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Vote City Vision in Entrust elections

Written By: - Date published: 8:47 am, October 12th, 2018 - 32 comments
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From the City Vision website:

Power account holders in the Auckland Isthmus and Manukau should have by now received a letter with a postal voting form from Entrust.

Auckland needs a team at Entrust (formerly the Auckland Energy Consumer Trust) who are committed to working together to maintain and protect your annual dividend and the reliability of our electricity supply.

If elected we will:

  • Protect and maintain your dividend: We oppose any privatisation of Vector
  • Electricity reliability and resilience: We will pressure Vector to improve the security of our electricity supply
  • Accelerate the current undergrounding programme
  • Sustainability, renewables, climate change and solar tax. We will prepare for a rapidly changing competitive environment and the challenge of climate change
  • Establish transparency and good governance
  • Diversity: We will appoint qualified directors to Vector that better reflect the diversity of Auckland and are able and committed to maintaining the dividend paid annually.
  • Protect the consumer: We will the resources of Entrust and Vector to address the growing energy poverty in our communities

Our Approach

We will seek independent advice on how to :

  • Ensure Vector remains profitable;
  • Make Auckland’s electricity supply more resilient;
  • Deal with a rapidly changing competitive environment;
  • Accelerate the current undergrounding programme;
  • Ensure our interests as investors, consumers and the community can be appropriately balanced.
  • We will use that advice combined with regular consultation with and polling of our community, to build a shared vision of the future between Entrust trustees, Vector directors and our dividend recipients.

Protecting the Dividend

There are four main threats to the sustainability of your $350 annual dividend;

First, that parts of Vector’s assets are bundled up and the sale proceeds going to Auckland Council. (most likely) This will lower our dividend despite Entrust still holding the shares.

Second, that all or part of the Entrust 75.1% share will be sold, cutting or removing our dividend, and the sale proceeds going to Auckland Council. (likely)

Third, the C&R trustees wind up the trust and give it all to Auckland Council. (unlikely)

Finally, that the growing sources of electricity like solar on your own roof will reduce the profitability of lines businesses like Vector without changes in how we pay for services. (least likely)

The Vector Chair has confirmed he has been approached by the merchant bank UBS about a proposal for Vector to sell its network assets to a client to be introduced by UBS. The 5 current C&R trustees that have run Entrust for the last 9 years have not ruled out a sale of Vector assets with proceeds going to Auckland Council.

City Vision is strongly opposed to any sale of your share in Vector, held on your behalf by Entrust as it would cut or eliminate your annual dividend with the sales proceeds going to the Auckland Council. We are equally opposed to an early wind up of the Trust that would have the same effect.

A City Vision trustees will use independent advisers to review the strategy and operations of Vector and then work with the board and management of Vector and the minority shareholders to develop a shared plan to best secure your future dividends.

Electricity Reliability and Resilience

Consumers want Entrust to be a stronger advocate for improved reliability of our electricity supply. We have never been as reliant on electricity for our quality of life as we are now and the introduction of electric vehicles as standard will only increase that dependency. Our dependence on reliable electricity was highlighted by the storms back in April when 200,000 people suddenly found themselves without power, some for more than a week.

City Vision trustees will work with Vector to see how we can cost effectively increase the reliability and resilience of the Auckland network. For some more isolated areas that might mean having a separate line in, somewhere else by utilising undergrounding,. Large modern batteries are now being used in parts of Australia as a back-up electricity supply. “Consumer” was taken out of the name of the Trust by the current trustees. City Vision will put both the interests of the consumer and trust back into Entrust.

Acceleration of the Undergrounding Programme

We are committed to securing the supply of electricity and accelerating the undergrounding programme. City Vision Trustees will look at ways we can underground faster.

The $10.5 million ring fenced by the Trust for undergrounding of lines in 2005 has not always been spent as intended. In recent years it has been spent on projects such as lighting the harbour bridge and other projects which have nothing to do with securing our electricity supply.

The current C&R Entrust trustees have allowed Vector to cut the spending on undergrounding so it will now take more than 1000 years to complete the undergrounding of poles and lines at the recent rate of progress.

A City Vision Entrust would thoroughly investigate alternate ways to bring undergrounding to more homes. We all know it is expensive to replace the ugly old power poles but we are not prepared to wait over 1000 years.

If not part of a ‘planned undergrounding project’ (like in Sandringham or Franklin Road in older suburbs) each consumer must agree for their street to be undergrounded. It comes at a substantial up-front cost per household. An option is for consumers in streets that want to ‘buy in’ to undergrounding, without unanimous support for the project, could be offered funding to undertake undergrounding that would be paid off through the power bill over say 20-40 years.

