PCC Western Ward

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Geoff Hayward

Occupation: Public Servant

Candidate for: Titahi Rangituhi Porirua ki te uru/Western Ward, Porirua City Council

Are you a union member/staff member? Yes.

Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where? Current member of Etū, formerly SFWU as well as the PSA.

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, and we need to have Council complete their response plan “Te Ao Hurihuri” as soon as possible.

Question 8)

Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)? I don’t play hypotheticals, but public infrastructure is a public good.

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 privatisation.

Question 10)

What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents? Porirua has limited resources, but it should have a policy to tackle houselessness, as Wellington City and Hutt City Councils currently have; working in partnership with central government, tāngata whenua and the community.

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)

“Over the past 15 years I have been fighting for those who deserve better: students who should not have to borrow to live while studying, to remove youth rates and raise the minimum wage, the right of children to not be assaulted by their own families, to not sell off our state assets, working on the ground to elect more progressive governments in New Zealand, Australia, Britain and the United States, and supporting the work of those who heal the trauma of sexual violence within Aotearoa/New Zealand. Sometimes we win, sometimes we don’t, but we never give up: that’s what solidarity is.

I have trained and supported local and central government candidates across the country, and I hope that by running, we can encourage more people, particularly younger and Māori people to also stand.

My philosophy to life is simple: you got my back, and I’ve got yours.

When Titahi Bay battled flooding a few years ago, my neighbours and community had my back. I’m standing for the Western Ward to make sure Council backs our community too. I believe in a city that thrives for everyone.”

Question 14)

Is there any further information that we should take into account? I am the Labour party candidate in the Western Ward.

Jude Pointon
Occupation: Teacher aide Titahi Bay North School & unpaid freelance journalist on Porirua issues – see judepointonjournalist on facebook
Candidate for: Porirua City Council Western Ward
Are you a union member/staff member?
I have been trying unsuccessfully to become a union member for 6 months. I was not sure how long I was going to do teacher aiding for as it was a trial to see if I wanted to re-train as a primary school teacher.
I am now in my second year and am planning to retrain to teach primary school students. This morning I asked the principal, as I had been told to talk to two union reps and had not been able to get the necessary information from them, if he could supply the information I need. He said he would do so. I feel it should not be onerous for people to join unions!

Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where?
When I was The Evening Post Porirua reporter 20 years ago.

Question 1)
Do you support a living wage for all staff directly employed by the council?
I would support a living wage for everyone. However, I do not earn a living wage. Many businesses feel they can not afford to pay staff a living wage.

Porirua City Council has committed to pay staff directly employed by council a living wage. However, I know this was not something supported by all councillors as they were very aware there was not the budget available to do so even though they felt it was the right thing to do. They should have been aware that many of their ratepayers do not earn a living wage and are struggling to pay their bills – probably the most expensive one of which is rental/mortgage and rates.

Question 2)
Do you support a living wage for all contractors employed by the council?
In an ideal world yes. In a realistic world no. Councils have to live within their means just as their ratepayers have to live within theirs. Local Body Authorities should not be trying to control businesses within their city – other than that they obey the law and do not pollute the environment. Often councils, and many other businesses, accept the cheapest quote. This does not necessarily work out to be the best contractor/business to do the work required and often can result in cost blow-outs. However, councils have to live within their budget or they lose ratepayers to cheaper areas – as is currently happening in Porirua.

Question 3)
Do you support a living wage for all staff employed by the council controlled organisations?
No. For the reasons above.

Question 4)
Do you support equal pay claims for relevant council staff (such as library assistants) and would you support working with Unions to advance these claims?
This is a very tricky question.
So using my job as an example – these are true examples:
Should a highly experienced teacher aide e.g. 20 plus years in the job with no formal qualification be paid the same as
* a brand new teacher aide with no qualifications
* or a teacher aide who has five years of tertiary education including a post graduate Teaching English as a Second Lanugage qualification????

Would I support Unions to advance these claims – Yes – but nothing is ever black and white. People have many different skills, yet all people have value.

Question 5)
Would you support adapting council procurement policies to positively view contractors with union agreements?
No. For reasons outlined above.

