Electing 5 Board Members
No issues on file for Anna Button.
No issues on file for Kathy Condon.
- Consultation. The resisdents are not being heard, even if they take the trouble to make a submission or a deputation to council, it seems to make no difference. I believe it is up to the elected members to bring the voice of the people into the decision making.
- Water. With the growth in population, industry and urban development our pristine water is at risk .I support urgent research into water and land use, water conservation, and mitigation of pollution.
- Community funding. Over the past 2 years the Council has made cuts of $1.5m to Community funding. The reduction in these funds has in fact been even greater, since there has been no increase for inflation in over 12 years. I value community groups and organisations, and all the volunteers who donate their time for the good of others. I will work to restore the finding to these vital networks .
- Rubber stamping. Councilors must read the staff reports carefully, do their own research, and ask pertinent questions of both staff and the local residents before casting their vote.
- Growth and Development .Our city plan needs urgent attention especially with regard to Heritage protection, and inner city planning. With our city growing rapidly Council must be watchful to protect our environment, our greenspace and our infrastructure.
- Listen to people's points of view and keep decision-making transparent and accountable.
- Help to build safer communities.
- Restore funding for community groups.
- Access to all community facilities, especially for our aging population and the disabled.
- Environmental issues - pure water and open, green spaces.
No issues on file for Chris English.
- Openness and transparency:
No more Hendersons and Ellerslies
- Financial Responsibility:
No more Hendersons and Ellerslies
- Council/community board: Listen to the electorate and deliver.
Health board: Free parking at the hospital.
- Council/community board: Increase public rubbish and recycle bins.
Health board: More white coats and less white collars.
- Council/community board: Introduce an isntant fine for tagging.
Health board: Scholarship system for young doctors.
- Council/community board: Get the Northern motorway on schedule.
Health board: Speed up and deliver more A & E services.
- Council/community board: Reign in excessive council spending.
- Participation of People
- Empowering people
- Public infrastructure
- Community co-operatives
- Community Currencies
- Positive Youth Development
It has been a privilege to have had involvement with a range of youth focused activities over the past 20 years. It has allowed me to experience the issues facing young people from a variety of perspectives and I am aware of the following areas of activity happening with a focus on 'Youth'.
I have a noticed a coalescing of leadership from across education, social services, health, employment and housing over the past few years. This has manifested itself in at least three notable ways.
The first is a document called 'Positive Youth Development Principles' which has been developed by the Youth Advisory Group of the Wayne Francis Charitable Trust. This document is currently being edited after more than a year in development and will be launched at the INVOLVE Conference in November ( www.involve.org.nz ).
The second is a response to Youth Health care sparked by the closure of 198 Youth Health. This is currently being led by Partnership Health Canterbury with a steering group from across health, social and other youth services. I am encouraged that so many of our organisational and sector leaders are widening their frame of thinking to engage other sector leaders in the visioning, planning and implementation of services for youth. I consider this to be ‘Next Practice’ and, if elected, will encourage collaborative systems thinking like this.
The third is a discussion document titled Thought Starter - Accord for Christchurch Youth and the intent behind this discussion document is to engage youth stakeholders in a dialogue building a consensus on a direction of travel for our city with respect to youth. You are welcome to read this document which can be found by going to this link http://chrismene.ning.com/profiles/blogs/social-initiative-gt-youth
I want to thank Gillian Heald (former principal of Rangi Ruru and Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti), Trevor McIntyre (Principal CBHS), Jono Campbell (Te Ora Hou), John Harrington (National Youth Workers Collective & Canterbury Youth Workers Collective), Chris Jansen (University of Canterbury, Duane Major (24:7 Youth Work), Sally Mountfort (Wayne Francis Charitable Trust) and Jane Cartwright (Partnership Health Canterbury).
Finally, I see value in distributive/decentralised decision making. I'm really keen to explore more effective and coherent engagement with young people in our communities. Our young people are empowered through early, ongoing and meaningful engagement.
