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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. https://vote.nz/enrol-to-vote/enrol-check-or-update/ 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); https://enrol.vote.nz/app/enrol/enrolme/

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. https://write.as/rihari/the-council-candidates

#dcc #councilelections #vote #RichardSeager

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I will be in South Dunedin today, but will aim to write something on this debt tonight.

But selling poorly performing companies for a song (as you have no choice) is not the answer to this one. Selling well performing companies is also not the answer as they'll (there's only one, forestry) be sold cheaply anyway (as they always are, 40% discount seems common) and will only retire part of the debt.

#dcc #debt #stadium #forestry

A yacht (would take a while)? An electric ship (would not have the range)?

By air (would take a while as you will need to go via at least two other cities, emits too much CO2).

As you can see there's no flights from Dunedin at New Chitose Airport (in fact they're almost exclusively from Asia).

For the moment the best way seems to be to Tokyo by air (via somewhere else about 15 hours or so) and then a couple of fast trains and one slower one to Otaru on Hokkaido (probably about another 10 hours). Or one train and a ferry (about 20 hours).

That's quite the trip. It looks nice enough once you get there though.

So I suggest we should seriously think of having one airport equidistant between Queenstown, Invercargill & Dunedin. So as we can have better connections. And fewer flights.

Of course you could also fly from Tokyo to Otaru (or at least nearby) but that seems rather vandalistic on environment when there are other options (which you could do overnight).

#sistercities #dcc #dunedin #

Well this needed an update and has now got one (28th September 2019)

We need a council that will act, rather than just speak. Yes there's been some attempts so far but they're small and sometimes self-defeating (cycle paths in the city are badly designed and don't link up, other cycle paths are more tourist than locally oriented, declaring 'Climate Emergencies' is problematic in a democracy, public transport is wanted but then cost is challenged while bigger investments are considered for the foreshore in a world of increasing sea level rise). So yes there's some bluntness. Dunedin has some opportunity here. But no matter who the Mayor and councilors end up being, we need to move forward.

This may be my last update of this particular post, as I'm going to now concentrate on what needs to be done on this blog.

Councilor candidates which are sorted in order of climate change focus allied with keeping some out of being disruptive. There is a group there who have had power for too long. Benson-Pope & Staynes along with Hawkins. Cull and Wilson have left, one to hospital the other to ORC (as candidates). Dunedin could do better with a more diverse and democratic group which I've done my best to layout below.

  1. Seager, Richard Public transport, cycling and local focus including food. Pro LGB but gender critical if need be. Probably most importantly very invested in democracy. I know what needs to be done and if I get this role I know that will encourage others (next election) who also know what needs to be done. We need to start now though.
  2. O'Malley, Jim, Councilor Undoubtedly a very good councilor. He's keen to address climate change issues too. His strengths, experience on Council mostly. Wants change, but more slowly (than I do).
  3. Barlin, Bob Ex-Army, Kosovo, CARE, RSA. Would be very useful on council though due to that overseas experience with logistics.
  4. Forsyth, Hugh Landscape architect. Intelligent but somewhat conservative. Some experience with Resource Management Act, which was his appeal to council. Feel free to swap with Christine Garey as long as you put Hawkins and Benson-Pope at the bottom of your preferences.
  5. Morris, George Anti cycle to some degree, anti George Street development. But aware of climate change and wants Trams back in. Also Labour man from Caversham.
  6. James, Muthiah Works with some community groups. Reasonable on climate change. I didn't pick up everything that he said at Opoho but it sounded fine. Would be good to have on Council.
  7. Elder, Rachel, Councilor Not enough climate focus but giving Pine Hill and South Dunedin (both working class more than not) a workout in your campaign is unique amongst candidates here (so far) though.
  8. MacKenzie, Peter Glass guy, motorcylist, scifi fan. Some climate focus and a really strong social justice focus.
  9. Laufiso, Marie, Councilor (Green) Impressed at Opoho, only fluffed when it seemed that she was in opposition to her own vote on council. Green party affiliation is problematic. Told Mosgiel she was happy to pay 3 x her current rate bill. That's pretty hard on the poor.
  10. Davie-Nitis, Sarah Mosgiel based, conservative, a little anti-cycle as well. Here for democratic reasons, represents Mosgiel (or at least some of it).
  11. Newell, Damian, Councilor Current councillor. Some climate change focus but a little problematic in style, content.
  12. Walker, Steve Labour Party rep. Good focus mostly but not interested in discussing air emissions. Labour is not in the same state as Greens though, so here unless something changes.
  13. Vandervis, Lee, Councilor Looking for Netherlands style solutions which are costly and will be outrun by sea level rise (update: not sure if he was trying to play me there). Here because as councilor with most votes last time, he won't not be here.
  14. Free choice.

