become an option for anyone who would like to live in a publicly-owned home. Housing should be seen as a public good rather than a commodity for investment and trading.

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?
Yes

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)

I have spent my professional career working on humanitarian campaigns with people and communities affected by armed conflict. I am motivated by the imperative for progressive political and social change. Regional Council needs culture change and new ideas. We are lucky to call Wellington home, but we need to make some real changes if we want a region that we can all enjoy, now and in the future. I’m a renter and a public transport user I will always represent working people in my work on the council. It’s clear that the political project of the past 40 years has failed to deliver – even on its own terms. We now have a less equal society. And we have an extractive economy that values short term financial gain for wealthy investors over long term prosperity for people and restoration for our environment. It’s up to all of us now to help determine a political project for the future that brings people closer together, that operates within our planetary boundaries and that is creative and imaginative and celebrates diversity.

Daran Ponter
Occupation: Public Policy Adviser
Candidate for: GWRC, Wellington Ward –NZ Labour Party
Are you a union member/staff member? No
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where?

Yes- Bay of Plenty Regional Council, union delegate for the Norther Local Government Officers Union, and then the Local Government Officers Union, 1990-94
Greater Wellington Regional Council, union delegate for the Local Government Officers Union, and then the Public Service Association, 1994-95

Question 1)

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

Yes, and promoted this, successfully, to the GWRC, with Cr Sue Kedgley, in this triennium.

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, and I supported the GWRC resolution on a Climate Change Emergency (August 2019)

Question 8)

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

Where the asset is deemed to be surplus to its original intention, and is not required for another public work/good.

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

No, in fact I support many services being brought 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?

GWRC does not have a direct role in the provision of housing. But it does have a strong role in ensuring the provision of public transport to areas of social and public housing.

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?

Yes, long overdue.

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, already advocated for a full review of PTOM in meetings with Hon Phil Twyford, Minister of Transport, who recently announced a review of PTOM.

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

Yes, as a Regional Councillor I have had to work across the Council to achieve agreements on things like:

Living Wage for GWRC staff
Improvements to the Wellington bus network (with more to come)
Bus priority measures through the City (planning now underway)
Getting GWRC agreement to the LGWM package, including an emphasis on Mass Rapid Transit
Seeking agreement across Council to set and safeguard driver wages and conditions as part of the bus tender process (this ultimately failed – 5/8).

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

All candidates have to be prepared to take on the decisions of former councils. In my case those were decisions on the new bus network, the axing of the trolley buses and the way that the bus contracts would be tendered. I challenged all these decisions of the Council when I was subsequently elected and have fronted on the bus debacle – working to find solutions and get agreement to those solutions.

Phil Quin
Occupation: Writer
Are you a union member/staff member?
No I’m a sole operator.
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where?
2018 CPSU (Vic.) 1998-2010 NUW (Vic). 

Question 2)
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, but I think it’s essential it’s more than grandstanding. Regional Council plays let environmental management functions and must work with cities and district councils to mitigate localised effects of climate change, as well as play our part in the national response.
Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)?

Under no forseeable circumstances.

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. I would invesitgate whether the latter is feasible, and support and promote doing so where it is.
Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents?

Regional Council has minimal role in housing but can play a part in planning for smart, sustainable future development.

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)

I worked on Labour campaigns from age 14 in NZ, then in marginal seats across NZ in 1990, 93 and 1996 elections – and later for the ALP as activist in staffer for a dozen years in Melbourne. I was a Labour city councillor in Porirua between 1989 and 1992. Furthermore, I advised NYC-based Global Citizen for several years, to assist with their advocacy for Milinieum Development Goals and subsequent Sustainable Development Goals.

David LEE
Occupation: Wellington City Councillor (2013-present)
Candidate for: GWRC
Are you a union member/staff member?

No, (not an option for elected members)

Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where?
(for business owners only) Are there union agreements at your business/s?

Yes, 1990-2003, North Shore City Council, and NZDF

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

Yes; while on WCC I voted in supported of a living wage for staff.

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

Same as above

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, we did this in July

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

Assets where there is little to no public good in retaining the asset(s) eg. The 33% share in the Wellington Airport.

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

On the whole -No! WCC brought back in-house the parking services- a success. We should ultimately bring back in-house all PT eg. the buses and trains et al.

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

Housing is a fundamental right, not a privilege. Affordable housing can only be achieved when the land to held in public ownership. The city housing model of Singapore and Germany is the right model.

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?

Yes, and furthermore there should be one entity responsible for the funding, delivery and operation of all public transport eg. Auckland Transport model.

