WCC Motukairangi/Eastern

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Sarah Free
Occupation: sitting WCC Councillor, Motukairangi/Eastern Ward
Candidate for: WCC Motukairangi/Eastern Ward
Are you a union member/staff member? Not at present
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where? Yes, previously  member of PPTA
(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, Wellington City Council is already an accredited Living Wage employer

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

 

Yes, Wellington City Council is already  an accredited Living Wage employer

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?

 

Wellington City Council has declared a Climate emergency. To give effect to this, we need to reduce Council’s own carbon footprint, and encourage less waste to landfill, promote electric public transport and electric vehicles and offer incentives to reduce net household or business energy consumption. We also need community-led solutions to reduce air travel and air miles for goods.

 

Question 8)

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

 

I don’t generally support selling public assets. However, I’d consider it if there is a clear case of overall public benefit or an asset is being swapped for a more strategic one.

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

 

I don’t support the privatisation of Council services. In my time on Council the Parking services were brought back in-house and I think we could do more of this.

 

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

 

Really important! And I am proud of the work Council has done in this space. Wellington City Council owns over 2000 social housing units and I want to see the type and quality of social housing increased across the city, along with emergency housing and rent to own schemes.   We ring -fence the funds for social housing at the moment, so funding is a challenge. Accessing income -related rents for all tenants and further partnerships with allied organisations could help with that

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 am a Green candidate so have a strong commitment to Te Tiriti principles and social justice. I also have a strong Christian faith which motivates me to help the poor and disadvantaged.  In my time on Council, I’ve strongly supported the Living Wage for Council employees and others; investment in social and affordable housing; wrap around support for those with complex housing and social needs; affordable public transport fares with discounts for youth, students, the elderly and those with disabilities; safer walking and cycling, including cycle education and initiatives to give away free bikes to those who can’t afford new; and investment in new community centres and community programmes, such as the Drop In programme in Kilbirnie. I’ve volunteered for seven years for Bellyful, a charity that gives free meals to families with new babies or sick kids, and I’ve recently started helping out with community dinners at the Kilbirnie Community Centre.

Council need to do what it can to help everyone access opportunities for ongoing education, employment, recreation and enjoyment of life, and treat all residents with dignity. I will remain committed to that.

 

Teri O’Neill
Occupation: Policy and Business Analyst
Candidate for: Motukairangi / Eastern ward for Wellington City Council
Are you a union member/staff member? Yes! E tū Union
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, absolutely

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?

Absolutely. I was fortunate enough to lead a petition with the wellington School strikes team to bring a petition to WCC – since then we’ve been able to work closely alongside Cr Iona Pannet for WCC to declare a climate emergency under conditions of just transition, effective action and partnership with Hapu, manu whenua, and iwi.

A large part of my non paid work is with climate justice sector, I’ve worked alongside, green energy, wind, and transport sectors, and largest on the Zero Carbon act to ensure a just transition with considering social welfare, impacts, and indicators with any changes to the sectors around climate change legislation.

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

Under very extreme circumstances.

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

No. Yes to bringing back currently privatized services in to council care.

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

An incredibly large role. Wellington city council is the second-largest landlord in the country after Housing NZ. I find it hard to settle that we have a homelessness crisis, homes that make us sick and a housing market that’s incredibly inaccessible. ( I’m really not going to do well with complacency or the status quo for housing in wellington)

I’m firm that local body government has a huge part to play in warm, safe, affordable and accessible housing – there’s no doubt we need to be doing 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 upto 200 words)
Growing up, mum worked in retail and dad was a carpenter. Then around the age of four years old, mum found herself raising 3 kids and extra family on a single salary. We didn’t have a lot growing up and relied on council services to get by. My nan at the time was fortunate enough to know our Labour local electorate MP Dame Annette king. King and a few other friendly faces helped our family into fair pay and healthy home. Without unions and Labour, we’d still be in struggle. I know what the union fight feels like and I know what that looks like in organizing.

Over the last few years, I’ve been an organizer for various campaigns. My main kaupapa sits in with fair pay, renters rights and a just transition in climate justice. I’m proud to have marched with the teachers, for the nurses and midwives, amongst other strikes with various employee’s and I plan to keep that up 100%. I’m particularly excited this year to be organizing alongside others for the living wage at Victoria University.

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

We know that having a Labour partnered with the greens we can get stronger changes for the union movement at the council. Building on the fantastic existing work, I believe having more seats at the table that represent our experiences and values – we can achieve a lot more.

When I was thinking about standing last year I always go back to what things were like growing up for me, and what it meant for my family to have mates in the union movement that helped us through some hard times. I recognize in my community that we’ve still got a lot of people hurting and our largest opposition for the eastern ward is an anti-union- oil and gas lawyer. I believe the local government can do a lot better with public health obligations fair rights. first hand, I’ve seen we can create more compassionate homes. I’d love to create the most compassionate city.

 

Chris Calvi-Freeman
Occupation:  City Councillor
Candidate for: Wellington City Council, Motukairangi / 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?  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? 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.  There are many actions and initiatives WCC can pursue to reduce the pace of climate change and mitigate its effects.  For example, provision of improved walking & cycling infrastructure, working with GWRC to improve public transport, promotion of sustainable transport options.

Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)?  I would be reluctant to support any asset or organisational sale unless I could be convinced with good evidence that there would either be improved services if delivered privately/on contract, or the current level of service at lower ratepayer cost, without compromising employees’ rights including workers rights to receive at least a living wage and fair & reasonable working conditions.

