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      • Ewaste product stewardship receives region wide support
        • 13 May 2013
        • Wellington Greens
        • Eight Councils of the Wellington region have agreed to support a remit (see attachment) to the Annual Conference of Local Government NZ (LGNZ) for a national product stewardship approach for e-waste. Electronic waste (e-waste), including televisions and computers, has for years been a frequent reoccurring topic of discussion at the regional Waste Forum meetings, where [...]
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      • Fracking motion success in Wellington
        • 18 Jun 2012
        • Wellington Greens
        • “The Council favours new rules on Fracking under a new management Plan,” said Greater Wellington Regional Councillor Paul Bruce. “I am delighted that Council is supporting the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) investigation with the intention of using the outcome as a basis for provisions in its new natural resources management Plan”. An investigation [...]
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      • Regional Council to question Fracking – Wed 13th June 9.30am
        • 31 May 2012
        • Wellington Greens
        • View the outcome of this participation: motion passed! Public participation: Wed 13th June 9.30am Contact Greater Wellington Regional Council on 04 830 4246  or Paul Bruce on 021 02719370 Paul.Bruce@gw.govt.nz Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” for oil and gas has seen a growing sense of unease from the public, and an investigation by the Parliamentary Commissioner [...]
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      • Keep Our Assets!
        • 31 May 2012
        • Wellington Greens
        • Please support the petition calling for a citizens initiated referendum on asset sales. This is the best chance we’ve got to stop the government selling our power companies and Air New Zealand for a quick buck. Volunteer to help now Read more
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      • Keep Our Assets!
        • 31 May 2012
        • Wellington Greens
        • Please support the petition calling for a citizens initiated referendum on asset sales. This is the best chance we’ve got to stop the government selling our power companies and Air New Zealand for a quick buck. Volunteer to help now Read more
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      • Super city Wellington?
        • 24 Nov 2011
        • Wellington Greens
        • A “Wellington Council” with a smaller number of Councillors would unnecessarily restrict representation, just at a time when the public is becoming increasingly interested in participating in the very important issues of public transport, the three waters and a regional spatial plan.
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      • Wellington’s Green Candidates
        • 26 Sep 2011
        • Wellington Greens
        • The Greens have launched their election advertising – find out more about the campaign on the Green Party website. We have also elected candidates for the 2011 election – check out their profiles below on the Green Party website: Hutt South Holly Walker Contact: Email | Phone 021 180 2597 Twitter | Facebook Mana Jan [...]
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      • Mid-year update: STV win, inner-city transport and more
        • 1 Aug 2011
        • Wellington Greens
        • Mid yearly update report from Regional Councillor Paul Bruce - July 26th 2011 In this update: Successful change to STV electoral system for Regional Council Wellington Regional Strategy Review Wellington Community Wind Farm Major weather events Consultation on inner-city transport network Successful change to STV electoral system for Regional Council! I am delighted to report [...]
