GWRC Wairarapa

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Adrienne Staples
Occupation: self-employed//councillor
Candidate for: Greater Wellington Regional Council Wairarapa
Are you a union member/staff member? No
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where? When I first left school I worked for the public service and belonged to the PSA
(for business owners only) Are there union agreements at your business/s? We are sole traders and do not employ

Question 1)

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

Question 2)
Do you support a living wage for all contractors employed by the council?  Absolutely
Question 3)
Do you support a living wage for all staff employed by the council controlled organisations? Absolutely

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?  No, but I do support giving preference to employers who can show a record of good staff and industrial relations.

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, it is an employee’s right to have access to union membership if they desire it.

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? We have already done that.  Our council has a major leadership role to play in making our region low emission or carbon neutral.

 

Question 8)

Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)? I’m generally opposed to such sales however if there were major benefits to the rate payer i.e. lower rates, lessened costs and these were on-going, without compromising service or employees then I would consider it.

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control? Some services sit naturally within council e.g. parks maintenance or rubbish collection and I don’t support these types of things being privatised but if they require heavy capital investment in machinery or highly specialised expertise I would not support trying to bring them back under the council umbrella.

 

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents? Housing is not a Regional Council responsibility but we can help in keeping the cost of new housing down by ensuring any consents required from us are processed as efficiently as possible.

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 can’t imagine that the government will take any notice of my ‘flag waving’ but if it were to be replaced with something that works better for everyone then I would happily support that.

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

My belief is that everyone living in NZ should be able to earn a good enough wage in a 40 hour week to support themselves in a comfortable way, enjoying the basic amenities that we all used to take for granted including a warm dry home and enough food on the table.  Everybody’s job is important.  Whether you are sweeping the streets or the community doctor, every job should be valued as an important part of society.  The living wage plays an important part of this being achieved.  If a business cannot survive by paying the living wage then it should not be in business.  I also believe that if someone wants to work harder or do more to get ahead then that opportunity should not be taken away from them.

Politics are changing with the increased communication provided by social media and the internet.  This means it is much easier to collaborate and co-design new projects and truly work together rather than just play lip service to such a concept.  Embracing this is a must for the future and we have already been working on some projects in Wairarapa using a true community-lead process.

Question 14)
Is there any further information that we should take into account? My background is not one of privilege nor is my husband’s.  Everything we have has been achieved by hard work, a bit of risk taking and not at the expense of others. My first job was answering the phones at the PSIS and my husband was a radio tech for the Post Office. We have pulled ourselves up the ladder and have not forgotten what it was like to be at the bottom, relying on the support of many to improve our lives.

Richard Moore
Occupation: Business Owner -Operator
Candidate for:
Are you a union member/staff member? Not applicable
Have you previously been a union members? If so, when and where? 1980-1987 as an Air Traffic Controller prior to becoming a business owner.
(for business owners only) Are there union agreements at your business/s? I am the sole worker in my business

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? I support a wider view than simply lowest cost procurement because lowest cost procurement of product or service may not meet required functionality

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 agree if the word all was removed

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?
I do not support declaring a climate emergency and then continuing as normal as most councils have done. My early career was as an Air Traffic Controller. (Union member also)When a pilot declares an emergency (Mayday Mayday Mayday) it becomes the controllers primary focus to activate the emergency response and galvanise and co-ordinate the resources at hand to respond and assist in mitigating the emergency situation proactively seeking solutions. It is after all about saving peoples lives.

Controllers and responders are trained that in emergencies many people for whatever reason seem unable to act with poor reactive responses when what is required is proactive, logical, planned, appropriate and aware emergency response actions.

By comparison I feel that climate emergency declarations by councils would see the controllers celebrating the emergency declaration by poping out to a catered lunch and expect the pilot to pop into first class and pop open some bottles of bubbly.

Eg Peter Jackson’s article on Scoop and Facebook about the implications of sea level rise on the Shelly Bay development. Maybe sea water mist is fogging up the controllers climate lens binoculars perhaps?

More tangible than declaring a Climate Emergency, the Wellington Region should become a Sustainable Development Goals Region.

These 17 global goals for measurable achievement by 2030 were set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015.

Voter’s can understand my climate change declaration moment came 50 years ago so to celebrate our Regional Councils declaration I repost my response to WCC’s climate emergency declaration….

Today I remember my Dad, Leicester Moore.

Fifty years ago growing up on the sheep and cropping family farm my Dad said to me ” The climates changing son” and he backed up his words by actions, all grass wintering and minimum tillage saw fossil fuel use in the tractors substantially reduced, tree planting for shelter and he was dead against intensification through irrigation and we swam and fished for salmon in the snow fed rivers that border Mid Canterbury.

Seventeen years ago councils throughout the country were declaring zero waste to landfill targets of 2015, and I said to my daughter’s we can do something here and Poly Palace has, the only plastics recycler in NZ that I am aware of zero waste to landfill since 2014. Unfortunately this month(June) we have stopped taking Polystyrene for recycling, and are refering it to landfill under instruction to close our operation at PCC/WCC Spicer Landfill.

So where are we now….

See the original post to see how this has turned out…

(In loving memory, Leicester Moore. R.I.P.)
Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)? If the sale directly benefited achieving one of the sustainable development goals then yes, otherwise no. Short term financial gain would not be sufficient justification.

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing privatised services back under council control? If the privatisation directly benefited achieving one of the sustainable development goals then yes but not for a perceived benefit that was only short term financial gain, and same for 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? This would apply to local council more than the regional council however adequate shelter is a basic human right and local government is key in this space from its planning and resource management responsibilities through to Building Compliance and social housing initiatives.

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 would agree that unions should have a ‘seat at the table’ of any group setup to proactively ensure that public transport is delivering to residents expectations as measured by increased patronage of each of the various modes of transport that make up public transport.

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 seek to repeal any burecratic council process that leads to reduced patronage of any mode of public transport. The success or otherwise of the councils delivery on public transport is best measured by increased patronage.
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Question 13)
Can you demonstrate a commitment to working people and progressive politics? (please elaborate up to 200 words). The Wairarapa constituency for GWRC is being contested by 1) The ex Mayor of SWDC, a career politician? 2) ex CEO Masterson District Council, a career bureaucrat? 3) myself, a private sector polystyrene recycling business owner / operator. I have spent 17 years operating my business (recently closed at council direction) on a PCC – WCC landfill site. This has provided a unique experience of the wasteful effects of consumer society and how councils progress or otherwise towards long term environmental targets and outcomes and how effective their policies are in moving themselves and the public towards these targets. I believe the 17 sustainable development goals provide a globally recognised framework for progressive politics that applied locally will result in a better more sustainable future for all. I support real progress towards that future and I have pledged to give 20% of my GW renumeration to a social enterprise active in the circular economy.

 

Pim Borren
Occupation:economist
Candidate for: gwrc
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? No

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?most important issue facing local govt today

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

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? No Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control? Potentially

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents? Relaxing rules around land use. Tricky though

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)? Maybe

Question 13)
Can you demonstrate a commitment to working people and progressive politics? (please elaborate upto 200 words) I have worked as a CEO in 4 organizations (waiariki polytechnics, masterton district council etc) and have always forged positive relationships with unions eg PSA tiasa, aste etc. Unions are a very important part of a well functioning economy

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

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