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control?  See q 8 above.  I would support bringing privately delivered services back into WCC control if it resulted in improved services or the same services at lower overall cost without compromising workers’ conditions.  I would be happy to cut out the profit margin for management and directors of internationally-owned businesses that supply services to Wellington’s residents, if I felt that WCC could deliver the services better in-house.  I would expect any affected existing workers to have the option to transfer into the WCC fold. without detriment to their existing conditions.

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents?   WCC is NZ’s second largest provider of public housing.  I am proud to be associated with this.  I would like to see a review of WCC process to determine whether cost and administrative barriers to home-building can be reduced. 

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 up to 200 words)  I am an independent city councillor with strong social and community values.  I have supported WCC initiatives throughout the current triennium to improve the stock of social housing. As a transport planner and WCC’s portfolio leader for transport strategy & operations, I have been very active in proposing and supporting initiatives that improve mobility and accessibility for workers and reduce the need for people to depend on or invest so heavily in private transport.  Public transport should not be a second class service!  I have supported LGBTQ and Te Reo issues.  I believe strongly in the value and dignity of work at all levels.

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

Best wishes
Bernard O’Shaughnessy
Candidate for Eastern Ward, Wellington
I am retired so not a union member but are a member of Greypower NZ.
I have been an active union member.
I joined the PSA in 1966 and was a member up to 1990 following redunancy
caused by Douglas/Prebble.
I then became a primary school teacher so was in NZEI from 1990 to 2001.
Then in being a life guard and also working for IHC I was in the union.
I have always been a highly active union member, and associated issues.
eg: Active in HART for 20 years. Active in CARE, Corso, and socialist issues.
I have always been and remain a Socialist.
Answers to questions:
1) YES
2) YES
3) YES
4) YES
5) YES
6) YES
I have actively supported the Living Wage movement and will continue to do so.
7) Yes I have and do support the Council in declaring a climate emergency but now I wish to have Officers of Council develop a pro active plan. Council does have a comprehensive plan being it’s “Wellington blueprint for a Zero Carbon Capital.” Council could and should make progress in that regard. In a personal way I have advocated in the Chamber that we look with some urgency to build Seawalls because of the looming effects of sea rise, I have a plan for that and have tabled it at Council over the years.
8) I don’t believe there are any circumstance to support the sale of any assets. Unless maybe it was under preforming or no longer required.
 I was involved with a group of people (socialists mainly) who oppose Councils intent to put water meters on City homes. We argued that it was privatisation by stealth. 22,000 Wellingtonians supported our petition that was gained over a year by us going around all suburbs and doing the talk. That has been the biggest petition received at Council. It was agreed to and
 is still police.
I was actively opposed to the State’s (Nats) bid to sell assets even tho the bastards went on and did so.
9) No. Yes we need to bring services back into Council such as rubbish collection, and buses!
10) Council must have a responsible role in both a) affordable housing and
                                                                              c) Social housing
a) Council has and is making some moves into affordable housing such as encouraging developers to convert buildings to apartments. Council has and is working with developers
in regards a mix of affordable house connected to it’s social; housing programme: eg Arlington Flats stage 2 and 3. But I would like to see more transparency on that matter.
b) I am an expert on Social Housing. The Council gained $200 million following a deed between the then PM Helen Clarke and Kerry Pendergast (Mayor) on the basis that $200 million would then be put up by Council to up grade the 2200 social housing units the city has.
So now after 10 years into the 20 year plan the Council has blown the Govt share and are floundering as to how to pay for the remainder of the up grade. They have big head acks to achieve that. The Council are remiss in doing the up grade so far as the planners/builders/developers were criticised by the State for building new units to a higher standard than what was needed. Heads should roll for this issue. Bastards.
11) I am not required to answer this question but I wish to add that the relationship between WCC and GWRC has caused the grave difficulties we are in now in regards the bus mess.
Hence I would strongly support a working group with Unions and that Council((s) should consult.
12) I am not required to answer this question but state I do have knowledge of the PTOM and the Coalilation Govt should review this NAT policy asap as that shows all around the country
issues Councils have had to address because of the shortcomings of the PTOM.
13) I attach a hand out  that I am using to inform voters. This is similar to what will be enclosed in the advice to Voters when the postal vote booklet is printed and posted out.
All my life I have been active in causes with success. At the heart of all energy is a concern for wellbeing of others. I am a red green Socialist. I worked with Bryan Pepperell for many years.
14) I’m old but still passionate about issues and have practicable ideas.
I do not apologise for writing so much but the cause deserves it.
Steph Edlin
Head Girl
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 think the council should prioritise making its own carbon footprint smaller, as well as prioritising projects and infrastructure that encourages a lower public carbon footprint (such as better footpaths to encourage walking)
Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)?
This is very dependant on a lot of factors, but I would support the sale of council-owned assets in order to decrease rates. 
Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control? 
No I do not support privatization of council services. I would quite like to see the WCC reclaim Wellington Airport.
Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents?
I think the council’s role in housing is to be an aid, instead of an obstacle. For example, with recent restrictions put in place on infill housing, the council is forcing people to jump through hoops. I think the WCC should aim to make it easy for houses to be built, and stop putting trivial restrictions on housing and property. 
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?
(I’m not a GWRC but this is a great idea!)
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 18, I catch the bus, I miss the City Library, and I really do love this city. I think that these days, the council is seen as an evil force, a thing to be avoided at all costs. That’s not what a council should be. The paramount objective of any council is to serve its people, to work with them instead of against. I think this widespread discontent is sad. We have such a wonderful city here, but it’s a pity that no one seems to be making the most of it. If elected, I will do everything in my power to make Wellington a functional, fair and easy city to live in.

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