PCC Mayoralty

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Mike Tana
Occupation: Porirua Mayor
Candidate for: Mayor

Are you a union member/staff member?
As a past PSA president, I still support PSA members, encourage public servants to become union members and speak to PSA groups on the challenges and opportunities of being a Mayor and unionist.

Have you previously been a union
member?
Yes

If so, when and where?
PSA President

(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
Our council has a role to play in mitigating the effects of climate change in its core roles and responsibilities, both in current practices and future development of our city.

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

Where it can be shown to give public good, and is supported by ratepayers.

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

Privatization of council services is not the best outcome forPorirua city but partnership with private business to deliver these services, is one qay forward.

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

Proactive lobbying of Govt for good warm dry affordable houses. which has been answered by govt, committing to 1.5 billion dollars to update or build anew, our old worn out HNZ homes

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

I have given myself to the people of Porirua unreservedly over the last 3 years supporting our communities and workers in improving their lives their health their education their jobs and protecting their way of life. Lobbying our current government to provide housing and infrastructure for our most vulnerable has lead to a commitment of 1.5 billion dollars by the government. This is unprecedented and life-changing for our Porirua communities. I have championed and been committed to getting living wage for our PCC workers which has become a reality in this my first term. I have supported government investment education in our city and will continue to support community initiatives 4 our most vulnerable whilst listening to our residents to ensure our city is developed sustainably and ethically.

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

I have taken my expertise gained during my time leading the PSA to serve Porirua as it’s mayor for my first term, changing the way people see Porirua to one of positivity and pride for the future of our city. For me it’s all about people people people and I have worked hard championing our people of Porirua. I want continue serving our city in my second term focused on councils core responsibilities but without forgetting about the needs and aspirations of our people and the impacts our council decisions have on them.

 

Izzy Ford
Occupation: City Councillor
Candidate for: Mayor of Porirua and Councillor Eastern Ward
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

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. The Council can continue to measure emissions, collate data, set goals to reduce emissions. Council is currently in the middle of developing Te Ao Hurihuri (ever changing world), to address the effects of climate change on the city.

Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)?
If the benefit to the rate payers outweighed the negatives.

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services?
NO
Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control?
Again it would depend if the benefit outweighed the negative to our rate payers.

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents?
The balancing act is ensuring quality homes for our expected growth are built and are not only fit for purpose but also suit our diverse demographic, Id love to see the implementation of a rates remission for first home builds, or central government incentivised grants to first home builds, also council exploring options of removing the GST component for rates. Council plays an active role in advocating so that current housing stock meets healthy standards, we have actively supported the governments bill for healthy 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)
My commitment to ensuring our Council staff were paid a Living Wage shows my position. This year we were able to ensure that around 130 of our staff were moved to a Living Wage. Three years earlier, in our previous triennium, I had supported a motion to move our staff onto a Living Wage which resulted in our staff receiving the initial boost, but nothing budgeted for ongoing years. This year I worked alongside Ana Coffey to ensure that our staff not only received the Living Wage, but would receive the incremental rises each year to ensure they were able to function and actively participate in our society.
Question 14)
Is there any further information that we should take into account?
I’d like to think I am a someone who sees somethings needs doing and works to make sure it happens or at least raises the point and plants the seed. I don’t have all the answers, but will always make a point of finding the answers. I acknowledge that conveying the answers can be received both positively and negatively, but its still our jobs as elected members to pass the answers on. Ultimately, any of us who are elected are mandated by the people, and for me my loyalty is in serving the people that elect me.

 

Ana Coffey
Occupation: Porirua City Councillor/CCDHB board member/mum
Candidate for: Porirua City Council and CCDHB
Are you a union member/staff member? No
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where? NZEI, Wellington, 2000-2003ish
(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?
Yes, I moved the successful resolution to adopt the Living Wage at Porirua City Council

Question 2)
Do you support a living wage for all contractors employed by the council?
Yes, however having about 1/3 staff (n=120) move to the Living Wage means it will require some time to make the next step.

Question 3)
Do you support a living wage for all staff employed by the council controlled organisations?
Yes, however having about 1/3 staff (n=120) move to the Living Wage means it will require some time to make the next step.

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. My preference would be to work with council staff first and then be open to a conversation with Unions.

