Minister of Finance
Did you see David Slack’s article this week? I would recommend it to you as he speaks metaphorically about you and your long (to be, retrospectively as it was) career as finance minister. It may seem unrealistic to extrapolate a continuous 25 year rein as Finance Minister in the context of New Zealand politics. But the metaphor is applicable in the sense that the surrealistic denial which is characteristic of our present time, within your Labour government’s time, is bringing us to a time of critical decision making now. Now! Now will determine whether there can be much of a future, much of a real (non-surreal) future politics in New Zealand and the world.
Slack’s reference to the $30B (yes, ‘B’) which your government has yet to commit shows you have at least a chance to make decisions which can put us in the right direction. Rod Oram has today mentioned three positive recent developments, not least of which is the closure of the Tiwai Aluminium smelter in the South. Other opportunities exist and are necessary, such as….
.Funding transport options which trash the total domination of the personal motor car.
.funding a local recycling capability (which, because everyone has to put out the trash and recycling every week -every week!- would bring home the importance of personal national responsibility).
.developing restorative agriculture which would eliminate dairy farming based on feed lots, and encourage plant based diets as well.
There will be others.
Hello Mayor Foster,
Dave Armstrong’s creation of the Conven-19 moniker for the proposed convention centre captures the threat of it to the future of the City of Wellington. Read the rest of this entry »
Hello Hon Prime Minister,
Your Covid-19 plan has had one primary shortcoming from the start. You have not admitted you would not do enough testing to confidently understand the extent of existing “community transmission”. Please don’t let the temptation to cover this up and try to cut political losses get the best of you and government. The lockdown has been your first and most important response and has been as successful as could have been expected. Neither you nor the citizens and businesses of NZ are ready to handle the Level 3 requirements you have specified.
Hello Ministry of Health,
The government has set up a four stage national response expectation regime. However, we don’t hear much about how the day-to-day, shop-to-shop work of testing and cleaning and informing is being monitored nationwide. Just issuing guidelines will not be enough to assure proper action.
The police are apparently being involved in crowd monitoring but the Ministry of Health should be doing the monitoring nationwide of detailed actions. If that can’t be organized, then the Ministry must admit that in public pronouncement. The Ministry should be informing the public just what it is and is not doing to monitor proper safety responses nationwide.
16 March, 2020
Hon David Parker
Minister for the Environment
Hello Mr. Parker,
The actions taken to restrict travel to combat spread of the Coronavirus is unprecedented in New Zealand. Read the rest of this entry »
MP for Wellington Central
Minister of Finance
Hello Mr. Robertson:
As identified leader of the new infrastructure spend I’m addressing this letter to you. Spending on infrastructure can be a good thing. In some cases it is a new investment and some cases ‘deferred maintenance’. Read the rest of this entry »
National List MP
Hello Ms Willis,
If the quote in the Dom Post of Thursday, 31 October is correct you are getting hysterical about the Genter letter and the tunnels desperation. “can’t be trusted to get Wellington moving”.
You and everybody else knows that when cities make more capacity for traffic that congestion increases not decreases. That is one of the most proven, best known facts of urban policy worldwide. The only way to address congestion is to reduce the number of vehicles on the roads.
So you and I both know that the Greens perspective can reduce congestion. But the real, though unspoken, issue here is fossil fuels and climate change. You are willing to hide behind your false congestion claims to hide your denial of the need for fundamental change. We are living in the Post Truth Era where denial has reached main stream and you may think you can get support that way but that is a shaky position to be in and your hysteria would seem to reveal that you understand that.
10 October, 2019
Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister
Parliament Buildings, Wellington
Dear Prime Minister:
While this letter refers to climate, it is meant for you as PM; please don’t just forward this on to the Minister. (Staff: Please see that the PM reads this, thanks.) Read the rest of this entry »
“Aging infrastructure”? The wire system is not that bad that you can make a mockery of the so-called move to electric buses. The cost of keeping the electric system upgraded is offset by the cost of taking the wires down.
Here you have an opportunity to show leadership in the reduction of CO2 emissions and you FAIL. I know you think that FAILing on climate change is what is expected of you but it is not good enough.
Mr Mayor Lester,
The Council owns the trolley wires and they must be saved. The Regional Council continues to push the interests of Wellington City around and have made a disastrous decision about the trolley buses. That decision can be reversed. Don’t let the Regional Council push WCC around.