- Community Engagement
I am a 'Process Advocate' for respectful and meaningful Community Engagement. As a professional Public Participation Practitioner and member of the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) I have committed to a Code of Ethics and below I have included this code. I encourage anyone with an interest in Public Participation to visit the IAP2 website on: http://iap2.affiniscape.com/
As members of IAP2, we recognize the importance of a Code of Ethics, which guides the actions of those who advocate including all affected parties in public decision-making process. In order to fully discharge our duties as public participation practitioners, we define terms used explicitly throughout our Code of Ethics. We define stakeholders as any individual, group of individuals, organizations, or political entity with a stake in the outcome of a decision. We define the public as those stakeholders who are not part of the decision-making entity or entities. We define public participation as any process that involves the public in problem-solving or decision-making and that uses public input to make better decisions.
This Code of Ethics is a set of principles, which guides us in our practice of enhancing the integrity of the public participation process. As practitioners, we hold ourselves accountable for these principles and strive to hold all participants to the same standards.
PURPOSE. We support public participation as a process to make better decisions that incorporate the interests and concerns of all affected stakeholders and meet the needs of the decision-making body.
ROLE OF PRACTITIONER. We will enhance the public's participation in the decision-making process and assist decision-makers in being responsive to the public's concerns and suggestions.
TRUST. We will undertake and encourage actions that build trust and credibility for the process among all the participants.
DEFINING THE PUBLIC'S ROLE. We will carefully consider and accurately portray the public's role in the decision-making process.
OPENNESS. We will encourage the disclosure of all information relevant to the public's understanding and evaluation of a decision.
ACCESS TO THE PROCESS. We will ensure that stakeholders have fair and equal access to the public participation process and the opportunity to influence decisions.
RESPECT FOR COMMUNITIES. We will avoid strategies that risk polarizing community interests or that appear to "divide and conquer."
ADVOCACY. We will advocate for the public participation process and will not advocate for interest, party, or project outcome.
COMMITMENTS. We ensure that all commitments made to the public, including those by the decision-maker, are made in good faith.
SUPPORT OF THE PRACTICE. We will mentor new practitioners in the field and educate decision-makers and the public about the value and use of public participation.
- Community Development
I am passionate about personal, family and neighbourhood development. These three areas are the building blocks for community development and these are the areas that I will focus resources if elected onto both the CDHB and SPCB.
Through elected and appointed roles I have and currently work with a variety of groups building and nurturing community development around our city and region.
My experience has shaped my opinion that it is through a sustained approach of developing and supporting decentralised and distributive local leadership that we will build resilience in our neighbourhoods and communities. At this time you don't need to look too far to see the importance of resilience in a crisis and recovery response.
It is in the community organisations, residents groups and neighbourhood support groups where Councils and Community Board should invest significant and sustained resourcing.
- Pacific Peoples Health
I want to thank my friends and colleagues of Pacific heritage and others who have the health and wellbeing of Pacific peoples at heart. Over a period of 15 years of you have supported me to grow and learn about service, respect and leadership. It has been and will continue to be a privilege working with you. If elected I intend to be a voice for Pacific health on the CDHB.
As a public health promoter and facilitator I am keenly aware of the burden of disease that continues to impact at much greater rates on some of our communities in Canterbury.
Pacific People are one of these communities and I am committed to ensuring CDHB engagement and leadership with Pacific community and health leadership over the next three years.
It is in the best interest of all Cantabrians that we support and empower people and families/whanau in higher health risk communities. This can be done effectively through taking increased responsibility for personal and family health; increasing access to primary health servces and other social support services.
There is a growing base of emperical clinical evidence complementing the known anecdotal eividence that health and wellbeing services are most effective in a 'Pacific for Pacific' context.
To my mind this puts the spotlight firmly on the importance of continued resourcing and development of Pacific Health and Wellbeing workforce development. There are already many great initiatives in place and I will work to enhance and increase the number opportunities available for developing this workforce of the future.
I want to acknowledge Jane Cartwright (Partnership Health Canterbury); Dr Martin Seers, Vince Barry and Steve Lavery (Pegasus Health); Peter Retimanu and the Pacific Reference Group board members; and the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs in their ongoing support of Pacific Community Engagement
- Refugee and New Migrant Priorities
I want to thank Wayne Reid (Partnership Health Canterbury), Shirley Wright (Christchurch Resettlement Service) and others for sharing their knowledge of the current situation for these communities. I am aware that there is a great deal of diversity within these communities and I am mindful of the critical importance of effective engagement, communications and decision making processes.
