HCC City Wide

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Responses:

Campbell Barry
Occupation: City Councillor
Candidate for: Mayor of Lower Hutt
Are you a union member/staff member? Yes – ETU.
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where? N/A
(for business owners only) Are there union agreements at your business/s? N/AQuestion 1)

Do you support a living wage for all staff directly employed by the council?
Yes – I fought for this at the Hutt City Council, and got it over the line last year.
Question 2)
Do you support a living wage for all contractors employed by the council?

Yes. One of my policies is for Hutt City Council to become an accredited Living Wage Employer.

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 be open to exploring this, and working with any parties.  Equal pay is incredibly important to me.

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

I would have to work through this in more detail before making a commitment.
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 have to work through this in more detail before making a commitment.

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.  Council must play a leadership role on this. I’ve released a policy which would see the profit from the Silverstream Landfill ring-fenced for environmental initiatives and lowering our carbon footprint.  We also need to work proactively with national and regional stakeholders.
Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)?

In principle I don’t support the sale of Council owned assets.

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

I want to explore how we can bring back some of our basic core service functions -eg street sweeping.
Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents?

This is incredibly important. I’ve released a policy which would see Council’s Social Housing provider get out of the property speculation game and instead focus on doubling its social housing portfolio. We also need to be investing in the basic infrastructure to support housing growth and existing households.

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? N/A

Question 12) (GWRC Candidates only)
Would you use your position on regional council to seek the repeal of the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM)? N/AQuestion 13)
Can you demonstrate a commitment to working people and progressive politics? (please elaborate upto 200 words)

I’m a strong believer that everyone, no matter who they are, or where they live, should have the opportunities to get ahead in life.  Council’s playa crucial role in helping create and support thriving communities.
As a Councillor, I’ve been a strong advocate for the Living Wage – And got some good progress on this.  I’ve also worked hard on Council acknowledging and combating homelessness across our city.
I’m a great believer in fairness, and people being paid a fair wage for a fair day’s work.

I really want to lead the way in Hutt City with social procurement policies – So when we award contracts (for example $60m potentially on Naenae Pool) we can create positive social outcomes for local communities and workers.  This is an area we can make a real difference.

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

I want to be upfront and honest with people about my values – That’s why i’m standing as a Labour endorsed candidate for the Mayoralty in Lower Hutt.

Josh Briggs
Occupation: City Councillor
Candidate for: Hutt City Council – City Wide
Are you a union member/staff member? No
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where? Yes, PSA 2014 – 2015 when I worked for the Ministry of Youth Development as a Youth Participation Advisor.

Question 1)

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

Yes, I have always voted in support of a living wage for all staff directly employed by Hutt City Council.

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

Yes, I have advocated and voted for this to happen.

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

Yes.

Question 4)

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

Yes.

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

Yes.

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

Yes.

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

Yes, I voted for Hutt City Council to declare a climate emergency and for climate change to be taken seriously. Council needs to reduce its own emissions and become carbon zero. I will advocate for Council to co-desgin a 100 year adaptation plan for the city with the community.

Question 8)

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

I would only support the part or whole sale of a Council Controlled Organisation and it’s or Council’s assets if the community was not being well served by them and the community did not see them as valuable to our current and future wellbeing.

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 council services being privatised. I would support bringing currently privatized services 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?

I think Council has a role in reducing homelessness by working in partnership with central government agencies and community services. Council also has a key role in enabling new housing to be developed while upgrading the infrastructure to cater for the existing and growing population.

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

Yes, I have worked positively with the Living Wage Hutt Valley over the last three years and I will continue to collaborate with them and other groups to create good outcomes for our community.

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

I am always open to have discussion with anyone about my views and voting record. You can find out more information about me on my website: https://joshbriggs.co.nz/

Simon Edwards
Occupation:    Councillor/communications advisor
Candidate for:   Citywide candidate for Hutt City Council
Are you a union member/staff member?   No
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where?   Journalists Union, then EPMU
(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, I voted for this and Hutt City Council has not put it in place.

Question 2)
Do you support a living wage for all contractors employed by the council?
In principle, yes.  I want to see information now being prepared on the impact of this on the cost of contracts and projects.  Councillors must also take into account the cost on ratepayers, a good number of whom are elderly, low income, renters (rates charged by their landlords).

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 believe in equal pay for work done, irrespective of gender.

