WCC Takapu/Northern Ward

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Jill Day
Occupation: City Councillor/Deputy Mayor. Primary School Teacher (prior to being elected to Council)
Candidate for: Takapū Northern Ward of Wellington City Council
Are you a union member/staff member? No, as far as I am aware there is no specific union for Councillors. We are classed as contractors.
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where? Yes, an NZEI union member from the beginning of my teaching career. I became an NZEI union member again when I returned to teaching after having time out of the teaching industry to raise my family.
(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. It is important that Council shows leadership and makes a clear stand that Council takes climate change seriously. Council has many opportunities to prevent climate change both by making decisions which have direct effect, but also by supporting organisations that work to prevent climate change (whether through funding or providing support through infrastructure). There are many practical ways that Council can make a difference, for example providing infrastructure for electric vehicles in the city, promoting active transport (walking and cycling), promoting public transport, improving waste minimisation and planting trees to name a few. Council needs to be open to new solutions and also actively look for ways to protect the natural environment.

Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)? I support the retention of Council owned assets for the benefit of all citizens. There can be times where the sale of an asset could lead to investment in a new asset which has a greater benefit to the people of Wellington. Each case needs to be assessed on it’s merits and what it would offer to the community as a whole.

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 the privatisation of council services. It is important that all Wellingtonians can access the services that the council currently provides. I would support current privatised services coming back under direct Council control if we can improve the outcomes for the whole community. It would however have to be clear that the change would bring about improved outcomes that make a significant difference to the service.

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents? I think that this is an area where Councils can make a significant difference. Working in partnership with central government is essential. There are a number of mechanisms that could achieve this. I have been impressed with the apartment conversion model, which is providing affordable housing for middle income earners. Councils need to be open to new ideas. This problem has grown over many years and the solutions will need to be different to the past. Council also has a role to play in making sure that the size of houses being built are what we need. Evidence shows that we need to be building more 1-2 bedroom 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?

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) It is very important to me that we don’t leave people behind in our community. As a teacher, I knew many families, who had both parents working multiple jobs between them and were still struggling financially to keep up. Through my work I supported families who were homeless or living in substandard conditions. Supporting children to be connected with school through these difficult times was a big part of my job.
Children need to have the basics provided for, but also need to have parents around who can support them emotionally as well. When parents have to work long hours, children miss out on valuable family time. Many families are struggling to make ends meet and we need to make sure that Council continues to provide services which are affordable for everyone.
However, it is not just families who are struggling, there are many people on their own who also have to work too hard to afford the basics. I will continue to make decisions that put the needs of people first.
I have been a union member myself and support the rights of people to have good advice and support in their place of work.

 

Peter Gilberd
Occupation: City councillor, scientist
Candidate for: Takapu Northern Ward, Wellington City Council

Are you a union member/staff member? No, there is no union for city councillors, who are deemed to be independent contractors.
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where? Yes, I have always been a union member, since starting work at Victoria University in 1979 and finishing my employment at the Royal Society Te Aparangi in 2017. In turn, I have been a member of the Association of University Teachers, the Association of University Staff (in the UK), and the PSA.
(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. Council has an essential role to play in mitigation (tree planting, promoting the use of EV vehicles, promoting public transport, using energy saver lighting, designing cities to minimise our carbon footprint, using waste disposal practices that minimise the release of methane, etc.). Council will have a fundamental role in adaptation too (engineering structures, withdrawal from compromised areas, town planning requirements, etc.).

Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)? I support the retention of public assets. I would support a sale where there was a public gain that outweighed the retention of the asset, for example, where reinvestment into another public asset would provide greater returns to the Council. Another example might be where disposal of public land could allow for further investment into social housing.

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 the privatisation of council services. I would support bringing privatised services back under council control, but only if there were a public benefit, and not just for ideological reasons.

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents? This is an area where local and central government must both act, to overcome a sudden crisis that has been brought about by four decades of inadequate investment in housing and by an undue emphasis on building excessively large houses. We need higher density housing, and housing for smaller households. On area in which councils could play a major role is in the provision of affordable rental housing for service workers, by working with the private sector to guarantee the developer a steady income stream from the development of purpose-built accommodation.

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). Yes, I have been a union delegate that has stood up for employees and saved jobs. I have also actively supported progressive movements such as the anti-apartheid movement. I stand as a councillor for the Labour Party because I have a commitment to working people and to social justice.

Question 14)
Is there any further information that we should take into account? Generally, I support new projects because they help create new jobs, in addition to their intrinsic benefits.