Better information could be used to find out which urban trees are a danger to powerlines and which power poles are involved in most accidents, and prioritise these for undergrounding. Different priorities for undergrounding can be part of the discussion Entrust has with its consumers about what they see is important to them.

We need to put the Trust back in Entrust and embark on an under-grounding programme that will keep our power on and our communities safe.

Transparency and good governance

We will ensure that Entrust operates in an open and informed way by:

  • Making information available about the Trust, and will provide information to media and beneficiaries unless good reason exists to withhold it;
  • We will amend the Trust Deed to make the principles of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987, apply to the Trust;
  • We will hold meetings in public (only excluding for good reason);
  • We will place Minutes, once approved, on the Entrust website;
  • We will consult and poll on matters of major significance to consumers and dividend recipients.
  • After a year to assess the relative workload of Trustees we will review the $343,000 in the director’s fees paid annually to the trustees with the aim of reducing the total amount paid.
  • City Vision for Entrust recognises that the severity and frequency of storms like the one last April is a resilience issue that applies today – not in some undefined future. Climate change is happening now and Auckland’s power lines need to be better prepared.


Neither Vector nor Entrust currently reflect the growing diversity of Auckland.

City Vision Entrust Trustees will:

  • After a careful review of Entrust and Vector, refresh the Vector board with the aim of appointing qualified directors more reflective of Auckland’s diversity and are able and committed to maintaining the dividend paid annually;
  • Use polling and meetings with representatives of the community to keep the Trust aligned with your priorities and more in tune with Auckland’s diversity;
  • Encourage Vector to provide scholarships, internships and mentoring to help diversify its future workforce and improve its alignment with its customer base.


City Vision for Entrust acknowledges that Vector is a leader in sustainability and will encourage Vector to join the dots and pass innovations on to ordinary consumers.

At the moment smart metering serves big users and power companies more than it serves ordinary households. We want to see Vector empowering households to use their own data to save money.

Smart meters and customers’ data represent the single greatest untapped potential in addressing climate change and sustainability goals.

Solar Tax

The Electricity Authority labelled Unison’s solar tax as “not as clearly service-based and cost-reflective as it could be”, and not offering “sufficient choices to consumers”. We couldn’t agree more. The fact that the solar tax still passes muster under our electricity regime speaks volumes about the kind of reforms needed.

City Vision for Entrust will work collaboratively with ETNZ to sort out regulations that are fair for both the lines companies and customers.


Vector has invested significantly in both small scale and grid scale solar. This experience is priceless and should continue.

Renewables are key to reaching Vector’s stated goal of being net carbon neutral by 2030.

Renewables are key to reaching Vector’s stated goal of being resilient in the face of climate change.

City Vision for Entrust supports Vector’s investments in renewables and would like to see more integration within Auckland to provide resiliency.

Climate Change

Climate change is the single most important issue facing the energy sector.

We support Vector’s goal of being net carbon neutral by 2030.

Smart meters and customers’ data, represent the single greatest untapped potential in addressing climate change and sustainability goals.

Entrust was originally established as the Auckland Energy Consumer Trust to benefit the consumers but does little to address the needs of the consumers that it serves. Our dividend is under threat, continuity of supply by Vector is often compromised and agreed undergrounding has not been carried out. We believe Entrust should have spoken out about the consumer and business interest in a more reliable power supply in Auckland when 200,000 Aucklanders were without power last April.

Over the years of a C&R dominated Trust nothing has been done by Entrust to address the growing “energy poverty” (people not able to afford basic energy requirements) that has been highlighted in recent government reports. Entrust and Vector should be using some of their resources to bring down prices and provide cheaper energy solutions for the most vulnerable. Other lines companies in NZ have started to do this. A good example of this is in the Waikato where its line company Wel Networks partners with local charities to supply cheaper power to low-income consumers. The current Entrust trustees are asleep at the wheel in addressing the energy needs of their consumers.

A City Vision majority Entrust as a stronger advocate for the consumer will press Vector to investigate opportunities for:

Bringing forward the payment of the dividend for all to help the most vulnerable
Reviewing the line charges to facilitate greater competition in the energy sector and deliver lower prices
Implementing cost effective changes to improve the reliability and resilience of electricity supply in Auckland.

32 comments on “Vote City Vision in Entrust elections ”

  1. Stunned Mullet 1

    On balance I agree with most of their positions, will be interesting to see what C&R comes out with if anything.

