Wednesday August 16, 2017
Meet the candidates Q&A SERIES
Andie Moore ACT Candidate for Ohariu List number: 16 1. Recent reports from the Ministry of Education show that Wellington schools struggle with overcrowded classrooms. How could schools be relieved?
Some will say we should decrease class sizes, but considering we’re in the OECD’s top five for public school investment, I’m not convinced spending more is the answer. What we could do is move towards bulk funding.
With the General Elections on our doorsteps, Wellingtonians will have the chance to decide who will represent their electorate for the next three years. The Independent Herald will introduce the candidates running for Ohariu and Wellington Central. We will ask them all the same three questions, plus one personalised question.
Instead of the Ministry dictating what schools spend their funding on, school boards decide what they need most in consultation with parents, staff and students. If schools feel they’re overcrowded, they can allocate money towards making classes smaller. If they want to prioritise building new classrooms or hiring more staff, they can move funds that way. It’s about trimming bureaucracy and allowing schools to do what they think is best. 2. What would you propose to enhance the electorate commercially and support local businesses?
Cut red tape, cut taxes. ACT is the only party dedicated to removing barriers to business. Ohariu is a thriving electorate for small business, and the only way to maintain this environment is by allowing businesses to keep and reinvest their own money. ACT would level the playing field by scrapping corporate welfare, to lower corporate tax to 25 percent. We’ll also pledge to not vote
for any increase in taxes. 3. Wellington’s infrastructure struggles to keep up with the population growth. What do you propose to improve traffic and public transport issues?
Road pricing and congestion charges. It’s about economics: it costs nothing to drive on a road, yet there’s only a certain amount of roads. What that means is you get people taking separate cars to work, clogging up roads, because apart from fuel costs, there’s little added cost to travelling independently. If you put a price on roads (making carpooling and public transport more desirable) you’ll get less congestion and fewer traffic jams. We’ll offset these new charges by reducing petrol tax (so this isn’t just a tax grab).
4. How do you, as a candidate for Ohariu, and the ACT values fit into this community?
I’ve lived in Khandallah most my life, attended Khandallah School and Onslow College, and worked in the local supermarket and on Onslow’s Board
of Trustees. Growing up here, I’ve come to know Ohariu as a community of young, productive and creative people of all backgrounds who want a responsible, tolerant government, and to get ahead. ACT’s ideal society is based on fairness, freedom and tolerance, where everyone has freedom of choice, the opportunity to prosper, and individuals and communities are given the tools to solve problems affecting them, rather than big government. I think these ideas really resonate with Ohariu residents. Because of these values, we’ve spearheaded Partnership Schools (helping many students in lower deciles pass NCEA and realise their potential), pioneered the End of Life Choices Bill and stood up for immigrants in Parliament, among many other things. We’re advocating the replacement of the RMA (pushing house prices down), raise the retirement age (making superannuation fairer for young Kiwis), cut taxes across the board and smarter crime policy. Only an ACT party vote can make these policies happen, and hold National to account.
Gordon Wilson Flats to remain on heritage list The Environment Court has decided that the Gordon Wilson Flats on The Terrace won’t be removed from list of heritage buildings saving the former social housing building from the wrecking ball. In April 2016, the Wellington City Council approved the rezoning of the flats, allowing
owner Victoria University to demolish the building. However, the Architecture Centre lodged an appeal against this decision. “Gordon Wilson Flats is a hugely important building in New Zealand’s architectural history,” Christine McCarthy, Architectural Centre president, said.
“It is a rare example of highrise social housing built under a National government, and was at the leading edge of progressive post-war architecture. The Gordon Wilson Flats, were used for social housing until 2012. Housing New Zealand deemed the building earthquake-prone; it has since
been empty. The Environment Court stated in their decision it seemed to them “that in a time of apparent scarcity of social housing in Wellington and the increase in the level of homelessness reported in the media that great care should be taken before demolition”.
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Independent Herald 16-08-17