web analytics

The alt list of the most influential Aucklanders

Written By: - Date published: 10:06 am, December 4th, 2016 - 15 comments
Categories: Media, uncategorized - Tags:

This recent article in the Herald really made me think about the mainstream media and its values. The article was superficially apolitical but it celebrated lots of very staunch National people and rich people and people why are really pretty or who throw really good parties. The sense of superiority that pervaded the article really annoyed me.

So I put this up on Facebook and it seems to have resonated. Multiple likes and shares and comments later it is still going.

The Herald on Sunday confirms all that is wrong with the media. It’s list of influential people include some people good at sport, someone who is very wealthy, a guy with an expensive shirt fetish as well as a fetish for the PM, another wealthy person, some people who apparently throw great parties, a back bench councillor who is married to a wealthy person and someone who is quite pretty.

Where are the thinkers, the environmentalists, the people spending their lives addressing the causes of poverty, the artists, the humanitarians?

And I thought there should be an alternative to the Herald propaganda. A post which celebrated thinkers and environmentalists and people trying to make a difference and artists and humanitarians. In the first of what I hope will be a series of posts here goes …

Very few are household names, most are really important community people. And what they have in common is they want to make Tamaki Makaurau and Aotearoa a better place. Between them they do a huge amount for kiwis. They are not noters, the parties they go to are great but unlikely to make the Herald’s social pages.

My personal pick of some of the current top citizens are:

The sustainable business people

jesse-chalmers

Jesse Chalmers and her brother Daniel run Chalmers Organics Limited which trades under the name Tonzu and makes certified organic tofu in West Auckland. They were also one of the first living wage employers in the country. Their philosophy is highlighted by this statement made by Dan and reported in the Herald:

Obviously when you first start out as an owner-operator you can’t pay yourself $18.40 an hour,” Dan Chalmers said.

“But once you are earning good money yourself, there’s no reason why you can’t pay your staff well.”

Jesse was previously a member of the Waitemata Local Board but took the principled decision to run for the Henderson Massey Local Board when she moved out west on the basis that she should only represent the area that she lived in.  She narrowly missed out but hopefully will make a return to politics some time in the future.

The intellectual

Jane Kelsey

Jane Kelsey is clearly upsetting to the powers that be if Matthew Hooton’s twitter line is anything to go by.  She has been a Professor of Law Lecturer since 1979 and has never shirked from challenging the status quo.  Her work and analysis on the TPPA was outstanding and shows the importance of having an academic sector that is prepared to without fear or favour analyse and critique Government policies.

The artist environmentalist

john-edgar

Not only is John Edgar an outstanding westie artist he is also the driving force behind the Waitakere Ranges Protection Society, an organisation that has over the decades performed exceptional work in protecting and preserving the Waitakere Ranges.

The work he has performed has been critical and whether it is presenting legal challenges to Council action, raising awareness of threats posed to the ranges, presenting submissions on council policies or strategies or supporting progressive candidates out west he has left his mark.

The Music guy

dave-parker

As well as being a very talented musician in his own right Dave Parker is the brains and driving force behind the Titirangi Festival of Music which each year delivers a high quality music festival to the west.

The festival involves hundreds of hours of work all done without pay and I am aware there are occasions where David has had to dip into his own pocket to make sure that the festival breaks even.  The quality of the music is superb and he makes an effort to not only present major artists but also to give exposure for new and upcoming artists.

The budgeting guy

darryl-evans

Darryl Evans has headed the Mangere Budgeting Centre for the past nine years.  The centre is based in one of the poorest parts of Auckland and the draw on its services is huge.

Darryl is often the person that mainstream media will call to discuss issues concerning poverty.  And he will express his opinions directly and clearly.  He has managed to avoid the effects of major cut backs to the budgeting sector, an ironical cut given that this is a time of burgeoning need.

 

In 2012 Darryl was awarded a ‘Community Volunteer Award’ for outstanding contribution to the Mangere-Otahuhu Community by the Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board, Auckland Council.

The Auckland Councillor

efeso-collins

Efeso Collins is one of five new Councillors on Auckland Council representing the Manukau area.  He previously served as the Chairperson of the Otara Papatoetoe Local Board.  He is bright and dedicated and one of the most impressive public speakers I have seen in a while.

He is certainly one to watch and if he applies himself properly could become Auckland’s first Pacifica Mayor.

The political operative

shayne-misselbrook

Shayne Mistlebrook is the brains behind the Michael Wood Mt Roskill by election campaign.  He took a month off work without pay so that he could do the job.  His attention to detail and his calmness helped him execute a perfect on the ground campaign.

