Wednesday August 23, 2017
inbrief news Ngaio Gorge After another rock fall in Ngaio Gorge last Friday, close to major landslip that occurred about three weeks ago, the Wellington City Council sent abseilers to go up and check out the slope and remove any further loose material. The road was cleared the same day. Council meets with consultants to look at future options to mitigate any risk. This could include catch fences or netting similar to Ngauranga Gorge.
Meet the candidates Q&A SERIES
Ethnic communities Ekta, a not for profit, non-religious and non-partisan Indian organisation will be organising a series of dialogues with local candidates and the ethnic communities. The first dialogue will be with Greg O’Connor (Labour), Nicola Willis and Brett Hudson (National). It will be held on September 3 at the Johnsonville Community Centre, 3 Frankmoore Avenue. The event is free and open to everyone.
Diane Calvert Wellington City Councillor Onslow-Western Ward 029 971 8944 diane.calvert@ wcc.govt.nz dianecalvertnz
Gayaal Iddamalgoda Independent Candidate for Wellington Central 1. Recent reports from the Ministry of Education show that Wellington schools struggle with overcrowded classrooms. How could schools be relieved? The Government has a track record of not viewing education as a basic human right but as a sector from which resources can be deprived or where private money can be made. Currently, there is a trend in the growth of exclusive private, integrated state and charter schools
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.
while quality public education is neglected. Education should be free and universal, not just for the rich. We call for greater funding for schools and teacher training. We call for the abolition of charter schools and all other forms of elitist private or quasi private (so called ‘integrated state’) education and, we call for the removal of any stigmatising ‘decile’ or ‘risk’ categorisations from schools attended by children of the poor and working class people. We’ve also seen international students exploited by fly-by-night tertiary fraudsters, and Labour has proposed solving this by cutting student visas. But international students are not the problem here; the problem is an education system that is alternately neglected and treated as a cash cow. We call for high quality and fully-funded education at every level. 2. What would you propose to enhance the electorate commercially and support local businesses? I call for the growth of workers’ rights.
Secure hours and a universal living wage should be treated as the minimum requirements for a prosperous and abundant society. Today thousands of migrant workers are tied to bad employers who pay exploitative wages. This system of exploitation is often governmentally sanctioned by such schemes as the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme. It drives down wages for all workers in New Zealand and pushes all working class people further down the ladder of poverty and inequality. The way to remedy this is to ensure equality for migrant workers so they cannot be used to depress wages in this way. Migrant workers should not be blamed; they don’t decide how cheaply they get paid. They need the protection and solidarity of their fellow New Zealand workers. 3. Wellington’s infrastructure struggles to keep up with the population growth. What do you propose to improve traffic and public transport issues? Unfortunately elsewhere in the country migrants are blamed for the strain on infrastructure, but in
fact most population growth is natural increase – people giving birth. Public transport should be well developed and affordable for all. It is environmentally sustainable and socially fair. Freedom of movement and good effective transport are basic requirements for a good society. We call for infrastructure development, whether it is in housing, education or transport that it is driven by social need, not by lucrative contracts. 4. Why are you an independent candidate and not a party member? Because there is a gloomy trend in all political currents – even from the left – of blaming migrants and refugees. A system of growing inequality is to blame, not migration. Scapegoating migrants is not only racist, it obscures the real issues caused by the system that neglects the poor and working class. Migrants and refugees are not enemies. They need the same things we all need. What’s good for migrants and refugees is good for everybody.
Authorised by D Calvert, 53 Cashmere Ave, Wellington
Karori’s Huntleigh Home and Apartments welcomes new manager Huntleigh Home and Apartment residents, staff and families have welcomed a new manager to their tight-knit fold. Tim Levchenko-Scott relocated from Tararua to Wellington to take on the position late last month. Tim brings with him solid clinical, managerial and business experience, but he’s most excited about the home’s unique philosophy of care. Huntleigh Home is managed by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central. Like all Enliven homes, Huntleigh Home follows an internationally-recognised, elderdirected model of care known as the Eden Alternative, which values choice, meaningful activity and companionship including contact with children, plants and animals. Tim sees evidence of the philosophy at work everywhere. “We’ve got five cats at Huntleigh Home at the moment as well as a budgerigar. The residents love them all!” Family members are also a regular sight. They often visit their relatives en route to the local shopping centre, which is a five-minute walk away. In the coming weeks, Tim will undergo additional training as he settles into the new position. He will also be the guest of honour at a Welcome tea, which is a Huntleigh tradition for new staff. “The team atmosphere here has been
Enliven’s new Huntleigh Home and Apartments Manager Tim LevchenkoScott. PHOTO: Supplied.
terrific and I’m looking forward to getting to know the residents better. You can just tell they’ve all had interesting jobs and experiences,” he says. For more information about Enliven, including Karori’s Huntleigh Home and Apartments, visit www.enlivencentral. org.nz or free phone 0508 ENLIVEN (that’s 0508 36 54 83). PBA
Independent Herald 23-08-17