Question 5)
Would you support adapting council procurement policies to positively view contractors with union agreements?
Potentially, I’m unsure of current council procurement policies

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 successfully moved a notice of motion to declare a climate emergency. Council can mitigate by measuring our own emissions to get a baseline and working on emissions from the landfill and power use. We can also look at replacing the vehicle fleet with electric vehicles.

Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)?
Divestment in assets that no longer have a public good or contributes to social infrastructure of the community.

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control?
I can’t think of any part of current services that would benefit from privatisation at the moment, but if it were to happen it would have to demonstrate the same or an enhanced level of service. Roading maintenance is contracted out and I don’t support bringing that 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?
With a large number of Housing New Zealand stock, good partnership and advocacy with central government. The Eastern Porirua Regeneration provides a unique partnership with HLC and central government to push for decent 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?
na

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

Question 13)
Can you demonstrate a commitment to working people and progressive politics? (please elaborate upto 200 words)
I successfully advocated and garnered support for the Living Wage along with Izzy Ford who seconded my recommendation.
Presented a petition on behalf of rangatahi in Porirua to declare a climate emergency. I then presented a notice of motion to declare a climate emergency which was passed.
Presented the remit on housing standards to the Local Government New Zealand AGM on behalf of PCC
Portfolio holder for equity on the CCDHB
Founding Co-chair for the Young Elected Members network – we advocated and initiated much of the conversation about Climate Change and our response to it.
Established the Children and Young People strategic priority in the council Long Term Plan, initially running engagement workshops with school kids around the Long Term Plan and Annual Plan. We nor lead the sector with our children and young people engagement, report annually on the Status and Wellbeing of our Porirua young people and have a strategic framework to guide our work (and partnerships) with young people.

 

Mike Duncan
Occupation: Retired Journalist
Candidate for: Mayor of Porirua and Councillor for Porirua Western Ward
Are you a union member/staff member? No
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where? I was a long-time active member of the Printing Union which later became the EPMU. I served as Father of the Chapel (shop steward) in the printing union branch at Wellington Newspapers.
Question 1)
Do you support a living wage for all staff directly employed by the council?

Definitely. I not only support it but I was part of a council that voted it in, in Porirua.

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

I support a living wage for all workers. I consider any person who is working a full-time job and still can’t sustain a basic standard of living is being treated as little more than a slave. I don’t believe govt can claim a job has been created if it doesn’t come with a living wage.

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 support equal pay claims

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

I’d need convincing of the benefits of that

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’d need convincing of the benefits of that

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?

Our council has already declared a climate emergency. Though it is declared in name only and the declaration has no teeth. I prefer to see it as something central government needs to be pursuing on a worldwide basis. That’s the only real way any impact will be brought to the crisis.

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

When council owned assets provide no tangible benefit to the community and offer no likelihood or prospect of benefit in the future but are a drain on council resources in maintenance then yes I could support the sale of those assets

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

No, privatisation of services almost always produces inequities of service usually to the detriment to the more impoverished in the community..

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

Porirua City Council’s role can only be one of advocacy..

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)

Our council’s decision to pay our workers at least a living wage demonstrates that commitment.

If by progressive politics you mean a combination of fairness, equality, democracy my Catholic upbringing instilled these qualities in me and they are integral to the way I measure all I do. As a father of 6 and grandfather of 17 I have no choice but to see the benefits of modernity as well.

 

Anita Baker
Occupation:Projects Manager
Candidate for: Mayor/Northern Ward Porirua
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

Question 2)
Do you support a living wage for all contractors employed by the council? Depends on affordability, but yes in principle

Question 3)
Do you support a living wage for all staff employed by the council controlled organisations? Yes in principle but depends on the management of the organisation whether it is implemented.

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

Question 5)
Would you support adapting council procurement policies to positively view contractors with union agreements? No we run a fair process following the government tendering process.

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? No as Union membership should be voluntary.

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 we have already declared it. Council has an important role to collect and disseminate information to business and the public about how we can participate collectively.

Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)? If the business ran profitability and gave council a good return/dividend.

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

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents? An important one, council; needs to encourage and collect statistics on housing supply and ensure plenty of land is available for 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?

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 voted for the living wage at PCC in 2018.

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

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