Remember the consultative working group being established to develop the Wellington Regional Biodiversity Framework?
Sure you do. It’s the group which gives more voting powers to Maori than to non-Maori members in electing co-leaders and – while it has been set up in the name of diversity – wants members to have a good grasp of Treaty stuff.
Elected members of the Greater Wellington Regional Council seem to have played no part in the way this working group is being established and the Wellington Regional Biodiversity Framework – which involves several organisations as well as the regional council – does not report to a council committee. Continue reading “Some light is thrown (but not much) on biodiversity working group’s line of accountability” →
Here’s hoping the Greater Wellington Regional Council makes a better fist of restoring its eco-systems than it has done of overhauling its bus service.
But in establishing a consultative working group to develop the Wellington Regional Biodiversity Framework, it has brought curious ideas about “share” and “partnership” into considerations.
Clearly it has been infected by the same urge to foster co-governance that has swept through the country’s local authorities in recent years.
The working group will include three members who will cast TWO votes each, when it comes to electing the co-chairs. The other 12 or so members will get one vote.
Any guesses about who might get two votes? Continue reading “All votes are equal on this regional council working group – but some are more equal than others” →