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

Absolutely! The failure of our public transport system started with PTOM.

PT is an essential service (social and economic enabler); once a commercial and competitive component is introduced- then it’s about delivering less and paying less.

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

Our (WCC) championing and being the first council to introduce a living wage to staff, then to contractors. A living wage is about dignity!

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

Tony Jansen

Occupation: Operations Manager
Candidate for: GWRC
Are you a union member/staff member? Yes
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where? Current member of thre Maritime Guild.
(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?
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?
Yes .

What role do you think Council can play in preventing climate change and mitigating its effects?
GWRC has a significant role in planning and prepoaring for climate change. My unnderstanding is they are aware and are acting accordingly.

Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)?
None whatsoever.

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

Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control?
Yes.

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents?
The GWRC do not have this responsibility. This is really for central government and WCC. I may add that I do think WCC should focus on social housing not get into private property speculation with pet developers.

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)?
Very much so but central goverment have yet to show the slightest interest in doing this.

Question 13)
Can you demonstrate a commitment to working people and progressive politics? (please elaborate upto 200 words)
I do not feel I have to demonstrate my commitement to the working people of this country to you or anyone else, and I actually find the question somewhat offensive.

Question 14)
Is there any further information that we should take into account?
Yes. If you want business as usual vote for the incumbants or people just like them. If you want change then vote for independents like me who are standing because we want to change a broken system.

 

Helene Ritchie
Occupation: Manager Housing Trust, writer
Candidate for: Wellington Regional Council
Are you a union member/staff member? No
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where? Yes PSA and NZEI
(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?

Yes

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

Yes but it has to be staged, in accordance with contract renewals

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 absolutely. It is about time!

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

Yes where possible I would endeavour to promote this to management

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 where possible I would endeavour to promote this to management

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?
Absolutely yes. I want to see Council prioritise 10 Actions (each) for individuals, the Regional Council itself and the Region. We have to go beyond the emergency and act!
Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)?

I would resist unless they were seriously loss making or a liability to Council.

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services?

No
Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control?
That is a big task, considering all the contractors etc…It would require setting up a completely different structure and in some cases huge expense and impact on ratepayers, so step by step might be possible. The Regional Council does not have the breadth of services that the City Council has and some. eg Parks is in house. (and employing contractors).
Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents?

The Regional Council has no direct role in this. However it can and should have an important advocacy role.

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. I have already suggested that in a meeting I had yesterday with Kevin Sullivan Head of the Tramways Union, some delegates, Regional Council staff, and I would add a couple of public and a couple of councillors
Question 12) (GWRC Candidates only)
Would you use your position on regional council to seek the repeal of the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM)? That horse has largely bolted.
It seems too late to do this, except as a gesture, because the Regional Council has tied up the bus services into contracts lasting 9-12 years.
The council itself has failed the public in this. It should have established clear principles, policy and criteria before the contracts were let and required that they were met.

PTOM and the competitive model has led it seems to the lowest price contract and the majority of the work, being awarded to the least equipped to provide the  reliable service needed. What is more important now is to examine that contract(s) and to demand the requirements of it/them.

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

I was the first female Labour Leader on WCC.
I have a lifetime of fighting for progressive politics, leaving the Party during the Rogernomics days because of their neoliberal politics, contrary to my beliefs of striving for an equal and socially just society, women’s and “minorities’” rights. I fought hard in my role as Airport Authority Chair against one of the first asset sales and privatisation of a strategic asset-the airport and was partially successful. I was the only person who presented a submission against the privatisation of Wellington City Council’s buses. I believe strongly in the public ownership and public provision of essential services, and lament the loss of many to the private sector at significant (extra) cost to the rate and taxpayer.  I fought for the driver’s Union on Council when we employed drivers and dusties, have actively supported the Living Wage movement and Council adopting a living wage. I have always supported the provision of social housing and against market rents, proposing instead that rents be income related.

I believe in a progressive taxation regime  to support essential government services such as health, social welfare, and education and in Councils, rates to support essential City services and infrastructure.