Question 5)
Would you support adapting council procurement policies to positively view contractors with union agreements?
I believe it could be a loading factor in favour, cost being equal.

Question 6)
Would you support adapting council employment policies to ensure all directly employed, contractors and staff of CCO’s have access to with union membership?
Question not clear.  I believe all workers should have the right to join a union, if they wish, and that unions should have access to workforces to provide information, etc.
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, played a role in getting this passed by Hutt City Council.  Council can pursue a wide range of measures to get its own carbon reductions (switching significant part of fleet to EVs, harnessing or flaring methane from landfills, switching heating of council buildings from gas to electricity) but also show leadership in helping the community to make greenhouse gas reductions (more, and safer, cycleways; more secure bike storage at  transport hubs and public buildings; expanding the council’s home energy efficiency advice service, etc).  We need to start conversations with the community now on climate change adaptation, including using the District Plan to signal land use change in areas threatened by sea level rise.
Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)?
If the assets were truly surplus and that sale is clearly supported by a majority of residents.  For example, our council has sold certain reserve land that has been shown to have limited recreation or other use, and used the money to fund upgrades of other reserves.  It is possible that a restructure and sale of some council housing (BUT ONLY TO A COMMUNITY/CHARITY BASED ORGANISATION THAT GUARANTEES PERMANENT, CONTINUED USE FOR THE SOCIALLY DISADVANTAGED) and only if the proceeds are used to build more social housing in the city.
Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control?
Generally, I do not support privatisation.  But contracting out some services has proven cost-effective for ratepayers, and can work if the buyer gives undertakings on continued employment.  I would support bringing back under council privatized services if the benefits to ratepayers and the workforce can be demonstrated.
Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents?
Allowing controlled intensification of land/housing, especially around transport hubs and shopping centres (reduces cost of land); funding intiatives for reducing homelessness (working with NGOs helping tenants at risk of losing tenancies, for example); pressuring government to better utilise Housing NZ land; allowed controlled and well-designed subdivisions to add to housing stock; providing incentives for developers of inner city apartments (which again, can free up homes elsewhere in the city).
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?
Question 12) (GWRC Candidates only)
Would you use your position on regional council to seek the repeal of the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM)?
Question 13)
Can you demonstrate a commitment to working people and progressive politics? (please elaborate upto 200 words)

I have been very supportive of the Living Wage movement, environmental sustainability initiatives, Hutt City Council’s Homelessness Strategy.  I strongly believe in accountability and transparency in all council dealings, reaching out to communities that have tended to have less say in council affairs (lower socio-economic areas, Maori, Pasifika)  and co-producing plans for new developments and changes with the communities affected rather than cursory consultation.

Michael Lulich
Occupation: Hutt City Councillor / Government Employee
Candidate for: City Councillor City Wide (at large)
Are you a union member/staff member?  Member of the PSA Union for decade.
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where? Yes as staff member of Hutt CIty Council, Internal Affairs and now Defence.
(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 as a city councillor I supported and pushed for living wage for Council Staff which we have now.
Question 2)
Do you support a living wage for all contractors employed by the council?
Yes I do. We were able to get living wage for cleaners contractors but my support is for all contractors.
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?
I pushed for declaring a climate change emergency for Hutt City Council with some councillor. We have declared a climate change emergency.
Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)?
Worried about selling off council owned assets that are really owned by the community. Particularly council rental properties that house low income people.
Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control? 
I don’t support privatization of council service and believe keep 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?
We implemented a homelessness policy with funding, pensioner rental properties through our Urban Plus CCO, working with central govt on 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?
Question 12) (GWRC Candidates only)
Would you use your position on regional council to seek the repeal of the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM)?
Question 13)
Can you demonstrate a commitment to working people and progressive politics? (please elaborate upto 200 words)

I supported living wage for council staff and contractors, keeping rates increases low, climate change, openness and transparency at council, helping out communities in the city on low income. I am standing independent but I am left leaning.
Question 14)
Is there any further information that we should take into account?

I am left leaning.

Chris Norton
Occupation: Senior Advisor
Candidate for: Hutt City Council, City-wide ward
Are you a union member/staff member? Yes – TIASA member
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where? ASTE, 1994-2008; Executive member 2002-2004

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 -absolutely!

