Climate Issues


Don't forget to vote Dunedin...

My blurb

Vote #1 for Richard Seager I will put 21st Century non-car focused transport systems in place, address the debt issues, attend to equity of all of the citizens of Dunedin especially women whose franchise needs to be extended not denied, work at getting small market gardens, orchards and crops prioritized working with the farming community and others to do so and put the pressure on banks (both local and international) to finance this at very low interest rates. I will look at all housing options and work to move the State Highway and new hospital build to higher ground with the added benefits of better access and less disruption in the city. I will initiate an action plan for South Dunedin making sure that the local residents are informed and involved. I will visit all the sister cities of Dunedin as soon as practicable (and as sustainably as possible) starting with Otaru on the island of Hokkaido in Japan, with the intent of getting support for the above policies and co-operation regarding food production. I will also attempt to build strong relationships with other cities on the Pacific Rim and in the Pacific including those of our neighbours Southland and Canterbury.

I also have dual Australian/NZ citizenship so you can rely on me building relationships with Australia (I would say 'better relationships' but I don't think that there are any at the moment).

I am, as you can see above, also strongly in favour of more independence in local government which has some support in the local government act (2002).

Enrol and Vote You can still enrol to vote. The actual voting stops at noon on Saturday 12th October. Tomorrow, Tuesday 8th October, is the last day to vote by mail (in fact due to various factors in my view it’s too late to vote by mail with 100% security that your vote will count).

Enrolling How to enrol to vote – Friday the 11th November is the last day to enroll to vote for council elections. Tel. 0800 367656

Or at any Postshop, or at the city council library or the main council office in the Octagon. If you are returning enrollment forms you can also deliver to these places.

If you have printed out your enrolment form and want to send it back, you can actually upload it (probably at this stage the best way of sending it back);

Voting You need to be living at new address for 4 weeks to vote there. Otherwise you will to make a special vote. (I am unsure if you are allowed to vote using your previous address if you have only recently left).

Once you have filled out your voting form you will need to mail it by today (8th October) if you feel brave enough to trust it will make it on time or more reliably take it to the Elections office at the Council (off the Octagon) or to one of these;

The Civic Centre, the Octagon | Mon-Fri, 8.30am-5pm |Sat, 8.30am-12pm

Mosgiel Library | Mon, 11am-4pm, Fri, 1-4pm

University of Otago – the Link | Tues, 10am-4pm, Thurs, 10am-4pm

South Dunedin Library | Weds, 11am-4pm

You can drop papers off at the Book Bus ballot box, but you can’t make a special vote on the bus. Information on what a special vote is HERE

Once again the actual enrollment process (so as you can vote) can be done at any Postshop, or at the city council library or the main council office in the Octagon.

The candidates.

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Well it's been a little busier over the last week and I've not really kept up with this blog in that time. There have been some more interviews in the ODT and I have a much clearer idea of the candidates due to the University union organised 'ask the candidates' meeting. I don't know who Aaron Hawkins really is still though, his campaign is formulaic and as the Green Party is in a bit of a mess recently over gender issues and feminism this is also likely to be causing him issues. In truth Jim O'Malley seems the best of the other 13 candidates. Some I think should drop out and some should think about it. Three of the five women candidates are fairly firmly in right leaning territory. One of them is a Me candidate. Mandy Mayhem-Bullock the only one who's not but I'm not sure how she'll go as she presents as somewhat 'alternative'. We kind of know each other a little which I didn't realize before Thursday, but I wont' say how. There's also a skew to the right in the male candidates. Jules Radich seems to be aiming somewhat for a Trumpian role. Vandervis is after free media space in the newspaper the next day by making comments that he knows will be controversial but is unlikely to hold to himself. Finn Campbell seems lost, except to Harlene Hayne.

My first 'event'. I was probably harder on myself than anyone else. But even in hindsight I think I performed reasonably poorly. But some of that was due to not knowing the lay of the land.

I've also been involved in some Twitter stoushes with Barbour-Evans and Hawkins. Both times on the gender issue. Barbour-Evans had some rude and problematic cavalry and Hawkins gave me the impression that he was rooted to party ideology. Neither really tried to press the debate, figure that's because there be 'illogical world'.

