There is always plenty going on in our fine little city.
Yesterday I watched the Otago Rugby League team score it’s first win of the season at Kettle Park: a handsome 62:18 victory over the West Coast. A couple of local Young Labour members collected a bunch of Keep our Assets signatures on the sidelines. Also, over the weekend I attended a couple of successful school fairs – at Kaikorai Primary and Balaclava. And there was news that the Otago Boys Rugby Team has made the national schoolboys final. Well done to those boys, and good luck for the final.
One recent event I have heard plenty of positive reports on was the very successful Rutherford Waddell conference run out of the University of Otago. Rev Waddell’s 1888 talk on ”The Sin of Cheapness” led to action against poverty in the Dunedin of his time, and continues to inspire folk today.
Also to be commended is the Dunedin City Council’s Draft Social Wellbeing Strategy. It builds on the legacy of Waddell and others in recognising the place of a local response to the challenges facing our community. Despite an enviable quality of life, Dunedin has an aging community, low wages and poor housing stock. What should being a citizen of Dunedin promise and require of us? Contacts for feedback by 21 September are at the end of the document.
I recently attended the Wellington launch of the Living Wage Aotearoa campaign. Kieran Ireland from East Otago High School was shadowing me for the day to find out what life as a parliamentarian is really like. He came too. It was a colourful affair. Look out for local Living Wage events in coming months.