Question 7)
A) Do you support declaring a climate emergency?
YES
B) What role do you think Council can play in preventing climate change and mitigating its effects?
Leadership. Leading by strategic direction, and then example in following that direction to net zero emissions by 2030. Setting up education programmes and advisory services for City people, homeowners, businesses and organisations to learn the behaviours and technologies necessary to themselves help the City get to net zero by 2040.

Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)?
If the sale was to have a near net zero fiscal impact and allow the City to release no-longer fit-for-purpose assets as a means of acquiring/developing assets that contribute to community and environmental resilience.

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services?
NO
Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control?
Yes – as and when feasible

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents?
Ensuring Strategic documents, District Plans and other initiatives enable all stakeholders in housing to provide an appropriate mix of housing to meet the City’s needs; and enabling Urban Plus (HCC’s social housing provider) to act as a social housing provider, not a for-profit development company.

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?
Frankly, this is not only a GWRC issue. GWRC contracts vehicles and services, but it’s the City council that provides the roading infrastructure on which the buses run (and the buses need to reliably connect with the trains). It’s the Drivers who know what works and what doesn’t in terms of providing excellent driving conditions, and they need to be actively involved in any conversations about improvements to routes, infrastructure, timetables… -so this is a multi-party conversation where the inquiry needs to be framed within the question: how can more people move about the region from home to their activities and back again while progressively reducing CO2e emissions? CO2e is not limited to just fuel. It’s number of vehicles, amount of road area required, other impacts (bugs killed, micro-plastics/rubber/toxins runoff in the drains, over-bright night streetlights) all sorts.

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 support this: link]

Question 13)
Can you demonstrate a commitment to working people and progressive politics? (please elaborate upto 200 words)
I have been a Green Party member from 1999, and a union member all my working life (except when it wasn’t possible). I believe in contributing to my community, serving on local trusts and community groups, and helping to run or support community activities, from Naenae Day to School Strike 4 Climate.

Question 14)
Is there any further information that we should take into account?
“Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.” (IPCC 1.5degC Special Report, 8 October 2018 [link].)
This is the reality of this election whether candidates, or voters, like it or not. To ignore or disbelieve this reality, this science fact, is to be unfit for public office in this century. As a first world, carbon saturated city in a nation the same, we need to engage in the far-reaching, unprecedented changes if we are to have any integrity in our selves, our country or the world. Let’s set the Strategic Direction and make the changes we know we must so that by 2030 we can look back and say “I’m so glad we made the changes we knew we had to”.

I’m up for it.

 

Ashok Parbhu
Occupation: Manager Research and Innovation, WelTec & Whitireia
Candidate for: Hutt City Council
Are you a union member/staff member? No
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where? Yes, 1994-97 PSA. and 2012-2016 PSA, at IRD
(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? What role do you think Council can play in preventing climate change and mitigating its effects? Yes, one of my platforms is mitigating electron waste going to landfill, and increased recycling of e-waste.

Question 8)

Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council-owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)? Only if there is community consultation and would be to the long term benefit of the Lower Hutt Community.

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control? Council services should remain under the control of the council. City councillors provide a governance role to ensure council officials are responsive to the communities expectations.

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents?   Councils should play an active role in supporting all residents to decent affordable housing. One way in which it does this by providing good quality rental stock, which sets the benchmark for private landlords to meet.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?

Question 12) (GWRC Candidates only)
Would you use your position on the regional council to seek the repeal of the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM)?Question 13)
Can you demonstrate a commitment to working people and progressive politics? (please elaborate upto 200 words) I was an elected representative on the Alliance national Council 1992-1996, and stood for Green Party in 1990 and 1996. So I walk the talk
Question 14)
Is there any further information that we should take into account? Good council and about good governance, ensuring council officials are responsive to the local community, truly reflective of diversity in a meaningful way.

Brady Dyer
Occupation:
Business Owner (Photography Studio and a Bridal Shop)
Candidate for:
Hutt City Council – City Wide Councillor

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 – don’t have any 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

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 have already declared one at a board level, this sent a strong message to HCC who then followed suit. Building smarter buildings & setting an example. Providing incentives for new construction to also follow suit. Pre-wiring all new construction with options to add EV chargers in the future (currently very expensive in some builds to add EV chargers)

Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)?
If the proceeds from the sale were going into funding something else that was needed. If the asset being sold will continue to run through it’s new owners.

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control?
Yes & No. It depends what the service is. There are some services that councils can provide to rate payers cheaper in house, but some services that make more sense to our source.

