Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Why bother with an election?

4 August 2013

Why bother with an election?

Labours’ candidates for the upcoming Wellington City Council elections are asking the Chief Executive, Dr Kevin Lavery, why the need for an election in light of his pre-election report released on Friday.

“This document reads like a party political manifesto. It’s the elected representatives who lead on policy and strategy; the council officers are there to implement it. You wouldn’t believe it reading this report,” Lambton Ward candidate, Mark Peck, says.

“We won't be led by unelected officials. We'll be led by the people because that's how a proper functioning democracy works," says Mr Peck.

"The council’s own figures show that only 31 per cent of residents agree that decisions are made in the best interests of the city, 50 per cent of residents feel that council services are value for money, and only 26 per cent of residents understand how council makes its decisions," Onslow-Western Ward candidate, Malcolm Aitken, says.

“We’re talking to lots of seriously dissatisfied Wellingtonians. A number have told me they’re unhappy with the role council officers are playing in the decision-making process the level of influence they have.

“People are sick and tired of parking rules being exploited to maximise revenue for contracting companies. They are sick of the threat of libraries being closed. They are sick of businesses being disadvantaged by poor, ad-hoc street work and ‘upgrades’. In short they are sick and tired of being ignored,” Mr Aitken says.

“Wellingtonians want jobs and economic growth; and they want social infrastructure and services. They want something done about anti-social behaviour and graffiti stamped out and they want better thought out policies to assist people really struggling and to help people begging on the streets get the support they need,” Mr Peck says.

The Labour candidates say council elections are the one occasion every three years when a number of ideas can be presented to voters by candidates so that people can make an informed choice about the direction they want for their city.

“The Mayor and council on behalf of the people determine the priorities and work programme. Then it is up to Dr Lavery and the officers to carry this out – not the other way around," Mr Aitken says.

You can view the pre-election report below:
http://wellington.govt.nz/have-your-say/elections/election-2013/pre-election-report

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Weekend Of Doing Wheelies, Going Nowhere

Evidently, a year is not a long time in politics. The National Party for example, has just chosen to end this year much as it began it: riven by factions, leaking like a sieve, saddled with a party leader unlikely to lead them into election 2023, and having just chosen to re-install Peter Goodfellow as party president, despite his reluctance to take any responsibility for the party’s dismal election performance.
In other words, National appears determined not to learn from his past mistakes... More>>

 

National: Leader’s Speech At Annual General Meeting

Good morning delegates. It’s an absolute privilege to be speaking as your leader. I’d like to acknowledge the party president, regional chairs, board members, National Party staff, our MPs, our candidates, and most importantly, you – the delegates, ... More>>

ALSO:

RNZ: NZ May Become 'Florida Of South Pacific' Without Young Tourists - YHA

The country may attract only the 'old rich set' and risks becoming known as 'boring and staid' if it targets wealthy visitors, the Youth Hostels Association says. More>>

ALSO:

Government: Agreement Advanced To Purchase Up To 5 Million COVID-19 Vaccines

Hon Megan Woods Minister of Research, Science and Innovation The Government has confirmed an in-principle agreement to purchase up to 5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 5 million people – from Janssen Pharmaceutica, ... More>>

ALSO:


Green Party: Announce Portfolio Reshuffle With Talented And Energised Caucus Team

“The Green Party caucus offers a breadth of talent and energy to the Parliament this term. In ten MPs you have a small business owner, a human rights lawyer, an academic, a climate negotiator, a transport planner, and so much more”, Green Party ... More>>

ALSO:

APEC: New Zealand Ready To Host Virtually

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took over the leadership of APEC earlier today, when she joined leaders from the 21 APEC economies virtually for the forum’s final 2020 meeting. “We look forward to hosting a fully virtual APEC 2021 next year. While ... More>>

ALSO:

Oranga Tamariki Report: Government Must Transfer Power To Māori - Children's Commissioner

The Children's Commissioner is calling for an urgent and significant transformation of Oranga Tamariki - and is telling the government to commit to a transfer of power to Māori. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels