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8 comments:

  1. Marion Leader, 17. October 2019, 16:10

    This is very good. Andy must keep in touch with you.

     
  2. TrevorH, 18. October 2019, 7:35

    How about “portfolios” that address the Council’s actual responsibilities like rubbish, recycling, sanitation and sewerage, water, roads and transport, street lighting, footpaths and civil defence etc?

     
  3. Brendan, 18. October 2019, 10:02

    Brilliant idea TrevorH but I can’t see today’s councillors going for such mundane stuff when rainbow crossings, climate change emergency signing and ‘kill all small mammallian life’ porfolios are available.

     
  4. michael, 19. October 2019, 12:43

    Many of us had naively hoped things might change this time around, and councillors might do what is best for the city, but it sounds like the new council is not off to a good start if they are bickering already. Why am I not surprised. It seems to have been the culture for the past few years, and one that has possibly played a big part in the stagnation of Wellington.

     
  5. Chris Calvi-Freeman, 21. October 2019, 13:16

    Did you see my posting on another recent thread, Michael? There was remarkably little bickering in 2016-19 (at least not until near the end of the triennium, when several councillors sought to gain advantage for their campaigns). Virtually all of the “stagnation” that you allege is in fact the direct or indirect result of the Kaikoura earthquake: buildings demolished or closed, rates and other charges rising etc. But despite this, the St James and the Old Town Hall are both undergoing restoration, city housing is being redeveloped, a new water supply reservoir is being built, the city’s road tunnels strengthened, and the “early improvements” from LGWM will start to be delivered in 2020.

    TrevorH, I think those who hold very specific portfolios (transport, city housing etc) are less likely to be reelected than those with more nebulous job titles. Make of that what you will.

     
  6. Dave B, 21. October 2019, 14:17

    Michael, when you say that you “hoped things might change this time around, and councillors might do what is best for the city”, what did you have in mind? What do you think the previous lot did wrong?
    Did they not push hard enough for more motorways? Or for mass transit? Did they push too hard for cycleways? Were they overly panicked into shutting down the library? Or overly keen on prioritizing a convention centre, runway-extension, and Chinese Garden?
    The thing is, we all seem to have varying ideas about what is best for the city. A dithering and non-achieving council is perhaps properly representative of our diversity, and just what we need until we can reach a more solid base of agreement. Perhaps a visionary and insightful leader/statesman(woman) will emerge to inspire us all into agreement on a particular way forward (wouldn’t advise holding any breath for that).
    Or, given that it is the younger generation who will inherit whatever successes or messes we make now, perhaps more weight should be given to their views. How about an upper voting-age limit as well as a lower one? (Tongue in cheek perhaps, since I’m not so young anymore myself).

     
  7. michael, 21. October 2019, 16:50

    Dave, the previous council was not transparent enough in its dealings with the public, particularly regarding Shelley Bay. I am also unimpressed with financial overruns in WCC projects. Not only that, I cannot imagine what WCC has paid out in legal fees justifying poor council decisions over the past 3 years or more. Ratepayers are not a bottomless pit!
    Once the movie museum was not a goer, I don’t believe they made a good business case for a stand-alone convention centre. They would have been better off incentivising a hotel chain to build a hotel with a convention centre, especially as Wellington has a shortage of beds. Also, the monies earmarked for the convention centre should have been transferred to sorting our iconic Civic Square.
    And yes, they were too quick to close the library which has been the heart of our city with one million users per year. They have been too closed minded about getting it reopened as quickly as possible. Instead they have spent millions of dollars opening “hubs” around the city which gives them the excuse to keep the library shut indefinitely.
    I also believe the council should have lobbied the GWRC much more strenuously to prevent Wellington being saddled with all of Auckland’s 2nd-hand buses which are causing a noticeable increase in carcinogenic and noise pollution. Just ask shops and apartments along Willis Street that are experiencing higher levels of soot etc.
    Over the last few weeks of WOW, many friends visiting Wellington have mentioned that parts of Wellington look depressing, and I unfortunately agree.
    And finally, YES we do need a strong, visionary and insisghtful leader and I am not holding my breath about that either.

     
  8. Dave B, 21. October 2019, 18:59

    Thanks Michael. I see where you are coming from now. I am inclined to agree, and also hope that the new team doesn’t adopt the same furtive way of dealing.