I have written about failures of governance in the local government sector several times over the last six months or so. Hubris appears to be a common thread, whereby political agendas, grandstanding and various hobby-horse schemes get in the way of sound strategic and fiscal management—to the detriment of our cities and communities. It's a bit sad really.
You can imagine my surprise then, to read this article on the living wage proposal recently adopted by Wellington City Council. It is one of the most coherent arguments that I have heard from a serving councillor in a very long time. Amongst other points, Councillor Young admitted that the decision process amounted to a failure of governance. Well done, Nicola Young. Hopefully your colleagues will read your article, see the sense in it and reverse their recent decision – but that may require the consumption of some humble pie, and the intervention of a higher power, like the ballot box, I suspect.
Thoughts on corporate purpose, strategy and governance; our place in the world; and, other things that catch my attention.