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents?
Streamlining sub-development application, medium dense housing in certain areas (close to shops & public transport)

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?
N/A

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

Question 13)
Can you demonstrate a commitment to working people and progressive politics? (please elaborate upto 200 words)
I want to see council using technology more to make peoples lives easier. There are certain services that council should be taking online to save costs & speed up time.
Question 14)
Is there any further information that we should take into account?
I am a young & enthusiastic business owner with a business degree from Victoria University. I am excited at the opportunity to put my creative skills & thinking into council and injecting new ideas. My initial focus will be on council’s core services & assets. These have been neglected for too long, at the expense of new community facilities.

 

Tesh Kells

Occupation: Hospitality worker

Candidate for: City-wide, Hutt City Council

Are you a union member/staff member? No

Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where? No

(for business owners only) Are there union agreements at your business/s?

Question 1)

Do you support a living wage for all staff directly employed by the council?
Yes, entirely.

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 fully. Their mahi is worth recognising.

Question 5)

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

I’m all for honesty – therefore I’ll say I don’t feel I know enough about this to give a clear answer, but from my current understanding, 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. It is something that everyone should have access too, should they wish.

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, 100%. Harbour Ward is largely going to be impacted by sea level rise, therefore one way Council can respond to that is by no longer granting building consents etc in areas which we know will be affected by sea level rise. Climate action needs to extend outside of Council. Councillors should be held accountable for their actions and their carbon footprint, as they do have the power to influence. Why would those in the community go out of their way to be environmentally conscious if their elected representatives were not doing the same?
I believe HCC can positively impact by ensuring all Council owned facilities are eco-friendly, that all Council run events have a minimal carbon footprint, and also that Council themselves produce minimal waste. There’s a lot of action that can be taken here, it needs to be more than a carbon neutral/zero target by 2050.

Question 8)

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

My answer for this would depend on what council owned assets or organisations were up for sale. If the money was being used to fund something vital for the community such as Naenae pool, I would not necessarily have a problem.

Question 9)

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

Hmm. I can see both the plus and negative sides of this. Overall, I don’t think I support privatisation. Once a service is privatised, it removes Council control in terms of quality, wages staff are paid, everything.

Question 10)

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

Council can approve things such as District Plan Change 43, which allows medium to high density housing. Essentially this is building more housing to meet demand that is certainly there. Also, Council should be open to working closely with the Government and nearby city Councils to address the big issues such as housing/homelessness. Because it is so, so widespread and something that cannot be tackled alone.

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?

Question 12) (GWRC Candidates only)

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

Question 13)

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

I’m not standing for Council for myself, I’m not at all here to purely push my own agenda. I am here for people, and the Community (as awfully cheesy as this may sound) are behind everything that I do. My relevant experience (for Council) includes 2 years on the Board of Trustees at my old high school and 2 years experience on Hutt City Youth Council, but I’ve also been working full time for the past year. I’ve been a student, I’ve worked both part and full time, and currently – my job is just an ‘average’ hospo one, nothing flash. The Council experience aside, I’m your average 20 year old. I am not here to represent one type of person, I am here for everyone.

Question 14)

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

Not that I can think of.

Joshua Peauafi
Occupation: Wellington Regional Coordinator at Young Enterprise
Candidate for: City-Wide Councillor position within Hut City Council
Are you a union member/staff member? Not currently
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where? Yes at Hutt City Council
(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, as of 1 July 2018 Hutt City Council staff who were earning below the living wage were offered $20.55 an hour, I fully support this decision.

Question 2)
Do you support a living wage for all contractors employed by the council?  Yes, I think council employees should be paid a living wage on a contractual level.

Question 3)
Do you support a living wage for all staff employed by the council-controlled organisations? Yes, I think we need to show we care and can invest back into our communities we work within. It would be more consistent across the council as well.

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, having been a librarian assistant for Hutt City Council I think it is important to ensure our staff feel valued and supported to continue delivering outstanding Mahi.

Question 5)
Would you support adapting council procurement policies to positively view contractors with union agreements? Yes, while also ensuring understanding is clear on consistent.

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, this would give a more cohesive working relationship.

Question 7)
Do you support declaring a climate emergency? What role do you think the Council can play in preventing climate change and mitigating its effects? Yes, I think the ideation and outcomes of declaring a climate emergency need to be made accessible to all our communities. Its council’s reasonability to make the understanding of a climate change emergency and sustainability is diverse in approach, delivery and understanding.

