No issues on file for Chris Beath.
No issues on file for Glen Bennett.
No issues on file for Maurice Betts.
- INCLUSIVE NOT EXCLUSIVE
- COMMON SENSE
- ACTION NOT JUST WORDS
No issues on file for Donna Boniface.
No issues on file for Amanda Bound.
No issues on file for Noel Bridgeman.
No issues on file for Lynn Bublitz.
Waiwhakaiho is insane at rush hour, backlogs of traffic often bring the city to a crawl at times.
Our traffic light sequencing can be improved, especially with additional sensors added instead of phased lights- been stuck at Dawson/Powderham waiting ages for nothing?
The region would benefit from the provision of enhanced public transport services, lets get those buses rolling!
- Reducing council SPENDING
We don't need a council funded Len Lye center, if you want one, you are welcome to donate all the money you want, the council should not be spending rates money on this.
In times of financial hardship, luxuries need to go. I appreciate art, but not council spending on keeping a gallery open at the expense of the increasingly burdened ratepayer.
There are many 'Wants' that the council funds that are sucking up scarce money instead of focusing on the 'Needs'.
We are the future.
- Stop the spending!
The NPDC desperately needs professional and technically qualified councillors with a sound business reputation to challenge irresponsible demands on council.
I will do this for you.
- Outrageous and unjustifiable budgets must be terminated immediately and scrutinize by the refreshing new line-up of councillors.
I will do this for you.
- The CEO must arrest the astonishing staff escalation along with their vehicles and stop unwarranted international travel.
This is an issue that requires full council input but collectively it must be address.
- Apparently TIML has lost $72m of the Powerco money.
Astonishingly TIML has invested 38% of the Powerco capital into Tasman Farms Ltd. Sadly TFL is operating at a loss and will not return a profit for several years.
Apparently the NPDC has now invested an additional $13.5m into this disastrous scheme.
This nonsense is now a 'fait accompli' and cannot be salvaged without squandering many more millions.
This is why it is mandatory that the previous NPDC unqualified councillors be replaced with professional business persons.
- The Sister Cities lunacy must end.
This is on a par with the Oakura Sewerage scheme, the Huatoki Plaza, the new cemetery debacle, the duck pond thing, the hydro slide, the airport restaurant, the attempt to demolish the woman's restroom in the Huatoki Plaza, the intention to demolish the Pukekura Park kiosk, the bulldozed road through Pukekura Park, the Eco-friendly house manipulation and endless other wants.
No issues on file for Heather Dodunski.
No issues on file for Lance Girling-Butcher.
- Keeping rates affordable. At the moment and for the planned future, this just isn't happening. Council needs to look seriously at its priorities and question big-ticket items. Presently Council expects the rate take to increase by 50% by 2016.
This is not acceptable.
- Core services. Council's idea of saving money is to pay only the interest on borrowings, cut budgets on roading and water supply and to let the smaller parks run down. Couple that with questionable decisions on sewerage priorities and you have a sad situation that is only going to get worse.
Council needs to reprioritise.
- Transparency and communication.
- Collaboration. Governing this district should be a collaborative effort between the Council and the residents. Some would say that electing a Council is a mandate to get on with things themselves, but there are many issues where residents could add valuable input, and not a few where a referendum would be advisable.
If we are all to live in this province, we should all have a clear idea where we are headed.
No issues on file for Dympna Hart.
No issues on file for Peter Hensley.
- Keep Rates increases within the rate of inflation, so that they will only go up 2 - 3% and be sustainable. This year they increased by over 6%. They are projected to increase by over 6% again next year, over 8% the following year and over 7% the year after that. Such increases are clearly unsustainable and unreasonable.
- Equalise the Rates. There are groups of low income earners who pay 5 - 6 % of their income in Rates, while others pay only 2 - 3 %. Not everyone is eligible to recieve a Rates Remission because they pay rent, which has the Rates factored into it. Some of these low waged people can't even afford heating even when they recieve all their Income Support entitlements. This situation has to be rectified.
