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From: Chris McCashin

Dear Wellington City Council,

Having been in Wellington coming up ten years now it has been somewhat depressing to watch the city go from where it was to where it is now. Whether it be ruining formerly the best street in Wellington (Island Bay parade), crime, significant rates rises, highest commercial rates, anti business policy, crumbling infrastructure, seemingly only wanting to represent cyclists, incompetent decision making on major projects, shocking fiscal management with this appearing to get worse, making access to public health harder?!, no accountability, to be fair it is really everything. Now the majority of this is a given, because central and local government are perhaps the most incompetent people I have ever dealt with. But then it turns out, that isn't the only problem with one of the Wellington City councilors actually saying the quiet part out loud. One of our elected officials, who turns out has decided she doesn't actually work to represent Wellingtonians decided to confirm that along with incompetence, councilors don't actually listen to consultation. On a recent interview and I quote with the following question from the interviewer Iona Pannett was asked the following.

"If there is an overwhelming number of people who do not want this you will not do this" with the response being

"That's not how we make decisions" - you can not make this stuff up!

So based on the above and given Wellington City Council doesn't listen to the ratepayer can you please provide the following

"Decision making process, outcome of consultation, cost / benefit analysis, financials, reports and recommendations" associated with the following projects

Library Project - from memory majority of submissions were against strengthening, ultimately I want to see why WCC decided to strengthen as opposed to other options

The Esplanade Slow Zone

Cobham Drive Pedestrian Lights

Newtown Cycleway - specifically outside the Wellington hospital - who on earth thought the design of this was a good thing?! At least if cyclists are skittled they will be able to walk to hospital but the driver won't be able to park anywhere!

Wellington Convention Centre - I would like to see the information when it was thought Peter Jackson was going to be a tenant, versus the information after when he decided he didn't want to be a part of the project.

Pedestrianizing Lambton Quay

Can you also please provide the following in relation to the councilors interview with Heather Du Plessis Allan associated with taking the speed limit down to 30km.

Ms Pannett mentioned that first of all we haven't decided to do this but are going to get some further work done. Please provide

Scope of the additional work
Cost of the additional work
Consultants engaged and / or likely to be engaged
Costs paid to the consultants to date & terms of reference associated with 30km speed zone
Ms Pannett was quoted as saying it was $8m dollars - please provide an itemised breakdown of this $8m dollars and what it relates to and the associated report
Ms Pannett mentioned it was not $44m dollars as it would be an enormous amount of money to spend and she understood the cost to be $8m. So two requests here
- Please provide the itemized costs associated with the $44m dollars and the associated report
- Ms Pannett then mentioned and I quote "No that is not what I understood at all, that's not what we were told the cost is $8m" - so I am assuming Ms Pannett has not read any of these reports as she doesn't appear to understand them - who is Ms Pannett relying on to tell her what the cost is? Would she be best to read the reports before going on radio?
- Please provide the reporting associated with the $327m that Heather Du Plessis Allan relies on
- Please provide the cost / benefit ratio where Ms Pannett states the "benefits massively outweigh the risks". Please provide this cost benefit analysis, terms of service associated with the report, consultants who completed the report and cost to do the cost benefit analysis

If you can go ahead and provide me the above information that would be much appreciated.

Yours faithfully,
Chris

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Tēnā koe Chris

 

Thank you for your email dated 18/09/2022 requesting information about the
Wellington City Council Decision Making / Consultation Processes for
various Wellington City projects.

 

Our team will manage your request under the Local Government Official
Information and Meetings Act 1987 which requires us to provide a decision
as soon as possible, but no later than 14/10/2022, being 20 working days
of receipt.

 

The reference number for your request is IRC-3891.

 

Please contact us if you have any further questions.

 

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From: Ian Hunter
Wellington City Council

Good afternoon Chris,

Thank you for your request made under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (the Act), received on 19 September 2022.

I had hoped to be able to provide you with the information requested by today's date though unfortunately, given the scope of your request, this is taking a little longer to fully address.

The Act requires that we advise you of our decision on your request no later than 20 working days after the day we received your request. Unfortunately, it will not be possible to meet that time limit and we are therefore writing to notify you of an extension of the time to make our decision, to 28 October 2022.

This extension is necessary because consultations necessary to make a decision on your request are such that a proper response cannot reasonably be made within the original time limit.

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You have the right to seek an investigation and review by the Ombudsman of this decision. Further information is available on the Ombudsman website, www.ombudsman.parliament.nz.

Thank you again for your request, if you have any question please feel free to contact me.

Kind regards,
Ian

Ian Hunter
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Dear Mr. McCashin,

 

Further to my email dated 14 October 2020 in which I advised the Council
had extended the timeframe for providing a decision on your request to 28
October 2022, I am now able to provide a formal response.

 

In your initial email received on 19 September 2022 you requested
"Decision making process, outcome of consultation, cost / benefit
analysis, financials, reports and recommendations" associated with a
number of WCC projects.

 

I will address these projects in the order of your email.

 

1) Library Project - from memory majority of submissions were against
strengthening, ultimately I want to see why WCC decided to strengthen as
opposed to other options.