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      • Mid-year update: STV win, inner-city transport and more
        • 1 Aug 2011
        • Wellington Greens
        • Mid yearly update report from Regional Councillor Paul Bruce - July 26th 2011 In this update: Successful change to STV electoral system for Regional Council Wellington Regional Strategy Review Wellington Community Wind Farm Major weather events Consultation on inner-city transport network Successful change to STV electoral system for Regional Council! I am delighted to report that a majority of regional councillors voted for a change to the single transferable vote (STV) system for the next GW local body election. The change to STV will bring GW into line with Wellington and Porirua City Councils, Kapiti District Council  and the District Health Board, leaving us with just one voting system. It will give vote/s greater value, allowing the candidates with the most support to win. See Greater Wellington’s report on the Electoral system for the 2013 triennial elections 11.379 (PDF) for more information. Councils have the opportunity to change the electoral system every three years from first past the post (FPP) to STV where voters rank candidates in order of preference. However, the two Hutt Councils and the three Wairarpa District Councils have decided to remain with FPP. It is also fantastic to see eight percent more use of public transport in the three months to April than the same time last year (40 million passengers annually!). There has also been a doubling of commuter cyclists over recent years.  I am working as your Regional Councillor to make these services more reliable and convenient and our roads safer for everybody.  Real time information is now rolling out. This August, the Wellington Bus review will be made available for comment, and it is my hope that we will be soon also having more evening and weekend bus services and greater frequency to places like Brooklyn Heights. Next step is an integrated ticketing system, Bike Racks on buses, and Hifi on all services (as proposed by Gareth Hughes), not just on the airport flier. We believe that it is time to move public transport up a few grades to make it the premier transport mode of convenience! Earlier this year, I gave presentations on the Environmental Impacts of a Kapiti Express Way to a Waikanae Hui, changes in the GW Transport Plan to Kilbirnie Residents Association and submissions together with Rational Transport Society to the EPA Board of Enquiry on the Freshwater Plan for Transmission Gully Highway. On the 19th and 20th of August Gareth Hughes, Green MP will be holding the first ever national Smart Transport for NZ Conference in Wellington. This conference aims to bring together those of us who are working to promote diverse sustainable transport modes in New Zealand such as rail, bus, walking, cycling, rail freight, sea freight and coastal shipping. If you would like to register for this conference then you can do so online at https://my.greens.org.nz/conferenceregistration If you have any good news stories, suggestions or complaints, make sure you get in contact, and also send a copy to Metlink at www.metlink.org.nz . Decrease in NZTA public transport funding assistance rate I have supported the GW submission opposing the proposed changes in the (central government) transport funding assistance rate, highlighting the significant financial impact on local rates and lack of sound rationale in some of the detail. The proposed changes amongst other things, remove demand management and behaviour change activities from the road safety category,  and could reduce support for essential studies such as the Wellington Public Transport Spine study and the introduction of electronic/integrated ticketing. The changes will lead to an additional 3% increase in Wellington Regional Council rates for the 2011/12 year. Attachment 2 (PDF) Wellington Regional Strategy Review The strategy was developed prior to 2007 to deliver certain economic development initiatives through a regionally funded development agency. The focus on export led growth was contentious at the time, and a review this year has bourn out the need to give greater support to the local economy, with a systematic measurement of outcomes achieved. I go along with this, and support further decisions being made on the activity within the LTP (Long Term Council Plan) 2012-22 process. Toward 2040: Smart Green Wellington – Draft City Strategy GW has written a submission to the WCC draft city strategy endorsing the overall aim to build resilience, economic and social, physical and environmental. However, the submission points out that the success in achieving the vision and goals is dependant on players and factors outside Wellington city.  For example, 30,330 people commute to work to Wellington CBD on a daily basis. The city is at the same time dependent on the science and research sector, some of which is located outside the city. Associated with this, is the question of how these documents relate to the Wellington Regional Strategy (see above). We also requested more detail on how transport plans might be integrated with existing and future land use patterns, to guide decision making and resource allocation for both GW and WCC. An excellent example of collaboration is the strong support from all Councils of the region for the construction next year of a cycle/walk way between Petone and Wellington in the new year as part of the Hutt Corridor Plan. NZTA has other priorities (new expressways etc) and has put in a contrary submission stating that timing for construction was premature and should be delayed until 2016/17. These questions are of course related to the ongoing discussions around governance. Transport is already dealt with on a regional basis, but frustratingly overridden by Nationally Government most recently. There is clearly room for better collaboration on local issues such as the three waters (potage, storm water and sewage) and shared facilities. It is also very important to maintain that connection to place, which comes from having wards and Councils of a size that lends to easy and accessible Councillors.  