  2. TheSouthRemebers 2

    As a South Aucklander, CityVision doesn’t really relate to me all too well since it has always been an Isthmus focused organisation. More could be done to encourage South Auckland voters to turn out for left leaning candidates but City Vision has only put up Robert Reid as their South Auckland candidate, all the other CV candidates are unknown to people here, Robert’s long service in the Union is long remembered for many workers here so it’s an easy tick. One of my votes goes to ‘independent’ (Labour Party Member and Former MP) Ashraf Choudhary. As both an elected member for the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board and as a Counties Manukau DHB member would have a much higher profile across wider Manukau than the other four CV candidates standing. My other 3 votes would likely go CV candidates but they are just names on paper rather than any relevance to me as a voter.

    • mickysavage 2.1

      Thanks I wish that CT and Ashraf could have sorted this out as splitting the vote does not help.

      I agree about Robert Reid. He would be great on the trust board.

      • The Fairy Godmother 2.1.1

        Agree Mickey. City Vision is quite Isthmus focused and I don’t think they got the message out amongst left networks that they were standing a ticket. To be fair Ashraf didn’t tell anyone he was standing until it was publicly announced either.

        • Dukeofurl

          City Vision has had a ticket for Entrust since for ever, along with other entities such as DHB.

  3. Carolyn_Nth 3

    Thanks for drawing attention to this. I received my voting papers yesterday and was just going to ignore it, as I never know anything about the candidates.
    just had a look. Gee – not exactly representative of Auckland demographics.

    13 candidates: 2 women (1 each for C&R and City vision).

    No candidates identifiable as Maori, Pacific or south east Asian.

    The only indication that it is not just a bunch of older white folks is candidate Ashraf Choudhary.

  4. Dukeofurl 4

    Regarding the outcomes if the ‘assets are sold’

    “First, that parts of Vector’s assets are bundled up and the sale proceeds going to Auckland Council. (most likely)

    The precedent for the other Auckland lines company Waitemata, that was sold at the formation stage.
    The proceeds went the residents and business who were being supplied at the time.

    From memory they each got circa $3000 worth . EACH. back when that was real money ( early 1990s)

    There is no way that North Shore and West Auckland residents will be double dipping on this one , nor the Auckland Council ‘getting’ the assets/money .

    This isnt small change for Entrust dividends as its around $ 510 per qualifying household ( pre tax)

  5. Ad 5

    I would prefer to see a strong statement that they will accelerate the return of the VectorTrust shareholding to Auckland Council as soon as possible, so that there is clear democratic accountability of Vector to citizens.

    It’s great to promise not to make the situation worse.

    I want to see them act on bold decisions to increase democratic accountability now not in several decades as per the existing statute.

    • Dukeofurl 5.1

      Auckland Council would sell it as quick as winks to get their hands on $2 bill

      • Ad 5.1.1

        They haven’t so far and have been going for 10 years.
        Trust the people.

        • Dukeofurl

          Why should half of Auckland get a free ride, they sold their shares in their lines companys. No double dipping.

          • Carolyn_Nth

            There’s already double dipping happening. You seem to assume all the same people are living in the same parts of Auckland as in the 1990s.

            I know one or two people who were living out west in the 90s, and act like they’ve won the lottery when they moved into central Auckland and could get the Entrust pay out.

            Auckland has grown in recent decades – plenty of recent incomers all over that were not here in the 90s.

            Thanks, though, for the history lesson on it. I was overseas in the 90s, and did not understand why there was the Entrust system in central Auckland, and not in other parts of the city.

            I would like to see nationalisation of the powercos and the likes of Vector – take the profit motive out of it.

  6. Carolyn_Nth 6

    Got a letter today promoting the C&R team for Entrust – binned it. I’ll vote for the candidates who aim to work for a big majority of Aucklanders.

    I like that CV are addressing more diversity of Vector directors, counter-acting energy poverty, and environmental sustainability, as well as opposing missive privatisation and selling off of Aucklanders’ assets.

  7. Dukeofurl 7

    They managed to stall that Court case that challenged ex national MP Paul Hutchison eligibility to stand for the Trust last time

    ‘Papers have been filed with the Auckland High Court that allege Paul Hutchison, a Entrust trustee and a former National MP for the Hunua electorate, did not live within the district covered by Entrust, Newsroom has reported.

    Before Entrust’s October 2015 election a statement of claim said Hutchison said he lived on Onslow Ave in Epsom, which was his brother’s house.

    Last week, Hutchison signed a declaration confirming the details and also added he maintained a residence in Leamy Way, Drury, which had been his family home.

    Shades of Key , who falsely claimed he lived in the electorate when he enrolled , but has signed company documents saying he lived in Remuera.

    Brothers house , who does he think we are

    More lies in the other C&R candidate Alastair Bell, saying hes a Consumer Advocate, yeah right .

