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THE WELLINGTONIAN, APRIL 5, 2012
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1996 in the
leader, Funding and Activity
Review Working Party (chair-
man), Safe and Sustainable
Transport Reference Group mem-
Total salary: $79,700
Attendance: 100 per cent
Accessibility: 42.9 per cent
Effectiveness: 37.1 per cent
Responsiveness: 42.9 per cent
Work ethic: 47.1 per cent
Informed/ideas: 36.4 per cent
Total: 41.3 per cent
Pepperell was unanimously
voted as the poorest performing
He voted against virtually
everything, which panelists said
made him lose credibility, and
appeared to have little idea about
what was going on. He could also
come across as somewhat
1977 in the
Stood down in
again in 1998.
Environment portfolio leader,
member of Environmental Refer-
ence Group, Wellington Regional
Council Pest Management Strat-
Total salary: $79,700
Meeting attendance: 99 per cent
Accessibility: 58.8 per cent
Effectiveness: 41.3 per cent
Responsiveness: 47.5 per cent
Work ethic: 58.6 per cent
Informed/ideas: 45 per cent
Total: 50 per cent
Ritchie was the second-lowest
performer in our survey.
Although she had been highly
effective at times during her long
council career, panelists felt she
was not as impressive as in her
Some found her to be quite
negative, and one said she was
very good at criticising ideas, but
was not very imaginative in
coming up with her own.
1994 in the
Elected mayor in
of Climate Change, Information
and Communications Technology,
Finance, Emergency Manage-
ment, ex-officio of all committees
and subcommittees, trustee of the
Joe Aspell Trust, Nikau Foun-
dation, International Arts Festi-
val Trust, TG McCarthy Trust
and on the boards of Greater Wel-
lington Regional Council,
Wellington Regional Strategy,
Wellington Regional Council
Total salary: $159,600
Meeting attendance: 73 per cent
Accessibility: 74.4 per cent
Effectiveness: 55 per cent
Responsiveness: 66.3 per cent
Work ethic: 78.8 per cent
Informed/ideas: 66.3 per cent
Total: 68.1 per cent
Wellington mayor Wade-Brown
received high praise for her work
ethic and accessibility. However,
there was criticism of her for not
following through with ideas and
it was said she had had great
highs and lows.
Panelists also noted she did not
enter into deals with councillors,
which at times made her
Some panelists felt that she had
not provided strong leadership,
but a couple remarked that she
would be an excellent ward
Her meeting attendance is rela-
tively low because of conflicting
duties as mayor, and she is an ex-
officio member of every council
By REBECCA THOMSON
Nautically-minded: Ian Macfarlane is interested in
Titanic memorabilia. He is pictured with a replica cup
and saucer, and dish.
Photo: REBECCA THOMSON
Grab a boarding pass and enjoy a Titanic evening
of wining and dining.
Wellingtonian Ian Macfarlane has organised a
special dinner on April 14 to commemorate 100
years since the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank,
resulting in the deaths of 1514 people.
The commemorative evening, to be held at the
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, will also
serve as a fundraiser for Wellington Coastguard.
Diners will be treated to an eight-course meal,
musical entertainment and a talk by ocean
explorer Trevor Montgomery.
Mr Macfarlane said he has always been
interested in nautical things, but friend and deep
sea diver Rob McCallum gave him the idea of
hosting a Titanic dinner.
He talked about how the world would go crazy
for memorials because it s the centenary of the
catastrophe, said Mr Macfarlane.
It will never happen again in my lifetime --
centenary commemorations -- so I thought, Why
not do something grand?
James Cook Hotel executive chef Charles de
Villiers will recreate the dinner that was served to
first-class passengers on the Titanic.
He was unbelievably excited and supportive
about creating the meal, Mr Macfarlane said.
The presentation by Mr Montgomery would also
be a highlight, he said.
Monty has dived to the wreckage.
He is bringing items he brought up from the
Titanic and they are going to be auctioned.
During the evening, pianist Jennifer Timmings
will play Songe d'Automne and Nearer My God to
Experts, said Mr Macfarlane, could not agree
which of these pieces was played by on-board
musicians as the Titanic foundered.
A great deal of research had gone into organis-
ing the evening, he said.
The whole evening has been planned meticu-
We re even going to have a proper programme
that goes through the protocol of who speaks
Mr Macfarlane said it was interesting to see the
different commemorations taking place.
Two huge cruise ships are going from New
York and Southampton and they are going to con-
verge on the site where the Titanic sank. Hope-
fully they won t run into each other.
Interest in the Titanic had not diminished over
time, he said.
Tickets are $150. For information, ph 479 1840 or
After 18 months of patrolling
the city s street, Wellington
City Council s spy car has
been taken off the road.
The car drew heavy criti-
cism from the public and
council infrastructure direc-
tor Stavros Michael said it
had been removed from ser-
vice following a review.
Its presence has been cor-
rosive for the council in
terms of reputation, he said.
The modified Toyota, with
a camera mounted on the
dashboard, cost $250,000 a
year to run.
When introduced, one of its
main aims was to focus on
unsafe parking outside
The car has since issued
more than 17,000 tickets --
more than half of them in the
inner city -- and generated
$900,000 in revenue.
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