Wellington Civic Trust members, friends, supporters and all others interested are warmly invited to our 35th AGM, which will be held on Thursday 28th April 2016, 5.30pm for 6pm, at the newly-restored Old Public Trust Building (entrance at the corner of Lambton Quay and Stout St, Wellington).
Our guest speaker will be Dave Armstrong, the well-known Wellington playwright and columnist for the Dominion Post newspaper. Dave will talk about the state of Wellington and some of the issues likely to feature in this year’s local body elections.
… and join us for a guided tour through this wonderful building by owner (and Civic Trust Trustee) Maurice Clark.
Please join fellow members and Trustees for drinks from 5.30pm.
1. Welcome – by Toni Izzard, Chair.
2. Apologies – please send any to Dorothy Thompson at 384-2127 or to Alan Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Minutes of the Previous AGM – April 29th 2015 (copies available at the meeting). Matters arising from these minutes.
4. Chair’s Annual Report (copies to be tabled at the meeting)
5. Financial Report (copies to be tabled at the meeting)
6. Matters arising from the Annual Report and Accounts
7. Election of 2016/17 Trustees (nominations welcomed in advance, and from the floor)
8. Hon. Auditor
9. General Business
The AGM will be followed by the talk from, and discussion with, our guest speaker Dave Armstrong; and the opportunity for a tour through this award-winning restoration building. The evening will finish by 7.30pm at the latest.
To view the Civic Trust Newsletter for March click here.
To view the Civic Trust Newsletter for December click here.
Download the full minutes here: WCT Minutes – October 2015
We’re back into the rounds of the bi-centennial Civic Trust Awards. The three categories are:
- Enhancement or protection of the Wellington character (built environment)
- The Grant Tilly Memorial Award for preservation projects
- People’s choice – specific artwork/street art/sculptors
The Awards ceremony will be held on 1 December, and hosted by Mayor Celia Wade-Brown.
Submit your nomination here! (Nominations close Friday 13 November)
You can also see previous award winners here.
(The Local Government Commission’s Draft Proposal for Reorganisation of Local Government in Wellington can be found here.)
- Thank you for the opportunity to comment on this. The Civic Trust has long taken an interest in the matter, because of its constitutional purpose of promoting quality in urban design and planning, and the safeguarding and sound development of the built and natural environment which shape the prosperity and distinctive character of the national capital. Throughout this submission, the term “Wellington” means the place as generally perceived from afar, or by citizens of the general region when referring to it from afar. “Wellington” used in these comments does not automatically mean either the historic “‘City of Wellington” or the administrative region defined by dotted lines on maps. “Wellington” is the distinctive part of New Zealand understood by that word; and whose prosperity, character and sustainability any LGC proposals should have at front-of-mind.
- The Wellington Civic Trust agrees that the greater Wellington Region faces major challenges arising from natural hazards, provision of infrastructure, demographic change, economic development and environmental management. We think that the status quo will not best serve the governance and sustainable development of the region in the future. The current boundaries, inherited from the old Municipal and Counties legislation and consolidated in the late 1980s, are not appropriate to deal with the changing demands and pressures facing Wellington in the 21st century. Natural hazards, a narrow economic base, an ageing population and environmental and political issues demand a unified response at a strategic level if Wellington is to thrive as a liveable, smart and prosperous capital city within a vibrant region. We need planning and governance for both the long and short term and for both current and future generations. Strategic governance and planning responses must be at a regional scale and not compromised by current Council boundaries.
- Collaborative decision-making and action by Councils has to date been markedly weak and will not provide for effective and focused responses to present and future challenges.
- Regional communities face important local issues including increasing demands for quality individual and community services, and provision and protection of amenities. These priority local needs must be effectively delivered within the broader context of region wide governance. Thus, the purpose of the Local Government Act 2002, to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of local government, through local community participation and promoting good local government must be effected at both the regional and local levels. It will be critical that the reorganisation and allocation of functions provides ample opportunity for future councils and boards to fully engage with their communities, and at all levels. While acknowledging that the current proposal recognises this important need, the Civic Trust is concerned to ensure that it remains a critical focus in the design and implementation stage. It is all too easy for noble sentiments to be overtaken by notions of managerial efficiency.
- Your draft proposal identifies a number of requirements critical to the effective long term operation of this reorganisation. We believe the full effectiveness of this proposal will only be achieved if the Local Government Commission ensures the following important requirements are implemented in the final outcome of this re-organisation. These requirements are:
- Ensuring an authorative mandate for decisive regional leadership and action.
- The delivery of decisive, clear and strategic stronger regional planning and decision making, while preserving strong local representation and community focus.
- Provision for aligning decision-making with the interests of communities that are directly affected by the decision through effective regional and local consultation and engagement mechanisms.
- Implementing genuine subsidiarity in planning and decision making for local boards. The key requirement is to ensure that decision-making authority is given to local boards on matters of local significance and that funding is available to implement decisions. We strongly support the Commission’s observation in 6.14 that there is broad scope to delegate regulatory as well as non-regulatory responsibilities to local boards. We therefore recommend a review of the relevant section of the Local Government Act 2002 to ensure that arbitrary detail in it is not an obstacle to local boards having delegations for regulatory decisions of local significance.
- Recognising the importance of the contribution from Maori by offering genuine and effective iwi and hapu participation in decision-making in the context of genuine partnership.
- Providing opportunities to lift the region’s national and global competitiveness on the basis of its quality of life and as a wonderful place to live.
- Providing maximum opportunity to deliver benefits from spatial planning, that is effectively aligned and integrated with the financial and statutory responsibilities of national and regional authorities.
- Ensuring the Council and Local Boards are not top-heavy with management, leaving too few staff on the ground who have contact with local communities. There are numerous examples in Auckland City of Council managers not knowing what other managers are doing of relevance to their particular responsibilities. E.g. the Council Parks Manager being directly (and publicly) contradicted by the Central Manager of Local and Sports Parks in relation to the upkeep of St Patrick’s Square.
- It is essential for the new Council to have sufficient authority to ensure it has fully effective control and accountability of all Council-controlled organisations. As to this last point, there are numerous examples emanating from Auckland Council to demonstrate a total lack of accountability of CCOs to the elected Council. For example, the Ports of Auckland Company appearing to act without mandate from or notice to the elected Representatives to demolish the end of Marsden Wharf, and to expand wharves and reclaim significant portions of the Waitemata harbour.
- Please let me know if you would like any further information or amplification. If there is an “oral hearings” stage, we request to take part.