Yeah, nah, but you have to choose one, maybe two. Ordered by my preference. Radich, Jules Advocates for groynes at St Clair. Business focused. But either is picking up on it quickly or has had a bit of a focus all the way along. Better option than Lee if you're going to vote Conservative. Hanan, Dave Does not seem to have a climate change focus away from waste, his business. Mayhem-Bullock, Mandy Kettle Park Lake advocate. Very pro car at Opoho. Some good things said at Waitati (her home) Jemmett, Neville K Light rail Mornington, but conservative. Climate change focus is not there it seems. Marrable, John Disabled advocate, not much climate focus there though. Barker, Sophie Partner of Jim O'Malley but maybe a little more conservative. Has somewhat of a climate focus but more business oriented. Garey, Christine, Councilor Some climate change in council but it's a little light. She is a big believer in the bridge and harbourside development. And her anti-Vandervis focus puts her in Hawkins' corner as well. Will likely make it on to Council but I'd prefer that the trio of her, Hawkins & Benson-Pope was broken up if you do vote for Christine. Hawkins, Aaron, Councilor (Green) Still fond of playing the man rather than the ball, especially Vandervis. He's not actually a team player, unless that team is with Benson-Pope, a rather small version of the (2016 elected) Council. Please don't vote for Aaron, he'll be on Green list for Wellington anyway if you don't. Houlahan, Carmen Quite good speaker especially when knows topic but very little climate change focus. Has some strange stories of when she was in a warzone. Lund, Russell Local developer. Could be handy with help working new projects. Vandervis ally. Miller, Brian Need to check notes to see if he's been to meetings. Staynes, Chris, Councilor Believes in climate change but not necessarily in 14 Councilors. Ally of Cull, so probably allied to Hawkins & Benson-Pope too. Lazy at meetings, expects to get elected. Campbell, Finn Good but pretty light focus on alternatives to cars. Didn't turn up at several meetings. Light on content, lazy, expecting to get elected on age (he's 27). Later meetings was sledging on Hawkins' behalf. So just don't even bother.

No or very little climate change focus.

Barbour-Evans, Scout I still can't recommend Scout. I wish I could, maybe next time. Benson-Pope, David Hawkins' mentor. Kenny, Anthony Climate change 'skeptic' Lindsey, Jason Petridish man, no climate change focus. IT magic. Friend of woke California. Wa... (...better not) Hall, Doug Trucking owner. No climate focus. Steele-MacIntosh, Callum 19yo Law student. Car parking advocate. Guthrie, John Marketing retail lecturer. Doesn't think that climate change is an immediate problem. Whiley, Andrew Oil/gas guy,. Lord, Mike No climate change focus. Moncrief-Spittle, Malcolm Climate denial at every meeting.

Mayoral Candidates (sorted in order of climate change focus)

  1. Seager, Richard Public transport, cycling and local focus including food. Pro LGB but gender critical if need be. Probably most importantly very invested in democracy. I know what needs to be done and if I get this role I know that will encourage others (next election) who also know what needs to be done. We need to start now though.
  2. O'Malley, Jim Undoubtedly a very good councilor. Moves to number 2 after discussion at Museum. He's keen to address climate change issues. His strengths, experience on Council mostly. Wants change, but more slowly (than I do).
  3. Barlin, Bob Ex-Army, Kosovo, CARE, RSA. Seems to have more of a handle on this than I gave him credit for, but still not sure about an ex Major as mayor. Sorry Bob, but no. Would be very useful on council though due to that overseas experience with logistics.


    Next group does not have enough climate focus, but not devoid of it either.

  4. Elder, Rachel, Councilor Not enough climate focus but giving Pine Hill and South Dunedin (both working class more than not) a workout in your campaign is unique amongst candidates here (so far) though.

  5. Radich, Jules Thinks groynes will save St Clair. But recently spoke of Baring Head & Mauna Loa without any prompting.

  6. Vandervis, Lee Looking for Netherlands style solutions which are costly and will be outrun by sea level rise. Some definite denial but he's into batteries and solar power as well.

  7. Campbell, Finn Good but pretty light focus on alternatives to cars. Didn't turn up at several meetings. Light on content, lazy, expecting to get elected on age (he's 27). Later meetings was sledging on Hawkins' behalf. So just don't even bother.


