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Fleur Fitzsimons
Occupation: Solicitor
Candidate for: Wellington City Council
Are you a union member/staff member? Yes.
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where?
(for business owners only) Are there union agreements at your business/s?

Question 1)

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

Yes.

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

Yes.

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

Yes.

Question 4)

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

Yes.

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

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 this. We need to make reducing carbon central to decision-making including by investing in cycling, walking and public transport and by continuing to grow our city in a compact way.

Question 8)

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

Very unlikely to support.

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

No and yes. It has been done very successfully with Parking Attendants at Wellington City Council and even saved money!

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

A critical role. We must end homelessness in Wellington, support and grown social and affordable renting.

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 a union official for most of my working life and had the privilege of working on numerous campaigns to improve the lives of working people. These have included campaigns against 90 day trials, for equal pay, for sleepover payments and about collective bargaining and the right to strike.

I established the group 26 for babies with Wharangi Onslow Western candidate Rebecca Matthews which worked with many different community groups to deliver 26 weeks paid parental leave for working parents.

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

Humphrey Hanley

Question 1)
Do you support a living wage for all staff directly employed by the council?
Yes! 100%

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

Question 3)
Do you support a living wage for all staff employed by the council controlled organisations?
Yes, we can’t say the living wage is good for some if we won’t stand by it being good for all!

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? Certainly. As a person with a disability I am all too familiar with the struggle of the work we do being undervalued because of who we are, rather than the job we do. People that do a job must be remunerated equally and fairly.

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, everyone deserves the right to have access to 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? Yes, completely behind the declaration of a climate emergency. We need to safeguard the future of tomorrow by acting to mitigate climate change today. The biggest impact WCC can have on climate change is by focusing on the goal of a zero-carbon future. Our primary focus should be on mitigating and reducing the emissions of transport.

Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)? I can’t think of any council assets or organisations that I would ever support selling.

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control? The only scenario in which I support the privatization of services, is if there’s an organisation already established and proven to be better at delivering a service than the Council. I would support bringing privatized services back under direct control where there’s a proven plan for how Council could establish the running of that service more effectively, safely, or cheaply than the existing private model.

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents? We have a huge responsibility in this area as the issuer of building consents and land-use management designations. We should be prioritising consents for building affordable and accessible homes for people.

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 a strong, independent voice for Wellington’s Southern Ward. Having grown up in this vibrant and diverse community I have a passion and motivation for making sure everyone’s voices are heard. Life with a disability has given me the determination to make Wellington an accessible city for all its residents. Wellington can set the bar globally in developing sustainable transport solutions, responding to the climate emergency, fostering our tech and interactive media industries, and promoting our world class artists and entertainers. I have seen first-hand how lucky Wellington is to have many passionate community and volunteer organisations working to make this city tick behind the scenes, and WCC must aim to do more to support that work.

Question 14)
Is there any further information that we should take into account?
I’m passionate and committed to advocating for our most vulnerable communities, because if we can make a city that supports and meets the needs of our most vulnerable citizens, everyone else will benefit. Rather than a ‘trickle down’ economy, I believe in boosting it from the ground up.

Laurie Foon

Occupation: Wellington Regional Manager, Sustainable Business Network

Candidate for: Paekawakawa Southern Ward

Are you a union member/staff member? No

Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where?

Yes at my very first jobs in retail.

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

In my last business which I ran for over 20 years,we encourage our employees to join a union.

Question 1)

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

Yes – becoming a living wage city is one of my central platforms. In my day job with the Sustainable Business Network we are already encouraging and supporting Wellington businesses to pay the Living Wage, and we have endorsed Wellington City Council as a leader in this with the aim of inspiring other businesses to do the same.

And I would like to continue this on a bigger scale if elected to Wellington City Council..

I’m so proud to have a Council becoming a living wage employer. As your city councillor, I would do my utmost to see them become accredited.

Wellington City Council can play a vital role in helping us become a Living Wage city, by:

  • Continuing to lead by example – finishing our accreditation as a LW employer, and highlighting the impacts

  • Following the example of London City Council- by hosting the announcement of the living wage rate and other LW events, and being active in LW week

  • Calling on corporates and Wellington businesses to adopt the living wage so we can promote Wellington as being a Living wage city

  • Adjusting procurement policies to give weight to companies that pay a Living Wage (as well as other sustainability criteria) when awarding contracts. Currently it is council policy to just accept the lowest tender.

 

If elected as a Wellington City Councillor I will:

1.     Fully support the Council’s commitment of ensuring the official NZ Living Wage is paid to all Wellington City Council directly-employed staff, workers employed on a regular and on-going basis by contractors and those in Council Controlled Organisations.