Submissions to the Governance issues are being analysed, and further consultation is likely later this year. Wellington Community Wind Farm Since a public meeting in November 2010,  a steering group has been investigating how to progress sustainable energy projects in the Wellington region on a cooperative basis. Extensive research on community wind, such as options for governance and management, financial feasibility, assessment of wind resource date, along with the suitability of various legal and financial structures has been carried out. Our energy plan relates to a household consumer group to promote renewable energy on the consumers’ terms, and the opportunity to exploit the Long Gully site as a community-owned wind farm. We hope to be able to reveal further details about these exciting initiatives in the next few months. We welcome as many supporters as we can who may be willing to be involved and possibly in the future to invest in community wind energy. We want to start raising some funds soon to help us towards developing our web presence and other materials in order to grow the consumer group, as well as supporting of the community generation umbrella group as outlined above. A website will be up shortly. Subscribe to our mailing list windywelly99@gmail.com and be kept up to date with progress and upcoming events. Major weather events Some of you will know that I am a weather forecaster with MetService as well as a Regional Councillor.  I hope you have been keeping warm in the recent cold outbreak.  Extreme weather events have been increasing globally, but with more heat waves than cold outbreaks. Earlier this year, May was a record warm month for NZ, and this unusual snow event was also preceded by quite mild weather. Dr Kevin Trenberth, a climate expert from NCAR expert, reported that more violent and frequent storms, once merely a prediction of climate models, are now a matter of observation. The presentation can be found at http://www.victoria.ac.nz/climate-change. And if you want to catch up to local thinking on Biophysical Limits and their Policy Implications a ground breaking conference was held here in Wellington in June. The excellent presentations can be found at http://ips.ac.nz/events/previous_events-2011.html Consultation on inner-city transport network Everybody should have received a document in their mail box outlining the proposed basin reserve flyover, and widening of roads such as Ruahine Street and Wellington Road. There appeared to be a failure in the delivery system, so if you didn’t receive yours, please complain to frank.fernandez@nzta.govt.nz. Submit your feedback on the NZTA website The original Ngauranga to Airport Plan supported public transport measures and further reassessment before the building of new tunnels and new four to six lane roads. Traffic volumes are declining in light of high oil prices, and still the Government wants to spend all the money on new express ways with 100% subsidies. This is having the result of syphoning money away from the local authorities for safety measures, maintenance of local roads, public transport and new measures such as integrated ticketing. Cabinet has just approved amendments to the Land Transport Management Act which Transport Minister Steven Joyce said would streamline the planning process and remove convoluted decision making and ambiguity. However, the Government is in fact giving more power to its own motorway builders at the expense of local communities and the economy. The Architecture Centre has launched the real alternative to the NZ Transport Agency’s disastrous plans for the Basin Reserve. Check out the Save the Basin website and read more or make a submission on the Green Party website. For more critique of Wellington City RoNs and alternatives, contact davidalaing@gmail.com and kent@mtvictoria.org.nz, and please consider making a submission before Friday 26th August, even if it is to just request that some of allocated funding be turned over to a high quality tram train extension through the city and traffic calming! Best wishes Cr Paul Bruce For more information Cr Paul Bruce, 021 02719370, 04 972 8699 Paul.Bruce@gw.govt.nz | Facebook
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      • Mid-year update: STV win, inner-city transport and more
        • 1 Aug 2011
        • Wellington Greens