  8. Ad 8

    CityVision’s manifesto is fine as it goes, but I would strongly prefer to see a clear statement saying that they will return Vector control to Auckland Council well before the legislated timeframe, in order that this vital electricity network can be brought under democratic control.

    It is simply bringing forward what is already provided for, and Vector Chair Michael Stiassny is a corporate bully who has already moved hard against this Trust having any reasonable influence over the Vector Board.

    These guys enabled hundreds of thousands of consumers to go cold in April this year due to their inability to secure the network, then made the most pathetic excuses to Auckland Council when called out about it.

    Time to bring them into full and unrelenting scrutiny within public ownership.

    • Carolyn_Nth 8.1

      Full public ownership and democratic systems of responsibility sound good to me.

    • Dukeofurl 8.2

      Why would they say that.
      “return Vector control to Auckland Council ”
      Entrust only covers half of Auckland , the other half blew away their lines company shares for easy cash.
      They arent going to get another share.

      We have a democratic election now for Entrust- do you have a different meaning for democratic.

      • Ad 8.2.1

        Auckland Council covers all of Auckland, who will under legislation be the beneficiaries of the Trust.

        The election is to vote for largely powerless Trust members. Rather than for actual politicians. It is as close to a sham as you get.

        • Dukeofurl

          The beneficiaries arent all of Auckland , they are only the former Auckland City , Manukau City and parts of Papakura City

          Thats not all of Auckland , as it excludes the old Waitakere, North Shore, Rodney And Franklin Councils.
          A bit under half are not beneficiary’s !
          Super City changed what was separate councils.

          Thos previous councils had their own lines companys, who gave shares to beneficiaries who took the cash in the early 90s.

          • Ad

            Stiassny had been on the Board since 2002 – 16 years – so it was no revolution. He left happily to go straight to the NZTA Chair, which is far more powerful. He left a great blame-trail, sure, but then he’s good at that and fuck all else.
            The Trust’s power has been reduced to that of an electoral college, which is also fuck all.

            Vector in the meantime have gone on doing precisely what they want for two decades, underlining time and again how much they sideline the Trust.

            • Dukeofurl

              left happily ????
              Its clear you have no idea on that one…oh dear

              Plus you are clueless on how a Trust who only has the shares works, the Board of Vector makes the decisions. The Trust can really only vote of who the directors are.

              Same set up for Auckland Council Investments – who hold all the shares , not the elected Councils.

              Sheeesh ….

              • mickysavage

                Appointers have all the power. You mean that being to say who the directors are is inefectual?

                • Dukeofurl

                  I dont know how they work in practice , except its a bit more at arms length compared to the company board. They did seem to fire the chairman as they wanted him to quit immediately rather than when his term expired which was the ‘plan’

                  Auckland Council Investments- company board wouldnt be more ‘democratic’ as Ed claims than Entrust is now.
                  Thats why I will vote City Vision or similar for the election. I want to keep the control in public hands and out of the control of people like Alistair Bell and his cronies in the national party.

        • Dukeofurl

          Does elected Auckland Councillors have any say over Ports of Auckland, Watercare et al.
          Recently Entrust trustees fired the Chair of Vector,,… yeah toothless

          • Ad

            Yes they have plenty of power. And they exercise it.
            I’m not going to explain how since it’s so easy for you to find out how yourself.

            As to the beneficiaries, it’s sad that you’ve got a bee in your uninformed bonnet about who they are. So let the Trust itself enlighten you.

            “Entrust is a private trust established in 1993. It acts in the interests of its beneficiaries, over 331,000 households and businesses in Auckland, Manukau, northern Papakura and eastern Franklin.”


            AECT holds these assets in trust for the energy consumers living within the former AEPB boundaries (i.e. in Auckland, Manukau and Papakura) until 2073, at which point they will pass to the local government body or bodies functioning within the boundaries of the former AEPB. If no such body or bodies exist, the assets will pass to the Crown.

            The body who will receive the shares is the Auckland Council, as per above. So on both the service levels, and on its AECT Trust Deed, the beneficiaries are clear.

            • Dukeofurl

              Thats roughly half of Auckland – what Ive been saying , why should the ‘other half’ get a share. True the legislation does say that about 2073 …. 50 or more years away, but that was just a burp from Max Bradford and will be changed before that date comes up.

              As for democratic control by Councillors , you clearly dont know the Councils shares in Ports of Auckland, Auckland International Airport are not under elected councillors direct control but by the appointed board members of Auckland Council Investments, who act in a similar way to the Trustees of Entrust do.

              • Ad

                I will tell you why the “other half of Auckland” should get a share.

                Then I’ll get to governance.