It is only just the start.

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I was interviewed for this Otago Daily Times (ODT) feature last Friday afternoon. Generally I'm happy enough with it, I'm still showing some signs of nervousness in the video interview and I've just sent an email to the journalist correcting the megatonnes quoted in the piece to gigatonnes which is the word that I would have used.

Interview More climate change action; cycle precinct priority

My ODT promotional video 'why I should be Mayor'.

The idea of a wall in Carmen Houlahan's interview which is above mine in the print edition of the ODT is a very unrealistic one. If you're concerned about the expenses of routing an arterial road behind Dunedin at maybe 60 metres above sea level* then I would point out that the costs of building a wall that will fail by 2100 at the latest (going by IPCC reports – pdf link) is going to both cost more and be less useful (by far). Building climate change resilience into Dunedin City does not include any more sea walls (there is a small one that has already failed on occasion at St Clair). Personally I think such a wall would fail long before 2100 and even if it (unlikely as it is) doesn't fail by then South Dunedin's problems don't start and end at the beach.

Many thanks to the ODT, this is a very generous focus for those of us who are new to this, under-resourced or both. I'm not sure that it's done so well elsewhere.

* So very secure to future Sea Level rise albeit if we keep on as now then there is 70 or 80 metres of Sea Level Rise potential in melting the ice caps

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And mine is one of them. I am also running for council. Submitted in the nick of time with about a minute to spare and several runs down Filleul Street. That was fun but a little stressful.

Anyway here's my 150 word introduction;

“My main foci are to do with climate and small business. I feel that small business is our future along with livable small cities with strong public transport systems. There are great public transport options for cities like Dunedin including walking, cycling, buses, trams, trains and even gondolas.

I have a strong focus on South Dunedin and understand that the only real solution for South Dunedin is retreat. The focus should now be to make this retreat as orderly and the least disruptive for its residents, business owners and workers as possible.

Having previously been in small business for many years part of my concentration would be in making it easier for small business to operate. I understand the sector very well and feel that this sector (including farming) is best placed to move with us into a future that will necessarily not be reliant on oil, coal and gas.”

Nominations received

I don't expect to win. I will do my best to do so but I'm behind the 8 ball really. I don't have the funding for billboards (there are environmental issues there anyway) or promotion so I will have to do it on the cheap, guerilla style rather than with the full raised and fed armies that others have. Do I have enemies? I sure do. Politics is very gamed these days, there are billionaires with agendas and lots of easily purchased followers and I've managed to get myself on to a few lists that those who are trying to raise this billionaire funded inquisition have on the net mostly for believing that there are only two sexes. If you have yet to hear of the slur TERF then boy where have you been? But I'm more focused on getting a message out to the electorate that climate change needs to be addressed now, not later. Unlike others I'm not planning to make a eunuch of anyone or put back womens rights to the 19th Century on the way there. If I manage to get myself elected well then all the better.

So who (else) am I up against? (Mayoral candidates)

  • Aaron Hawkins is hamstrung by his Green Party (who are obsessed with gender) affiliation in my view. Also not the best on climate change issues anyway.
  • Finn Campbell does not impress me as being genuine in his 'climate activism'.
  • Mandy Mayhem-Bullock may have some climate focus, not sure.
  • Lee Vandervis will likely bring his climate denial game.
  • One (Barbour-Evans) is pronoun challenged. She is currently attempting to convince others of Y chromosome status after recently giving birth. So far has not focused on climate at all. Will undoubtedly use the slur TERF at some stage.
  • One (Moncrieff) is a huge fan of Jordan Peterson, especially when Jordan spins 'Western superiority'. Moncrieff is also a big climate change denier (i.e. fact challenged) and prone to annoying post-graduate students on the stairs of the Richardson building at Otago University.
  • The others seem somewhat business focused.

I'm both small business and climate change focused and I have the best vision of everyone going for Mayor. I've been thinking about what needs to be done for years. I'm not beholden to a party or financial backers. I definitely would like to start work on the 13th October on preparing Dunedin for the changes that climate change is forcing on us. And I actually would be very good at this job.

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