Question 8)

Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)? This will need to have community consolation and feedback. Any council-owned assets or organisations in question should first have a community consultation process behind them as a platform for reciprocal discussion and conversation.

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control? I support transparency, community collaboration and co-designed initiatives and programmes.

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents? I think council plays a prevalent role in making sure that decisions in relation to infrastructure planning, implementation and development are transparent and engage a wide community stakeholder group. This way the council will grasp a more diverse and deeper understanding of the community needs to then action on.

 

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?

 

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

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

I’m a proud resident of Hutt City and extremely happy to call it my home. My wife Nicky Peauafi and I currently live in the Western Hills. I have a heart for the North East and love giving back to the wider community. I have been employed since the age of 16 and worked through Hutt City Council in various roles, starting as a librarian assistant then moving onto being the Kaimahi Taiohi-Youth Development Facilitator. My wife and I also own our own start-up business and understand the hard work, struggles and pressures that working multiple job positions brings.

I want to ensure the council is advocating and supporting its diverse communities who work extremely hard. This starts with having an understanding with those who they represent. Currently, Hutt City Council elected members do not accurately reflect the communities they represent.

I will need your support to create change within our community. If I am elected, I’ll be the voice of the people creating positive outcomes for Hutt City. Vote Joshua Peauafi for an independent candidate as a City-Wide Councillor, Te Awakairangi, Hutt City Council

 

Naomi Shaw

Occupation:
Candidate for:
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 to equal pay.
Question 5)
Would you support adapting council procurement policies to positively view contractors with union agreements?

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

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

 

Question 8)

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

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

 

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

Council have a responsibility to work closely with Government to address a chronic shortage of social and 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?

 

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

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

I am an advocate for the living wage minimum for a number of reasons. Families with children in the lower socio economic regions are finding it difficult to find suitable housing. Income is clearly not matching rental prices and they are being squeezed out of the market. Equally the working poor are struggling and stressed and often shamed for not coping. It’s time for the council to get serious about reducing poverty and homelessness.

Karen (Kaz) Yung

Occupation: I work in retail, hospitality, admin and volunteer sector; but consider myself a community worker.
Candidate for: City Wide Councillor – Hutt City Council
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? 
 NA

Question 1)

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

Definitely! Glad HCC already do this.

Question 2)
Do you support a living wage for all contractors employed by the council?
Definitely! Glad to see the move towards this too!

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

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?

Totally support equal pay claims and would definitely support working with unions and affected parties on advancing these claims because gender shouldn’t impact pay.

Question 5)
Would you support adapting council procurement policies to positively view contractors with union agreements?
Procurement policy should be lending itself to best practice, and I would like to think working with unions and considering them positively is part of that, so 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?
Definitely support having access to them, up to the individual if they want to buy in or not.

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?
Definitely. I am actually disappointed that Hutt City Council only passed the bare basics, and didn’t show real leadership, nor real community partnership on the declaration. I think Councils have a massive role in this area, in terms of resilience and infrastructure, engagement with the community, and city planning for now and well into the future.

 

Question 8) 

Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)?
Depends what it is and what may be the short and long term benefit of that. At the heart – all decisions must be serving the community, so there may be a time and place to do so; but generally speaking I wouldn’t support the sale of council owned assets/organisations.

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control?
Depends on the services. Although council may be responsible for providing services, they may not be able to provide them directly – whether that be the infrastructure, expertise, etc. Sometimes I think others do it better because of their focus and experience, or the access to resources, as I don’t think all who operate privately purely put profit before people. I’m big on healthy partnerships however and recognise that may be a creative way to achieve some of what we want and need to see in our communities.

 

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

In Te Awakairangi Hutt City I think we could be supporting and encouraging development better through our district plans, through Council Owned i.e. Urban Plus who could provide social housing, and partnerships with others who have expertise and experience in this field.

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?

NA – but do think Councils could do better to advocate for their residents!

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

NA – but also think Councils could still advocate!


Question 13)
Can you demonstrate a commitment to working people and progressive politics? (please elaborate upto 200 words)
My involvement in local politics began in the last election, when I stood for the local community board as a community worker mainly trying to keep previous incumbents who were also standing, to be accountable – I never imagined I would get elected. I did however, and have continued to advocate for the community, and focus on getting more people engaged and aware of local issues. I’m interested in seeing things develop in some creative ways, whilst holding onto some forms of structure and tradition (let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water!). I’m big on meeting people where they are at, and open to hearing what they think and feel. I believe we need the community to work collaboratively with council and other institutions & organisations for the best results for our city.

