Thursday August 17, 2017
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Paul Eagle Labour Candidate for Rongotai List number: 34 1. Recent reports from the Ministry of Education show that Wellington schools struggle with overcrowded classrooms. How could schools be relieved?
We have a plan to fix this. Labour will invest an extra $4 billion over the next four years
With the General Election on our doorsteps, Wellingtonians will have the chance to decide who will represent their electorate for the next three years. The Cook Strait News will introduce the candidates running for Rongotai and Wellington Central. We will ask them all the same three questions, plus one personalised question.
to deliver a modern education system. This investment will mean more teachers in front of our kids, smaller classes and less cost for parents. Within that there is money to rebuild worn-out and outdated school buildings so that every school has modern classrooms. Wellington’s schools have also been hit hard with earthquake compliance issues, and Labour will look to resolve these quickly, to reduce the disruption facing Wellington students. 2. What would you propose to enhance the electorate commercially and support local businesses?
Local economies and small businesses are a vital source of growth and job creation. Labour will help them to thrive by reducing red tape, giving them fair play in government purchasing and contracting, and making it easier for small businesses to meet their tax
obligations. Labour will also amend the government procurement rules to make job creation and the overall benefit to New Zealand a determining factor in their decision making. This will make it easier for small to medium enterprises to compete and gain experience for growth. We will replace the current rigid provisional tax rules with a fully flexible system suited to the needs of each business, and we will raise the threshold for liability for provisional tax. 3. Wellington’s infrastructure struggles to keep up with the population growth. What do you propose to improve traffic and public transport issues?
Public transport has a major part to play in overcoming Wellington’s congestion problems. As deputy mayor of Wellington I’m supportive of the ‘Let’s Get Welly Moving’ engagement process that’s focussed on de-
livering a multi-modal solution for the city. Labour will deliver a second Mt Victoria tunnel and listen to what Wellingtonians have to say for providing the right mix of road, rail, car, bus and ferry services so the city has a 21st century transport system. 4. What made you decide to move away from local body politics and run for Parliament?
For me the opportunity presented itself when the then Labour leader Andrew Little decided not to run in Rongotai this year. I have lived in this electorate since the 1980s and been a city councillor for nearly seven years. I have also worked closely with Annette King for those seven years and learnt what it meant to be an effective MP by being accessible and visible and working on local issues. I have served my ‘apprenticeship’ and feel qualified to take the next step.
Circus theme for ‘Wonderland’ musical Stagecraft is inviting audiences to a freak show, with the premiere of a locally written musical, Wonderland, opening August 30 at the Gryphon Theatre. But it’s writer Bruno Marshall Shirley who’s been left feeling the freak after taking on directing, vocal coaching and orchestration for 16 instruments when co-writer and planned codirector Kira Josephson moved to Christchurch for work. Bruno has been working in conducting, vocal coaching
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and musical direction roles with theatres around Wellington since around 2011. In 2013 he co-wrote his first musical, Right Dishonourable with Cassandra Tse. Wonderland, Bruno’s third musical, started life as a potential children’s show, although after just a few hours brainstorming, the co-writers quickly realised they had the basis of a much darker and stranger full length show. The story is based on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,
transporting her tale to post-war England. Wonderland is a travelling circus that she stumbles across after chasing after the White Rabbit. “Setting Wonderland in a circus made sense for so many reasons,” Bruno said. “Normal rules and social conventions don’t apply for a brief magical period. “The theatre is being transformed into a giant circus ring, we’ve got stilt-walkers and magicians, walking tarot cards and more.”
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The Oriental Bay resident, who also works full-time in the public service, said the late nights creating the show had been made easier by an incredibly committed cast. “I couldn’t be prouder of the work they’ve put in.” Wonderland runs 30 August to 9 September (show 31 August sold out). Tickets are $35 waged, $30 unwaged, $25 for school age children, available at iticket.co.nz. For more details visit www.stagecraft.co.nz
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