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Scott Willis
Scott Willis19 hours ago
I've been thinking about leadership and manaakitanga, alongside care for Papatuanuku. I've also been thinking about our #LocalBodyElections2022. Of course, it's not only in Ōtepoti Dunedin where it matters. All around the motu we are given the opportunity to vote for candidates who will work for #ClimateJustice and who understand what's at stake. I can't share the link, because the ODT has put my article behind a paywall, so here's a photo instead. However, if you are a supporter of our local media you can read it there. We can't let our independent media wither and die either! #Leadership #MakeYourVoteCount #ClimateJustice
Scott Willis
Scott Willis20 hours ago
This is excellent news, and now for the Government to take note and take action. I've lived in places were rail reaches into remote rural communities and enlivens them, stimulating regional development. It could do the same here. "Rail connects Dunedin to Christchurch and Invercargill via the MSL railway line. The historic Dunedin railway station is well placed to serve the Central Business District (CBD) for passenger rail services, with lines connecting to Mosgiel and further to the south, and the coastal communities to the north." Now wouldn't that be cool?! Wouldn't that be something to celebrate! #FutureOfTransport
Scott Willis
Scott Willis1 day ago
At the #HealthyHousing Hui, where we are dealing with the hard issues. Great to be making so many connections and celebrating some successes as well. So many friends and familiar faces doing the good mahi. #HealthyHousing #HealthyWhānau #EnergyWellbeing
Scott Willis
Scott Willis2 days ago
I love travelling by rail, who doesn't? I fully endorse the Dunedin City Council's intention to pitch for southern passenger rail services. We've been ill-served for far too long. Like the Southerner Express I remember travelling via passenger rail. As the DCC is arguing "If New Zealand wants to achieve its carbon zero goals, rail needs to play a much bigger role in our transport system, and greater ambition is needed to drive improvements to rail in the South Island". What's not to like?
#PassengerRail #FutureOfTransport #Decarbonisation
Scott Willis
Scott Willis3 days ago
On World Rivers Day many of our rivers are in trouble. Right now, with #LocalBodyElections2022 underway, we can make a difference by voting for those candidates who are willing to stand up for Papatuanuku and Te Mana o te Wai. The Otago Regional Council for example is responsible for environmental management. We know that previous Councils have kicked the can down the road (and into the river) when it comes to protecting our waterways, particularly the Manuherekia.

Please make your vote count! You can rely on Green candidate Alan Somerville and there are a number of Green aligned candidates standing in the Dunedin ward and other wards for the Otago Regional Council, so please make your votes count! And as Eugenie Sage MP argues, central government "must [also] provide a planning and resource management system that is strong enough to deliver on the promise of clean rivers, lakes and aquifers". #Freshwater
Scott Willis
Scott Willis3 days ago