- Lead the introduction of a local system of Rates Rebates to people who use public transport and non-vehicular modes of transport. I aim to reduce expenditure on roading by encouraging less use of the roading network in urban areas. I aim to provide rural residents with the roads they need to maintain their wellbeing as they do not use many other facilities and serivces of the Council. I aim to find the cheapest and fastest solution to the congestion at the Waiwhakaiho Bridge.
- Introduce social and economic interventions to reduce the cost of negative social outcomes on the Ratepayers. For example I may reduce expenditure on the cost of restoration work to repair damage caused by vandalism ($500,000.00) by intervening to help the people who commit this offence to change their thinking and their behaviour. I can help attract more events to boost the economy. I was instrumental in assisting the organisers of WOMAD to gain the Council's support to stage WOMAD here. It brings millions of dollars into this District. If I hadn't been there it wouldn't have happened.
- Give the image of this District a make-over. It needs a fresh face, someone central government wants to talk to, someone who can unblock the corridors of access, keep Rates down and give everyone a fair deal. As your Mayoral Candidate I offer you my full time commitment, the wisdom of experience and my proven ability to help make this District prosper, to lead and to represent your best interests. I'm your opportunity to break this District free from the shackles of tradition. I hope I have your support. Please vote Chantel Hewitt for Mayor and for Council in 2010.
No issues on file for Bonnie Johnstone.
No issues on file for Andrew Judd.
- Rating Fairness
Care must be taken by those governing, that rates charges are fair. All rate-payers are not equal - and an equity system should be applied wherein each rate-payer contributes to the systems they use - not costly add-ons they won't use, and that do not benefit them.
- Waitara Outfall
THis issue is too environmentally impactual to ignore. It is a time of lessened funding, but funds must be raised for this upgrade immediately.
- The Peoples Voice
Issues must be polled within our district when they are contentious. It is inordinately unfair to have decisions that affect the majority made with no full mandate.
- Planning for Youth
New Plymouth would benefit from commitment to supporting its young people. Currently, I feel, that lack of support is creating a gap between the young and the rest of our people. This needs attention urgently - and that attention must not be constant negative assessments.
- Age Concerns
Taranaki has a larger over 65 population than most districts, and support systems capable of increasing the quality of life for the aged would be inexpensive. This area often gets attention, and seldom gets action.I would commit to action on it.
No issues on file for Lila Smith Lila Smith.
No issues on file for Peter Lind.
- Pride in our District - My Vision for our District is that we continue to be vibrant, dynamic, forward thinking district that we can all be proud of. A community that will attract and retain people. That our District continues to be the best place for us to live, to work and to play.
- Economic Growth - we need businesses, we need more jobs because this allows the fixed costs to be spread amongst more people - a positive impact on rates - and it means jobs for our children and grandchildren.
- Population Growth - we need to ensure that the population of Taranaki is at least 2.5% of the total population of New Zealand to maintain our share of Government funding for health, education and infrastructure. This is important because we do have an increasing aging population.
- Progress with restraint - we need to continue to progress as a District in a fiscally responsible way. I cannot promise to hold rate increases below the CPI, but I can promise that as your Mayor the first conversation that I would be having with the CEO is that the Council must have a culture of zero tolerance of waste and inefficiencies and that a robust performance measurement plan must be introduced to ensure this outcome.
- The Waiwahakaiho Bridge - we have all experienced frustrations with the delays and concerns with the safety issues. The NZ Transport Agency have just appointed a consultant to work out what to do including the upstream and downstream issues. They should report back with their short term and long term recommendations by Christmas. The Mayor, the Council and the Taranaki Regional Council need to keep the pressure on the NZTA to keep this at the top of their priority list.
- Better ratepayer and citizen engagement from council.