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. Declaring a Climate Emergency tells the community that council is serious about dealing with climate issues. However, it then needs to back up its talk with action.

I don’t think climate change can be prevented. I think it can be mitigated through investigating best practice; consulting with those impacted and developing a time and cost based plan. Councils need to ensure basic infrastructure is fit for purpose and future proofed so, for example, sewage is not leaking into the environment. It needs to prioritise efficient recycling, rubbish and compost/green-waste collection. Educate and incentivise people to use cars less and public transport or self-propelled transport more. Work with nature rather than against it – e.g. reinstate wetlands to help prevent flooding. Encourage developers to introduce climate change neutral elements etc

Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)?
I do not know enough about council owned assets/organisations and don’t believe I would unless I was on council. I am not prepared to make uneducated/uninformed promises. I would only support selling council owned assets if the asset was not an asset and not in local government’s brief to be operating e.g. a business such as a fitness centre that was running in competition to privately run local fitness centres and was doing so at a loss and thereby costing ratepayers money.

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control?
Again, I do not know enough about council services in detail. I don’t believe I would unless I was on council and privy to detailed information. I am not prepared to make uneducated/uninformed promises. However, a cost/benefit analysis is a good place to start in terms of such decisions.

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents?
Partially this is a land supply issue. However, the amount of land available for housing is controlled by central Government. The market does control housing prices. However, an under-supply of houses also pushes up prices. Ideally developments that incorporated a mix of housing styles (apartments, family homes, elderly housing etc) encourage cross-social and economic community-building areas rather than mansion or state-housing ghettos are better for society as a whole. Keeping housing affordable requires rent-to-own type schemes. Local body councils could favour developers who were prepared to consider these issues. However, I believe Central Government needs to lead a national strategy to deal with our housing crisis in collaboration with Local Government. We need to look at how other countries such as Switzerland deal with such issues and learn from them. as outlined in the submission by the New Zealand Initiative to the New Zealand Productivity Commission on the Local Government Funding and Financing Issues Paper November 2018 15 February 2019

Question 13)
Can you demonstrate a commitment to working people and progressive politics? (please elaborate upto 200 words).
I was born in Porirua and grew up in Mana. I lived in Cannons Creek for eight years. I now live in Titahi Bay with my husband and three children.

I have lived and worked in England and China. I have travelled widely.

I was The Evening Post Porirua journalist and wrote the Porirua News. I have written central features for engineering and retail magazines and worked for universities as a researcher and editor. I write freelance articles on Porirua on my facebook site ‘jude pointon journalist’.

I work at Titahi Bay North School. Our children attend Titahi Bay School and Titahi Bay Intermediate.

This is the third time I have stood for Porirua City Council.

I will use my communication and analytical skills to make council processes more transparent. I am a team player who asks hard questions and get answers.

Porirua residents deserve a voice guiding the future of our city. Council must focus on the basics: water & sewerage, rubbish, roading and environment.

I am a community-minded person. I have proven this over decades via my journalism, teaching and volunteering. Working on Porirua City Council is another way I can help Porirua and its people.
Question 14)
Is there any further information that we should take into account?
No.

 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.

 

Mark Batten
Occupation: Consulting Strategic Advisor
Are you a union member/staff member? No
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where? Yes Porirua 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

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?
Not sure. Maybe not.

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
Micro screening plastics , recycling if green waste into compost, no diesel vehicles, 100% self sufficient in renewable power, water storage on every property.

Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)?
Not core business or unprofitable but not if public best interest is effected or duty if care in concerned.

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control?
No to privatisation. Don’t know about those already privatised.

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents?
This is a major issue that UK Councils have done well with. I suspect a wholesale change in local government in NZ would be needed to do something similar. The lobby that Council made for Eastern Porirua has shown excellent results so far.

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)?
N/A

Question 13)
Can you demonstrate a commitment to working people and progressive politics? (please elaborate upto 200 words)
A have a position to have staff engage for the determination of programme deliverables that have an approach to shared outcomes with all stakeholder groups, especially the marginalised.

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

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