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

No! We have many questionnaires! I hope I have made sense!
Roger Blakeley
Occupation: Councillor, Greater Wellington Regional Council  and Board Member, Capital and Coast District Health Board
Candidate for: Greater Wellington Regional Council  and Capital and Coast District Health Board
Are you a union member/staff member? No, Councillor
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where? Yes. PSA, during my career in the public service from the 1970s.
(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? 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 and 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. As Chair of the GWRC Climate Change Working Group, I have co-led the process of GWRC declaring a Climate Emergency on 21 August 2019. Council can take a leadership role in both mitigation and adaptation to Climate Change. I co-led a process where on 21 August 2019 GWRC set a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2030, as a council corporate target and one that GWRC will encourage its subsidiaries to follow ie. CentrePort, Wellington Water and contracts for regional rail, buses and ferries. I chair a Coastal Adaptation Group with all councils in the Wellington Region represented at councillor level. It has completed a Vulnerability Assessment Report on coastal vulnerability to sea level rise and storm surges and is encouraging community-led development of dynamic adaptive pathways over the next 100 years, including options of dune nourishment, sea walls and managed retreat. 

Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)? I don’t think it makes sense for GWRC to sell some if its port shares when the dividends reduce demands for other revenue sources such as rates, and when the shareholder interest includes the contribution the port makes to the economic, social and environmental development of the Wellington region and the lower North Island. A possible structure is the Auckland Regional Services Trust and Vector, which would release some capital, preserve the asset in public hands and return the income stream to the public owners. If there is sale of an organisation for good reason,  there should be provisions to carry over the wages and conditions of employees. 

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control? No I don’t support privatisation of council services. Yes I would consider the option of bringing some transport services under direct council control as part of the review of PTOM.

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents? In my last job from 2010 to 2015 I was the Chief Planning Officer of the Auckland SuperCity Council from its inception in 2010.  I led a proactive role for council through planning processes such as the Auckland Regional Spatial Plan and  Auckland Unitary Plan to facilitate increased supply, choice and affordability of housing, including the Special Housing Areas commenced in Auckland and provision of infrastructure to support housing developments. GWRC works with WCC in support of new housing developments, including public transport services. As a Board Member of CCDHB, I have been a strong supporter of Te Whare Oki Oki – working with WCC and HNZC on housing for homeless people with high and complex needs such as mental health and drug and alcohol addictions.
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? Yes
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 up to 200 words) Yes, examples of my commitment are:

  •  I have been a strong supporter of paying the living wage in my roles in Auckland Council, GWRC and CCDHB.
  • As a member of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) on Auckland Council from 2010 to 2015, I was a strong supporter of the collaborative partnership between AC and PSA based on a “High engagement, high performance” approach.  Richard Wagstaff, then President of NZPSA , participated in the ELT meetings.
  • I have supported the Government’s establishment of the Joint Working Group on Equal Pay, and I welcome equal pay agreements. I agree that putting Government, business and unions together in the same room is the best way to make swift progress on implementing equal pay.
  • I have strongly supported unions and bus drivers being engaged in the bus network review in Wellington.
  • I have frequently expressed the view in public that bus drivers are underpaid, given the skills, stress and public safety accountability of driving buses on Wellington’s narrow winding streets.
  • I am publicly advocating during the current election campaign for serious action to improve bus driver wages ( e.g. lifting wages from $20 per hour to $25 per hour, addressing the unfair difficulties of the split shift conditions, and making bus driving an attractive career).
  • I recognise and respect Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the founding document of Aotearoa /New Zealand.

Question 14)
Is there any further information that we should take into account? No.

Sam Somers
Occupation: – Barista – Self Employed
Candidate for: Poneke/Wellington for GWRC
Are you a union member/staff member? – No
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where? Yes, EMPU in 2012-2015 with BP Levin and BP Johnsonville
(for business owners only) Are there union agreements at your business/s?  No collective agreement but no full time staff either other than Owner, myself

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?
I would like to support the process to bring up wages, first through the internal process and would push if needed, a directive from the for the executive to access and honour these claims

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

If that means as a terms of contract, yes. This has been a particular concern of mine for when GWRC didn’t retain as part of contract, the collective agreement when transferring contracts the bus contracts over, but they did it for the trains contract, and another regional council, Bay of Plenty was able to do it. 

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, I would change the policy to encourage union membership including encouraging existing contractors to work with unions to have collective agreements available for offer to all employees 

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?

The climate change emergency is a interesting issue, as I believe targets should be set as part of it. One thing I am happy about with GW is that fact they set goals and targets for the council to achieve, where as other councils have declared it one with no goals or targets set in place. I believe that regional councils who are in charge of water ways should be setting standard of how far or close do we allow developments near waterways and sea, along with relooking at all marine resource consents when they come up for renewal.
Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)?
I do not support a general sales of any council owned assets, I actually support growing our asset based so we aren’t 100% reliant on rates as the main source of income, this includes my policy for GW to buy Wellington electricity. I would support in the limited situation for the sale of excess land, that was brought for a project that is no longer needed, a good example is buying land for transmission gully and for centennial highway for projects, and with transmission gully going ahead, the centennial highway land is no longer needed. 