        • Mid yearly update report from Regional Councillor Paul Bruce - July 26th 2011 In this update: Successful change to STV electoral system for Regional Council Wellington Regional Strategy Review Wellington Community Wind Farm Major weather events Consultation on inner-city transport network Successful change to STV electoral system for Regional Council! I am delighted to report that a majority of regional councillors voted for a change to the single transferable vote (STV) system for the next GW local body election. The change to STV will bring GW into line with Wellington and Porirua City Councils, Kapiti District Council  and the District Health Board, leaving us with just one voting system. It will give vote/s greater value, allowing the candidates with the most support to win. See Greater Wellington’s report on the Electoral system for the 2013 triennial elections 11.379 (PDF) for more information. Councils have the opportunity to change the electoral system every three years from first past the post (FPP) to STV where voters rank candidates in order of preference. However, the two Hutt Councils and the three Wairarpa District Councils have decided to remain with FPP. It is also fantastic to see eight percent more use of public transport in the three months to April than the same time last year (40 million passengers annually!). There has also been a doubling of commuter cyclists over recent years.  I am working as your Regional Councillor to make these services more reliable and convenient and our roads safer for everybody.  Real time information is now rolling out. This August, the Wellington Bus review will be made available for comment, and it is my hope that we will be soon also having more evening and weekend bus services and greater frequency to places like Brooklyn Heights. Next step is an integrated ticketing system, Bike Racks on buses, and Hifi on all services (as proposed by Gareth Hughes), not just on the airport flier. We believe that it is time to move public transport up a few grades to make it the premier transport mode of convenience! Earlier this year, I gave presentations on the Environmental Impacts of a Kapiti Express Way to a Waikanae Hui, changes in the GW Transport Plan to Kilbirnie Residents Association and submissions together with Rational Transport Society to the EPA Board of Enquiry on the Freshwater Plan for Transmission Gully Highway. On the 19th and 20th of August Gareth Hughes, Green MP will be holding the first ever national Smart Transport for NZ Conference in Wellington. This conference aims to bring together those of us who are working to promote diverse sustainable transport modes in New Zealand such as rail, bus, walking, cycling, rail freight, sea freight and coastal shipping. If you would like to register for this conference then you can do so online at https://my.greens.org.nz/conferenceregistration If you have any good news stories, suggestions or complaints, make sure you get in contact, and also send a copy to Metlink at www.metlink.org.nz . Decrease in NZTA public transport funding assistance rate I have supported the GW submission opposing the proposed changes in the (central government) transport funding assistance rate, highlighting the significant financial impact on local rates and lack of sound rationale in some of the detail. The proposed changes amongst other things, remove demand management and behaviour change activities from the road safety category,  and could reduce support for essential studies such as the Wellington Public Transport Spine study and the introduction of electronic/integrated ticketing. The changes will lead to an additional 3% increase in Wellington Regional Council rates for the 2011/12 year. Attachment 2 (PDF) Wellington Regional Strategy Review The strategy was developed prior to 2007 to deliver certain economic development initiatives through a regionally funded development agency. The focus on export led growth was contentious at the time, and a review this year has bourn out the need to give greater support to the local economy, with a systematic measurement of outcomes achieved. I go along with this, and support further decisions being made on the activity within the LTP (Long Term Council Plan) 2012-22 process. Toward 2040: Smart Green Wellington – Draft City Strategy GW has written a submission to the WCC draft city strategy endorsing the overall aim to build resilience, economic and social, physical and environmental. However, the submission points out that the success in achieving the vision and goals is dependant on players and factors outside Wellington city.  For example, 30,330 people commute to work to Wellington CBD on a daily basis. The city is at the same time dependent on the science and research sector, some of which is located outside the city. Associated with this, is the question of how these documents relate to the Wellington Regional Strategy (see above). We also requested more detail on how transport plans might be integrated with existing and future land use patterns, to guide decision making and resource allocation for both GW and WCC. An excellent example of collaboration is the strong support from all Councils of the region for the construction next year of a cycle/walk way between Petone and Wellington in the new year as part of the Hutt Corridor Plan. NZTA has other priorities (new expressways etc) and has put in a contrary submission stating that timing for construction was premature and should be delayed until 2016/17. These questions are of course related to the ongoing discussions around governance. Transport is already dealt with on a regional basis, but frustratingly overridden by Nationally Government most recently. There is clearly room for better collaboration on local issues such as the three waters (potage, storm water and sewage) and shared facilities. It is also very important to maintain that connection to place, which comes from having wards and Councils of a size that lends to easy and accessible Councillors.  