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      • There will be change
        • 18 Jun 2013
        • Mark Greening
        • New laws enacted last year will have a significant impact on the operation of local government after this years local body elections. In particular, the powers of the mayor will dramatically change. After this years local body election,  mayors will gain new powers . A mayor will be able to appoint their own deputy mayor, […]
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      • There will be change
        • 18 Jun 2013
        • Mark Greening
        • New laws enacted last year will have a significant impact on the operation of local government after this years local body elections.
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      • Jockeying for position
        • 13 Jun 2013
        • Mark Greening
        • What an extraordinarily interesting mayoral race Wellington can expect to watch over the coming months. On the right, close to the curb, is Cr John Morrison. A Jockey who can wax lyrically with the best of them and has been quick to take advantage of some recent good press. On the the green fringes is […]
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      • Jockeying for position
        • 13 Jun 2013
        • Mark Greening
        • What an extraordinarily interesting mayoral race Wellington can expect to watch over the coming months.
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      • I am a believer
        • 13 Jun 2013
        • Mark Greening
        • There I said it. I believe in the value and worth of local public libraries. And others do to. “Libraries are the heart and soul of communities.” (Scoop).  I could not agree more with this sentiment. In fact I’ve said it many times before. So where are the voices that spoke so loudly at the […]
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      • Times up.
        • 6 May 2013
        • Mark Greening
        • Three years is up.  The report card is being prepared for the 2013 election. Councilor Cook has retired – possibly after failing to get any fruit trees planted in time for this election. The other suspects have returned for another three years. Did they live up to their own words? Did they ask the right […]
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      • A line in the sand
        • 13 Nov 2011
        • Mark Greening
        • At some point you have to draw a line in the sand. Smiling will only get you so far.  Ask Tony Blair. You don’t see the Arabs selling their oil fields? So why are we selling ours? Electricity is the new oil (power) of the future. At some point we will no longer be buying […]
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      • A scar on our city
        • 2 Jul 2011
        • Mark Greening
        • Apparently Wellington city has a transport problem around the basin reserve. To solve this problem the National Government has charged the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) with delivering a solution. Having had much time to ponder the sources of the problem and all the various solutions, the NZTA has proposed two options – well one really, […]
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      • A sign of the times
        • 21 May 2011
        • Mark Greening
        • Unbelievable! Why are we telling the world our creative film industry are just wanna be copy cats of Hollywood? Even the film industry think its a joke. Veteran Wellington film director Geoff Murphy could barely stop laughing. Adding “”I think it’s f^@k!ng stupid. It is copying a foreign, bull$#*t glamour idea and it’s the pits […]
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      • A sign of the times
        • 21 May 2011
        • Mark Greening
        • Unbelievable! Why are we telling the world our creative film industry are just wanna be copy cats of Hollywood? Even the film industry think its a joke.
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      • At what cost?
        • 19 Feb 2011
        • Mark Greening
        • They blew it! Over $1 million in savings missed so far. Yet again some councilors (eg, McKinnon and company) have failed to live up to election promises. And have again shown they are incapable of making the hard decisions, in order to prevent massive rate rises. You might remember an earlier post on Deputy Mayor […]
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      • Prudent management goes down the designer toilet
        • 5 Jan 2011
        • Mark Greening
        • Our new council has approved spending $375,000 on a designer toilet. Unbelievable!? Our council has failed its first test of prudent financial management in what was probably it’s easiest test of the year (and one that would have delivered a disproportionate amount of political capital) in approving $375k on a waterfront toilet. So much for […]
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      • Bus routes revisited
        • 5 Jan 2011
        • Mark Greening
        • You know its flawed when bus drivers remain unhappy with the route and a boycott is still not off the agenda. On the same day a fellow from WCC was taking photos of any cars using the new manners road (if they dared). I had a chat with him and he blamed the accidents on […]
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      • Bus routes revisited
        • 5 Jan 2011
        • Mark Greening
        • You know its flawed when bus drivers remain unhappy with the route and a boycott is still not off the agenda.
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