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Response to Helene Ritchie article on 2013 structural report on the Library.

Our current waiata singing council has great potential. But experience like that displayed here by Helene Ritchie is essential for that to mature. Read the rest of this entry »


Dave Armstrong satirically on WCC Library discussion

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

29/07/2020

Dave Armstrong’s satirical depiction of the Library conversation (28/07) at WCC as an argument over bikkies hits the mark.  Read the rest of this entry »


Response to Scoop Wellington chain on plans for the public library

The purpose (in the larger cultural/historical picture) of closing or even demolishing the library (and also building a giant white elephant convention centre) was (is still) to destroy the very concept of a ‘public’ library. Read the rest of this entry »


Reply to Scoop, Public Library article by Helene Ritchie

Thanks Helene (Ritchie),
The current elected council would surely be amenable to a stabilize / open process for the Library. Read the rest of this entry »


Wellington regional mayors should see the real majority at WCC

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington
03/05/2020

What are the region’s mayors seeing at WCC? Here’s what they should be seeing. Read the rest of this entry »


Wellington councils should not rely on suggestions of ‘officials’

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington
22/04/2020

WCC Cr Diane Calvert says they should follow WCC official’s advice on council funding response to the Covid-19 crisis. But the ‘officials’ of both WCC and WGRC are where our society’s neo-liberal desperation has settled. These are the officials (GWRC) who advised the bus changes, and who (WCC) advised simply locking up the library without a plan even though it had experienced no earthquake damage. And where did the decision to remove the electric trolley buses replacing them with diesel come from. And then there is the new giant white-elephant-in-waiting, the convention centre (dubbed Conven-19 by writer Dave Armstrong).

Cr Paul rightly says all councillors were elected on their merits in their own constituencies. To disrespect other councillors such as Calvert has done in this case illuminates the frustration and arrogance that she and the other neo-liberals feel now that they (and Mayor Foster for that matter) seem to be in the minority on council now.

Sincerely,
Richard Keller