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Justin Lester
Occupation: Mayor
Candidate for: Mayor of Wellington
Are you a union member/staff member? I’m a member of E Tu.
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 and have helped lead its implementation.

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

Yes and have helped lead its implementation.

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

Yes and have helped lead its implementation.

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, WCC is a responsible employer and works in  partnership with unions to ensure staff are represented and acknowledged fairly.
Question 6)
Would you support adapting council employment policies to ensure all directly employed, contractors and staff of CCO’s have access to union membership?

Yes, WCC is a responsible employer and works in  partnership with unions to ensure staff are represented and acknowledged fairly.

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 declared a climate emergency so we place a climate lens on everything we do.
Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)?
I would consider the recycling of property assets for investment in social and housing assets.

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control? 
In my experience, Council services are best delivered in house because employees feel part of the organisation and that they are serving Wellington city. We have seen this when we brought our parking services in-house. WCC provides approximately 400 services to Wellingtonians and is very well placed to do so.
Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents?

We play an important role and WCC is one of the largest landlords in New Zealand. I have led increased investment and provision of social and affordable housing. We are one of the few Councils growing its social and affordable housing stock.

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 a Labour candidate and have shown over the last three years as Mayor my commitment to supporting workers by becoming an accredited Living Wage employer and encouraging other Councils and businesses to do the same. We are now seeing a ripple effect around the country because of the good work of Living Wage Aotearoa and their union and community movement.
We’ve also focused on supporting diverse communities and vulnerable Wellingtonians by building strong communities. Our approach to housing has been both innovative and NZ leading by growing our commitment to ensure people are well-housed.

 

 

Norbert Hausberg
Occupation: –
Candidate for: Wellington Mayor
Are you a union member/staff member?
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where?

Yes am an ex teacher
(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?

Have access to with union membership? Maybe rewording this convoluted question will help.

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?

My Platform is WELLINGTON CARBON NEUTRAL by 2022. We do have a declared climate emergency though the current council will do nothing. Instead it is avoiding the issues as best they can.

Question 8)

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

See question 9

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control? Privatization has not helped anyone. Look at the power industry in New Zealand. Privatisation means getting the profits to a small group with frequently no societal interest.

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

WCC is a major landlord already and thereby plays a major part in this. Though we could do MUCH more

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)

Aren’t we all working people? Do you want my CV?

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

This is a pivotal election for a greener more sustainable future of Wellington. The public can vote for the past by electing the same old current councillors. They will do the same old things and this will not help anyone. You can vote for the future WELLINGTON CARBON NEUTRAL by 2022 there is no time to waste anymore.

Connor Hill:
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? I support the action to prevent climate change as well as the declaration. Almost all Wellington candidates will say they care about climate change.  I believe policies are much more important than the declaration, as our current mayor declared one week and opened a petrol station the next. To me that is disingenuous. Many of my policies have a stated climate change impact. You can read here for more

Question 8)

Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)? Only the sale of the share of the airport. Even then, only if the proceeds of the sale were ring fenced for the provision of social goods – specifically social housing, or transport options (public transport and active modes). I am not overly attached to the council owning 34% of Wellington’s single biggest carbon polluter. 34% is also a hopeless stake – it gives no control, look at how badly the airport treats the buses.

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control? I would not privatise any more services. At this point I don’t think I would be looking to bring back much under council control. This is partly because I think there is so much the council needs to focus on already in housing and transport.

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents? A much much larger role than they are currently playing. I strongly support the provision of additional social housing paid for by council. That is not currently happening, with the council unprepared to spend a cent on building new social homes. We also need to advocate for council tenants to be eligible for HNZ income related rents.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 platform largely relies on two thing – Housing and transport. These are both currently broken and this has a disproportionate effect on working people. I want to see  the council take whatever steps they legally can to provide affordable housing in Wellington. This includes building social homes, allowing for more homes in existing suburbs, converting some of an unused golf course to housing, changing the way we rate to encourage more homes, a healthy homes package for renters and doing away with silly rules that make new homes more expensive like minimum parking requirements.
I want to see a transport system that is affordable. That means good public transport and good options for people who cycle.

Additionally, I advocates for a sinking lid on Pokies, abandoning vanity projects such as the convention centre the arena and the runway extension, and a commitment to our Library. Check my site for more: https://www.conorhill.org.nz/policies

Question 14)
Is there any further information that we should take into account? I am looking forward to working with some of the fantastic progressives that are currently councillors and candidates. There are areas that my platform does not cover, which I know other councillors are stronger on, from the Living Wage to Waste Management. I want to learn from those councillors, and entrust them to their areas of strength.

 

 

Jenny Condie

Occupation: University Lecturer

Candidate for: Wellington Mayor and Northern Ward Councillor

Are you a union member/staff member? Not employed at present

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?

Question 2)

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

Question 3) 

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

 

People should not be in a position where working full time leaves them unable to afford a warm, dry home, and food for their families. New Zealand’s minimum wage is comparatively high by international standards, yet many people find themselves in this position. I believe the solution is to reduce the proportion of income taken by housing costs, rather than universally raising wages.

 

I applaud the campaign for a living wage and look forward to negotiating about the living wage with unions. I pledge to keep workers who are now receiving the living wage at that rate. I will not commit to any future changes. 