    This group just does not have enough climate focus.

  8. Garey, Christine More business focus than climate change focus.

  9. Houlahan, Carmen In South Dunedin she dropped the develop spiel. But not much climate focus.

  10. Mayhem-Bullock, Mandy Kettle Park Lake advocate. Very pro car at Opoho. Some good things said at Waitati (her home).

  11. Hawkins, Aaron (Green) Still fond of playing the man rather than the ball, especially Vandervis. He's not actually a team player, unless that team is with Benson-Pope, a rather small version of the (2016 elected) Council. Am I being unfair you ask? No on the basis of climate change policy (does he have any?) he may deserve to drop another peg or two.

  12. Barbour-Evans, Scout Thinks climate change is an issue for her when she gets to her 90s. Recently started paying some attention to it.

  13. Whiley, Andrew Oil/gas guy.

  14. Moncrief-Spittle, Malcolm Climate denial at every meeting.

Previous Sinbin: Scout Barbour-Evans, for telling meetings that it was a disgrace for not electing youth last time around (she's still doing it). Previous Sinbin: Aaron Hawkins, for smartarse'ism in Tweet on 'rabbits' Previous Sinbin: Lee Vandervis, lost his temper with audience member at Middlemarch.

#dcc #climatechange #localelections #politics

Richard Seager for Mayor and Council of the Dunedin City Council (DCC)

Some issues with the software here at the moment. I don't want to have to redo everything so first new update will probably be tomorrow, Saturday 21st September.

My focus is climate change adaption & resilience with a focus on small business, local farming and the finances of the DCC which look to me to be in a pretty unhealthy state;

  • for a more independent Local Government
  • Refinance the DCC Group debt down to 0% or better interest rates (currently available on market).
  • Mothball any underperforming assets until such time as the population base supports them.
  • No to the council financed bridge to the harbourside. Yes to support for private operators in this location who can decide whether to take the risks involved.
  • Negotiation with central government on such items as roads, rail and other local assets not necessarily owned by local government.
  • Move the hospital build to a more accessible and secure (against sea level rise risk) location.
  • Increase Public Transport and take back ownership from private operators.
  • Increase the cycling infrastructure to the standard seen in the Netherlands or Copenhagen.
  • Reduce the use of cars, currently the highest in the world.
  • Coastal resilience, pull back where needed, build where needed but don't overspend on a coast where the sea level will be rising for centuries to come.
  • Community resilience, housing, living wage (which is nevertheless somewhat low) and encourage democratic involvement.

I suggest that even if you don't support me that you should not vote David Benson-Pope, Chris Staynes and Aaron Hawkins back to council. The city needs a vibrant democracy as we move forward towards a future that has many risks and in my view these three have clearly shown an inability to operate in such a democratic environment. They've also been there too long (Benson-Pope and Staynes) or are inexperienced (Hawkins who went straight from University to Council). They're also a 'team' and are making poor decisions (i.e. Harbourside, five star hotels).

A council led by me will also focus on other cities in the Pacific Rim rather than just Shanghai, and building relationships with these places. I have strong connections to Australia and elsewhere so this will definitely be part of my agenda. I will also focus on building better relationships with our immediate neighbours, Southland (the most underrated province in New Zealand) and Canterbury.

#DCCelections #DCC #richardoseager #richard #seager

Chris Morris and Tim Miller of the ODT rate the candidates performance in council. Some conflict indicated in Jim O'Malley being on the outer a little despite 'similar views'. I find Jim a hell of a lot easier to get along with than Aaron I have to say, where the reference to “Also guilty of a smug streak or snide comment at times” and “Can rub some of his colleagues up the wrong way” probably says all you need to know about Aaron. Also recent tweets of his are problematic and should be enough for most of his support base to rethink their support. So maybe it's time for David Benson-Pope to go too.

How they rated: Dunedin City Council

#dcc #localelections #dunedincouncil #AaronHawkins #JimOMalley #DavidBensonPope

More interesting discussion. I must admit that I don't really like the format of these meetings, I prefer combat rather than talking oneself up.

There were 15 mayoral candidates at this one. The 14 official ones and one of the comperes (a fan of waging war on the ocean and climate change believers). There was also Stuart from GNS who asked a question at the end of all of us that I should have thrown back at him. I need to wake up, start treating these guys as they do me, the enemy.

Each meeting I'm reordering who one can work with and who one cannot work with. In reality there's only a few in the latter group and it does not include Vandervis. Finn Campbell is also ok and he should be on council as 'youth' vote.