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

No i would no support privatizing councils services, I would actually like to bring in as many services as I can in house as legislation would allow, when the contracts come up for renewal.
Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents?
Councils should be putting in resources to make sure land is affordable for housing. One of the difficult thing is property prices dictate how much rates revenue can be collected and the way its written at the moment, it incentives property price increase. I would advocate for a change in the way council collect there income as rates itself is a dying method and would advocate for change to central government to allow councils to collect a cut of the GST revenue collected within in territory. 

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?

I am standing on the policy of making control of our bus network to be control by a sub committee of the sustainable transport committee for each area, with representation from the regional councilors of the area, a councilor from each ward and a representative (preferably union) from each of the bus companies operating in that area to make the decisions of the bus routes in those areas.
Question 12) (GWRC Candidates only)
Would you use your position on regional council to seek the repeal of the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM)?
I believe the legislation needs a full rewrite as it has made considerable disruption and has lead to a loss of workers conditions along with the actual design is to encourage competition/commercialization of passenger services but had lead to poor outcomes. One of the clauses I would like to see gone is the local exclusive rights clause, not allowing other operators to come into there area, along with you are not allowed to operate in a commercial service area, like Wellington Airport Flyer or Waiheke Island Ferry. 

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

My aim as a councilors the role doesn’t finish at 5pm at night, it involves attending public meetings, including your own, getting out on the weekend and talking to people from all walks of life including our members of the disability community. I also will advocate for worker to be on the boards of GW CCO’s, as this helps keeps the boards in touch with the workplace rather than be removed. 

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

I am a person who has had a very unique working life, being in the boat as a employee with little responsibilities to a department manager of Bp Johnsonville to a business owner of Bean Here in Rongotai and learnt the ins and out of employment law, and learning the burdens resulting from staff illnesses and unplanned time off. I also learnt what length you need to go to, to keep your business going and to not give up at the drop of the hat. Its been 3 long years in business with a lot of ups and downs which has taught me to become a very good problem solver rather than just a problem complainer, it has helped me evolve to the person I am now and it helped being very useful skills for me to help as a councilor.

Ray Wilson

Shiftman at NZ Bus
Candidate for GWRC
Union member/delegate
of Manufacturing and Construction Workers Union

1. I support all council employees receiving the living wage

2.I support living wage for all council contractors
3.I support living wage for all staff employed by council controlled organisations
4.Yes I support equal pay claims for relevant council staff & happy to work with unions to advance these claims
5. Support adopting council procurement policies to positively view contractors with Union agreements
6. Support council employment policies that all staff have access to Union membership
7. Support declaring a climate emergency. GWRC needs to be serious about establishing electric bus services
8.Not at all keen on selling of council assets/ organisations
9. Don’t support privatisation of council services.Would support privatised services coming back to council control
10. Council plays a very important role in decent affordable housing
11. Support the establishment of a transport working group that consults relevant transport unions
12. Absolutely repeal PTOM.(It has been a significant cause of our bus nightmare)
13. Committed to working with people and progressive politics through consultation, transparency and public meetings

Victoria Rhodes-Carlin
Occupation: Environmental Science Tertiary Student
Candidate for: Poneke Wellington Te Whanganui a Tara – Greater Wellington Regional Council