 

Graeme Sawyer
Occupation: Science Educator
Candidate for: WCC – Northern/ takapu
Are you a union member/staff member? Yes – PPTA
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where? PSA when a government employee as a Policy Adviser )2013-2012 approx). I dont think I have ever been employed where there WAS union coverage, where I was not amember. But I could not “swear” to that
(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? Absolutely, yes.

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

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

Question 5)
Would you support adapting council procurement policies to positively view contractors with union agreements? Yes. . I have some experience in the waste industry, with the vastly superior “service” and community bemefit that can come from selecting contractors on’other than the lowest tender: basis.
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? Absolutely, 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, But I am VERY cynical about the REAL commitment of the curent batch of climate change “fakers” to do much at all abour climate change. They are pathetic. Thats one of the pribcipal reasons I am standing: to get RWEAL change on climate change in WCC.

Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)? Without any specifics, I’d have to say probably “none”.

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control? Im comfortable with Wellington water – Thats the most important one. while I do have a slight conflict, I do believe they to a better job than “what came prior” in MOST cases.

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents? The VERY highest standards for ALL rental housing within WCC boundaries whould be FORCEFULLY enforced. TOO MANY sccumbag landlords have fot away with renting out “overpriced slums” for too liong. But when it comes for WCC BUILDING and renting out) WCC funded properties to those who ‘cant afford it”, my view is very different. The reason we HAVE a problem here ios attributable to CENTRAL government, and I DO NOT accept that its OUR local governments place to solve it “for them”.
After year and years of government saying that local Government “have no place in subsidized housing”, I think that might actually be true for Wellington City. Its an expensive place to live. Its surrounded by no less than 4 satellite cities all within essay, efficient, CHEAP public transport to “Wellington City” – so – do i believe WCC should pay and pay for CHEAP) housing for “anyone” in Wellington City”? – absolutely NOT. CENTRAL government should be providing social housing wherever it is most efficient and affordable and accessible to “central wellington”. And, at today’s prices, that is unlikely to be within “Wellington City” municipality, as its just too expensive here. Its not local Governments job to fix “market failures” bought about by poor Central Government planning!

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? Probably, as there should be meaningful input from ALL relavent stakeholders. An while my kids stand on corners for busses that dont come (as they do at least once a week) , that meant Bust Drivers are the MOST important stakeholders…

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) I am HORRIFIED that WCC expects “first world” Public Transport services when they deliberately trawl for the lowest tender for Bus contracts, when they ABSOLUTELY KNOW that will depress wages for bus drivers throughout Wellington, and drive Kiwis who would take those jobs to other industries to other jobs. THEN they import foreign nationals (desperately grateful to the work!) whose presence further overloads our (in crisis and massively overpriced) housing situation. Such ignorance in elected representatives is UNFORGIVABLE. But, horrific as this betrayal of workers is, BIGGEST bugbear is WCC a waste and water ‘policies”: WCC have been PATHETIC in their commitment so solving our MASSIVE problems with stormwater and wastewater, as they “suck up” to lowest denominator ‘scumbag” developers in a desperate attempt to have them “provide housing” (or, rather, provide more rates bills while providing “insufficient” additional infrastructure). All new housing is WAY BELOW the minimum environmental and energy standards we should ALL be demanding. Current councillors are shamefully inadequate in their leadership and governance over this: they should be leading from the front, not meekly saying “yes sir” to the twisted neo-liberal policies that Justin Lester espouses as a “Labour” mayor.
Question 14)
Is there any further information that we should take into account? I ask all union supportes to consider the fact that unions support “Labour” branded candidates, when most of those candidates (from my perspective) have surprisingly little in common with labour party values and policies. Examples? it is laughable that working NZers (like me!) pay union subs that “Kick back” to “labour ” candidates who fail so abysmally to represent “our” interests in any meaningful way at local government level – how can those elected Labour party “representatives” do better, when there is – quite literally – NO labour party “local government” POLICY. Look at the “policy platform” on which these candidates “stand”: does one exist? NO! every 3 years there is a Labour “manifesto” for CENTRAL government elections – yet for local government???? NOTHING. The labour party “preys’ on the loyalty of its faithful to blindly support candidates (In my ward – Lester, Gilberd) who pay lip-service ONLY to their party values: These “Labour” politicians commit to environmentally hostile, economically suicidal and manifestly ‘anti worker” policies like a billion dollar runway extension, residential intensification at the expense of public ameinity, and effectively a “minimum wage only” for bus drivers. What a joke! What an INSULT to the working person! They have disgraced the principals to a “true” labour party by these policies!! My plank is “There is NO PLACE for Party politics in local Government Elections”, and Labour Party supporters need to wake up to the truth of that message, and shake off their propensity to blindly “tickthe red box”, when better alternatives – like me – exist.