Personally I try and walk the talk in terms of what I believe and value. A huge part of that is living in a way that I think is about the community, focuses on a different way of being, and is about being good kaitiaki– as I think our environment is one of our most precious resources.

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

I work for Trade Aid, and part of that organisation is focused on working in partnerships with cooperatives, which often makes me think of unions – but in a more global context. The Fair Trade principles are core to how I live in many respects.   

Phil Sprey

I am 100% in favour of open, transparent communication will every  organisation, business, community and individual that interacts with Council.
While we may agree or disagree on some areas, democracy must prevail.

Occupation: Self Employed – Concert Promoter / Non-profit Org Chair
Candidate for: Hutt City – Citywide Candidate
Are you a union member/staff member? No (have no staff only independent contractors)
Have you previously been a union member? No (I was in my corporate years a negotiator for a large entertainment company)  If so, when and where? n/a
(for business owners only) Are there union agreements at your business/s? No. No staff.

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?  No. That is for each employer to decide. (hope they do) When 3rd party contractors quote for council work they need to do this without external interference else the process will become an unfair system and make it very uncompetitive. This impacts on workers as undesired consequence – first-hand knowledge of this. (with best intentions this concept has negative outcomes on the very people and industries etc)

Question 3)
Do you support a living wage for all staff employed by the council-controlled organisations? Yes as they should be treated the same as council employees.

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? No. too broad a question. Qualifications, skill level, productivity, incentives to upskill etc are drives to personal achievement and development and cant be stifled.

Question 5)
Would you support adapting council procurement policies to positively view contractors with union agreements? No this is between contractors, unions and employees (union or non-union) Council must be democratic and reflect the whole community and unless specifically mandated should not adopt positions which reflect external political influences. (my candidacy is 100% independent – fiercely so)

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?   Freedom of choice. Whether opt in or opt out is given each individual must be free to choose either to represent themselves or have union support. Each can therefore benefit or not by their choice.

Question 7)
Do you support declaring a climate emergency? Yes there are huge climate change issues and future-proofing infrastructural planning and related areas from Civil Defence to sea level rise issues are high on my list BUT the Declaration of an ‘Emergency’ is wrought with unexpected side effects: I have been a first responder and have talked to may (many unionised) and they are, like myself concerned at the Cry Wolf trend many authorities are adopting. Unfortunately like with Climate other issues too are branded with this tag. When a real earthquake/Tsunami or similar event should occur the people, I have talked to all, without exception feel the public at large will not take calls to action seriously.

 

What role do you think Council can play in preventing climate change and mitigating its effects? Councils must be active in protecting communities from what the real science position is relevant to there locations. National issues must be directed from central government without relitigating locally and focus therefore by councils must address all aspects as to conditions, geography, assets and services in each location.

 

Question 8)

Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)? Too broad a question to ask. There are businesses council should be in and other they should not. I have specific areas I will introduce to Council if elected and open these suggestions to others elected and to the community at large for comprehensive engagement.

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control? Some services Yes other no. Ultimately it is case by case review, with full transparency which must be economically sound, deliver what is intended to the highest quality, to future-proof decisions/resilience.

 

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents?   A big role. With upcoming Government Policy on Urban development it is too early to see how this will impact local decisions making: I do however not want to see either gated villages on one extreme or cluster ghettoization at the other end. I have some innovative methodology I will bring to the table once Govt. has disclosed its intent.

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? N/A

 

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

Question 13)
Can you demonstrate a commitment to working people and progressive politics? (please elaborate upto 200 words) – Independent. A believer in true democracy. No political/mainstream party support or affiliations. Am 100% against any party control at local body level. New policy on community engagement and participation based on transparency, control on Council Officer performance and delivery. Information access, less red tape and innovative and progressive direction. My platform is UNORTHODOX in every sense of the word. My plans will include an increase in community events and activities, new facilities and commercial opportunities, a fresh approach to many established systems. All will included employee participation and importantly ned employment opportunities.

Question 14)
Is there any further information that we should take into account? Please visit my website/ Facebook page etc as there is much more to learn about.

Cheers

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