I stumbled a few times but was told I was better as it went on. I stated the truth, that you cannot fight sea level rise. I still need to work on confidence.

Clare Curran was there. I said hello but shouldn't have bothered. As above.

#dcc #mayoralcandidates #southdunedin

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.

#dcc #mayoralcandidates #RichardSeager #RichardOSeager #JimO'Malley #AaronHawkins #LeeVandervis #JulesRadich #FinnCampbell #MandyMayhemBullock #HarleneHayne

Carmen Houlahan, Finn Campbell & Scout Barbour-Evans.

As far as climate change goes, and with these video interviews to hand, it is clear that they're all out of their depth. Finn may be able to be redeemed once he realizes that 'with friends like that who needs...” and once he's actually taken an interest in the topic rather than the soundbytes. But Barbour-Evans and Houlahan have other foci (me politics and development respectively). I'm not absolutely certain that they could not be bought around to the problems, but caution would be absolutely necessary if they were elected to council. None are reasonable as mayoral candidates.

I will update this in the next few days.

Barbour-Evans

Campbell

Houlahan

#dcc #mayoralcandidates #finncampbell #carmenhoulahan #scoutbarbourevans

Lee Vandervis, Bob Barlin, Christine Garey.

Interesting one. Vandervis is right about a few things, the emails really don't read to me as abusive (they were released on FYI.org.nz) and as per the rumours that I'd heard he does drive a Nissan Leaf (probably the most popular electric car in NZ). But on the other hand he imagines being able to save South Dunedin with Dutch style pumping and other infrastructure, such as dykes or sea walls I guess. He's also very much anti-cycle. He was also a little sexist at one stage, not in pointing out that all three of the main council staff that he deals with are women but in being critical of the number of women in council employment in total. So he's a mixed bag, and as Mayor we would lose our cycle paths. So please don't vote him in as Mayor. As councilor I think that it would be useful to have his focus there because at the very least he would keep some a bit more honest. Some way needs to be thought of to involve him in council productively though. His point about debt is a little concerning (he claims a billion dollars) and I will need to have a closer look at Assets and Liabilities as publicly available over the next week. If Dunedin is paying 4.6% for this debt then it's time to get rid of the current loans as interest rates are much better than that right now.

Christine Garey was in conflict with Lee Vandervis in regards to the Council issues while at the same time acknowledging that she'd been a little rude in publicly shaming council staff in the past (while on Peninsula board). She was pro the 'Sydney Opera House' development on the Harbour including the bridge while at the same time stating that sea level rise (SLR) risk had been accounted for. Sure, if you take the IPCC from 2014 at their word but this did not allow for any Antarctic ice loss and anyway a metre of SLR which is what IPCC basically states will happen by 2100 will be very problematic for this development. If you read Hansen instead of IPCC well then it will be under water before the middle of the century. So for that reason and others I think that Christine Garey is wrong here. She states that the development is important to bring in private investment to that area. That's the key focus here it seems to me. Carmen Houlahan is similar in having a focus on freeing up land for developers but she would likely be more inclined to listen to the evidence regarding climate change impacts. So in my view Christine Garey should not be voted on to council.

Bob Barlin, well where do you start? Currently taxi driving (tourist oriented it seems) he seemed at the beginning to be critical of Council expenditure and had Lee Vandervis nodding in agreement. I was expecting full climate denial, but there was only a little along the lines of 'if right'. But then we had a spiel about strategic assets and their susceptibility to SLR risk. He mentioned the airport and the Hillside engineering workshop, both maybe at a metre or less above sea level. He stated that he was previously in the army up to the level of Major and had been to many hotspots around the world. He's the type of guy you'd put into manage assets and errr people if SLR became an issue. He would be good to have around in such an event, but on council? That could be a little risky for democracy in my view. He also does not seem to know why he's running and considering that he is unsure that there would be any sea level rise it is unlikely he'd consider those impacts if left to himself. I think you can get the gist of why he is running if you just think about it a little. It was quite warm in Dunedin today by the way. Not NZ's hotspot I'm sure but has anyone told the army? Whose army do I hear you say?

Who else has been airlifted in?

The interviews were a little more 'tetchy' than ours were last week and this was expected.

Just for reference, women in my writing are 'adult human females'. I am not a fan of gender politics or the idea that the term 'women' is inclusive of anyone born male.

#dcc #oar.org.nz #mayoralcandidates #leevandervis #christinegarey #bobbarlin