Organise Aotearoa has surveyed everyone standing in the 2022 Auckland Council elections.
We have ranked all candidates on their commitment to social justice, eliminating poverty, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, climate change action, public transport, reducing police harassment, tenant rights and eradicating houselessness.
The responses that we received from candidates standing in Maungakiekie-Tāmaki are listed here, with those we rank highest at the top. To assess other candidates’ stances, we referred to candidates’ council statements, policy.nz and any public websites, news articles or social media. This ward only returns one councillor.
For this ward, we recommend a vote for Josephine Bartley.
John PeeblesRead John Peebles' responses
1) Do you support making public transport fares free?
Ye,s or, a one-off payment pass that covers all forms of public transport in the region
2) What other measures will you take to incentivise public transport use and reduce congestion?
Proper long term planning on movement needs and penalties on pte vehicle use.
3) How will you address the causes of crime?
A national issue – the local role is to encourage better lighting, prevention and security
4) Do you support or oppose halting construction of the marina at Pūtiki Bay?
I have not studied this issue
5) What measures will you take to protect renters, including tackling rising rents?
This is a national issue of inflation and demand.
6) Will you vote for the creation of Māori wards in time for the 2025 elections?
7) What will you do to end houselessness in Auckland?
8) Would you support Auckland Council procuring or building council housing, or financially assisting communities and iwi to procure or build additional housing to combat the housing crisis?
This is not ratepayer liability.
9) What will you do to implement Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri (Auckland’s Climate Plan) and ensure Auckland reaches its 2030 and 2050 climate goals?
Council could lead the way to a much more effective climate improvement environment
10) What is your position on sections of the Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw 2013 which have empowered police actions against rough sleepers?
11) Academics Joanna Kidman and Vincent O’Malley recently highlighted once again the continuing presence of statues and street names celebrating colonial figures. Following the recent example of Hamilton City Council and others, will you invite mana whenua to decide what should happen with these symbols of colonisation?
Issues are not cured by looking back, knocking down statues, or changing street names. Get on with life, move forward and create the new symbols of the society we wish to live in.
12) Limited trials of a 4-day working week with full pay show minimal or no loss in productivity, while studies suggest a shorter working week would significantly reduce emissions. Would you support a 4-day working week for council staff?
I hosted the first utube podcast for the four day week. I am not convinced of its value or effectiveness and I would not advocate it.
13) In your opinion, should Auckland Council allow the use of public venues by controversial speakers who are seen as pushing misinformation, such as conspiracies related to Covid-19, or hate speech like racism, homophobia and transphobia?
I defend the right for free speech but would not support speakers who are known to preach discord or racial disharmony or violence.