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I am outraged today.
see my press release below and watch the news items!
Tonight 2021 Mayoral candidate, Megan Woods condemned Christchurch City Council’s decision to proceed with deciding the new site for the proposed civic offices, and in particular Bob Parker’s broken election promise. She and her 2021 team are taking action to ensure that those voters who have yet to return their papers are able to do so.
Woods said she had been flooded with emails and phone call all day from voters irate that once again City Council was ignoring their views. “Many people have been motivated to vote by this action and 2021 and I plan to make sure they can. People have until midday on Saturday 13th to lodge their votes with the returning officer in Tuam Street. If you are unable to get into either a service centre or Tuam St to drop off your papers, my 2021 team will arrange transport to ensure that every vote is counted. Just ring 980 5949 or txt: 021 0596047”.
Woods reminded voters that "this is not the way it needs to be. If you were holding out for a reason to vote here it is. I urge those who have not yet voted to send a clear message - that this is not the style of local government that they are prepared to tolerate. A vote for me and for my team is a vote for people who are committed to delivering a far more honest, accountable, open and transparent Christchurch City Council. They can ignore your opinions but they cannot ignore your votes. ".
"The proposed new building is a contentious election issue that my team and I, along with other candidates, have issued a clear alternative position for voters to consider in this election. This election is finally offering the citizens of Christchurch an opportunity to have their say on the building, its location and its price tag. It is outrageous to deny them this opportunity. This is what this decision does", said Megan Woods.
"No one knew this was coming as they cast their votes over the last days. This item was introduced by stealth. There was nothing open or transparent in this decision. That it was an eleventh-hour additional item debated in a public excluded session encapsulates everything that has led to plummeting levels in public satisfaction with this council and its decision making. It was a hurried decision that failed to follow proper process. Councillors did not have adequate opportunity to digest and analyse the information on what is a huge decision for the city. And, once again it was a secretive and behind closed-doors decision that the public were denied access to. Councillors did not receive the staff report until they went into their public excluded session and then had around 15 minutes to digest the complex information along with their lunch.".
"Throughout this campaign, I, and my team, have campaigned for more open and transparent decision making. We know that this is what the public want. I believe that this starts with my campaign. From day one I have been upfront with you. You know what I want to do. You know who is backing my campaign."
Furthermore, Woods pointed to Bob Parker’s broken election promise. “This must be a world-record”, said Woods, “the voting has not even closed and Bob Parker is going back on what he has said he will do”. On 18th September, at The Press Mayoral debate (as reported on the 19th October 2007 http://www.stuff.co.nz/thepress/4206..., Bob Parker clearly stated that he was prepared to move a motion to defer any decision on the building until after the election. Bob Parker did not move such a motion and voted in favour of the proposal.
1 Comment 293 weeks
The last few days we have been out on the streets campaigning to get people to vote. I've been in the shopping mall, the strip shopping centres, the supermarkets and holding street corner meetings right across the city. It has been great to meet with so many people and to receive so much warm encouragment.
One thing I have picked up is that young people are not voting. It is so important that they do vote. Out and about young people are telling me that the council does not listen to them and their ideas are taken on board. This cannot change unless you and your friends get out there and vote. We are a team that has shown ourselves to be interested in the views of young people and are committed to building a Christchurch where your views are listened to. We are standing a bunch of really impressive young (some of us youngish!!) candidates - find your voting papers and vote for them!
0 Comments 294 weeks
Christchurch 2021 values young people. A city can be judged on how it supports and encourages the roles of young people. Young people need their own spaces, and each others company, while enjoying a mutual respect amongst the generations.
Too often, what passes for debate on youth issues stems from an “us and them” mindset. The problems caused and experienced by a few can produce an unfairly negative portrayal of all young people. In reality many problems, such as drugs and alcohol or dangerous driving, are issues for people of all ages.
The negative stereotyping of a minority of young people distorts the fact that the vast majority of young people are working hard at school, at polytechnics universities and other tertiary education, and in their jobs and generally contributing and doing well in our community.
In matters affecting the whole city there has been a failure to give young people’s contributions meaning and significance. As a result they lose faith with public process and instead turn to protest as a voice capable of being heard.
2021 appreciates that youth can be a valuable critic and conscience of society, and that people of all ages are mentors and role models for each other in different ways. Our approach to youth in Christchurch will seek to harness the creative, exuberant energy and fresh thinking of young people, for everyone’s benefit.
Representation and voice
There are many strong youth voices in the city, but they have often been ignored by Council in its consultation and planning. Christchurch 2021 councillors and community board members will listen to the ideas and concerns of youth in our city. We will create formal and informal channels of communication between young people’s groups and Council, to ensure that youth perspectives are represented.
To provide young people with meaningful input into decision making, we will:
• Bring together youth organizations across the city to have formalised and collective input into Council decision making
• Hold 3 forums with young people each year
• Once every three-year term hold a “Youth Council” for three days – similar to the “Youth Parliament”, where young people take on role of Mayor, Councillors, media, Council staff etc.
• Enhance local government civics education programme in partnership with schools.
• Reinstate the Youth Advocate role from within the council’s Community Development team
• Bring engagement into the 21st century by directly engaging with young people via online network websites.
Youth Facilities and enhancing safety
A Christchurch 2021 Council will recognise and resource the need for youth-oriented facilities and events. By engaging young people in safe spaces, providing positive ways of expressing their energy and creativity we can start to reduce the harm caused by activities like vandalism and unsafe driving.
In the design and uses of public space, Christchurch 2021 will encourage a sense of citizenship for young people, to promote pride and respect for our city.
We will better utilize existing public space and use existing budgets to provide:
• Outdoor music events in City Mall and the Square
• Investigate occasional Saturday night movies in the Square
• Investigate drive-in movies to be held at other council owned land and facilities
• Establish partnerships to increase the number and variety of youth-oriented venues across the city
To enhance young people’s safety in Christchurch we will:
• Lobby for extension of coverage and hours of late night bus and advocate for making the late night bus safer
• Work with young people and industry to increase youth safety on taxis
Rights and responsibilities
Like all other citizens, young people must earn the respect of others. With rights come responsibilities. To enhance intergenerational understanding a 2021 Council will:
• Develop an intergenerational mentoring and volun
2 Comments 300 weeks
- Yes! I want to have a say in what's happening in my city
- No I don't really care
- Hmmm....what's a local body election