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


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 »

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 »

Mayor Foster needs to get serious about stopping Conven-19


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 »

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 »

Foster: the library and the tunnels

Andy Foster
The Mayor (elect)
16 October, 2019

Hello Mayor Foster:

Congratulations on your win. I hope you will put number one priority on reopening the main library. Read the rest of this entry »