He is definitely one to watch in the future.

15 comments on “The alt list of the most influential Aucklanders ”

  1. Ad 1

    +100

    Major need for Opposition to win an election so they can provide the same patronage and guidance that National’s MPs and machine have for three terms.

    Otherwise it’s staying pretty damn Alternative.

  2. alwyn 2

    Jane Kelsey has “She has been a Professor of Law since 1979”
    I hope the rest of this item is a great deal more accurate than this comment about Jane. She may have taught there since that date but she certainly hasn’t been a Prof that long.

    Don’t try getting hold of her though. Her office hours certainly don’t indicate she is available to the students very much.
    From https://unidirectory.auckland.ac.nz/profile/j-kelsey
    We see she spends 2 hours per week in her office.
    “Office hours
    Mondays and Wednesdays 2 – 3pm”

    [You are right. She has been a lecturer since 1979. Now corrected – MS]

  3. Takere 3

    There’s a strong possibility that there will be a Ngati Paoa candidate standing for the seat in the Tamaki Makaurau Maaori Electorate in next years Election!
    Why? Because the current Government MPTainuiIncDunneAct are shite ….they all sit in the same waka. Called Poverty-Homelessness of Debt & Poor HealthCare & Greed/Profit before people! … TBA

  4. mosa 4

    Great list Mickey.

    I really like Effeso Collins he is one of the few voices from the Pasifica community that gets cut through and i hope will be a future MP or Mayor.

    Jane Kelsey has shone a light on the TPPA on what is a complex issue and been able to put this agreement into laymans terms informing the public of the very real risks with this deal.

    Darryl is at the coalface of real poverty and deprivation that is the misery of this neo lib system that insulates the people on the Heralds list from harm.

    Churchill once said

    ” We make a living by what we get ” ” We make a life by what we give ”

    Great and timely post Mickey.

    • mickysavage 4.1

      Cheers Most. I was thinking there should be an occasional post like this. Unite union have been suggested and I agree they need to be recognised.