                It probably requires a post by itself on electricity regulation, but it needs saying anyway.

                Right. Since the Max Bradford reforms of the electricity market in both generators and in wholesalers, we have seen a deliberate stripping-away of democratic accountability of any kind. The lines companies are not responsible to anyone other than their shareholders. This includes the remaining publicly-owned ones such as Aurora. Aurora – 100% owned by Dunedin City Holdings – had its maintenance regime stripped away over years and years to the point where far too many of their poles were falling over or getting close to it.

                But unlike Vector, Aurora was able to be brought before an elected Council and get smashed around in public and in the media until they saw the light. Just as importantly, they were able to be smashed around behind closed doors. They were audited several times. Ministers started making noises against the Mayor. Bulkloads of staff who were incompetent or who were managerial toadies got fired.

                And sure it will take a while for the entire asset management plan of the network to be renewed properly, but it will not go back to the way it was in the foreseeable future.

                So there was no regulator. There still isn’t. But there was democratic accountability.

                Now let’s take Vector. A storm came through in April this year and tens of thousands of people lost power, and several hundred lost it for over a week. It was cold and wet.

                Vector could have undergrounded their lines over several decades to ensure that electricity supply to the little old ladies of the west were not at threat.

                There was a huge media noise about all of this. Plenty of MPs and Councillors got involved. But Vector kept on doing what it did, sending out it’s usual excuses, inept call centres, its subcontracted lines companies getting through the faults in the time they could. But at the end, no-one held them to account for it.

                In previous years Entrust and its antecedent had been able to negotiate a list of streets that would gradually be under grounded. Now, not even that little effort continues.

                Then finally when the deigned to show up to Auckland Council out of the goodness of their heart, management explained that they couldn’t possibly underground all those lines because it just might put up the total cost of supplying power. No Councillor had the facts to provide an alternative, no one was held to account. Nothing changed.

                Even more egregiously, Vector last month sent out a $50 cheque to every single one of its customers for no reason whatsoever. Simply threw tens of millions out the window. Anyone with any sense knew it was a coded apology, but still banked the money. Clearly Vector had plenty of cash to underground their lines and make them secure after all.

                And here’s where we get to the difference in governance.

                If Vector had been a Council Controlled Organisation like Auckland Transport or Watercare, staff inside Auckland Council would be trained to act as their guardians and regulators. There are shareholder guides and much of the Finance team schooled up on keeping these entities in check. Of course there is a difference in agency that the Council has over Watercare as compared to the Ports of Auckland.

                But – as in the Dunedin example – even another layer won’t protect them when it goes tits up.

                i don’t always have a fixed view on whether entities once formed should be brought fully back in-house again and simply be Departments.

                But in Vector’s case, if it were brought back fully under Auckland Council and held to account, management would no longer be able to run the show. The reason the 25% of Vector was sold off in the first place was management pushed to buy the gas network, and National’s mates saw it as an easy way to crack the left and henceforth ensure democratic accountability never directly occurring again. And so it has proved. Very similar to what we have seen with the NZGovernment electricity generators selling 49%.

                All Aucklanders should benefit from the democratic protection of Auckland Council because there is no regulator to protect them as consumers and probably never will be, and secondly because it unites the citizen and the consumer back to being the same person again. Because that is what they should be, and it is not what they are. Until the citizen and the consumer of electricity are united again, vector will simply continue to do what they want. They are far and away more powerful than petrol companies in our lives.

                The transfer of those shares to a democratic institution – faulty as it is – is far better than leaving it in the hands of management. There is an idea that Entrust and other similar trusts have some say in the actual decisions that get made.

                Let me disabuse you of this right away. There is always an effort to accord the owners, shareholders, or other investors, a seeming role in Vector. It is a fraud. Capitalism has one given way to management cum bureaucracy, where an appearance of relevance for owners is contrived. Fraud.

                Of course there are some agreed ceremonial aspects. One is a board of directors selected by management, fully subordinate to management but viewed by the consumer and the shareholder as a voice of shareholders and of the people. With rare exceptions they are remarkably acquiescent in Vector’s case. Given a fee and some food and good regular Eden Park tickets, these directors are routinely informed by management on what has been decided or already known. Approval is assumed, including for management compensation – compensation set by management. And in the case of Vector it is munificent.

                You will of course be aware of the scrutiny that this Labour government and Auckland Labour Council are doing to limit their own entities. Because they can. And because they are Labour led and dominated.

                There are of course times even in Vector’s history when there is a valve opened for some adverse comment. In Vector’s case the succession plan for Stiassny was already well underway and he’s already had the chute well greased by Phil Twyford to NZTA. But, for safety valves, they all get invited each year to the annual meeting, which resembles something as useful to management as a religious rite. There is ceremonial expression, and with rare exceptions, no negative response. infidels who urge action are set aside and the management position routinely approved.

