HCC Northern Ward

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Julie Englebretsen
Occupation: Early Childhood Teacher
Candidate for: Hutt City Council Northern Ward
Are you a union member/staff member? Union member
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where? Since 1980 I have been a member of KTA, then CECUA then NZEI where I have always been active in the Hutt Valley branch. Last year I was awarded an Associate Member of NZEI for Activism

Question 1)
Do you support a living wage for all staff directly employed by the council?
I was the NZEI rep on Hutt Valley Living Wage Network who for 3 years lobbied Hutt City
Council and finally got the Living Wage for Council employed we are still working on Contractors
Question 2)
Do you support a living wage for all contractors employed by the council?
Yes of course that is part of our unfinished business
Question 3)
Do you support a living wage for all staff employed by the council controlled organisations?
Yes of course
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 would
Question 5)
Would you support adapting council procurement policies to positively view contractors with union agreements?
I would pursue this if elected
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 think Hutt City has done this already otherwise yes I would
Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or
organisations (or part thereof)?
Only if it was really necessary and surplus, at the moment we have a huge debt looming with the rebuild of the Naenae Pool. I do not support selling off any reserve land . Hutt City does not have many assets its main one is Silverstream Landfill.
Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control?
I would like a cost comparison done, the Water Services area seems to work well but I am not happy with Urban Plus.
Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents?
Lobbying, advocating strongly to Central Government and increasing its own social housing stock through Urban Plus
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 up to 200 words)
I have always been extremely active through NZEI and also the Labour Party at election time. I have been part of agreement negotiations when we were taken out of the Collective Agreements under a National Govt. for the Hutt City Kindergarten Assoc.
I put my name up for working groups and action groups for upcoming elections.

My most recent celebration has been as Hutt Valley Branch NZEI rep on Hutt Valley Living Wage Network that met regularly and lobbied Hutt City Council for three years until this financial year we finally have a Living Wage for directly employed Council workers with contractors and Council controlled Organisations still to go.
I do not give up easily when there is a goal in front of me.

 

 

Casey Diver
Occupation: Financial Advisor
Candidate for: Northern Ward Hutt City Council
Are you a union member/staff member? I am not a union member
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where? I have not previously been a union member.
(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 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?

I support a Living Wage for all contractors employed by Hutt City Council.

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

I support a Living Wage for all staff employed by a CCO of Hutt City Council.

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 support as is reasonably practical in my role to ensure that equal pay claims are managed fairly and in accordance with the law. I support working with Unions to advance these claims.

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

Yes I 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?

I would support all employees to have an opportunity 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?

I support declaring a climate emergency. Local government needs to play a major role in working to prevent climate change and protecting the environment. I will not support any rhetoric that holds that climate change is not local governments responsibility. Council can take action through its developments of land and use of resources to mitigate effects while also investing and collaborating with organisations that seek to reduce harmful effects.

 

Question 8)

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

When the sale of the asset would directly benefit the community it is located in. For example the sale of vacant land not classified as reserve or parks land or in regular use by the community for the purpose of housing. The proceeds of said sale would then be directly targeted to existing council assets and services in that community to ensure that rate payers receive a clear beneficial return on the sale. The option to sell would be first taken through public consultation to ensure that the community is aware of the intent and it has community approval before any transaction of decision of sale were to take place.

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 any existing council services due to the reality that to make said services profitable from a private sector perspective, the user charges would need to be raised thereby making the asset/service unobtainable to our community. For example the privatisation of local pools, parks or libraries. I would support the purchase of previously sold council assets when there is a clear community need and that the service is not being used in the correct way.

 

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

Hutt City Council has a responsibility to have an integrated housing policy and plan in place for the future of housing. Currently Hutt City Council’s existing housing policy is dated from 2008 and the only existing plan related to housing is in the urban growth plan which is also outdated and lacks the foresight of the current housing market. Neither plan looks significantly at what a collaborative housing market would look like. Hutt City Councils’s CCO Urban Plus is not collaborative or productive in its current role regarding creation of new housing stock and maintenance of existing stock. There needs to be an integrated work plan with Housing New Zealand, Council both local and regional and the private sector in order to: streamline the availability of vacant land and resource consent process, development of said land for residential properties, creation of core infrastructure services to support the new development ie, water, drainage, power and waste, and finally the development of sustainable housing (environmentally friendly, kitset local housing developments). Hutt City Council has the ability to become an innovator 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?

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 have worked actively in my community for over five years working with local community groups and supplying funding, resources and skills to ensure they meet their goals. I have supported the development of organisations that are progressive changemakers and recognise the modern issues facing communities. I have been a part of my local Rotary organisation the most progressive club in the Wellington region further working in communities to advance the goals of residents. I have actively volunteered with community houses, foodbanks and charities such as Womens refuge to ensure that working people have the help they need and have given back to the community. I am well known in the not for profit sector of Hutt City for my views and skills and have actively sat of boards and Trusts that meet community needs. I have also represented Lower Hutt on government boards and funding organisations to advance the needs of my community.

 

I support progressive politics in the development of new ideas and policies that can affect fundamental and long term change. I acknowledge that local governments needs to become more progressive in order to meet communities needs.

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

I am a young candidate and while I may not be the most experienced I am highly educated and have a background in community engagement and local politics. I have worked across the private, public and not for profit sectors advancing the goals of residents who need help. I have worked for multicultural societies and educational institutions and I recognise the issues facing our City long term. The decisions the next council will make will affect people for the next 30 years and beyond. They need to be made by people who put others above themselves and recognise that they must work in the interests of the many not the few.

 

Leigh Sutton did not reply.

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