  5. Jenny Kirk 5

    And there are many more of such people in every community – just reading the local newspaper tells you about them.
    Margaret Thatcher once said there is no society (aka community). She was wrong. Very wrong. Community involvement is what helps keep people’s spirits alive.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • New Year border exception for seasonal workers in the horticulture and wine industries
    2000 additional RSE workers to enter New Zealand early next year employers must pay these workers at least $22.10 an hour employers will cover costs of managed isolation for the RSE workers RSE workers will be paid the equivalent of 30 hours work a week while in isolation From January ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Government increases support for New Zealanders to work in seasonal jobs
    The Government is offering further financial support for unemployed New Zealanders to take on seasonal work. These new incentives include: Up to $200 per week for accommodation costs $1000 incentive payment for workers who complete jobs of six weeks or longer increasing wet weather payments when people can’t work to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Government receives Royal Commission of Inquiry report into the Terrorist Attack on Christchurch Mos...
    Minister for Internal Affairs Jan Tinetti has today received the Royal Commission of Inquiry report into the Terrorist Attack on Christchurch Mosques, and will table it in Parliament on Tuesday December 8. “I know this will have been a challenging process for whānau, survivors and witnesses of the terrorist attack ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • New Zealand Government to declare a climate emergency
    The Government will declare a climate emergency next week, Climate Change Minister James Shaw said today.                                       “We are in the midst of a climate crisis that will impact on nearly every ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Call for urgent action on Pacific conservation
    A declaration on the urgency of the global biodiversity crisis and the need for immediate, transformative action in the Pacific was agreed at a pan-Pacific conference today. The 10th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas is taking place this week across the Pacific.  Minister of Conservation Kiritapu ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Speech from the throne
    E aku hoa i te ara o te whai, Kia kotahi tā tātou takahi i te kō, ko tōku whiwhi kei tō koutou tautoko mai. Ko tāku ki a koutou, hei whakapiki manawa mōku. He horomata rangatira te mahi, e rite ai te whiwhinga a te ringatuku, me te ringakape ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • Keynote address to Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand conference
    Speech to the CAANZ conference - November 19, 2020 Thank you, Greg, (Greg Haddon, MC) for the welcome. I’d like to acknowledge John Cuthbertson from CAANZ, the Commissioner of Inland Revenue Naomi Ferguson, former fellow MP and former Minister of Revenue, Peter Dunne, other guest speakers and CAANZ members. I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Expert independent advisory group appointed to strengthen the future of Māori broadcasting
    A panel of seven experts are adding their support to help shape the future of Māori broadcasting, Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson has announced today. “Today I will meet with some of the most experienced Māori broadcasters, commentators and practitioners in the field. They have practical insights on the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government to review housing settings
    New Zealand’s stronger-than-expected economic performance has flowed through to housing demand, so the Government will review housing settings to improve access to the market, the Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “Our focus is on improving access to the housing market for first home buyers and ensuring house price growth ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Crown accounts reflect Govt’s careful economic management
    The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance before gains and losses, or OBEGAL, was in deficit. However that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Community launch marks next step in addressing racism in education
    The launch of Te Hurihanganui in Porirua today is another important milestone in the work needed to address racism in the education system and improve outcomes for Māori learners and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis says. Budget 2019 included $42 million over three years to put Te Hurihanganui ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government to consider recommendations on DNA use in criminal investigations
    The Minister of Justice has received the Law Commission’s recommending changes to the law governing the way DNA is used in criminal investigations. The report, called The Use of DNA in Criminal Investigations – Te Whahamahi I te Ira Tangata I ngā Mātai Taihara, recommends new legislation to address how ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to Wakatū Nelson regional hui on trade
    First, I want to express my thanks to Te Taumata for this hui and for all the fantastic work you are doing for Māori in the trade space. In the short time that you’ve been operating you’ve already contributed an enormous amount to the conversation, and developed impressive networks.  I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to Primary Industries Summit
    Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today about the significant contribution the food and fibres sector makes to New Zealand and how this Government is supporting that effort. I’d like to start by acknowledging our co-Chairs, Terry Copeland and Mavis Mullins, my colleague, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Fast track referrals will speed up recovery and boost jobs and home building
    The Government is taking action to increase jobs, speed up the economic recovery and build houses by putting three more projects through its fast track approval process. “It’s great to see that the fast-track consenting process is working. Today we have referred a mix of potential projects that, if approved, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Papakāinga provides critically needed homes in Hastings
    A papakāinga opened today by the Minister for Māori Development the Hon Willie Jackson will provide whānau with much needed affordable rental homes in Hastings. The four home papakāinga in Waiōhiki is the first project to be completed under the ‘Hastings Place Based’ initiative. This initiative is a Government, Hastings ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand ready to host APEC virtually
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took over the leadership of APEC earlier today, when she joined leaders from the 21 APEC economies virtually for the forum’s final 2020 meeting. “We look forward to hosting a fully virtual APEC 2021 next year. While this isn’t an in-person meeting, it will be one ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Revival of Māori Horticulturists
    The rapid revival of Māori horticulture was unmistakeable at this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy Awards, with 2020 marking the first time this iconic Māori farming event was dedicated to horticulture enterprises. Congratulating finalists at the Awards, Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson said growing large-scale māra kai is part of Māori DNA. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Emergency benefit to help temporary visa holders
    From 1 December, people on temporary work, student or visitor visas who can’t return home and or support themselves may get an Emergency Benefit from the Ministry of Social Development, Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced today. Previously, temporary visa holders in hardship because of COVID-19 have had ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • School sustainability projects to help boost regional economies
    Forty one schools from the Far North to Southland will receive funding for projects that will reduce schools’ emissions and save them money, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. This is the second round of the Sustainability Contestable Fund, and work will begin immediately. The first round announced in April ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Farmer-led projects to improve water health in Canterbury and Otago
