Axel was one of a few ECan candidates interviewed by Radio New Zealand. Their article, published on 28 August, covered our democracy rebuild policy. That’s our plan for the newly elected Council to oversee a full independent review of ECan as an organisation to ensure its democratic integrity is rebuilt.
It has been nearly a decade since the removal of full democracy at ECan. We consider it highly likely, if not inevitable, that the absence of standard democratic processes, structures, culture, checks and balances over such a long period of time may have resulted in the erosion of some key democratic foundations within ECan. We think that merely reinstating an elected Council is unlikely to redress the full range of ways in which a decade without democracy may have altered the fundamental democratic nature of the organisation.
Cameron Henderson is the odd one out in this article. Odd in the sense that he’s the only person interviewed who isn’t standing for election.
I was asked at a candidates’ meeting the other day that all the candidates were saying the “right things”, so how can voters possibly make up their mind? My suggestion to the audience was to look past what candidates say they will do in future, but judge them by past and present actions. Words are cheap but actions speak loudly. I, for one, have either used public transport or a bicycle as my main mode of transport for the last 30 years, with the mode choice preference depending on which city I lived in at any one time.
My answer to the reporter’s query was a bit more nuanced than that. Public transport governance absolutely needs to be reviewed as the current CCC (Christchurch City Council) / ECan split of responsibilities makes no sense whatsoever. That doesn’t mean that public transport should automatically go to CCC. In fact, of the numerous options that exist, I regard it as unlikely that CCC governance is the most sensible choice. CTOC (Christchurch Transport Operations Centre, jointly owned by ECan, NZTA and CCC) is an existing organisation whose scope could be extended to take on more functions. CTOC’s functions already extend into Selwyn and Waimakariri, so they are more likely a suitable organisation than CCC itself. But there are lots of other options worthy of consideration.
A nice, informative report on some regional council issues. Good work, Katie!