I wonder how many candidates in the upcoming elections know about their own thinking style? Knowing where I fit within this model has been really helpful to understand how I make decisions, what they are based on, and why I get frustrated with others....
Check out this wonderful site. I was introduced to this a while ago, and recently invited in a facilitator to give us 2 hours of training.
I am doing some roadside WAVE SIGNS sessions this week...
Please feel free to join me in support.....
Monday 8.15 - 8.45am - On corner of Hampden St & Waimea
Wednesday 8.15 - 8.45am - inward bound side outside Auckland Pt school among daffodils.
Friday 8.15 - 8.45am cnr Beatson Ave and Waimea - top of Railway Reserve.
Hope to see you there. Bring hooters, hats and whistles or your own sign to add a sense of celebration!
You'll see a couple of quotes from the Living Wage website below.
They explain the difference a living wage makes - much better than I can.
I feel heartened when I read stuff like this. As a result of local activism, Nelson City Council is (at long last) showing a genuine interest in the Living Wage concept.
I want to be on Council to make them follow through.
Now - here are those quotes from www.livingwage.org.nz
"The difference a Living Wage makes is both perception and reality. It is real for the workers who can describe the material and psychological benefits of a decent wage; it is real for the businesses that described changes to work practice and behaviours. The difference is also perception for this small but important group of businesses which undertook to become accredited because they believe they can make a tangible difference not just to individuals and their workplace but to the economy of New Zealand as a whole. As one employer put it: …Henry Ford did it; he made it so his employees could afford the car. You want to talk about actual growth and progress, you can’t have one without the other… I just don’t think you can have growth without growing people’s wealth; growing people’s earning potential - and that money will get ploughed back into the economy."
"This early study of the impact of the Living Wage on businesses and their workers presents a heartening tale of the positive impact on effected workers and their families because being paid adequately has enabled these employees to pay for the basic costs of living; it has reduced stress; and, it has enhanced their ability to participate in their cultural activities and, therefore, their communities. The businesses adopting the Living Wage have described productivity benefits following accreditation as they have re-focused their attention on ensuring their scarce and valued human resources are utilised as efficiently as possible. They report that costs have been contained to date and, in one instance, even the price of the licence fee had been recovered. "
A great artcile here from Ro Cambridge in Nelson Mail
We need a government sector which will invest further in state houses. We need funds from Housing NZ Loans invested back into social housing provision which is for capital development of further provision for those in need. We need the real estate world to give something back from the the $B's they have creamed off ordinary NZ'rs as well as many foreign investors.
I continue to be appalled that the Accommodation Supplement paid directly to landlords/investors now is worth upwards of $2B per year!
The investor's are laughing all the way to you know where....
Here in Nelson these issues are just as relevant.
We need a robust Affordable Housing Strategy and an implementation plan in place within the year to begin to address affordability here in Nelson - one of the least affordable provincial cities in NZ and has been for at least 15 years. when are we going to begin to do something about our issues.? I want to be on Council and I will continue to be a strong advocate and worker for this issue as a primary concern. If we can start to address some of this, then a lot of other social issues start to ease.
1. Household incomes in New Zealand: Trends in indicators of inequality and hardship 1982 to 2015
By Bryan Perry, Ministry of Social Development, Wellington; August 2016
Housing costs now take a greater proportion of household income especially for low-income households:
And there in tonight's Nelson Mail - 14% in house prices over the last quarter.
Do we need this kind of advance on unaffordability? Our own MP has been Minister of Housing for how long....? And what has he and his government done to improve affordability over the coming up 9 years.?
Council could begin to address these issues and they now have the political will. What we need are people on the council team who have skills and experience in this complex area, and linkages to many across the many aspects of need, supply and delivery. I wonder who you know who might have those skills from what you've read in the profiles of councillors.?
A builder/renovator friend reminded me the other day that the minimum size home we can build is 40sq/m. It got me thinking. How would I feel living in a home that size....? Here's what an hour or so very pleasurable research threw up - no preferences, no promotion here, just simple information.
Small homes range widely in overall look and feel. The functional and pragmatic Sunshine Homes - which describe themselves as "affordable, transportable, factory built....made of natural timber, with colour steel roof"; distinct from the increasing use of engineered timber like our own MDF factory here produces, and steel probably produced at Glenbrook, where I grew up from iron sands on the west coast. Start price $65K.
I could live in one of those, as long as I had access to a little studio/workshop nearby.
Then their is Versatile - no prices listed, but similar pre-fab styles, with a huge range of affordable options. Also came across a new process "concision"- "proven approach that has been used in Europe, Japan and North America for decades. Combining digital technology with manufacturing precision....unique software takes house designs and working drawings and translates them into production stages within the factory. " Being used now only in Canterbury to build quicker and cheaper.