Are you a union member/staff member? Student Association member
Question 1)
Do you support a living wage for all staff directly employed by the council?
Yes. The GWRC already has a living wage for all of it’s staff.
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?
Absolutely. I strongly believe that our bus drivers who are roughly paid a living wage, need to be paid above $25.
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?
Definitely.
Question 5)
Would you support adapting council procurement policies to positively view contractors with union agreements?
Yes. A review of PTOM will also be needed to assist this process for public transport services.
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 inpreventing climate change and mitigating its effects?
I spoke to the GWRC in June and August in support of declaring an emergency. They have now adopted this declaration. However, the GWRC must have more ambitious climate strategies such as a carbon neutral plan for the whole region, an electric bus fleet, and regenerating our wetlands and native forests.
Question 8)Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets ororganisations (or part thereof)?
If the service can be delivered more appropriately and effectively without comprising wages, union membership, and aligns with the four well beings then I may support it.
Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control?
No. Bringing back privatised services to council control would be a case by case situation.
Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing isavailable for all residents?
Local government has a significant role in ensuring decent and affordable housing for all
residents. As a student and renter, I have lived in a number of precarious and unhealthy homes, so I know all too well the importance of affordable and healthy homes. The GWRC can play an important role in ensuring the public transport routes and services are fair and accessible for everyone, connecting affordable homes to areas of work.
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?
Yes. One of my policies is community-driven decision-making and making GWRC an accessible and inclusive local government. All agents in the public transport sector should be able to have a say in the decision-making process and be valued, respected and listened too. Consultation should be sustainable and based on the principle of whanaungatanga.
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. The PTOM model allows for reduced wages, stretched working conditions, by putting
monetary value before the value of the people delivering the service.
Question 13)
Can you demonstrate a commitment to working people and progressive politics? (please
elaborate upto 200 words)
For the past three years I have led the Aotearoa Youth Declaration conference and policy
document, championing the voices of rangatahi in decision-making processes across the
country. I have given policy advice to Ministers, worked with different ministries, and NGOs to improve their services and consultation processes. I am passionate about making our democracy more accessible and inclusive, and having co-founded a civics education charity, I have actively worked in this space to empower people to be active citizens and understand our political processes. From a young age I have been active in climate and environmental initiatives, such as when I was 16, I lead the Tauranga Climate March, to speaking at the Sustainable Development Goals Conference in September about inclusive and equitable leadership in tackling future challenges.
Question 14)
Is there any further information that we should take into account?
As a young person who has worked in these spaces, I understand what it feels like to be
marginalised from decision-making processes. If elected, I will champion equitable working and pay conditions, inclusive consultation and ensure that these processes are accessible.

 

Deane Milne
Occupation: Glazier
Candidate for: Greater Wellington Regional Council, Poneke, Wellington electorate
Are you a union member/staff member? Self Employed
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where? Yes, Invercargill and Dunedin as a glazier,
(for business owners only) Are there union agreements at your business/s? I am self employed with no employees

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? I do support equal pay based on gender

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, need to review councils own operating practices

Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)? I am generally opposed to a council selling off assets

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control? I believe Council services need to be competitive, but at the moment I believe we have lost too much control through privatization

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents?   I believe that Councils have been holding up development through red tape which is putting pressure on the existing housing stock and making it unaffordable

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? Yes

Question 12) (GWRC Candidates only)
Would you use your position on regional council to seek the repeal of the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM)? At the moment the system has not worked, I believe that public transport needs to be run centrally to try to connect the whole system together successfully, at a reasonable cost but also taking into account pay and conditions of the employees

Question 13)
Can you demonstrate a commitment to working people and progressive politics? (please elaborate upto 200 words) I come from a working class family, have a trade background, and I work as a self employed trades person. I am disheartened by the way career politicians have been portraying and taking advantage of the working class person. How the bus contract change was done to save money by remove the existing pay and conditions of the bus drivers was unacceptable.

Anand Kochunny
Occupation: Librarian
Candidate for: GWRC (Pōneke/Wellington Constituency)
Are you a union member/staff member? NO.
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where? YES. PSA (2009 – 2013).
(for business owners only) Are there union agreements at your business/s? N/A.
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 ― in good faith from all parties concerned.
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. GWRC can start by working with operators to reduce carbon emissions from their fleet of buses and trains.
Question 8) Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)? If GWRC was left with no other viable option.
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 question). YES ― if it made economic sense for GWRC.
Question 10) What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents? N/A for GWRC candidates.
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? YES.
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) My commitment to working people is evident from my answers to your questions 1-6. As for my views on progressive politics, please do visit my website at https://www.candidatekochunny.nz/  ― I’m quite certain that my views on politics are more progressive than those of any other GWRC candidate, because of my focus on values-based politics.
Question 14) Is there any further information that we should take into account? As mentioned during my conversation with Ross Teppett earlier this year, having been a union member myself, I’m naturally inclined to be sympathetic to unions. I believe that if unions come to negotiate in good faith with a team that I’m part of, I would be very receptive to hearing what they have to say ― as long as both sides discussed matters courteously.

John Klaphake
Occupation: Self employed
Candidate for: Wellington Regional Council – Poneke/Wellington Constituency
Are you a union member/staff member?
Not now
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where?
I have been a member of three Unions over different times when I was directly employed:
Retail workers
Security guards
Public service
This was all up to and including 1996
(for business owners only) Are there union agreements at your business/s?
N/A – work by myself, but sometimes collaborate with others, but not in an employment relationship

Question 1)
Do you support a living wage for all staff directly employed by the council?
Absolutely, all people have the right to be dignified with a living wage.

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, in as much as I would honour the right of people of free association and who have actively and freely chosen not to have a union agreement.

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, I support all employees having the right of free association and the right to be able to chose a person or organisation to represent their interests in the workplace.

