Dave Armstrong satirically on WCC Library discussion

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington


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 »

Wellington councils should not rely on suggestions of ‘officials’

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

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.

Richard Keller

What is bias of WCC staff?

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington
18/12/ 2019

Dear Editor:

Dave Armstrong (17/12) is right to note that the ‘bureaucrats’ (council staff) who came up with the plan for the bus changes (‘bustastrophy’) are still intact. Not much has been said about that advice, nor the background and inclinations of those who provide so-called ‘expert’ advice. Read the rest of this entry »

Neo-liberal advice from council staff

The Editor,  The Dom Post
Wellington,  23/10/ 2019

Dear Editor:

Now that the local body elections are over it’s time to look at the other half of the source of the ‘bustastrophy’ and the decision to close the library, namely the advice from WCC operatives (staff). Read the rest of this entry »