 

Tracy Hurst-Porter
Occupation: Community Worker/Advocate
Candidate for: Takapu/Northern Ward and Hutt Mana Charitable Trust
Are you a union member/staff member? Not currently
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where? Yes. Worked for
Finsec, 2003, I was a member of Food and Service Workers Union 2003, and previously Finsec
and Insurance Workers Union 1989 – 1995 before the amalgamation where I was the only Office
Rep at the Insurance Company I worked in, also previously a member of NZEI 1980 – 1984 and
PSA 1985 – 1986 The gaps in my union membership have been because of going overseas
and child rearing and not being in paid employment due to an injury. Finsec supported me to a
successful employment law settlement with a former employer following a work related injury..
(for business owners only) Are there union agreements at your business/s? Not
applicable
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?
No. I do not believe it is the function of the council to skew procurement policies to ensure
contractors have union agreements. If council has already insisted on living wage and good
working condition of all contractor employees, then it is natural to assume the union has already
involved in the company.
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 – I believe everyone should have the opportunity to be offered 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?
Wellington has already declared a climate emergency. We have a moral obligation to work to
reduce our impact on climate change for future generations by being a role model in the way we
do business and empowering communities and individuals to start making changes that will
make a difference.
Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or
organisations (or part thereof)?
Wellington City Council has already sold off a large number of the family jewels in terms of
revenue generating entities. If anything is left there would have to be a compelling reason to
sell and lots of public consultation around the topic.
Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing
currently privatized services back under direct council control?
No. Wellington City Council has already started to bring services back in house. People go into
business to make money. Why should Council give a private company licence to print money
when they could be providing the service at a lower cost themselves.
Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing
is available for all residents?
Wellington City Council is already the largest provider of social housing in Wellington as well as
supporting social agencies to work with Homeless and Street Beggars. This is an appropriate
response to complex social issues. Council is supporting a “ Housing First” multi-agency
strategy which I have seen working effectively in the Kilbirnie area where I work. I don’t think
Wellington has a big enough population base to do much more but I do acknowledge there is a
squeezed segment of workers who earn too much for a community services card, have large
outgoings with accommodation, student loans, debts etc. I believe the answer is the living wage
which unions are fighting for.
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?
Not Applicable
Question 12) (GWRC Candidates only)
Would you use your position on regional council to seek the repeal of the Public
Transport Operating Model (PTOM)?
Not Applicable
Question 13)
Can you demonstrate a commitment to working people and progressive politics? (please
elaborate up to 200 words)
I have been working in the not for profit sector, in paid employment for nearly 20 years and in
unpaid employment longer than I care to remember. My woking life has been dedicated to
looking after those less fortunate. It is fair to say; workers and employers need each other for
the betterment of a civil society. I believe in the dignity in all work and that from the cleaner
through to CEO everyone should be working towards the greater good. The challenge is to
ensure all workers are fairly remunerated and have the absolute right to work in a safe work
environment. If elected I will strive to ensure Council policies reflect the rights of people to be
treated with respect, to be safe and have the opportunity to prosper.
Question 14)
Is there any further information that we should take into account?
I thank you for the opportunity to showcase myself against your questions. I hope your
membership will vote for the right person for the job rather than for the people they perceive will
deliver them what they want. I am also standing for Hutt Mana Charitable Trust in Northern
Wellington District. That is Tawa, Churton Park, Newlands, Woodridge and Johnsonville. I
have lived in Johnsonville for most of my life and am currently the Chair of Johnsonville
Charitable Trust which last year distributed $330,500 into our local community. I also served on
the Wellington Distribution Committee of COGS for 6 years (3 of them as Chairperson) I have
spent my entire adult life in the service of others one way or another. I believe I am the right
person for the job on Hutt Mana Charitable Trust and I would appreciate your support in
achieving that goal. Thanking you in anticipation.

 

John Peters
Occupation:———————————————————– Bus Driver
Candidate for: ——————————————————–Northern Ward, CCDHB and Hutt Mana Charitable Trust.
Are you a union member/staff member?——————— Was member of Taxi Union.( Worked closely with late Helen Kelly (President, Council Of Trade 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

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

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? —- Definitely

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?

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

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

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)?– Need more info on that.

Question 13)
Can you demonstrate a commitment to working people and progressive politics? (please elaborate upto 200 words)—- Will have discussion around it and come to a decision.

Question 14)
Is there any further information that we should take into account?————Not presently

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