If elected onto the CDHB board I will ensure a programme of engagement and communications with these communities to ensure the decisions I make and support are done so with a robust understanding of community needs.
The recent publication of Asian Health Aotearoa in 2006-2007 was commissioned by the Northern DHB Support Agency. Amongst other findings the report finds inequities in access to health services for Asian people compared to other services. It also disproves the myth that Asians are both healthy and wealthy.
In Canterbury our health system needs to consider the disparities amongst our second largest population grouping. The report's conclusions are outlined below:
1. Asian people in New Zealand remain more highly educated than other New Zealanders; but they have lower incomes and are more likely to live in more economically deprived areas than Europeans, which limits their options for making healthy lifestyle choices.
2. The prevalence of obesity has significantly increased among Asian adults in New Zealand from 2002-03 to 2006-07. This is consistent with the lack of change between the two surveys in the levels of physical activity and daily serves of fruit and vegetables, which both remain below those of Europeans.
3. Lifestyle acculturation is occurring among Asian New Zealanders, with adverse health patterns for alcohol drinking, tobacco smoking and obesity increasing with length of residence in New Zealand.
4. South Asian people have increased prevalences of treated hypertension, high blood cholesterol and diabetes, compared with Europeans. Other chronic diseases - such as asthma, bronchitis, arthritis and back/neck disorders - are less common in Asian people than Europeans.
5. Asian people are not accessing health services to the same degree as non-Asians. Generally, they are less likely to: have a primary health care provider; to have seen in the last 12 months a range of health professionals, including medical specialists, pharmacists, and social workers; and to have used a private or public hospital in the last 12 months. Further, Asian women are less likely to have mammography or cervical screening tests than European women.
6. Given the continual rapid increase in the size of the Asian population living in New Zealand, there is an urgent need for Asian health data from national and regional surveys, in order to monitor the health status of Asian people in Aotearoa
Each of these conclusions creates a platform for action and I think that these platforms need to be acknowledged and validated locally then resourced through the CDHB and other central and local government agencies.
Christchurch Resettlement Services
CRS provides free and confidential services to people from refugee and migrant backgrounds that come to live in Christchurch. The agency has been in existence for more than ten years and they have five distinct and complimentary service delivery areas.
• Bi-lingual Community Work
• Social Work
• Youth Work
• Health Promotion
• Living Well in Christchurch/ Children's Service
My intent is to emphasise at a CDHB board level the necessary resourcing of providers like CRS who are delivering high levels of service to refugee and New Migrant communities.
No issues on file for Cameron Stewart.
- Elected representatives need to listen to the residents of their community. After hearing what the communities want I will advocate for them.
- Much of what the Council and community board will oversee for the next few years is rebuilding following the earthquake. I will listen to local people so that replacement amenities fit the current needs of the local residents, workers and businesses. It is important not to rush in to recreate what was there if resources allow something that better reflects the needs of the current community.
- I will advocate to keep Christchurch City Council assets (like Orion, the Port, libraries) publically owned. Ownership of these assets allows delivery of services to our residents and businesses. Some of these assets providing alternative funding to rates.
- I support open democracy. Over the past few years many decisions made by local authorities have been made in secret. When on the community board I will advocate for residents so that the CCC does not act in secret. Elected representatives are elected to represent the public not the chief executive. Elected representatives should let the public know their decision and how much those decision have cost the rate payers.
- Pokie machines suck money out of communities’ especially poor communities. The money raised by these machines for community groups is far out weighted by the damage they cause. Machines are horribly addictive too many people lose money that should be used to feed their families. I will advocate for the gradual removal of all pokie machine from our communities.
- Decision act in the Best interest of the community
- Council services are managed effectively, efficiently and economically
- Resources are better allocated to projects that strengthen the community
- Making sure the community we live in is safer for everyone
- Listening to the community and ensuring action is taken for important issues