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Endorsing Ariana for Wellington Regional Council!

29 September 2013 1 comment

 

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Vote Ariana for Wellington Regional Council

 

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Ariana is of the people, for the people. She has my 101% endorsement for Wellington Regional Council – we need more people like her!

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Mana enters the Wellington Regional Council race!

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Ariana's MANA PARTY leaflet

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NZ, Wellington, 10 August –  Ariana Paretutanganui-Tamati, political and community activist, today launched her candidacy for the up-coming Wellington Regional Council local body elections. Ariana will be standing under the Mana Party banner – a Party she has supported since it’s inception.

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Ariana’s campaign platform was based on the issue of free water for domestic users, and opposed metering and charging. Her policy postion stated,

  • domestic water use should remain a public service,
  • she supported increasing water conservation and collection,
  • making increasing leak repair of the public water system  priority,
  • and opposed water and water-related assets being used for private profit-making.

Ariana’s other concerns were also emblazoned on her placards, dotted around the marquis which her campaign team had set up adjacent to the water fountain;

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Ariana spoke to the crowd on the problematic issue of allowing Anadarko – which had been involved in the disastrous 2010  Gulf of Mexico oil spill – to prospect-drill of the Wellington coast.

Ariana said New Zealand had no means by which to contain an oil spill-disaster along the magnitude of  the Deepwater Horizon event in the Gulf of Mexico.

“The thing is,   that they didn’t actually clean it up. The oil is still at the bottom of the ocean. They used a toxic chemical to sink the oil down so it was out of sight, out of mind.”

The coastal areas were still polluted, Ariana said, and this was affecting sealife in the region as well as  people’s health.

“We must not allow Anadarko to drill of the south coast of Wellington!”

There were cries of “Hear, hear!” from some in the crowd at that point.

In between speaking, Marama Te Kira  entertained  the crowd and passers-by with her music and singing,

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Ariana, and her Campaign Manager, Warwick, talking to a member of the public. The woman listened attentatively and said she agreed with a great deal of Ariana’s policies. Another vote, hopefully?

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Ariana talking to two well-wishers who had heard about her campaign launch on social media, and decided to attend,

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Ariana made a clear  distinction between herself and Fran Wilde, who supported user-pays with water;

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With a crowd forming around Ariana, who carefully explained Mana’s policy to keep water in public ownership for the benefit of all, she offered people water from two containers. One was free, the other cost money.

Everyone took the free water;

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Ariana talking to another member of the public;

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A message to the public that, despite a lingering recession, a tiny minority are doing very well – while everyone else either struggles or is just getting by;

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More of Mana’s messages to the public;

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Ariana, surrounded by supporters and members of the public, fielding questions about her candidacy;

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Totally relaxed with the public. Perhaps people sensed her honesty and lack of underlying secret political agendas;

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Even left-wing, anti-establishment, pro-people activists have to “press the flesh” with potential voters. These two had a good natter on Ariana’s policies;

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Ariana’s campaign manager, Warwick, explaining Mana Party policy to a member of the public,

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Another vote for Ariana from this young chap,

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Brochures given out to passers-by (see image at top of page for detail),

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Addressing the crowd and passers-by;

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Ariana tlold the public that a government advisory group, Chaired by Wellington Regional Council chair Fran Wilde, advocated local bodies adopt a user-pays policy for drinking and waste water. She said this would involve compulsory water metering for every household in the Wellington region.

“Water is a right. Water is a right of citizenship, and should come out of public funds. Everybody should have the right to clean water.”

Ariana said there were other ways to reduce water usage such as education and fixing up the various leaks around the city; “We fundamentally and strongly oppose any privatisation of water.” She added, “this is part of a bigger agenda to commercialise our essential services.”

Ariana reminded people that this had already happened with our electricity supply and our power bills had skyrocketed since the 1990s.

Ariana compared the rise in water costs over the same period, saying it had risen by only 17% saying,  “So this is what happens when you start to commercialise essential services. We need to ensure to ensure that these services are publicly managed for the public good, not for profit.”

