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Accessibility Advisory Committee Appointment Process

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From: S. Paurini

Dear Wellington City Council,

I have applied twice to be appointed to the Accessibility Advisory Committee. I am imminently qualified for appointment.

However, I am aware that other applicants may be just as qualified as I am also aware that some applicants are not qualified but are nevertheless appointed to council committees.

What is the AAG's procedure for selecting an appointee?

When I applied the first time in early 2019 I never heard back at all. I wrote several letters to the AAG asking for feedback regarding my failed application. To this day I have not been responded to on the first attempt.

Communication is improved this time but only because I keep writing to the committee reminding them to keep me in the loop.

Yours faithfully,

S. Paurini

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Wellington City Council

Kia ora

Thank you for your email dated 27 January 2020 requesting information about the Accessibility Advisory Committee Appointment Process.

Our team will manage your request under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 which requires us to respond as soon as possible, but no later than 25 February 2020.
The reference number for your request is IRO-9617.

Please contact us if you have any further questions.

Ngā mihi

Phyllis Lee | Team Leader Complaints and Information Assurance
Ara Whaimana | Strategy and Governance
Te Kaunihera o Pōneke | Wellington City Council 

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I want to find out why the AAG achieve nothing for people with disabilities, i.e. why they are ineffective at council. Also, to what extent do politics come into decision making regarding applicants for membership of the Accessibility Advisory Group. Various disability advocates from different disability agencies inform me that the Wellington City Council is itself nepotistic and its committees and sub-committees follow that example e.g. in the case of the AAG, membership of the group is based on who particular people know rather than whether an applicant has experience, qualifications and competence

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Wellington City Council


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Kia ora S. Paurini

 

I refer to your request for information dated 27 January 2020. You
requested the following information:

•  What is the AAG's procedure for selecting an appointee?

 

I can advise that your request for information has been granted at no
charge.  Please find enclosed, the information you have requested:

·        Terms of Reference for the Accessibility Advisory Group (please
refer to Appendix C: Recruitment and Selection Process)

·        Process flow chart for the Accessibility Advisory Group
recruitment process

 

For your context, applicants’ responses to interview questions were scored
and weighted according to priority for the Accessibility Advisory Group.
The key competencies that were sought included time to commit to the work,
communication skills, focus on a variety of impairments, team fit,
established networks and relationship building, political aptitude and
influencing skills. Scores were then totalled and referees were contacted
for the highest scoring candidate.

 

Further information about the Accessibility Advisory Group can be found on
the Council’s website:
[1]https://wellington.govt.nz/your-council/...

I trust this information is of assistance to you.

 

Right of review

You have the right to seek an investigation and review by the Ombudsman of
my decision. Further information is available on the Ombudsman website at
[2]www.ombudsman.parliament.nz

 

Ngâ mihi

 

Phyllis Lee | Team Leader Complaints  and Information Assurance

Ara Whaimana | Strategy and Governance

Te Kaunihera o Pôneke | Wellington City Council 

 

The information contained in this email is privileged and confidential and
intended for the addressee only.

If you are not the intended recipient, you are asked to respect that
confidentiality and not disclose, copy or make use of its contents. If
received in error you are asked to destroy this email and contact the
sender immediately. Your assistance is appreciated.

 

 

 

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