Some very presentable options in there.
Then there is Homes to Love - A promo of homes which have been winners of all sorts of awards with relevant architects named within the article - all small.
Heartland Homes - another version of kitset style homes, with well yes, lot's of style. Any home on their books is no more than $250K.
Latitude Homes - yet another pre-fab option. That's the key to true long term affordability. Enough of the bespoke designs unless you are in the upper echelons of $$$.
And this does not include the myriad of architectural designers, architects, builder/designers who live and work IN NELSON - who are available to create a bespoke design for your needs AND some of them are genuinely interested in making them more affordable and can - they've told me so.
MY POINT - well there are 2 key ones here for me right now.
1. Expectations could change about what we need, versus what we want. That would influence affordability alot.
2. Pre-fab homes are actually a high spec, affordable, transportable and contain some excellent use of space and new technology.
What would it look like if we could take away some of the very old single homes on a standrad section (and there's plenty of these) and put in 3 or 4 of these as a small comprehensive development? What difference would that make to those 3 or 4 people, couples, or small families - 1 parent and child for instance? Would it affect affordability? I believe so.
A guy called Doug Barry-Martin wrote into Neighbourly yesterday with this message and I want to promote it....
This is an idea that has been discussed many times, but this time there is a plan done by an engineer. Just another of those innovative and skilful ideas which would have cost-benefit to Nelson.
When I first heard about the Southern Link proposal I thought "but we already have two arterial routes in Nelson". There is a degree of congestion, as in all cities but is the Southern Link the best option for Nelson? As a qualified Engineering draughtsman one of my subjects in my final year of study was Road and Traffic engineering. Admittedly that was a long time ago – never the less I felt inspired to draw up two alternatives to ease Nelson's congestion.
One is to make the Waimea Rd and Rocks Rd/Tahuna Dr (state Hwy 6) a combined link road with 3 lanes. The 2 inner lanes would 'rotate' anti -clockwise.
The other idea is to widen Waimea Rd to 4 lanes.
Both ideas have the road linking through to a new roundabout at the junction near Anzac park and a widened road alongside Anzac park. Also included is pedestrian flyover walkbriges and other measures such as no right turns and clearways at peak times - all to aid better traffic flow.
I am posting a large pdf of these proposals so you can see my ideas more clearly.
You will need to zoom in quite a lot in adobe acrobat to see all the detail.
I am a firm believer and advocate for green spaces as having high intrinsic value for our wellbeing. When I am out and about in any city, they're the places I seek out first. We spent about 5 days at a conference in Paris some years ago. We decided to get out the city and trained to Epernay, yes champagne country and spent most of the 38 deg days hanging out in the council park, dipping our feet in the fountain, and sipping. A river cruise, and cycling made up the rest of this gorgeous time. Yes, I remember the cathedrals, rolling hills of vineyards, and warm people who we couldn't understand very well, but mostly I recall the feel of that park, people coming and going through, the hours reading and resting we did there - the simple greenness and restfulness of nature.
My point here is that Nelson has many glorious natural features, with the river, Centre of NZ, Rutherford Park and many other small parks AND a simply beautiful, peaceful, tree lined reserve leading out of the city. This is appreciated daily by biking and walking commuters coming from all parts south on the now extensive shared pathway to Richmond and well beyond, children from the neighbourhoods coming and going from school. I met a man the other day who bikes in from Hope most days, and loves the whole journey on off-road paths.
Many of the big cities of the world are now trying to integrate these spaces into what have been concrete jungles to bring back wellbeing, because they know the goodness these create. Check out the article below, which affirms what I'm saying. I want to be part of a council which continues to invest in active travel choices.
health and environmental wellbeing of green spaces
You can also be part of the conversation with others who echo this Southern Link
Nelson has been one of the least affordable cities in NZ for the last 12 years - not a reputation to feel proud about. Council dedicated $40K for developing a housing strategy back in 2010, but when Tasman Council opted out of match funding, they decided to not progress the plan. Finally staff have been mandated to begin the process. I believe we need someone on council team to ensure that the strategy is robustly developed, and implemented with some measurable outcomes.
I am keen to be part of developing that strategy. Please support me to be on that team to do this job over the next 3 years.
I believe I have the skills and experience, which are a synthesis of
Nelsonian of the Year 2009
Queen’s Service Medal 2010
Founding Chair of the
Nelson Tasman Housing Trust
Founding & Current Director of Victory Community Centre
(NZ Community of the Year 2010)