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?
Very much so. The greatest role that Council can play is that of providing leadership in the area of mitigating the effects of climate change. As a Council we cannot prevent climate change by ourselves. This is about a cross the board effort that involves all parties: individuals, organisations, businesses and government all doing their bit to change the way we do business to something that is sustainable, and to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)?
I do not support the sale of any council assets or organisations. Council assets and organisations are owned by the citizen, it is what has been built up overtime by citizens.

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control?
I do not support the privatisation of council services. They are owned by the citizen. I would support bringing back of currently privatised back directly under council control in a manner that is considered and strategic. We need to be providing a real service to citizens and to ensure that our infrastructure is constantly maintained.

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents?
The council plays an important role in providing decent and affordable housing to those who need it. Beside service delivery there is also the delivery of social services. However, it is important to be very clear about not crossing the boundary with social services provided by central government.

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?
If elected, I would like to initiate a transport working group that includes GWRC, WCC, those with relevant backgrounds (transport unions and contractors) and interested members of the public to advice, consult and plan for remediating Wellington’s public transport problems. It would be important that this working group was both open, transparent and worked in a collaborative manner.

Question 12) (GWRC Candidates only)
Would you use your position on regional council to seek the repeal of the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM)?
PTOM has been a significant issue in providing a sustainable solution to Wellington’s public transport network. I would like to work with other Councils to present a case to Government to see the repeal of PTOM so as to prevent the drive to the bottom.

Question 13)
Can you demonstrate a commitment to working people and progressive politics? (please elaborate upto 200 words)
I have been a volunteer firefighter (now a volunteer rural firefighter) for over nine years and am also a member of the Wellington Emergency Response Team. This is a way that I can give back to my community and to be there and respond in my community’s time of need.
Question 14)
Is there any further information that we should take into account?

 

Lesleigh Salinger
Occupation: Arts/Education/Consultant
Candidate for: GWRC
Are you a union member/staff member? yes; NZEI
I am a first-time candidate for local body elections. Many of these questions on first reading are outside the mandate of an elected representative, however if successful, this will be my first term and there will be some matters I will have to read up about.
Question 1)

Do you support a living wage for all staff directly employed by the council?
Assuming the rates level set to meet all Council’s expenditure can carry such additional expenditure, I would expect it to be debated.
Question 2)
Do you support a living wage for all contractors employed by the council?
One would hope Council contractors would be considering their wage levels but one would wish to know if Council has authority in such areas.
Question 3)
Do you support a living wage for all staff employed by the council controlled organisations?
As per 2 above
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?
All staff must have the right to negotiate pay claims within the parameters NZ employment law
Question 5)
Would you support adapting council procurement policies to view positively contractors with union agreements?
I would wish to know what this would mean for the wide ranging procurement that exists within Councils
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 assume council employees have the right to join a union
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?

For GWRC – yes: its primary responsibility is the environment and sustainability but such a declaration must still be backed up by positive actions

Question 8)

Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)?
If they are no longer required nor likely ever to be and if it assists in achieving essentials
Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control?

Would entirely depend on the service and what level of capex might be involved in supplying that service.

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents?
For a Regional Council, limited- it is not part of its mandate
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?

Assuming there is also an operators group so there is balance and preferably both groups working to ensure sound and acceptable outcomes.

Question 12) (GWRC Candidates only)
Would you use your position on regional council to seek the repeal of the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM)?
I would first wish to have a much greater understanding of PTOM and would expect Council officers to present such a report accordingly. I am supportive of PTOM being reviewed.
Question 13)
Can you demonstrate a commitment to working people and progressive politics? (please elaborate up to 200 words)

I have spent my career working and leading people and ensuring the operations of organisations with which I have been involved have always had the well being of all employees in mind. I have also been Chair of Karori Residents Association for the last 6 years working for Wellington’s largest suburb, all on a completely voluntary basis. You may wish to refer to FB: LesleighSalingerRC for references from people who know me.

Bryce Pender
Occupation: ​Taxi Driver currently
Candidate for: ​Poneke/Wellington GWRC
Are you a union member/staff member? ​No
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where?​ Yes during my time working for VTNZ, 2006-2008
(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?​ I do indeed, but I would like to say that the questions is rather open, I fully support the minimum of the Living Wage in 40 Hours spread over 5 consecutive days. NB Currently Living Wage over 40 Hours could still be 6 1/2 paid hours a day over 6 days a week.

