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Candidate’s Meeting November 3, 2009

Posted by Neil in By Election.
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35 occasionally noisy Tawa people packed the small board room at the Tawa Community Centre tonight.

All 8 candidates turned up and made their views known and then answered questions.

I listened very carefully to the candidates but it was the audience questions that provided the most interest.

Tawa people were described as smug white middle class by one ratepayer and another rattled the community board cages with remarks about the candidates apparent lack of interest in diminishing real estate values.  ( 9% down on recent valuations).

This opened  the lively discussion. I jotted down some of the most interesting issues.

  • Bringing small businesses to Tawa.
  • A vision of Tawa like Jackson St Petone.
  • More progress on the Porirua Stream Walkway.
  • More park and ride.
  • Public transport (from higher streets in the valley) feeding main corridors (buses and trains).
  • Water meters (surprisingly uncontentious).
  • More marketing approach to Tawa development.
  • Student hostels as an industry here.
  • Make Tawa an events area (utilise excellent existing sporting facilities).
  • Perceived constraints on the role(s) of Tawa’s Community Board.
  • Raising expectations of the  role of Rotary and Lions organisations in Tawa.
  • Retail real estate  (ownership and leasing) issues not managed in the interests of the Tawa community.
  • Bring the former Rialto Cinema to Tawa.
  • Improving  provisions for families in Tawa (children, youth, elderly – all mentioned)

There are 10 churches in Tawa’s main street but no one thought it important enough to mention.

I think maybe we missed an important slice of Tawa life somehow.


Nominations for Tawa Community Board By-Election October 6, 2009

Posted by Neil in By Election.
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Nominations closed Friday 2 October.

Eight nominations have been received according to WCC returning officer Ross Bly.

I am hoping to promote the Tawa Listening Project as the focus of my campaign and use this blog to communicate throughout the campaign period.

Bly has insisted (not unreasonably) that at least six people sign up as supporters before the Project can support any candidate and be noted as an affiliation on the voting paper itself.

Task one:  get six signatures to WCC by 12noon Wednesday.


Neil Wilson

Welcome:Tawa Community Board By Election 2009 September 29, 2009

Posted by Neil in By Election.

Welcome to the  Tawa Listening Project; a project to bring better local government.

Our primary goal is to practise a new standard of active and generous listening.

However while good listening is rooted in our respect for people it is not the same as agreement.  It is the gains from listening and engagement that is the focus in this approach; “issues” with their pros, their cons, their supporters and their detractors take a second row seat.

To closely listen brings benefit to both speaker and listener engaging body and mind in an emotionally satisfying but intellectually rigorous way.

This engagement brings up the possibility of extraordinary results and who wouldn’t want to sign up for that!