This week we had confirmation via the Waikato Times that Mayor Andrew King was going for a second term – the only real surprise being that he will not be putting himself forward for his west ward seat as well. All eggs in one basket so to speak. His claim that the government is giving $250 million for development was refuted as “porkies” by Rob Pascoe. You can read more here. It’s all semantics really. Needless to say it’s going to be an interesting year.
A decision on whether to go ahead with the demolition of the Municipal pools at a cost of $1 million will happen within six months. I will let you know on the show when you can given feedback to the council on this issue. To follow advocacy to save the pools you need to follow Sink or Swim.
No so much news, more of an observation. In November 2018 the New Zealand Tax Payers Union thought it would be a good use of ratepayer paid time to request the cost of the hold music when calling the Hamilton City council. I wish I was kidding. However it serves as a reminder that we are all able to request information from the Council, and can expect it back in 20 days. You can check out all OIA’s made in 2018 here.
A farmer was fined over $8000 for burning tyres on his property. He know that tyres are an environmental problem – but what do we do about end of life tyres in Hamilton? I’ll find out and get back to you.
It looks like 2019 will be another year of strikes. Junior doctors are next. There are 450 within the Waikato district health board. The strike, impacting nearly 1500 patient appointments, will occur between Tuesday the 15th of January and Thursday the 17th.
The end of a year is a great time for reflection. I’ve had over 70 guests on Kelli from the Tron in 2018 ranging from politicians, environmental and social advocates / activists, event organisers and bands. For the last two weeks of the year, I’ll recap some of the bigger stories and themes covered in the show and share tracks from 10 of the bands I’ve been lucky enough to interview.
Have you seen that cartoon with Santa taking his sleigh of gifts straight to landfill called ‘Cutting out the middle man’?. Sadly this is reality and it’s not good for Papatūānuku or our wallet.
I don’t want to sound like the Christmas Grinch but, I do worry about the pressure Christmas puts on us to buy gifts that we can’t really afford and then have them end up in landfill in the next spring clean. Where is the sense in that?
Most of us don’t have dedicated funds to call upon at this time of the year and clock up credit card debt, skip bills or do without to get through. Yet we do it, every year – because we want our loved ones to know we care… It’s human nature and it’s habit. But, I’m calling on Hamiltonians to make some small changes this year for an ‘as ethical as possible Christmas’.
Consider buying secondhand or “vintage”, diverting quality, unique items from landfill, supporting charity and saving you loads of money. You’ll be amazed at what you can find at the Dump shop, or Sallies. Spit, polish and wrap.
A little bit crafty? Make something useful like a reusable bag or produce bags from an old t-shirt or fabric lying around. Youtube has numerous DIY videos to help you out. Your friends and whanau will appreciate it immensely in less than 6 months when the plastic ban kicks in. Yipee on that.
Our tamariki will remember that time they went to the zoo, movie or theatre more than they will another expensive plastic toy. Make memories not waste. I know that 90% of the fun is unwrapping, so make a game of it. But remember that foil wrapping paper isn’t recyclable so stick to the paper stuff (which is cheaper anyway).
I also think it’s time we called ‘time’ on the dreaded workplace Secret-Santa. It’s always novelty crap that has no function. Why not change your workplace tradition to be $5 or $10 towards a charity, you agree on. Win Win.
Christmas doesn’t have to be about debt, gifts destined to landfill and stress. But, it will take some changes. What will you do differently this year?
9:50m NEW music “Death you brought to me” Loudhailer
13m Hamilton Fringe Festival NZ committee members Macaila and Chris join me to talk about the festival opening. We then heard from Ben whose exhibition ‘Coloured Sound’ runs alongside Chris’ ‘Sensory explorations into Quantum Imaginary Spacetime’ at the Beggs Wiseman building. <Warning, big words>
Situation Vacant: Hamilton City Councillor. Fixed term role starts October 2019. Remuneration starts at $71,638. Job description: To represent and lead the community, set policies, make regulatory decisions and review council performance. Preference: Female.
Women hold a mere 25% of the seats in our current city council. Did you notice? Probably not. We’ve become used to our local government lacking diversity in gender, ethnicity and socio-economic background. But, imagine how different the dynamics and decision-making process of a council that truly represented our city would be. I’m not asking for quotas to achieve diversity, we don’t need them – but we do need to support more women to put their name forward for next year’s local elections. Will you join me?
Are we lacking strong female community leaders? Are we short on ambitious, strategic professional women? Would Mums with young families prefer to stay in the home? Heck no, definitely not and no thanks.
The under-representation of women in our council was the topic of a kōrero I initiated last week. I was interested in barriers to women standing and what other women could offer them to help. The experiences of women are different, but in general we are reluctant to stand for family reasons, financial reasons and because, rather sadly we don’t back ourselves enough. Women ponder over a longer set of criteria than males before considering themselves ‘qualified’ enough to stand. Basically, women don’t rate themselves as highly as a similarly or even lesser ‘qualified’ male would. Go figure.
The shining beacon of hope from that kōrero was that a group of strong, capable and passionate women have offered experience, skill, creativity and knowledge to support other women to stand next year. This is exciting, encouraging and could be transformational for how public service looks going forward.
So today, I’m asking the women of Kirikiriroa Hamilton to consider themselves worthy of representing our city and to know that there is support for them to do this. If it’s not your cup of tea, make sure you shoulder tap an inspirational wāhine to put themselves forward and then join us in supporting them to succeed.
11:11m – “Painting pictures” a track from 80s pop rock band Step Chant Unit.
15:30m – Connected living and affordable housing – it can be done, but will involve putting our current presumptions and systems aside. Speakers from around the motu will present the community with innovative ways to address our housing crisis – through land trusts, co-housing, ecological building and truly affordable homes. In today’s podcast we are joined by organiser – Samantha Rose from SHAMA to hear more about the kaupapa and event. Tickets are available from eventbrite for $10, or $15 at the door.
26:07m – “Hamilton” Chris Thompson
29:37m – Pinenut Records released it’s first album by Sneaky Feelings in 2017 and is following up with the release of “Drunken Nights in Dublin” by folk artist Chris Thompson. 44 years after it was recorded. The provenance of the acetate which was picked up on Ebay last year is fascinating – and the craftmanship that my guest Donald McLeod of Pinenut records has put into pressing the LP and screen-printing the album cover is a testament to good things taking time. The album is being released at a one-off full band gig at Nivara Lounge on November 24th.