Question 2)
Do you support a living wage for all contractors employed by the council?  I do indeed, but I would like to say that the questions is rather open, I fully support the minimum of the Living Wage in 40 Hours spread over no more than 5 consecutive days. NB Currently Living Wage over 40 Hours could be met by 6 1/2 paid hours a day ​spread over 12 hours over 6 days a week.

Question 3)
Do you support a living wage for all staff employed by the council controlled organisations? I do indeed, but I would like to say that the questions is rather open, I fully support the minimum of the Living Wage in 40 Hours spread over no more than 5 consecutive days. NB Currently Living Wage over 40 Hours could still be 6 1/2 paid hours a day over 6 days a week.

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 I do

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

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

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?​ Interesting question, yes there is climate change and yes man has accelerated it, declaring a Climate Emergency is all B/S and Jellybeans, it means zip unless actions are done, a classic example is plastic, for years the ability to make Corn Starch Plastics which decompose quickly and naturally but no-one is doing much about it, even Mcdonalds could make a huge difference by changing to Corn Starch Plastics and even support local production.  How many of the Climate Emergency campaigners drive to events in gas guzzling SUV’s?

Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)? ​I have no idea about this as I would need to see decent neutral reports and plans to form a view.

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control? ​Open to both ideas but again need to see decent neutral reports and plans

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents? ​The role of sensible and sustainable policies and processes to efficiently support consenting applications, inexpensive costs and sensible assistance as needed.

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?​ Yes

Question 12) (GWRC Candidates only)
Would you use your position on regional council to seek the repeal of the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM)?​ Repeal or review?  Repealing the PTOM will only leave another mess in it’s wake unless there is a sensible workable plan to put in it’s place.  I am against dumping all services in the same model, what is needed for Wellington is different for Dunedin, Napier, Auckland etc both in terms of demand and geography and therefore local models for local needs.

Question 13)
Can you demonstrate a commitment to working people and progressive politics? (please elaborate upto 200 words),​The Region (and Country) is expected to see a significant increase in population in the next 30 years and​I fully support local jobs for local people, using Public Transport and rail freight as much as possible to enable this and to quadruple exports to provide the jobs and income to support this without grinding NZ to a halt due to traffic congestion and high costs getting exports to the wharf.

Question 14)
Is there any further information that we should take into account?​50 years a local and wanting to be part of the solution and to see everyone be the best they can be and for them to succeed.

Remember Vote the Issue Not the Candidate

Tony DeLorenzo
Occupation: Small business owner
Candidate for: Greater Wellington Regional Council
Are you a union member/staff member?
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where?
(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?

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 to some extent, but it is more about a fair pay being reflected in the tender rather than just if they have a union agreement.
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 thought this was the case now. If not then yes. Choice is the issue.

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. It can put a climate change lens on all council activities and those activities it has influence over such as land use and building permits. .

 

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?

Case by case evaluation would need to be undertaken. Privatisation of services can only work when there is true competition. Lately privatisation has led to monopolies.

Council can become a competitive service provider without taking over the full service like public transport. Completions can be good for both council services and private.

 

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

This comes down to good proactive policy on making land available and bold decisions on density in existing residential areas. Central government also has a role in providing assistance on building infrastructure.

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?

Yes. When All parties have open and frank discussion over issues

 

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 and no. A total repeal may not be required but it must be changed. A full review of PTOM is one of my policies.

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

I am a businessman but I know that when we have more consumers with disposable income the better it is for business. Economies have been at their best with more equitable distribution of income and wealth.

Government should manage essential functions and look to improve living for all New Zealanders and not just the privileged.

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

That’s all.

 

Gavin Bruce
Occupation:sheep and beef farmer
Candidate for: GRWC
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      No employees

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 as per previous question.
Question 5)
Would you support adapting council procurement policies to positively view contractors with union agreements? I think as long as they are competitive everyone should be considered.

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 think every individual should have that choice.
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?

No      Council needs to work towards being carbon neutral particularly by planting regenerating land and outer greenbelt in natives to aid in water quality and long term carbon sink

Question 8)

Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)?
Only if it enabled a significant project to go ahead.
Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control?

If it was a competitive option.

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents?
Really feel it is a govt issue
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?  Yes it is important to use everyones experience

 

Question 12) (GWRC Candidates only)
Would you use your position on regional council to seek the repeal of the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM)?
This certainly needs a revamp,showing more respect to workers.
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?  Split shift has to be reworked.

Jill Ford
Occupation: Self employed – working in NFP area
Candidate for: Wellington Poneke – Greater Wgtn Regional Council
Are you a union member/staff member?

I work for myself and have no staff.