2.     Fully support the Council’s commitment to maintain it’s living wage accreditation as a Living Wage employer in this triennium.

3.     Champion the Living Wage and support Wellington businesses and employers to adopt the Living Wage.

Question 2)

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

Yes, as above

Question 3)

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

Yes, as 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?

I am sorry I do not know enough about this and will need to look into it if voted onto council.

Question 5)

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

My vision for procurement policies is to give preference for sustainable, low carbon, living wage employers. If there was any anti-union sentiment in these discussions, I would oppose 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 am sorry I do not know enough about this and will need to look into it if voted onto council.

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 do support declaring a climate emergency. My vision is for Wellington to be the coolest little sustainable capital in the world. We can get there by working towards zero waste, which means embracing circular systems that re-use our resources and divert waste from landfill. Growing good business, through supporting and investing more in local, social and sustainable businesses to strengthen communities and move towards a low carbon economy. And finally, in future-proofing our city – ensuring urban growth integrates energy efficiency, water sensitive design, urban greening, safer cycling, EVs and car sharing.

 

Question 8)

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

In principle I am not in favour of the sale of Council owned assets or land, however I understand there are different circumstances and reasons for sale and purchase each time. Therefore after consulting with Tangata whenua and those affected, I would then make each decision based on cultural, environmental, social, carbon and economic impact.

 

Question 9)

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

I come from a business background with my ethical clothing label Starfish, where I made a stand keeping our garments New Zealand made to keep the employment and knowledge here. So once again in principle I am not in favour of the privatisation of council services and will lean toward services being under Council control, however I would make the decision based on cultural, environmental, social, carbon and economic impact.

Question 10)

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

 

If elected, I would:

  • Support Council doing as much as possible to increase the supply of good quality, affordable and energy-efficient homes.

  • Support the building of more social housing, by both Council and central government. Ensure social housing is accessible to people with health/mental health needs.

  • Continue the Council’s work to ensure all homes are earthquake resilient via the Wellington standard.

  • Ensure WCC funding of Sustainability Trust audits continues so that landlords can easily find out how they can make their homes warm and energy-efficient.

  • Explore how Council can support the takeup of central government insulation subsidies.

  • Fund advocacy services for renters, to reduce barriers to them accessing the Tenancy Tribunal.

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)

Paying people fairly and providing safe, fair working and living conditions can only benefit us as a city. I believe we can make the changes needed for us to thrive while living in balance with our natural environment, by supporting and investing in good local, sustainable and zero carbon businesses as well as social enterprises that have a positive impact on the well being of our communities, environment and our local economy. We must review and invest in future proofing our urban infrastructure to be climate ready, this means greening our city, water sensitive design, urban food farms, safer walking and cycling infrastructure, energy efficient buildings that support evs, bike parking and carshare systems.  If elected, I will stand for making these changes happen.

Question 14)

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

Thomas Morgan
Occupation: Champion of the oppressed.
Candidate for: Southern Ward Wellington
Are you a union member/staff member? No.
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/A

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?

Would need to know more however the above responses may well apply.

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

Further advice needed once in office!

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?

Further advice needed once in office!

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?

No, emergencies are different types of events / circumstances. Council can do little about climate change, it’s a global matter and perhaps a normal course of events?

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

When it made good economic and community based sense.

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

Depends on performance results and other factors relevant to each case.

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

Limited but a good idea. It has been a long held tenant that the community should assist those in need and housing is the most basic example that should be supported as much as possible.
Question 11 + 12) (GWRC Candidates only)

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

Not really, I just do it! Here’s my official 150 word bio which is designed to get some attention, politics at its finest!

Vote Thomas Morgan 1
Thomas Morgan is providing a clear independent alternative with 20 plus years of pragmatic interest in Local Government.
Supporting gender equity Thomas is one of the male alternatives to provide a male view on Southern Ward issues on the Wellington City Council.
A few words on Thomas to inspire:-
Global thinker yet realistically focused; Legalistic; Managerial; Determined; Communicative; Team player; Effective; Representational; Inherently local.
Diploma in Management; Hard working; Risk adverse; Impartial and independent; Community focused; Robust business case support; Issue focused.
His thoughts:- Sustainable environment; Safer Communities; More ‘ladies’ for the ladies; Bus expressways; Shelters at all bus stops; Topless public swimming pools?; Consultation!; Reliable resilience, the list goes on..
To make contact use Facebook:-
https://www.facebook.com/Thomas-Morgan-for-Southern-Ward112992800057946/ Or email: thomasgpmorgan@gmail.com
Vote for Thomas right now, your vote for him is your responsible vote for you! Make him your number 1 candidate in 2019! It’s your turn.

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

Vote for governance not management- there’s a big difference! Cheers.

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