Submissions to the Governance issues are being analysed, and further consultation is likely later this year. Wellington Community Wind Farm Since a public meeting in November 2010,  a steering group has been investigating how to progress sustainable energy projects in the Wellington region on a cooperative basis. Extensive research on community wind, such as options for governance and management, financial feasibility, assessment of wind resource date, along with the suitability of various legal and financial structures has been carried out. Our energy plan relates to a household consumer group to promote renewable energy on the consumers’ terms, and the opportunity to exploit the Long Gully site as a community-owned wind farm. We hope to be able to reveal further details about these exciting initiatives in the next few months. We welcome as many supporters as we can who may be willing to be involved and possibly in the future to invest in community wind energy. We want to start raising some funds soon to help us towards developing our web presence and other materials in order to grow the consumer group, as well as supporting of the community generation umbrella group as outlined above. A website will be up shortly. Subscribe to our mailing list windywelly99@gmail.com and be kept up to date with progress and upcoming events. Major weather events Some of you will know that I am a weather forecaster with MetService as well as a Regional Councillor.  I hope you have been keeping warm in the recent cold outbreak.  Extreme weather events have been increasing globally, but with more heat waves than cold outbreaks. Earlier this year, May was a record warm month for NZ, and this unusual snow event was also preceded by quite mild weather. Dr Kevin Trenberth, a climate expert from NCAR expert, reported that more violent and frequent storms, once merely a prediction of climate models, are now a matter of observation. The presentation can be found at http://www.victoria.ac.nz/climate-change. And if you want to catch up to local thinking on Biophysical Limits and their Policy Implications a ground breaking conference was held here in Wellington in June. The excellent presentations can be found at http://ips.ac.nz/events/previous_events-2011.html Consultation on inner-city transport network Everybody should have received a document in their mail box outlining the proposed basin reserve flyover, and widening of roads such as Ruahine Street and Wellington Road. There appeared to be a failure in the delivery system, so if you didn’t receive yours, please complain to frank.fernandez@nzta.govt.nz. Submit your feedback on the NZTA website The original Ngauranga to Airport Plan supported public transport measures and further reassessment before the building of new tunnels and new four to six lane roads. Traffic volumes are declining in light of high oil prices, and still the Government wants to spend all the money on new express ways with 100% subsidies. This is having the result of syphoning money away from the local authorities for safety measures, maintenance of local roads, public transport and new measures such as integrated ticketing. Cabinet has just approved amendments to the Land Transport Management Act which Transport Minister Steven Joyce said would streamline the planning process and remove convoluted decision making and ambiguity. However, the Government is in fact giving more power to its own motorway builders at the expense of local communities and the economy. The Architecture Centre has launched the real alternative to the NZ Transport Agency’s disastrous plans for the Basin Reserve. Check out the Save the Basin website and read more or make a submission on the Green Party website. For more critique of Wellington City RoNs and alternatives, contact davidalaing@gmail.com and kent@mtvictoria.org.nz, and please consider making a submission before Friday 26th August, even if it is to just request that some of allocated funding be turned over to a high quality tram train extension through the city and traffic calming! Best wishes Cr Paul Bruce For more information Cr Paul Bruce, 021 02719370, 04 972 8699 Paul.Bruce@gw.govt.nz | Facebook
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      • Have your say on the Proposed Greater Wellington Regional Council Annual Plan
        • 15 Apr 2011
        • Wellington Greens
        • Please find some suggestions for comments on Greater Wellington Regional Council on the proposed Annual Plan. Remember that submissions  close on 28 April 2011. Read summary and full plans on the GWRC website The Regional Council proposes to raise 84.571 million via general and targeted rates in 2011/12.  The average proposed rates increase for the [...]
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      • 8 key issues for Wellington in 2011 – have your say!
        • 23 Jan 2011
        • Wellington Greens
        • Major decisions are being made – and your involvement at every level is crucial – in your communities,  also at local, regional and central Government level. The infrastructure of our transport, electricity, and food systems – as well as our building stock – have been designed and built to suit the unique characteristics of cheap [...]
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      • Community Wind Farm Proposed for Wellington
        • 5 Nov 2010
        • Wellington Greens
        • A citizens’ initiative for a community wind farm in Long Gully is inviting wider public participation this month, at an open meeting  planned for Friday 19th November in Wellington at Crossways Community Centre, Mt Victoria. Community wind farms like this one have several major advantages over large commercial wind farms: they are smaller in size [...]
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      • Community Wind Farm Proposed for Wellington
        • 5 Nov 2010
        • Wellington Greens
        • A citizens’ initiative for a community wind farm in Long Gully is inviting wider public participation this month, at an open meeting  planned for Friday 19th November in Wellington at Crossways Community Centre, Mt Victoria.
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