Have you previously been a union member? Yes when I worked as a teacher, at a Govt organisation and Red Cross the rest of time I have worked for myself

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? Definitely 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,my key policies are ; 1. All councils to prioritise sustainable transport including dedicated bus and cycle lanes, more pedestrian friendly streets.

  1. Restoration of ecologically impt areas, eg wetlands.
  2. A region wide organic recycling

Question 8)

Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)? Depends how well run they are and conditions of work for staff.

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control? Not sure – GWRC owns a lot of land and I know those leases are coming up for renewal in next 2 years!

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents?   GWRC is not responsible for housing.  However, there does need to be greater integration between urban planning and transport infrastructure, so low income housing has good transport links.

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? Yes

Question 12) (GWRC Candidates only)
Would you use your position on regional council to seek the repeal of the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM)? I have read the review but have not had time to consider all the implications, other than it doesn’t appear to be working in this region as well as it should.

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

I have always supported unions when employed.  Have always treated my small number of staff with respect paying them well with flexibility in terms of working hours, holidays etc. At Red Cross I actively lobbied for Interns to be paid properly as I do not agree with the system of them working for free, a common situation in the Charitable sector (ironic really).    Currently there is just me and I am doing a huge amount of voluntary work in the Plastic Pollution area.

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

I work for myself and am an independent candidate with no team of political wonks behind me so sorry about the brevity of my response.

Yvonne Legarth

No response

Alexander Garside
Motorcycle Postie
Candidate for GWRC: Poneke constituency
I am not a union member.
1) Yes
2) Yes
3) Yes
4) Yes, and I would support working with unions to redress inequalities.
5) Absolutely.
6) Yes
7) Yes, and the GWRC has a leading role to play in actively displacing private vehicles with increasingly capable mass transit.
8) I would only support the sale of council assets/organisations to entities more committed to the public good than us, probably another government branch.
9) I cannot support the privatization of council services, and would support bringing private services under council control, especially when those private services are failing citizens and workers.
10) GWRC has an important leadership role in regional development, we need to be steering local councils towards equitable and accessible housing patterns.
11) Absolutely.
12) Yes
13) There is no value in an organisation built on injustice. I promise to advocate worker’s interests, engage with unions in good faith and promote a regional vision inclusive to all.
14) I’m grateful for how unions have shaped, and continue to shape our country.

Troy Mihaka

Occupation: Arts Manager (Front of House Manager at BATS Theatre)

Candidate for: Pōneke/Wellington Constituency – GWRC

Are you a union member/staff member? No

Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where?

(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?

I support a sustainable living wage for all employees of all businesses, including council


Question 2)

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

I support a sustainable living wage for all employees of all businesses, including those contracted by council


Question 3)

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

I support a sustainable living wage for all employees of all businesses, including CCOs


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?

I support a sustainable living wage for all employees of all businesses, including council


Question 5)

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

I support the ability for all employees to choose to join a union


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 support the ability for all employees to choose to join a union


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?

Wellington Regional Council, as an environmental management agency, holds a strong role in combating Climate Change, and mitigating the effects.

While Wellington cannot combat this global issue alone, we are able to be strong leaders for the international community.


Question 8)

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

I support the holding of council owned assets, in-so-long as they provide a necessary function for the people of the Wellington Region.

Community Assets should continue to be owned by the community. Business Assets should be held by councils and used to offset funding requirements usually sourced through Rates.


Question 9)

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

If a currently privatised service fails to adequately provide adequate service, I would be in support of exploring options, including bringing the service back under council control.


Question 10)

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

Wellington Regional Council plays an important role in the availability of affordable housing stock through its operation and management of the Public Transit network in Wellington.

Providing an affordable and working Public Transit network allows residents more choice when searching for affordable housing.


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?

Yes


Question 12) (GWRC Candidates only)

Would you use your position on regional council to seek the repeal of the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM)?

I would use my position on council to seek a review of PTOM, which should include all stakeholder agencies (including Driver Unions)


Question 13)

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

I have spent the majority of my life working with community agencies and organisations.

For more than 12 years I have found myself in positions in Management, where I have fought for those staff working under me to receive sustainable pay-rates, reasonable hours of work and more of a voice in the business/agency with which they work.

While running my own business (prior to February of this year), I also sought to ensure my staff were paid a fair rate for the work to which they were committing.


Question 14)

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

I have spent much of my life working for community agencies. I believe that any community agency or community oriented business can only be successful if it fosters communication with, and support from, the community it services.

Councils are some of the largest community agencies in New Zealand. With the bus system debacle, Wellington has seen the effects of GWRC losing touch with its community.

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