WCC Wharangi/Western

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Rebecca Matthews
Occupation: Community Campaigner
Candidate for: Wharangi/Onslow-Western Ward for Labour
Are you a union member/staff member? Yes, staff member for NZEI Te Riu Roa (previously for FIRST, Finsec and AUS). Member of E Tu (previously several, including PSA, Unite and FIRST).
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. Being a leader in Living Wage Wellington is what made me want to stand for local government.

Question 2)
Do you support a living wage for all contractors employed by the council?
Yes. I also support using procurement, events and projects to spread the 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?
Yes. Currently working on equal pay claim for early childhood teachers. Keen to apply what I have learned on the governance/employer side. Long time pay equity activist.

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 attended Climate Strikes! Support Wellington becoming carbon zero ASAP. Also support a Just Transition so working people and their families are not disadvantaged by the changes we need to make.

Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)?
I am against asset sales so I can’t think of any!
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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. The Living Wage has provided a good lever to do this (parking services). I can see that climate change response would be similar lever.
Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents?
Significant role. Proud that WCC is our country’s second biggest landlord! Want to build more and goal to eliminate homelessness. Supporting renters rights and measures to increase affordability.

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)?
Can I say yes to these last two anyway???

Question 13)
Can you demonstrate a commitment to working people and progressive politics? (please elaborate upto 200 words).
I have spent my working and activist life for working people and progressive politics eg leadership roles in Livng Wage, 26 for Babies coalition for paid parental leave, Campaign for MMP, Unions Wellington, pay equity – right back to my days in the student movement. This is my motivation.

Question 14)
Is there any further information that we should take into account?
No just thanks for doing this!

Richard McIntosh
Occupation: Part-time Educator, part-time self-employed Arborist
Candidate for: Wharangi Onslow-Western
Are you a union member/staff member? PSA member, National Library
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where?
(for business owners only) Are there union agreements at your business/s? No

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?

Unify rural & urban interests: Enable carbon financing to take off in rural areas. Then buy those credits & establish a retail market for urban dwellers to buy the credits, too.
Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)?
None.

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

No to privisation. Yes to bringing services in-house.
Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents?
Council collects rates from owners, so can ensure they are providing healthy homes for tenants. Council can raise money to increase the rate of social housing construction. 

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)?
Hell yes.

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

Here’s a link to the 2005 Herald story about me winning a case against my employer over the Minimum Wage Act. Here’s me again August 2012 & February 2013 going all out against asset sales.

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

I’m union to the bone. You don’t need to publish this bit: I’m an employer in my business, too. The principal employee – effectively my business partner – is on $42.50/hour & two part-time schoolkids (my son & his mate) are on $22/hour. I want a NZer to be the next WCC CEO – someone who intuitively understands our history & culture and will co-operate with our aims. Services I want to focus on bringing in-house at Council and its CCOs are security and cleaning.
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.

Ray Chung
Occupation: Business Development Manager
Candidate for: Onslow-Western
Are you a union member/staff member? No, our company on has five people and yes, I’m a staff member
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where?

Yes, all the years when I was at the Post Office/ Telecom
(for business owners only) Are there union agreements at your business/s?

I’m an employee on contract

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

I’m pretty sure they all are at the WCC now

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

In principle yes but can the WCC dictate this to contractors? I’m not sure of the legality of this?

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

Yes and I believe that they are already

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?

I don’t mi d this but is it legal?

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 would have thought that this is a given? 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 actually don’t know what declaring this means? Like what difference does it make to what the Council does?

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

Very difficult question to answer without knowing the full details and implications. For example, if the council couldn’t economically strengthen the Central Library, would it be feasible to sell or lease this to a developer providing they retained the lower floors as the Library? From my perspective, I want to see the library reinstated as soon as possible and the council looks like they’re sitting on their hands on this.

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

I thought this is what they’re already doing with the parking enforcement? Why do you ask these questions without giving us supporting information?

Do you mean like the rubbish collection? Do the council staff still do this? I don’t know?

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

Isn’t the council the second biggest landlord in the country already? Doesn’t that show they’re taking this role seriously?

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 running for Council

Question 12) (GWRC Candidates only)
Would you use your position on regional council to seek the repeal of the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM)?

Ditto above

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

I and three others established the Onslow Residents and Community Association (ORCA) two years ago and have been the VP since. My main focus is trying to ensure the street lights don’t allow and black spots in between them and also that bus stops are adequate and comply with the GWRC plan which they don’t and have organised a new bus stop in Kanpur Road where previously, passengers needed to walk up to a kilometre to catch or return from the city on a bus. That took a year too but we persisted!

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

Essentially all the work we’re doing on a ORCA to make the Onslow-Western Ward more resilient and have adequate supplies of food and water in the event of an emergency.

I also volunteer with the Wellington Free Ambulance, the SPCA, Animal Control, Mary Potter Hospice and the Cancer Society!

 

Michelle Rush
Occupation: Facilitator / Trainer
Candidate for: Wharangi Onslow Western Ward
Are you a union member/staff member? No
Have you previously been a union member? Yes If so, when and where? When I worked for the public service. Last membership was 2008-2009.
(for business owners only) Are there union agreements at your business/s? No I don’t have employees.

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? Not sure

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

Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)? Where it is necessary to provide for some higher priority; where it doesn’t short-change WCC’s ability to do things in the future that are good for the city

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Not unless there is a very good reason.
Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control? Unsure what these are so cannot answer this.

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents? We are lucky in Wellington to have a council that has made this a priority. I will be supporting this to continue.

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 worked as a facilitator helping diverse groups work on complex issues and reach shared decisions – have done this for the last 20 years. Fundamental to this is recognising that EVERYONE needs to be heard and involved and to truly own the final decision. I took a Whaitua committee through this process in the Wairarapa for GWRC – 109 consensus recommendations on complicated issues from a committee comprising farmers, iwi, local people, recreationalists, environmentalists and local authority politicians. My commitment throughout was that everyone was heard; everyone able to contribute; and that when we had disagreements we looked for a ‘third way’ that everyone was happy with.
I have always taught my children to respect others: to always thank drivers, conductors, waiters, etc etc – common courtesy and recognition that everyone contributes and everyone needs recognition for doing their job well – there is no ‘superiority’ here it’s about people respecting people and knowing that we are all needed for our society to function well.

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

Don’t think so… thanks for the opportunity to do this survey.

 

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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