                The Trust should it ever get off its hind legs could put up something like more environmental measures, have their proposal printed with some supporting argument. Then when the eating is done management take them and shred them.

                Sure, that’s not just particular to Vector. And the one really big exception to it is the highly intelligent, socially eccentric and financially successful Berkshire Hathaway. Proposals by its stockholders are frequently accepted – often by working it through very thoroughly with management beforehand.

                But in Vector’s case no one should be in doubt. Unless it is fully retired to the whole of the people of Auckland, the citizen and the consumer will remain divided and powerless. And the shareholders whether in a trust or not will remain fully subordinate to Vector management. Though the impression of owner authority is offered, it does not in fact exist. It is simply an accepted fraud.

                So there you go. Probably should have been a post by itself.

                • Dukeofurl

                  There is no extra ‘governance’ from having the Auckland Council involved.

                  Thats the big myth of your proposal.
                  as I pointed out with Ports of Auckland, which has its own board, and the shares are under the control of Auckland Council Investments with its own board and then to the Auckland Council itself.
                  QED . Not more democratic.

                  The changes you talk about seem on the face of it worthy things, but having the income spread over all of Auckland instead of the roughly half now who are beneficiaries isnt democratic.

                  Having a rant about capitalism may suit your mindset but isnt going to change the situation where its a listed public company like Vector , 75% owned by Entrust or an unlisted company like POAL, 100% owned by Auckland Council Investments Ltd.
                  The shares can be sold under either circumstance depending on the political control.
                  Im voting for City Vision or aligned to makes sure the beneficiary ownership remains.

                  Im sure you have forgotten that 15 years ago Auckland City Council sold its shares in Auckland Airport, while Manukau Council did not – the reason why the successor Auckland Council still has a small holding.
                  Clear evidence that Council ownership doesnt guarantee public ownership, as political winds can change

                  • Ad

                    It’s not the shares you need to focus on in the future transfer – it’s the whole organization and business. That governance contest – whether they are treated as merely shares as in the AC AIAL holding or whether it’s a full CCO as in Auckland Transport – is a fight worth having. And at minimum I would expect the Entrust candidates to have a clear idea of what they would want.

                    I would be happy to work within Labour to ensure that Auckland Council adopts the whole entity and pulls it in as a full CCO. Watercare and Auckland Transport have shown in recent years that they do respond to the calls of their owner, and they do change.

                    I know what democratic looks like – and it isn’t this. Having the income spread over all of Auckland is not only democratic – because it is the full polis. It is also deeply egalitarian.

                    • millsy

                      Trouble is, there are a lot of households in South Auckland that rely on the Entrust dividend to fill their cupboards and (ironically) pay their power bill. The company I work for does the disconnection and reconnection work in the Auckland area and it is noticable when the dividend comes through. I agree with your desire for council ownership of Vector, but the loss of dividend needs to be taken into account.

                    • Dukeofurl

                      Ad, are you that grandiose that you really believe this ?

                      “I would be happy to work within Labour to ensure that Auckland Council adopts the whole entity as a full CCO. That stage is fifty years away , if ever, and isnt happening soon.
                      You are still wanting to take away the rights of the existing beneficiaries
                      Watercare isnt listening to anyway , as its self funded, and you give no evidence they are listening or changing.
                      Thats the same position as Entrust would be- self funded .

                      I have noticed that after my rebuttal of your previous main points – you like Gosman just move onto unrelated things. Clearly democracy is only doing what you want. Im happy for Entrust to stay as 75% owner of Vector and pay the beneficiaries $350 pa- and not share that with you – as I gather you dont get anything.

                      Its a forlorn hope that Entrust/Vector will be more customer focused as a full Council CCO when even blind freddy can see the Auckland Council itself has serious problems in that regard. And they dont have a CCO between them and the councillors!