    More than $6 million will be spent on helping farmers improve the health of rivers, wetlands, and habitat biodiversity in Canterbury and Otago, as well as improving long-term land management practices, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. Four farmer-led catchment group Jobs for Nature projects have between allocated between $176,000 and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Tupu Aotearoa continues expansion to Pacific communities in Nelson, Marlborough, Tasman & Northl...
    Pacific communities in Nelson, Marlborough, Tasman and Northland will benefit from the expansion of the Tupu Aotearoa programme announced today by the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio. The programme provides sustainable employment and education pathways and will be delivered in partnership with three providers in Northland and two ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New primary school and classrooms for 1,200 students in South Island
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins unveiled major school building projects across the South Island during a visit to Waimea College in Nelson today. It’s part of the Government’s latest investment of $164 million to build new classrooms and upgrade schools around the country. “Investments like this gives the construction industry certainty ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Minister of Māori Development pays tribute to Rudy Taylor
      Today the Minister of Māori Development, alongside other Government Ministers and MP’s said their final farewells to Nga Puhi Leader Rudy Taylor.  “Rudy dedicated his life to the betterment of Māori, and his strong approach was always from the ground up, grassroots, sincere and unfaltering”  “Over the past few ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister to attend APEC Leaders’ Summit
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will attend the annual APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and associated events virtually today and tomorrow. “In a world where we cannot travel due to COVID-19, continuing close collaboration with our regional partners is key to accelerating New Zealand’s economic recovery,” Jacinda Ardern said. “There is wide ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech to Infrastructure NZ Symposium
    Tena Koutou, Tena Koutou and thank you for inviting me to speak to you today. This is a critical time for New Zealand as we respond to the damage wreaked by the global COVID-19 pandemic. It is vital that investment in our economic recovery is well thought through, and makes ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pike River 10 Year Anniversary Commemorative Service
    Tēnei te mihi ki a tātau katoa e huihui nei i tēnei rā Ki a koutou ngā whānau o te hunga kua riro i kōnei – he mihi aroha ki a koutou Ki te hapori whānui – tēnā koutou Ki ngā tāngata whenua – tēnā koutou Ki ngā mate, e ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Huge investment in new and upgraded classrooms to boost construction jobs
    Around 7,500 students are set to benefit from the Government’s latest investment of $164 million to build new classrooms and upgrade schools around the country. “The election delivered a clear mandate to accelerate our economic recovery and build back better. That’s why we are prioritising construction projects in schools so more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Keeping Pike River Mine promises 10 years on
    Ten years after the Pike River Mine tragedy in which 29 men lost their lives while at work, a commemorative service at Parliament has honoured them and their legacy of ensuring all New Zealand workplaces are safe. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attended the event, along with representatives of the Pike ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Additional testing to strengthen border and increase safety of workers
    New testing measures are being put in place to increase the safety of border workers and further strengthen New Zealand’s barriers against COVID-19, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “These strengthened rules – to apply to all international airports and ports – build on the mandatory testing orders we’ve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More public housing delivered in Auckland
    The Government’s investment in public housing is delivering more warm, dry homes with today’s official opening of 82 new apartments in New Lynn by the Housing Minister Megan Woods. The Thom Street development replaces 16 houses built in the 1940s, with brand new fit-for-purpose public housing that is in high ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Agreement advanced to purchase up to 5 million COVID-19 vaccines
    The Government has confirmed an in-principle agreement to purchase up to 5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 5 million people – from Janssen Pharmaceutica, subject to the vaccine successfully completing clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods. “This agreement ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Jobs for Nature funding will leave a conservation legacy for Waikanae awa
    Ninety-two jobs will be created to help environmental restoration in the Waikanae River catchment through $8.5 million of Jobs for Nature funding, Conservation Minister Kiritapu Allan announced today. “The new funding will give a four-year boost to the restoration of the Waikanae awa, and is specifically focussed on restoration through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Dunedin Hospital project progresses to next stage
    As the new Dunedin Hospital project progresses, the Government is changing the oversight group to provide more technical input, ensure continued local representation, and to make sure lessons learnt from Dunedin benefit other health infrastructure projects around the country. Concept design approval and the release of a tender for early ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Jump in apprentice and trainee numbers
    The number of New Zealanders taking up apprenticeships has increased nearly 50 percent, and the number of female apprentices has more than doubled. This comes as a Government campaign to raise the profile of vocational education and training (VET) begins. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • ReBuilding Nations Symposium 2020 (Infrastructure NZ Conference opening session)
    Tena koutou katoa and thank you for the opportunity to be with you today. Can I acknowledge Ngarimu Blair, Ngati Whatua, and Mayor Phil Goff for the welcome. Before I start with my substantive comments, I do want to acknowledge the hard work it has taken by everyone to ensure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand's biosecurity champions honoured
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor has paid tribute to the winners of the 2020 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards. “These are the people and organisations who go above and beyond to protect Aotearoa from pests and disease to ensure our unique way of life is sustained for future generations,” Damien O’Connor says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tourism Industry Aotearoa Conference
    speech to Tourism Industry Aotearoa annual summit Te Papa,  Wellington Introduction Nau mai, haere mai Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, Ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou. Thank you Tourism Industry Aotearoa for hosting today’s Summit. In particular, my acknowledgements to TIA Chair Gráinne Troute and Chief Executive Chris Roberts. You ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Supermarkets announced as Government’s second market study
    The Government has today launched a market study to ensure New Zealanders are paying a fair price for groceries.   “Supermarkets are an integral part of our communities and economy, so it’s important to ensure that Kiwis are getting a fair deal at the checkout,” Minister of Commerce and Consumer ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Masks to be worn on Auckland public transport and all domestic flights
    Masks will need to be worn on all public transport in Auckland and in and out of Auckland and on domestic flights throughout the country from this Thursday, Minister for COVID-19 Response Chris Hipkins said today. “I will be issuing an Order under the COVID-19 Response Act requiring the wearing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago