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Is a very diverse place. Definitely the most diverse of Dunedin's suburbs and probably (without checking stats.govt.nz) up there with the most diverse suburbs in New Zealand. The following photos indicate that as this is what the retail area of South Dunedin looks like.

Some though still seem to conceive it as a white working class area from the 1970s that it possibly never was anyway. I have some personal experience of this perception so I know that it can be true even here in Dunedin.

A local school (not too far from the above outlets).

So you get the picture, there's a large group of retired people here too. And although the suburb is one of the poorest in New Zealand there is over near the beach a reasonably affluent quarter as well. It's pretty diverse basically.

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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

A song for Jules Radich, who referenced Nelson Mandela on his OAR interview.

The South African Embassy in Trafalgar square always used to have people protesting outside it back in the 80s due mostly to Mandela's popularity in left wing circles and the South Africa apartheid governments intransigence on his release. It was far more political in Europe back in the 80s, feminism, workers rights and racism were the main issues that I remember. As well as the poll tax riots and CND protests outside the American military bases. Thatcher, and much of the right of course didn't take too much to Mandela until after apartheid collapsed. If they had of, such songs as this one would never have needed to have been.

I wasn't asked who my real life hero was at Opoho (Phillip tended to miss some questions of all of us on occasion). I wasn't even sure who I was going to say at the time as I don't really believe in 'heros' as such but it probably would have been Chomsky for being so on song for so long despite the flak that he's had to put up with over the years. My wife certainly expected that was who I was going to mention and he was first to mind. Others might have been Magdalen Berns who died only a few days ago or the Suffragettes who were sometimes rather novel in their protest methods. But my focus changes often and I think 'respect' might have been a better question rather than 'hero'. Michael Joseph Savage and John A. Lee would be two from New Zealand a social reformer from Melbourne and a radical firebrand from Otago.... One remembered with fondness and the other somewhat forgotten despite the fact that the policies of Savage were often actually Lee's. But left wing politics these days is very much an identity parade. I can't even.

The fire today on Signal hill was arson by most accounts. There was much wind and sun today, so it did take off. Later tonight at Waitati there seemed much support for harnessing these two forces of nature, rather than just releasing them.

And as Peter from Waitati said tonight, we're one people now, no matter where we originally came or come from. Climate change is something that we can only do together in as he said 'the same waka'. After 180 or more years together it would be hard to separate us anyway. And we should not try to. I can remember being quite upset when Eva Rickard died, and I never went on a march with her. But I certainly grew up with her, and both of us were/are from the Waikato. Plus who is we exactly? We have mosques and temples as well as churches and maraes these days.

#music #politics #SpecialAKA #julesradich

I was on OAR FM alongside Andrew Whiley and Aaron Hawkins.

I managed to talk cycling quite a lot which pleased me. I also mentioned light rail and a gondola but it was later mentioned that this could be misunderstood as a Venice style gondola when in fact I meant this type of gondola...

I was happy with this show, both Andrew and Aaron were good to be interviewed alongside although of course I disagree with Andrew's views on the exploitation of gas off the Otago coast. I don't think that there's much I disagree with Aaron on except for woodchips which may be renewable but are very much still CO2 producing (storing CO2 in wood is a good idea, but you know burning it kind of defeats that purpose).

#politics #climatechange #dcc

Is currently in palliative care. She is brilliant, very sad news.

Here she is at her best;

11:20 in is absolutely classic

P.S. I'm not sure how to start an embedded video at a particular point in the video, pinching the code from a link didn't work

#politics #magdalenberns #feminism

Surely this should have been published two weeks ago to encourage more diversity in the nominations. As it stands it hasn't been so we should now just be choosing the best out of who has nominated. Otherwise one might think, Charlie, that you're trying to skew the voting towards those who have nominated and who are not over 50 (but still mostly Pākeha strangely). And they seem to be a fairly peculiar bunch, one might even think that for the most part they'd been put up to it by the most privileged billionaire white men on this planet who don't even live in Aotearoa. What says you Charlie?

The White Male Middleaged Face of Local Government

Just as an aside I tried to encourage both my wife (over 50, not Pākeha* and female) and my daughter (well under 50, not sure if she's Pākeha** and female) to nominate. But they both declined.

Remind me Charlie, who makes up the main cadre of journalists in Aotearoa. And do you belong to this group perchance? How diverse is journalism in Aotearoa?

Hypocrite (spoiler, I normally like Charlie Mitchell's writing).

Somewhat related I bought my daughter a book yesterday.

*. I doubt, being an Australian, that she identifies as Pākeha. ** ditto really, although has had 9/18 of her years so far in New Zealand, so maybe she does, but I havn't asked.

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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.

#politics #climatechange #dcc #dunedin #richardoseager #richardseager

Heres's where their CEOs live.

Credit: Jordan Engel “Names & Location of the Top 100 People Killing the Planet, 2019”

Of course another one could be done with shareholders but that's just going to end up at about 10-12 world banks. As anyone who has looked at the shareholders (i.e. beta.companieshouse.gov.uk or companiesoffice.govt.nz) of these companies knows these banks have the same shareholdings in the same ratios on probably the majority of blue chip companies.

#ClimateChange #politics #oilgas

I'd suggest that it's because he's never been to either Dover or Calais.

He, like so many of his class, probably only knows his way to the London City Airport. I wonder what his CO2 emissions are.

#politics #climatechange #privilege

I'm not at the conference so these are from my notes from the youtube video.

Somewhat evangelical in my view. Starts out by laying out an ideal (for him) Aotearoa where people hop in their electric cars after their beach holiday (which is immune from sea level rise) and drive off home with freight trains running alongside (related question, when did James Shaw last have a beach holiday in New Zealand). He then spends most of the next 30 minutes;

  1. On climate deniers, climate denial and the 'new climate deniers'
  2. Simon Bridges (the leader of the National Party).

Those are the main points of this speech. It lacked substance, very much so. The main point was that Simon Bridges was a climate denying devil and that the 'new climate deniers' were so 'dangerous' because they sounded 'so reasonable'. These claims were then repeated throughout the speech. It's a funny old world where the Green Party co-leader (who looked very much like the actual leader as there was no co-compering from Marama Davidson) concentrates 90% of his speech on climate denial and talks up climate deniers. Interesting too that he had such a good handle on its stages as it's my view that he didn't learn of those stages by doing an online course through Queensland University. Nothing like a bit of narcissism I guess.

He also claimed that the Greens were part of a government that had done more for the environment/climate change than the sum total of all previous governments over the last 30 years. I think Helen Clark could probably challenge that. It was also a pretty neo-liberal period (and still is) so it's not such a big claim really, although it probably is (i.e. if it was true it's not such a big deal, but in reality it's very unlikely to be true).

Some other statements that need more investigation...;

2050 world will need 50% more food than now. 70% of reefs will die due to acidification.

.....purely to try and find their source*.

I was more unimpressed than I thought I would be. Absolutely no substance. All very vague on the detail of actions. But lots of negative concentration on those who are (supposedly) worse (i.e. deniers who are mostly paid by big oil, like Shaw's old agency 'Future Considerations' is).

Don't fall for the anti Bridges rhetoric. Shaw, like most 'new Greens' is more in line with National than Labour. As are his sponsors.

And re those biosphere destroying sponsors and just for fun, here's James' old boss at Future Considerations, a former Shell and Unilever man, applying for some work.

* Update 10th August 2019. Think James' office might have come up with these, one seems to be from FAO.org and the other from IPCC

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