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  • New District Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General David Parker has announced the appointment of Brett Crowley of Wellington as a District Court Judge.  He is currently the Wellington Public Defender and started his career as a staff solicitor working in a range of litigation including criminal defence work. He went to the bar in 1999 specialising ...
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  • Mental health stocktake shows strong progress
    The first report of the Government’s Implementation Unit has found strong progress has been made since the Mental Health and Addictions Package was announced in 2019. “The report notes most initiatives funded in the Budget 2019 package are on track to deliver what is expected by 2023/24,” Grant Robertson said. ...
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  • Working together to grow the West Coast
    A project that has been crucial in allowing businesses to continue during the tourism downturn is among a number of initiatives to receive a boost from the Government’s Jobs For Nature programme, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. Sustaining South Westland is an extension of an initiative set up last year ...
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  • Next steps to improve safety in wake of Whakaari White Island tragedy
    The Government is moving to improve safety in light of the Whakaari White Island tragedy and has released proposals to reinforce safety standards in registered adventure activities. The package of proposals includes: Strengthening requirements for how operators, landowners and the regulator manage natural hazard risks Improving how risks are monitored, ...
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  • New Zealand donates more COVID-19 vaccines to COVAX and the Pacific
    Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta and Associate Health Minister Aupito William Sio announced today that New Zealand is donating additional Pfizer vaccines to the Pacific and AstraZeneca vaccines to the COVAX Facility, to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. “New Zealand is donating 708,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine ...
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  • Speech to the Property Council of New Zealand
    Kia ora koutou katoa   Is it a pleasure to be able to speak with you today, and to be able to answer some questions you may have. I would like to acknowledge the organisers of this event, the Property Council. The theme of this year’s conference is City Shapers. Together ...
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  • Additional MIQ for Christchurch
    An additional hotel will be added to our network of managed isolation and quarantine facilities, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “I have approved and Cabinet is in the final stages of signing off The Quality Hotel Elms in Christchurch as a new managed isolation facility,” Chris Hipkins said. ...
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  • NZ COVID-19 response earns another major digital investment
    Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications Dr David Clark welcomes Amazon’s Web Services’ (AWS) decision to establish a Cloud Region on New Zealand shores, further boosting New Zealand’s growing digital sector, and providing a vote of confidence in the direction of New Zealand’s economic recovery. “Amazon is the second ...
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  • New Zealand invests in cutting edge cancer R&D
    Scaling up the manufacture of CAR T-cell cancer therapy for clinical trials Advancing New Zealand’s biomedical manufacturing capability Supporting future international scientific collaborations Transforming cancer care with targeted, affordable solutions Research, Science and Innovation Minister Hon Dr Megan Woods has announced that the fight against COVID-19 will not stop the ...
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  • Expert group appointed to lead New Zealand’s future health system
    An outstanding group of people with extensive and wide-ranging governance and health experience have been appointed to lead the Māori Health Authority and Health New Zealand, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “This Government is building a truly national health system to provide consistent, high-quality health services right across the country. This ...
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  • Funding to help clean up contaminated sites
    The Government is supporting the clean-up of contaminated sites in Northland, Dunedin and Southland to reduce risk to people’s health and protect the environment. Environment Minister David Parker said the funding announced today, through the Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund, will help us turn previously hazardous sites into safe, usable public ...
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  • Predator Free apprenticeships open up new job opportunities
    The expansion of a predator free apprenticeship programme is an opportunity for more people to kick-start a conservation career, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “The Predator Free Apprenticeship Programme is focused on increasing the number of skilled predator control operators in New Zealand through a two-year training programme. “The Trust ...
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  • Further NCEA support confirmed for Auckland students
    The number of Learning Recognition Credits for senior secondary school students will be increased for Auckland students, Education Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed today. This recognises the extended time these students will spend in Alert Levels 3 and 4. “It means students in Auckland will have a fair opportunity to attain ...
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  • Long-term pathway next step to better mental wellbeing for New Zealanders
    The Government is taking a new approach to support people who experience mental distress, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “Kia Manawanui Aotearoa – Long-term pathway to mental wellbeing (Kia Manawanui) is the first 10-year plan of its kind that targets the cause of mental distress and also sets out how ...
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  • Keeping our Police safe to keep our communities safe
    The Government is committed to keeping our frontline police officers safe, so they in turn can keep New Zealanders safe – with one of the largest investments in frontline safety announced by Police Minister Poto Williams at the Police College today.   The $45 million investment includes $15.496 million in ...
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  • Clean Vehicles Bill passes first checkpoint
    The Land Transport (Clean Vehicles) Amendment Bill will help New Zealand drive down transport emissions by cleaning up the light vehicle fleet, Transport Minister Michael Wood says. The Bill passed its first reading today and will establish the legislative framework for key parts of the Government’s Clean Car Package, including ...
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  • Funding boost supports ongoing Māori COVID-19 response
