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Get your application in for a
Creative Communities grant
Wellington City Council, 101 Wakefield Street,
PO Box 2199, Wellington, 6140 • Wellington.govt.nz
JUMP-START YOUR CREATIVE PROJECT
If you've got a local creative project that needs some
funding to get it going, we may be able to help.
The Creative Communities Local Funding Scheme -- a partnership between
Wellington City Council and Creative New Zealand -- is open for applications until
the end of February.
All kinds of projects will be considered for funding -- you could apply for funding
towards an exhibition, a series of workshops, short-term arts events or arts-related
promotional activities. Projects must take place within Wellington City.
There is at least $60,000 to allocate in this round.
To apply, go to the Wellington City Council website, Wellington.govt.nz, go to
'services and information', then 'grants' and download an application form. If you'd
like to have a chat to someone about it, phone the grants team on 499 4444.
Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 29 February. This is only for projects that
start after 16 April.
Projects awarded funding
The results from the last round of the Creative Communities New Zealand Wellington
Local Funding Scheme have been announced. A total of $57,023 was allocated.
To check out the projects awarded grants go to the grants section of our website.
NOW ON AT
OUR END OF SEASON SALE
GENERATED 100S OF
USEFUL LENGTHS FOR THE
WELLINGTON NOW MOVED
REAR GROUND FLOOR
16 WILLIS ST
Wellington City, Garry Poole: $419,230.
Wellington Regional, David Benham: $371,495.
Hutt City, Tony Stallinger: $329,332.
Kapiti Coast District, Pat Dougherty: $285,000.
Masterton District, Wes Ten Hove: $183,000.
Porirua City, Gary Simpson: $298,000.
Upper Hutt City, Chris Upton: $247,724.
Carterton District, Colin Wright: $156,000.
South Wairarapa District, Jack Dowds: $184,750.
Auckland council, Doug McKay, Doug McKay up to $742,500
Christchurch council, Tony Marryatt: $504,000.
Hamilton council, Barry Harris: $360,000.
Just who is
What council chief executives are paid
FROM Page 1
Who is more visible, the Minister of
Transport or the secretary of the Min-
istry of Transport? she said. It s the
Minister s job to front on the big
issues. The elected people are respon-
sible for the decisions.
We use the advice of officials, and
if we get bad advice, that is where the
chief executive has responsibility. If
he gives the council good advice and
we go against it, he cannot be
And if bad advice is given and the
council takes it? Apparently that
would be the council s problem, too.
The public should hold us respon-
sible, McKinnon said. We are the
people who made the decision, and we
are the people monitoring his per-
The reality is every decision we
[the council] make, you won t have
100 per cent support. So whenever
he s implementing the decision there s
potential for controversy.
But we made the decision. He is
less visible, but this is a political
I think we are very fortunate to
have Garry Poole leading the man-
agement side of this organisation.
Mr McKinnon said the annual
review of Mr Poole s position was as
thorough as you can be .
Staff are asked how they feel
about the performance of the CEO,
then people external to the organis-
ation are asked how they see the per-
formance of the CEO. The committee
gives an opinion, and he assesses
There is also an external consult-
ant who advises the committee on sal-
ary movements and trends.
Mr Poole s contract comes up for
renewal in March 2013.
Mr McKinnon said while Mr Poole
did earn more than the Prime Minis-
ter, it was not unusual from a govern-
ance versus management perspective.
John Key has 29 government
departments. I would say you would
find that probably in two-thirds or
three-quarters of them, the people
managing those departments would
be being paid more than the Prime
Most people we spoke to, from the
mayor and current councillors, to for-
mer mayors and Wellington business
people, assured us Mr Poole was
doing a good job .
Still, the question must be asked:
how would anyone know?
By EMMA BEER
Worried: Allan Jenkins is concerned that
Wellington City Council's tsunami warning plans
are not good enough.
Concerned residents on the
Miramar Peninsula intend
testing a 137-decibel tsunami
warning siren this month.
Allan Jenkins said he had
been trying to get Wellington
City Council to take the idea of
sirens seriously for two years.
Wellington was running out of
time , he said. A lot of people
are going to die.
Council won t entertain the
idea [of sirens], so we re going to
I had a meeting [with coun-
cil], which was pretty unsatis-
factory. The council and Wel-
Management, while probably
having good intentions, are
totally on the wrong track.
They have become
steadfastly opposed to sirens as
a matter of principal while all of
New Zealand is buying them.
Last year Christchurch City
Council confirmed a budget for
the installation of tsunami
sirens. Amberley, Leithfield,
parts of Northland, and Tau-
ranga have sirens installed.
Wellington mayor Celia
Wade-Brown said she was not
I m worried they will slow
down people s responses, he
If the tsunami originates out
at sea, we will have mobile
sirens to alert people, but the
message is, If in doubt, go up
the hill .
Council emergency prepared-
ness manager Fred Mecoy said
the decision not to install sirens
was based on advice given by
Based on international
studies, as well as the recent
tsunami in Japan, the over-
whelming advice is that sirens
do not produce the desired
effect, Mr Mecoy said.
Japan had spent billions of
dollars and was now considering
removing their sirens.
However, Mr Jenkins said he
believed the sirens in Japan did
About 21,000 people died, but
there were hun-
dreds of thousands
more people who
did not die.
The city of
Sendai was sur-
which would have
they would be safe,
Mr Jenkins said.
make a fail-safe
thing here. Every-
one has to do the
best they can, and I
don t believe driv-
ing around with a
hooter on a second-
hand van is the best they can
The siren Mr Jenkins is plan-
ning to test was built by Gary
Lewis of Lower Hutt and is a
prototype based on a Carter
World War II air raid siren.
The 137-decibel siren is four
times louder than the sirens
that sounded in the 1940s.
Mr Lewis, who has a back-
ground in physics, said he had
contacted Wellington City Coun-
cil on a few occasions, but found
a wall of silence.
We ve contacted quite a num-
ber of emergency management
offices around the country, and
had a good response. But for
some reason we don t under-
stand, Wellington City Council
don t respond.
Mr Lewis designed and built
his siren after hearing the siren
on the Avalon TV building two
years ago. It did not sound right,
so he spoke to the Hutt Valley
Emergency Management Office.
The siren was tested last
There was some wind, but
DOC [Department of Conser-
vation] rangers on Somes Island
[four kilometres away] said it
was very noticeable.
Mr Lewis said the siren had
the potential to be heard up to
Having a siren along with
training about getting to higher
ground after a severe shock
would be ideal, he said.
We should have both. We can
never have too much prepared-
ness. And, provided it s not
going to cost millions of dollars,
why not do it?
However, Mr Mecoy said
although it might seem that
way, the evidence was to the
contrary. One issue was that the
siren needed to be turned on by
Mr Lewis said he estimated
the siren could be installed for
less than $10,000 and that Wel-
lington would need around five
or six to adequately cover the
Mr Mecoy said people would
get sick of hearing sirens, which
would result in them not being
taken seriously if there was an
Mr Lewis said the Civil
Defence use a sound called the
Civil Defence Sting.
To me, it s not suitable. Elec-
tronic sirens make a noise
people hear every day, every
time an ambulance goes past.
It s a bit like asking a honey bee
to startle a herd of elephants.
The siren he has made sounds
like what was used in World
Why reinvent the wheel?
They scared the hell of of people
in London and did a great job.
It s the same sound as the
bassoon in an orchestra. It s
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