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Not a time for increasing the rates

by Lindsay Shelton
Is it time to talk about the rates, when there are much more serious things to consider? Well, yes it is. In the pandemic emergency, many people with reduced incomes may have trouble making the payments, specially if they are going up. And there’ve been widely diverging approaches taken by our councils. Read more »

Does anyone want to pay 9.2% more?

by Lindsay Shelton
Mayor Andy Foster did the right thing to postpone today’s city council committee meeting where councillors were to be asked to approve a rates increase of 9.2 per cent. But though the meeting has been put back by two weeks – with covid-19 given as the reason – councillors will undoubtedly be discussing the rates increase today, but they’ll be away from public scrutiny in a closed workshop. Read more »

Learning leadership

Thanks to Georgina Campbell at the NZ Herald, we now know that Wellington Mayor Andy Foster is taking a $30,000 six-day leadership course in Queenstown at ratepayers’ expense. Read more »

Campaign launched to get better rail services for Kāpiti and Horowhenua

Media release from Gwynn Compton
Kāpiti Coast commuter rail advocate Gwynn Compton has launched the Kāpiti-Horowhenua Commuter Rail Campaign, which has the goal of getting the Government and regional councils to invest in an ambitious and accelerated plan to extend and expand the range of commuter rail services available to people living in Kāpiti, Horowhenua, and eventually Manawatu as well. Read more »

Harry and Andy

by Peter Dunne
In a tough battle for re-election as U.S. President in 1948, Harry Truman decided the best way to defend his record was to attack those preventing him from fulfilling his agenda. So, he took to lambasting the Republican-controlled Congress as the “Know nothing, do nothing” 80th Congress whenever and wherever he spoke. The tactic worked and was a strong contributor to his stunning victory in the election. Read more »

Stasis, governance, and management

by Ian Apperley
In my last article, I wrote about the Wellington City Council facing stasis after 120 days of being in office. The question is why? There are unintended consequences to a lack of ability to create change, and we are starting to see those. Read more »

Vision, or fantasy?

by Conor Hill
At the Chamber of Commerce this week, National MP Chris Bishop outlined his party’s high level vision for Wellington (and NZ) transport. Frightened that the intellectual rigor mortis that afflicts that organisation might be contagious, I did not attend. And after reading reports on the speech (here, and here, and here), it sounds like it was either a bit of absurdist comedy or utter fantasy. Read more »

Leading and communicating

by Ian Apperley
It’s been 120 days since the City Council elections and progress has been lacking. Issues from the campaign trail remain live and problems unanswered. Shelly Bay, traffic congestion, ageing and collapsing infrastructure, housing, and the continued closure of buildings in the CBD due to earthquake issues…. Read more »

Kris Faafoi, on the list, making way for new Labour MP in Mana

News from NZ Labour Party
Labour MP for Mana, Kris Faafoi, has today announced he will run as a list candidate at this year’s election in order to make way for a new Labour MP in Mana. Read more »

Waiting for the library plan


by Lindsay Shelton
We’re due to see the engineers’ report on the closed Central Library this month. Read more »

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