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Conference report back: Velo-city Rio de Janiero 12-15 June 2018

This report was included in my monthly Chair’s report on the Waitemata Local Board July business meeting agenda. Report back from  Velo-city conference: Access to Life I was fortunate to attend and present at the annual Velo-city Summit 2018, a premier international conference on cycling and urban mobility. Velo-city conferences bring together those involved in […]

Time for change at the AECT

In 2009 I naively stood as an independent in the Auckland Energy Consumer Trust election. I thought the election would be about electing the best possible candidates to be Trustees.  I presumed there would be media coverage of the election issues, discussion of candidate policies and a fair chance of success if my skills and […]

Your Power Team pledges to maintain dividend and reform the AECT

Your Power Team Media Release The annual dividend of more than $300 paid by the Auckland Energy Consumers Trust (AECT) to electricity consumers within the former Auckland Electric Power Board area will be maintained and grown and the Trust will be reformed to reduce its directors’ fees and consultancy expenses under policies announced by the YOUR […]

Voter apathy and media blackout gifts Citizens & Ratepayers the AECT

In the end it was far too easy for the status quo to prevail. Citizens & Ratepayers simply targeted 25,000 plus supporters with a personal letter asking for a vote for all 5 candidates on their ticket. The rank and file fell into line and compiled to ensure all five Trustees are now from one […]

Energising Vector’s culture and strategy through smarter governance

The AECT election has been largely ignored by the media which means very few voters are aware of the issues facing the largest publicly owned trust in New Zealand and the governance of New Zealand’s leading energy infrastructure company. Brian Rudman is the only commentator to provide anything thought provoking about the issues, making the […]

AECT Election: The Power is With the Community

Press Release: Grey Lynn 2030 28 October 2009 With only 2 days remaining in the AECT election a disappointing 14.65% of eligible voters have so far returned postal ballots to decide the 5 trustees of the Trust. At the same time in the 2003 election the turnout was only slightly better at 17.5%. Independent Candidate […]

“Soft” conditions signal a hard landing for Vector in the new economy

 There are a number of statements and omissions that stand out from Vector’s recent operations performance summary and the claims made at the Annual meeting on Friday that highlight concerns Vector is not responding to current environmental challenges nor positioned to maximise value from the “new” economy.  Vector’s traditional business approach has been to focus […]

Still waiting for your voting documents?

By the end of day 3 of postal voting for the AECT election  only 6.78% of eligible voters have returned their voting documents (at the same stage in the 2006 election it was slightly better but still only 9.70%) . Unfortunately a majority of electricity consumers do not know that they are beneficiaries of the Trust or that there is an election […]

Going underground – another reason to vote

Vector holds on to some of its profit to reinvest in the business and to pay for the undergrounding of power lines.    The Trust has an agreement with Vector that commits it to spend over $10m a year replacing power lines and power poles with underground cables. All AECT trustees were instrumental in bringing about […]

On the campaign trail with my bicycle

The many lively markets that can be found in the AECT voting district are a great place to meet people and raise awareness about the election. My first market visit was the Ostend Market on Waiheke last weekend (Sunday 11 October). This weekend I spent Saturday campaigning at the Otara Flea market, Howick Village Market and the Remuera Spring […]