Ariana said that selling off essential services had only contributed to people’s hardship and many were struggling to pay for their power bills. She said the same would eventually happen for water,

“If we start selling  of our water, making  people pay, then people on low incomes and who are poor, are going to be forced to make decisions about whether or not they give  their children  a bath… or   whether or not  they can put on the power to warm their house.

This is disgusting!

We have to make sure Councils are run for the public good – not for profits!”

Ariana said she would “work her butt off” to keep water free for every household.”

Ariana directed a simple question at these young men who had been listening intently; do you think water should be kept in public ownership or privatised?

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All three laughed and answered, “keep it public!”

Who said that young folk don’t understand or care about the issues?

This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 11 August 2013.

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Disclosure

This blogger supports and endorses Ariana Paretutanganui-Tamati for her candidacy in the forthcoming local body elections. (see: Ariana for Wellington Regional Council – Campaign Launch)

Copyright (c)  Notice

All images are freely available to be used, with following provisos,

* Use must be for non-commercial purposes.
* Where purpose of  use is  commercial, a donation to Child Poverty Action Group is requested (or a donation to Ariana’s campaign fund).
* At all times, images must be used only in context, and not to denigrate individuals or groups.
* Acknowledgement of source is requested.

See also

Wall Street Journal – Judge Rules BP, Anadarko Liable in Gulf Spill

Radio NZ: Gear to cap oil rig has to be shipped from

The Daily Green: The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill by the Numbers

Scoop Media:  Fran Wilde’s advisory group tells councils to start charging ratepayers for water

NZ Herald:  The 30-year power price hike

Mana Party

Ariana’s Facebook Page

Electoral Commission: Enrol or check your enrolment details

Electoral Commission: Local Elections 2013

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Ariana for Wellington Regional Council – Campaign Launch

9 August 2013 3 comments

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ariana's campaign launch

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[When]    Saturday, 10 August

[Time]    2PM

[Where]    Bucket Fountain – Cuba Street, Wellington CBD

MANA Candidate Underscores Right to Water in Regional Council Campaign Opening.

Entertainment by the beautiful Marama Te Kira and Free Water from Wellington Springs will be served.

The right of everyone to have free access to water will feature in the launch of MANA’s campaign for the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

The launch will have a group giving away water while another group tries to sell it.

Candidate Ariana Paretutanganui-Tamati says that proposals for a super city and a proposal that all councils should charge for the use of water by volume could lead to the commercialisation of water. She says that people who are already struggling financially will find it hard to pay water bills.

The Greater Wellington Regional Council’s proposal for local government reform is very much like the Auckland super city she says. In Auckland many of the services are now run by Council-owned profit-making companies and all properties now have water meters.

Greater Wellington Regional Council Chair Fran Wilde also chairs the Local Government Infrastructure Efficiency Task Force, which has produced a report whose recommendations include compulsory water meters for everyone says Ms  Paretutanganui-Tamati.

Other concerns featuring in her campaign are the proposed super city for Wellington and pollution of the sea  and coastline if drilling for oil goes ahead.

The campaign launch will take place at the Bucket Fountain, Cuba Mall at 2pm on Saturday 10 August.

.If you would like to help get Ariana elected for the Wellington Constituency of the Greater Wellington Regional Council please contact:

Warwick Taylor Campaign Manager
Phone: 022175 8362 or 04 9344626
ariana4wellington@gmail.com

Donations can be made to:

MANA Wellington Campiagn
Kiwibank
38-9015-0095533-00

And or please join us at our Fundraising Dinner:
Saturday 17 August at 6pm
Trinity Union Church, 14 Hall Street, Newtown
$5.00 waged $10 Unwaged
For tickets phone Warwick Taylor (contact above).

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Blogger’s Note

Having met and campaigned alongside Ariana on numerous occassions, on issues such as fighting state asset sales, I heartily endorse her candidacy for the Wellington Regional Council. As well as tireless* dedication to justice, sovereignty, and peace issues, Ariana is a woman of political  integrity and personal honesty.

She has my support, and my vote.

– Frank Mascskasy

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(* Tireless – I mean that literally. Ariana is a Wonder Woman of energy and enthusiasm!)

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