VAN is a positive alternative to tired, old, business-as-usual policies. We aren't politicians, just ordinary people who want change. I'm a nurse. I live with my partner and two children near the beautifully clean lower Waiwhetu Stream. I'm a union delegate who represents fellow members in the workplace and at the national level. As a nurse, advocating for the welfare of others comes naturally. And as a unionist and socialist, I support all grassroots people who stand up for their rights. This is why I'm part of VAN. VAN believes in a city for the residents, not the property developers. We'll support free public transport, because it makes climate sense and serves the people. We'll build council houses – creating jobs, ratepayer assets and affordable homes. We'll push to get GST off rates. And we'll subsidise rainwater tanks, while stopping water meters and privatisation, to protect our River and residents.
Top 5 Issues
- No water meters, no privatisation - protect river & residents
- Build council houses - create jobs, assets & affordable homes
- No GST on rates - a tax on a tax is robbery
- Council change, not climate change - a future for our kids
- Free public transport - it makes climate sense & serves the people
Authorised by Grant Brookes of 51 Awamutu Grove, Lower Hutt
Questions answered by Grant Brookes
Grant Brookes's Reply
Apologies for the delay in replying.
As required by section 113 of the Local Electoral Act, the address that I have to plaster all over my election material confirms that I live at 51 Awamutu Grove. This is just inside Harbour Ward, actually, about a block over the Eastern Ward boundary.
My personal involvement with the Waiwhetu Stream has been largely passive, experiencing its regeneration over recent years on regular walks along the banks with my partner and children.
However, we in VAN - Valley Action Network operate as a team. Among our core group are local residents who actively participated in the Waiwhetu Stream Advisory Committee, from 2006 onwards. I have learned from the contributions made by these VAN team members, and share their commitment to a clean, safe waterway for all.
If you have any further questions, I\\\'d be happy to answer them (and promise to do it a lot quicker - by phone, if you like, 021 053 2973).
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