    The Government is responding to the need by whānau Māori and Māori Health providers to support their ongoing work responding to COVID-19 and to continue increasing rates of Māori vaccination, Associate Minister for Health (Māori Health), Peeni Henare and Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson announced today.   This increased ...
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  • Significant increase to COVID-19 penalties
    Penalties for breaches of COVID-19 orders are set to significantly increase from early November 2021 to better reflect the seriousness of any behaviour that threatens New Zealand’s response to the virus, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Throughout this Delta outbreak we’ve seen the overwhelming majority of people doing ...
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  • Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill returns to Parliament
    The Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill has returned to Parliament for its second reading in an important step towards giving enforcement agencies greater power to protect New Zealanders from terrorist activity. “The Bill addresses longstanding gaps in our counter terrorism legislation that seek to protect New Zealanders and make us safer,” Justice ...
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  • Joint Statement: New Zealand and Australian Trade Ministers
    Hon Damien O'Connor MP, New Zealand Minister for Trade and Export Growth, and Hon Dan Tehan MP, Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, met virtually on Monday 20 September to advance trans-Tasman cooperation under the Australia-New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement (CER). CER is one of the most ...
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  • Prime Minister’s Post Cabinet Press Conference/COVID-19 Update opening statement
    ***Please check against delivery***   E te tī, e te tā, nau mai rā [To all, I bid you welcome]   As you will have seen earlier, today there are 22 new community cases to report; three of which are in Whakatiwai in the Hauraki area, and the remainder in ...
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  • Major milestones for Māori COVID-19 vaccine rollout as new campaign launches
    Whānau Ora and Associate Health (Māori Health) Minister Peeni Henare acknowledges two major milestones in the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination programme for Māori. “I am very pleased to announce more than 50 percent of eligible Māori have received their first dose and 25 per cent are now fully vaccinated,” ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government funding to fight infectious diseases
    $36 million for research into Covid-19 and other infectious diseases The investment will improve our readiness for future pandemics Research will focus on prevention, control, and management of infectious diseases The Government’s investing in a new Infectious Diseases Research Platform to boost Aotearoa New Zealand’s Covid-19 response and preparedness for ...
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  • Quarantine-free travel with Australia to remain suspended for a further 8 weeks
    Suspension to be reviewed again mid to late November Decision brought forward to enable access from Australia to first tranche of around 3000 rooms in MIQ Air New Zealand working at pace to put on more flights from Australia from October    The suspension of quarantine-free travel (QFT) with Australia has ...
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  • Extra support for Ethnic Communities to share vaccination information
    Extra support is being made available to Ethnic Communities to help them share COVID-19 vaccination information within their communities, Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities Priyanca Radhakrishnan said. “We know we need to get every eligible person in New Zealand vaccinated. A fund being launched today will allow for ...
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  • School holidays remain unchanged for Auckland region
    School holidays in Auckland will continue to be held at the same time as the rest of the country, starting from Saturday, 2 October, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “I’ve carefully considered advice on the implications of shifting the dates and concluded that on balance, maintaining the status quo ...
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  • Government continues crackdown on gangs and organised crime
    Operation Tauwhiro extended until March 2022 Since it was launched in February, Operation Tauwhiro has resulted in:   987 firearms seized $4.99 million in cash seized 865 people charged with a firearms-related offence Gangs and organised crime groups will continue to be relentlessly targeted with the extension of Police’s successful ...
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  • Speech to Body Positive 'HIV Treatments Update Seminar 2021'
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  • Power bill changes bring fairness to charges
    A key recommendation of an independent panel to make electricity charges fairer across all households will be put in place, the Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has announced. “Phasing out the regulations on ‘low-use’ electricity plans will create a fairer playing field for all New Zealanders and encourage a ...
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  • NZ economy’s strong momentum will support rebound from Delta outbreak; COVID fund replenished
    The economy showed strong momentum in the period leading up to the recent Delta COVID-19 outbreak, which bodes well for a solid economic rebound, Grant Robertson said. GDP rose 2.8 percent in the June quarter, following on from a 1.4 percent increase in the previous March quarter. This was a ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Projects create benefits into the future
    Making a well-known lake swimmable and helping to halt the decline of the endangered hoiho/yellow-eyed penguins are among a suite of new projects being supported by the Government’s Jobs for Nature programme across the southern South Island, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “It’s no secret that many of our most ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Opening statement for Whāriki Indigenous Small Business Roundtable
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    2 weeks ago
  • New members appointed to Kāpuia
    The Government is adding four additional members to Kāpuia, the Ministerial Advisory Group on the Government’s Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch mosques. “I’m looking forward to having Pamela MacNeill, Huia Bramley, Melani Anae and Katherine Dedo  join Kāpuia and contribute to this group’s ...
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  • Timeline confirmed for Emissions Reductions Plan
    Cabinet has agreed to begin consulting on the Emissions Reduction Plan in early October and require that the final plan be released by the end of May next year in line with the 2022 Budget, the Minister of Climate Change, James Shaw confirmed today. “Cabinet’s decision allows organisations and communities ...
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