Kapi-Mana News : October 16th 2012
14 KAPI-MANA NEWS, OCTOBER 16, 2012 NEWS EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHER EDUCATION INFORMATION EVENINGS 2012 The Faculty of Education invites people interested in early childhood education to come along with family and friends to hear more about our qualifications and take the opportunity to have your questions answered about our programmes. Information will be available on Early Childhood Teacher Education qualifications, upgrading qualifications and postgraduate study. The Faculty is offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Trimester Three for those interested in getting a headstart on a new qualification and in 2013 we will have a new intake for the BEd(Tchg)EC degree. 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As well as the Transmission Gully highway consent, boards have been used for the Waterview tunnel and flyover in Auckland, the Tauhara II geothermal scheme and Wiri prison. By JIM CHIPP Gully road inquiry slammed Not enough time and too much money The Transmission Gully board of inquiry operated unfairly and effectively side- lined citizens, according to some parti- cipants. Members of the Rational Transport Society said the process was incredibly expensive for private submitters and they were concerned the same thing could happen in the consent hearings for the Basin Reserve flyover and Mount Victoria tunnel projects,. However an Environmental Protec- tion Authority spokesman said it had received favourable feedback from the applicants -- the New Zealand Transport Agency, local councils and members of the board of inquiry, and submitters would also be surveyed. Rational Transport Society spokes- man Kent Duston said the process was conducted at high speed and it was not fair, cheap or effective. Submissions from neighbours and concerned citizens were dismissed if they were unable to back them up with costly professional expert witnesses. But the pool of experts was limited and many were either already working for the applicant or a council, or else have some other conflict of interest. Once the board had accepted a techni- cal specialist s credentials his or her evi- dence went unquestioned, even when they spoke outside their own field of expertise, Mr Duston said. One expert s evidence about the effect of living near large roads was ignored because a New Zealand Transport Agency engineer said vehicle emissions would not reach houses. The board accepted assertions about cycling provisions from a traffic engin- eer, even though they were challenged by a cyclist who had actually ridden the route, but lacked a university qualifi- cation. The board s tight timetable meant hearings were compressed into a period of weeks. Submitters needed a lawyer attending the hearing full-time and a second research team working outside the hear- ing in order to respond to others submissions. The process of developing the consent conditions was unfair and inadequate, Mr Duston said. Only planners or lawyers were allowed to debate the conditions, and they focused on issues raised by those few submitters who were represented. There seemed to be no effort to address issues raised in the other sub- missions, he said. The Transmission Gully hearing demonstrated that deep pockets, inde- pendent experts and a team of lawyers is the minimum needed to get even basic protection for local communities, and even that might not be enough. Environmental Protection Authority applications and assessment manager Sarah Gardner said the board of inquiry process enabled anyone to have their say, while ensuring applications were decided within the timeframes estab- lished in the Resource Management Act. The Authority s role was to manage the process by assisting the board and providing support to participants. We make public participation easier by appointing an independent expert -- the Friend of the Submitter -- to guide submitters through the process, holding public meetings to explain the process, and making all information related to the process publicly available on our website. It's the little things that count Wellington regional councillor Prue Lamason By JIM CHIPP One regional council- lor can celebrate a pay rise, but she had better not push the boatouttoofar--itis only $2 a week. Wellington Regional Council voted last week to boost the pay of the chairwoman of its holding company, WRC Holdings Ltd, by $107 a year. Prue Lamason s director s fee for the job will increase from $19,000 to $19,107, an increase of 0.6 per cent, or about a cup of coffee a fortnight. Council chairwoman Fran Wilde prepared a two-page report in support of the resolution. Council chief financial officer Bruce Simpson said the council wanted to keep the company chairwoman s remuneration in line with council committee chairmen. Because it is a private company we had to pass a shareholders resolution, he said It was, he said, a technical requirement. Is it really that sensible for a $107 increase? Probably not, but to change that you are actu- ally fighting against a far bigger set of rules. WRC Holdings Ltd is owned by the Welling- ton Regional Council and in turn owns the coun- cil s office buildings and its two-thirds share of CentrePort.
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