 

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? 

 

I support adapting council procurement policies to take account of the vendors’ ability to deliver services on an ongoing basis. Part of that is whether vendors are paying high enough wages to retain their experienced staff.

 

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 should have the option to join a union if they want to. We shouldn’t be making it difficult for our employees to exercise their rights to 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?

 

I support declaring a climate emergency, although that now needs to be followed up with concrete action.The greatest proportion of Wellington’s greenhouse gas emissions comes from road transport. To reduce the need to travel our city needs to grow up, not out, with compact, vibrant neighbourhoods. Council must offer commuters a genuine alternative to their car by: 

  • getting buses moving in priority bus lanes and removing on-street parking on narrow suburban routes; 
  • delivering rapid transit through Let’s Get Wellington Moving; 
  • delivering pedestrian improvement and bike/scooter lanes. 

 

My policy on mitigation will be released shortly. Please check my website condie4council.nz

 

Question 8) 

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

 

I would like to see a review of council’s assets that assesses the benefits they bring to the city, and whether the services are best provided by Council. For example, Council is a part-owner of Wellington Airport, but with no controlling interest. Council ownership of this asset does not bring any benefit to the city that a private owner could not provide. Sale of our stake in the airport could be used to fund the mass transit component of Let’s Get Wellington Moving. Important council infrastructure such as water should remain as a Council Controlled Organisation.

 

Question 9) 

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

 

If a service can be provided by private businesses with effective competition then Council should not be providing that service, although I imagine every service that could be effectively privatised in that way already has been! 

 

Council Controlled Organisations provide a useful middle ground for delivering council services with a business-minded framework and with direct Council control. The challenge in managing these organisations is to keep the policy goal of the organisation as a priority, over and above any drive to generate revenue. For example, the goal of Council’s composting CCO should be to divert as much waste from landfill as possible. Generating revenue at the expense of that goal is counter-productive.

 

There may be services that have been fully privatised which would be better delivered by a Council Controlled Organisation. The practical barriers to bringing them back under council control are significant, not least the funding that would be needed to buy back relevant assets. Given the pressure on council’s finances to deliver the infrastructure we need to become carbon neutral, I would consider each proposal based on the costs and likely benefits.

 

Question 10) 

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

 

To improve housing affordability while lowering emissions we need more apartments and townhouses near public transport and amenities. The market is never going to deliver enough affordable housing – their incentives are to maximise profit, while delivering good quality affordable housing is more time-consuming, and delivers lower profit margins.

In partnership with developers and central government, I support council building affordable suburban apartment buildings with ground floor shops. Some of those units should be retained as social housing. 

I will simplify planning rules to increase housing supply and lower building costs, while introducing an Urban Design Panel to ensure quality design.

If city council can increase the supply of rental property, and central government deliver on their protections for renters, then Wellington can once again become a city where renting is affordable and desirable.

 

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)

 

Question 14)

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

 

Diane Calvert

 

Occupation: Wellington City Councillor

 

Candidate for:  Mayor of Wellington and City Councillor for Wharangi/Onslow-Western

 

Are you a union member/staff member? 

No

 

Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where? Yes, years ago. Last membership was with the PSA
(for business owners only) Are there union agreements at your business/s?  Yes at Wellington City Council

Question 1)

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

 Yes I do and have voted for it

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

Yes I do and have voted for it


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

Yes I do and have voted for it

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 require more information on the specifics but generally am in favour of equal pay for equivalent work.

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

I support procurement policies that support ethical and local Council purchasing, using Council’s buying power for good. It is a policy that I have specifically stated I want to progress should I be elected as Mayor.

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 believe this is currently the case. 

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 our Council taking immediate action and not spending 12 months coming up with a plan. One of my policies is to speed up council initiatives to get more action on reducing carbon emissions.
Question 8) 

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

 It would depend on the business case but I can’t see any sale of Council assets on the horizon

Question 9) 
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control?
Councils are responsible for the delivery of many services and the wise spending of rates collected. 
Wellington City Council spends over half a billion dollars annually on it operations. It would be remiss not to consider what could ultimately be in the best interests of the ratepayers. Any assessment is not solely based on cost but also the level and type of service offered.
In terms of bringing privatised services back in house, I would like to look at bringing our council maintenance services back in house if we can provide a more responsive service
Question 10) 
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents?

We can’t be the ‘handbrake’ on getting warm dry homes. Council needs to ensure that the planning rules and regulatory framework is efficient and effective to ensure we support the build of  as many new homes as the market supports. 
We also need to continue to work with Government to ensure they there is sufficient social housing  available for those in need and those Council tenants eligible should be able to access the income related rents subsidy (resulting in their rental payment being at 25% of their income).

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 come from a strong work ethic and working class background that believes in everyone deserves the opportunity to do the best they can. 
In terms of ‘progressive’ politics that is usually in the context of central government and how they apply their taxation tools and benefits which is much more diverse than what Councils have. Government has access to income tax based regimes but Council’s generally only have access to land/property based taxes (rates) which have no bearing on someone’s income or total assets. 

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

If you want to check out more about me and or my plans go to www.dianecalvert.nz

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