Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Entrust - The time to vote is now

City Vision Media Statement
Peter Neilson Team Leader
Vote today to ensure your Entrust election votes are counted, it’s time to open the envelope and have your say on the trustees, the privatisation of Vector and protecting your $350 annual payment

Entrust (The old Auckland Energy Consumer Trust) owns 75.1% of Vector, it is run by five trustees on behalf of power customers in the areas of the old Auckland City Council, Manukau City Council, and parts of Pakuranga, Takanini and Franklin.

If you recently received the $350 payment you are the one in your household eligible to vote. Your voting papers should have arrived in the mail by last weekend. If you want to have your vote count, it’s time to open the letter from Entrust and vote for the five Entrust trustees you want to protect this valuable payment says Peter Neilson, City Vision for Entrust Campaign Team Leader. Many people I asked recently days did not realise that the letter from Entrust contained their voting papers so have not opened the letter.

To have your vote counted it needs to be posted before Wednesday to arrive by 5pm on Friday 26 October. To have your vote count after Wednesday you need to hand deliver the vote to Independent Election Services Ltd, Level 2, 198 Federal Street, Auckland

There are 302,000 eligible voters this time in the Entrust election but last time fewer than 13% voted.

The voting figures available to date point to better turnout this time but the turnout in South Auckland currently lags behind the more prosperous parts of Auckland.

There are a number of very good reasons to vote for a change in this election.
C&R (National and ACT) trustees have held all five trustee positions for the last 9 years

Over the last 3 years while the current all C&R trustees have been in place;
• the $350 annual payment buys less falling behind prices,
• the trustees let Vector cut the budget for undergrounding, leaving the poles and wires that are an eyesore, and are vulnerable in storms, causing power cuts, and
• when the April storms occurred cutting power to 200,000 Aucklanders the current trustees took no action to see if Vector’s power supply could be made more reliable and future recoveries faster
There is also a current proposal confirmed by the Chair of Vector, the NBR, and The Australian that the UBS merchant bank wants to introduce a buyer to purchase the Vector’s Auckland electricity network. Privatisation would likely cut or eliminate the current $350 annual payment as under the Entrust trust deed it is the Auckland Council that has a claim on the proceeds from a sale of Vector not the recipients of the annual payment.

While this has all been occurring the trustees have been fighting amongst themselves. One even taking another trustee to court and another one, has accused their Chair of “bullying” and of acting in an “unprofessional” manner when the long-term Chair of Vector Mike Stiassny was fired.

Unsurprisingly the existing trustees seeking re-election have recently declined media interviews.

The City Vision (Labour and Green) Entrust trustee candidates including Glenda Fryer, Richard Leckinger, Simon Mitchell, Peter Neilson and Robert Reid are pledged to;
• Protect and enhance the annual $350 payment by, opposing any form of Vector privatisation and by reviewing the operations of both Vector and Entrust.
• Accelerate the undergrounding programme and investigating new ways to fund that work to improve the urban environment, enhance safety and prevent power cuts.
• Address energy poverty including looking to see if the annual $350 payment can be paid earlier, closer to the time the big winter power bill arrives, to help the most vulnerable.
• Work to ensure people who understand Auckland are appointed to the Vector board and Entrust who also better reflect the diversity of Auckland.
The City Vision Team will stand up for consumers across Auckland. We want to put the consumer and trust back into Entrust. It’s time for a change of trustees at the trust. If you want to stop the further privatisation of Vector and protect your annual $350 payment you need to vote, concluded international electricity consultant and City Vision for Entrust Team Leader Peter Neilson
Contacts

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Pike River: Mine Drift Re-Entry Plan To Proceed

The Pike River Mine Drift will be re-entered, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little announced today.

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little...

“The advice I have received indicates that it is likely to be around February before the re-entry proper gets underway, by breaching the 30m seal.” More>>

 

Appointments: New High Commissioner To Australia Announced

“Dame Annette King needs no introduction given her long running career as a parliamentarian where she has previously held a number senior Cabinet portfolios, including Justice, Police and Health. She also was Parliament’s longest serving female MP with 30 years’ service,” said Mr Peters. More>>

ALSO:

Rebuilding: Silvia Cartwright To Lead Inquiry Into EQC

“The inquiry will be the first of its kind under the Public Inquiries Act 2013 and will have all the powers of a Royal Commission, be independent of Government and make its report directly to the Governor-General. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Royal Commission Into Child Abuse

Obviously, it is good news that the coalition government has broadened the scope of its Royal Commission into the abuse of children, beyond its previous focus on children in state care. More>>

ALSO:

Cases Delayed: Court Staff Refuse To Handle Sentencing Papers

Dozens of court cases have reportedly been delayed, as court staff escalate industrial action at two Auckland courts by enforcing a ban on handling sentencing papers. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Primary Teachers Rolling Strikes

RNZ Report: More than 100,000 primary school students in Auckland will be home from school today as teachers and principals walk off the job for the second time this year. It's the start of a week of rolling one-day strikes around the country, after the collapse of contract negotiations last Thursday. More>>

ALSO:

"Process Was Sound": Inquiry Into Haumaha Appointment Released

The Inquiry’s purpose was to examine, identify, and report on the adequacy of the process that led to the appointment. It found the process was sound and no available relevant information was omitted. More>>

ALSO:

Govt Loses In Supreme Court: Call For Debate On Prisoners' Right To Vote

The court earlier this week upheld a High Court decision which found that a law restricting a prisoner's right to vote was inconsistent with the Bill of Rights. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels