Home' The Wellingtonian : February 23rd 2012 Contents 2 THE WELLINGTONIAN, FEBRUARY 23, 2012
Meetings schedule for March
Unless otherwise stated, all meetings will take place at Te Mahanga Room
(Committee Room 1), ground floor, Council offices, 101 Wakefield Street.
Strategy and Policy Committee
(Draft Annual Plan deliberations)
1.30pm, Tuesday 6 March
This meeting will reconvene at 9.15am on Wednesday 7, Tuesday 13 and
Wednesday 14 March if required.
Strategy and Policy Committee
9.15am, Thursday 15 March
9.15am, Thursday 22 March
Regulatory Processes Subcommittee
9.15am, Wednesday 21 March
9.15am, Monday 5 March
Korimako Room (Committee Room 2), ground floor, Council offices
Council Controlled Organisation Performance Subcommittee
1pm, Monday 12 March
Audit and Risk Management Subcommittee
1.30pm, Monday 19 March
Tawa Community Board
7pm, Thursday 8 March
The Boardroom, Tawa Community Centre, 5 Cambridge Street
Tawa Community Board Grants Subcommittee
6pm, Monday 19 March
Area One, Tawa Community Centre, 5 Cambridge Street
Makara/Ohariu Community Board
7.30pm, Thursday 15 March
Makara Hall, 376 Makara Road
5.30pm, Wednesday 28 March
Council chamber, first floor, Town Hall
The agendas are available two days before the meeting at:
• Council reception, ground floor, 101 Wakefield Street
• City libraries
Pre-meeting sessions for the above Strategy and Policy Committee meetings are
open to the public (unless an item is public-excluded) and are ordinarily held two
days before the meeting.
All Council, Committee and community board meetings are open to the public.
There may be some public-excluded agenda items.
You can make a short presentation to elected members at these meetings.
Simply let us know by 12 noon the working day before the meeting.
You can do this either by phoning 803 8334, faxing 801 3020, emailing
firstname.lastname@example.org or writing to Democratic Services,
Wellington City Council, PO Box 2199, Wellington, stating your name,
telephone number and the issue you would like to talk about.
Roadworks - Cable Street
Contractors will repair the road on Cable Street between Tory Street and
Oriental Parade on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 February.
Work will take place between 9am and 4pm.
For more information, phone Matt Dixon at Downer on 815 8383.
Wellington City Council, 101 Wakefield Street,
PO Box 2199, Wellington 6140 • Wellington.govt.nz
For more info call 06 370 0900 or visit www.nzballoons.co.nz
811 March 2012
Balloons Over Wairarapa
Solway Showgrounds, Masterton
Thursday 8 March
7.00 am Mass Ascension & Tribute Flight, Carrington Park,
8.00pm Burner Parade, Carterton Town Centre
Friday 9 March
7.15am More FM Balloon Meister's Challenge, Wairarapa
4.00pm Meet the Pilots & Evening Flight, Hood
Saturday 10 March
7.15am Wairarapa Times-Age Splash 'n Dash Henley Lake,
6.30-8.45pm Trust House Night Glow Solway
Sunday 11 March
7.15am Competition Flight
All events are weather-dependent.
Poole story sparks
By EMMA BEER
Investigation receives support
The Wellingtonian's front page
story last week about Wellington
City Council chief executive
Garry Poole generated massive
Most readers supported our
investigation and many wanted
us to take it further.
Bernard O Shaughnessy
thanked us for showing that
investigative journalism was
The CEO of Wellington city
should be answerable to the
public, but he is not, said Mr
O Shaughnessy, who ran for
mayor in 2010.
He said Mr Poole was account-
able for having rates increases
while supporting dud projects,
for ripping up Manners Mall and
for increasing the debt of the city
to unwarranted levels. This city
deserves a better CEO.
Journalism tutor Jim Tucker
said the story was a good
example of how to build a
revealing story despite a public
official s unwillingness to
respond to legitimate inquiry.
Paul Corrigan, who said he
worked at the council, felt the
story ignored the fact that Mr
Poole was the sole employee of
the council and the employer of
It s like the captain of the
ship: it s not his job to be down
on the deck heaving the lines
with the ratings, or fixing the
engines...he has a crew to do
that. Similarly, Poole s job is to
have people do that, Mr
Laura commented online
that it was time to replace the
Mr Poole doesn t make an
effort to integrate with Welling-
tonians, she said.
Paul Hewson said he was
amused by the confected out-
rage the story tried to generate.
The CEO is accountable to
the council; all past and present
members of which who the CEO
worked for . . . seem more than
satisfied with his performance.
As for the asinine questions
Miss Beer wanted to ask the
CEO (which he rightly refused
to dignify with a response), this
sort of demeaning exercise
reflects badly on her and the
Another online commenter
said he found the process
described by Mr McKinnon and
Ms Wade-Brown interesting .
It means that any complaints
about Mr Poole s performance
should be directed/addressed to
the mayor and council. But since
council is not responsible for
implementation it will
invariably refer any queries or
complaints of this nature back to
the CEO, citing non-interference
between governance and
operations as the reason.
So, we end up with a rather
convenient little circular process
. . . therein lies the problem!
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