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Logie learning how to be an MP
Success as a politician can
require the dedication of a
social worker and the confi-
dence of a film star.
Jan Logie, one of the most
promising of the Greens hefty
intake of new MPs, is conscious of
the odd aspects of her new job in
Can she still recall the first
time she stepped out on a street
corner, and said, Hi, I m Jan
Logie, and I m looking for your
One of the first times, Logie
replies, was at the opening of the
refurbished Plimmerton railway
I agree, it s a very strange
thing to do.
Even so, she finds the oppor-
tunity to strike up conversations
with complete strangers can be
I m naturally more of an intro-
vert than I am an extrovert, so
there s a certain amount of energy
that it takes for me to get out
there and do it. But I love it. I
really, really love it.
And I don t know whether I
like the conversations more where
you re totally on the same page
and get into this great rant, or
where you have a conversation
where you explore some issues,
and share perspectives. And
where, hopefully, they move more
towards sharing mine.
At times, the door-knocking
aspect of campaigning did strike
her as being invasive.
One of the things I really need
to learn is how to finish
conversations comfortably, and to
Sometimes I got shown around
someone s garden and their part-
ner had just died recently, and
they d planted an incredible gar-
den and I was there for 45
It was a really a special experi-
ence for me. But, possibly not the
most effective campaigning.
Logie, 42, was born in
She has had a wide range of
jobs, including with Women s Ref-
uge, youth health services, and
New Zealand Union of Students
Associations student advocacy.
She sees many continuities
between this previous work
within community organisations
and the facilitating role that she
intends to play as an MP.
Always, she says, the point has
been to bring about social change,
whether that be in a leadership or
in a support role.
Ultimately, what brought her
into the parliamentary orbit was a
stint as Sue Bradford s executive
assistant while the so-called anti-
smacking legislation was being
Can the Greens expect to be
treated as equals now by the new
That s going to be really inter-
esting to see.
I m really encouraged that the
Left in New Zealand has spread
its vote -- so we re not in that
really fragile position that the
Right is, of having virtually all
their eggs in the one basket of
To her, the ideal outcome would
be for the Left to maintain a bal-
ance of decently-sized parties
that would require them to work
Has she felt any pressure not to
conform to a Green stereotype in
the way she dresses, or expresses
Well, she did receive some
coaching along those lines at the
But I m quite passionate about
Parliament having a degree of
reflection of the community.
I think that s been lost to a cer-
tain degree in image manage-
I m aware that I still sound a
particular way, and look a par-
ticular way, and I don t think the
people I care most about are
reflected by the way that I pres-
Part of me, she explains,
wishes that I was rougher.
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Considering that the proposed
super-city will be more efficient
and save us lots of money, I would
imagine that it would be
unnecessary to have such a large
number of MPs in Parliament.
I always wonder when councils
or government save us money how
much money goes into their
It s all very well to advocate that
the Wellington region be run by a
super-city, but has enough
thought been given to how
residents would fare under such a
As things stand now, we in
Newtown have two local
councillors, Bryan Pepperell and
Paul Eagle, we contact if we have
pressing local issues.
The two councillors have, for
example, done very good work
advocating for Newtown
businesses disadvantaged by the
road works and new road design
opposite the hospital. They are
equally helpful in helping
individual residents with smaller
If suddenly the entire
Wellington region was to be run
by one council, surely it stands to
reason that this close link
between residents and council
A super-city sounds excellent in
principle, what with cost
efficiencies and quicker regional
decision-making. However, I fear
the losses might outweigh the
I can t agree with Wgtn super-
city the way to go . Surely the
proposed amalgamation of
Wellington, Lower Hutt, Upper
Hutt and Porirua city councils,
and Kapiti Coast District Council
would undermine democracy by
reducing community involvement
in decision-making, concentrating
power in fewer hands and
increasing the possibility of
Greater co-operation between
councils can be achieved, such as
in the sharing of staff with
specialist skills, the sharing of
equipment and machinery, and
the co-ordination of efforts to
promote the region as a place to
do business and to visit.
Such increased co-operation
does not need a super-city council.
The existing Wellington Regional
Council should not be turned into
a Wellington Region Cities
Council, but should merely
continue its existing roles.
J CHRIS HORNE
to Sir Desmond
I ll agree with your January 5
correspondent Ms Opie that Des
Britten has done a good job as
Anglican City Missioner, so far as
practical help is concerned; but
I m not sure that it warranted an
honour as high as a knighthood.
What s more, I recall a time
when Anglican clergy, if receiving
a knighthood, didn t use the usual
title since a knight is technically a
man of war but a clergyman a
man of peace.
Going back to 1953, a
predecessor as Wellington City
Missioner, though as yet only
Vicar of Rangiora, the Rev
William Heerdegen, had a column
in New Zealand Woman's Weekly
gushing over the Archbishop of
Canterbury, Geoffrey Fisher,who
had just been made a KCVO
before crowning the Queen.
Mr Heerdegen blundered by
calling Dr Fisher Sir Geoffrey ,
and Mrs Fisher Lady Fisher , I
then noted with malicious
However, I suspect the present
City Missioner won t worry about
the old custom, and will enjoy
being Sir Desmond. H WESTFOLD
Praise for Ronald
I read with interest the story on
Ronald McDonald House (January
5). Several years ago, our family
went through a similar experience
to the Binning-Rangis and we felt
equally grateful to the staff.
It was great staying in a place
near the hospital while our son
was being treated and the staff, as
described in the article, were
wonderful. They were attentive,
caring and understanding.
I was pleased to see Ronald
McDonald House getting such
positive publicity. I understand
fundraising is taking place for a
new house. I hope the story helps.
view of Pravda
The food review of Pravda
(January 5) seemed a little too
glowing to me.
From my experience the quality
of the service is rather variable.
Occasionally we have very
friendly staff but quite often they
are offhand and even rude.
Further, because Pravda is so
busy, the noise makes dining
unenjoyable and holding a
Pravda is definitely a place
where a lot of businesspeople
meet but I suspect that is
primarily because of its central
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