 

This information is publicly available on the Council’s website and can be
accessed via the following link: [1]Projects - Te Matapihi | Central
Library - Wellington City Council

 

2) The Esplanade Slow Zone.

 

This information is publicly available on the Council’s website and can be
accessed via the following link: [2]Projects - The Esplanade Slow Zone -
Wellington City Council

 

3) Cobham Drive Pedestrian Lights.

 

I can advise that the Cobham Drive Pedestrian Lights is a Waka Kotahi
asset which will be managed, monitored, and maintained by Wellington City
Council until July 2023.

 

The information you are seeking is available via the following links:

 

[3]https://wellington.govt.nz/-/media/your-...
(Page 153 onwards).

 

[4]https://gazette.govt.nz/notice/id/2022-a...

 

[5]https://lgwm.nz/all-projects/cobham-driv...

 

[6]https://lgwm.nz/all-projects/cobham-driv...

 

4) Newtown Cycleway.

 

This information is publicly available on the Council’s website and can be
accessed via the following links:

 

Report: Page 7  [7]Agenda of Pûroro Âmua - Planning and Environment
Committee - Thursday, 23 September 2021 (wellington.govt.nz)

 

Decision: Page 8: [8]Minutes of Pûroro Âmua - Planning and Environment
Committee - Thursday, 23 September 2021 (wellington.govt.nz)

 

Report: Page 17:
[9]https://wellington.govt.nz/-/media/your-...

 

Decision: Page 7 : [10]Minutes of Pûroro Âmua | Planning and Environment
Committee - Thursday, 10 March 2022 (wellington.govt.nz)

 

[11]www.transportprojects.org.nz/newtown

 

5) Wellington Convention Centre.

 

This information is publicly available on the Council’s website and can be
accessed via the following links:

 

[12]https://wellington.govt.nz/your-council/...

 

[13]https://wellington.govt.nz/have-your-say...

 

6) Pedestrianizing Lambton Quay.

 

This information is publicly available on the Council’s website and can be
accessed via the following links:

 

[14]https://wellington.govt.nz/your-council/...

 

[15]https://lgwm.nz/

 

[16]https://wellington.govt.nz/-/media/your-...

 

[17]https://wellington.govt.nz/-/media/your-...

 

7) Can you also please provide the following in relation to the councilors
(sic) (Councillor Pannett) interview with Heather Du Plessis Allan
associated with taking the speed limit down to 30km. 

 

Whilst I am unsure of the date, content and context of this interview, if
I have understood your question correctly then the $8 Million dollars
referred to may relate to the following statement contained in the paper
to the Planning and Environment Committee of 15 September 2022: “…the
long-term plan has provided approximately $8 million capex for speed
management which is sufficient funding to comply with the Rule requirement
to lower speed limits around at least 40% of schools by 30 June 2024”.
[18]https://wellington.govt.nz/-/media/your-...

 

The figure of $44 Million dollars appears to relate to the following: 
“The best performing option (option 6) had a 30 km/h speed limit for local
streets and 40 km/h for arterial roads. This produced substantial crash
reduction benefits ($529 million, discounted over 40 years), albeit with a
high implementation cost ($44.8 million) and relatively high vehicle
travel time increases (disbenefits)”.
[19]https://wellington.govt.nz/-/media/your-...
(Page 76)

 

With respect to the figure of $327 Million dollars referred to in your
question, I am unable to advise which report Ms. Du Plessis Allan may have
been relying on.

 

I am also unable to advise which report Councillor Pannett may have been
referring to in respect of "benefits massively outweigh the risks". It is
noted however that the report submitted to the Planning and Environment
Committee on 9 June 2022 contains information in respect costs and
benefits.

 

Should you have any further questions please contact me.

 

Kind regards,

Ian

 

Ian Hunter
Senior Advisor | Official Information Team | Wellington City Council
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E [20][email address] | W [21]Wellington.govt.nz 
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From: Chris McCashin

Dear Ian Hunter,

Follow up on this - I see changes have / are being done outside the hospital

Please provide all

- memos formal and informal
- safety reports
- correspondence on any accidents that occurred in the cycleways previous form
- emails between any and all parties
- decision making documents / reports

Ultimately any and all information with why the cycleway has been changed - safety etc

Yours sincerely,

Chris McCashin

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From: Ian Hunter
Wellington City Council



Hello,

I'm away from the office and unable to access my emails until 12 December
2022.

In my absence, could you please contact the Assurance Team via the
following: [email address]

Alternatively, I will respond to any non-urgent messages on my return.

Kind regards,
Ian

Official Information Team.

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Wellington City Council

Tēnā koe

Thank you for your email dated 10 December 2022 requesting information.

Our team will manage your request under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 which requires us to provide a decision as soon as possible, but no later than 31 January 2023, being 20 working days from receipt.

Please note that this working day calculation takes into account the Christmas close down period of 20 December – 10 January, as a result the timeframe for responding to LGOIMA’s is slightly longer than usual.

The reference number for your request is IRC-4237

Please contact us if you have any further questions.

Kind regards

The Assurance Team
Email: [email address]
Wellington City Council | W Wellington.govt.nz | |

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