- Innovative solutions
- 'People and the place, not the politics' approach
- Assess what people deem to be essential services and non-essential services that will have an impact on rates
No issues on file for John (Horse) McLeod.
- There have been masive losses of community money and missed opportunities, as a consequence of poor investment decisions. This needs to be urgently addressed before further losses are incurred.
Gold is close to $1300, five times the price of a decade ago and up $500 since I campaigned 3 years ago.
Why, as a prime dairying district, have we 'invested' in dairy farms in another country?
As mayor I will be looking for answers and won't accept excuses.
- The NPDC 10 year community plan is completely lacking in discussion of any of the factors that will determine the future. This needs ot be urgently adressed.
- Cost over-runs, employment of out-of-town consultants and general inefficiencies have resulted in unnecessarily spending, which have in turn resulted in increased rates charges being carried by the community. his must be stopped immediately.
- There is no vision for long term sustainability within the current council: everything is based on short term thinking and complete lack of understanding of monetary and environmental issues.
- Large amounts of funding have been poured into special interest projects, whilst other extremely important areas have received no funding.
For its neglect of vital matters, the present council is in breach of the Local Government.
As Mayor I will ensure that the council complies with all provisions of the Local Government Act 2002.
- Sustainable growth
Economic, Social, Environmental, Cultural
Balancing growth with available resources, lifestyle demands, continued vibrancy and the requirements of an aging population. Balancing the support for local groups versus the 'big acts'. Not either/or but both.
- Infrastructure and amenities
Balancing the need to maintain and further develop infrastructure and amenities. Not one or the other but both - infrastructure and amenities! The walkway, the northern outlet, the Waitara pipeline, transportation and so on. Prioritising the spend within available resources.
- Priority, cost effectiveness and efficiency of delivery of council spending and services. Refreshing the tired areas of town.
No secrets, no surprises
A return to active citizenship and citizen based conversation even if it does cause controversy.
- Developing an urban / district vision with the council / community leadership that will create and enable that vision to happen - as opposed to the present somewhat reactive approach. Developing leaders with vision, a clear grasp of reality, courage and ethics.
No issues on file for Kevin O'Neill.
No issues on file for Phil Quinney.
No issues on file for Rita Rukuwai Rita Rukuwai.
No issues on file for Kinsley Sampson.
- Cost Control - It is pretty simple, if we spend more money than we collect then the outcome of this is a likely rate increase which is a real burden on those of fixed or lower incomes! So we need to make sure that any spending the council undertakes outside of budget is indeed justified, that the actual running costs of the council is as efficient as possible and if we "watch the pennies the dollars will take care of themselves" has never been truer :)
- Transparency - We are a public entity and there should be no reason not to communicate what is happening with public money or the workings of the council, I will advocate for the TIML fund to be made open book and as the council hires the CEO we will make sure that communication is improved from a council perspective!
- Sustainable Growth - I really believe if our community is to continue to stay strong and vibrant then we need to make sure we have healthy small, medium and large business sectors as these businesses create employment and revenue back into the community. I also think we can cash in more with tourism and education, but the precursor to this growth is it has to be achieved sustainably!
- Accountability - In the private sector if you make a mistake that caused a project to go over budget by more than 10% then some serious questions would be asked and it is likely you would be shown the door! And how come our contractors to NPDC are guilt free in these project blow outs - we should be having capped contracts or if you go over budget then it is at your cost Mr contractor! No more I say!
- User Pays - There are some free or very low cost asset services like pools, galleries etc that should still be those rates for any library card holder in our district (Though I would like this extended to the Taranaki region) but could easily be increased for outside visitors with out any complaints from these visitors and would make some of these marginal assets much more affordable to the district! And this would also help overcome community discomfort for non budgeted projects that need initial and ongoing funding!
No issues on file for Pam Street.
No issues on file for Howie Tamati.
No issues on file for Scott Taylor.
- QUESTION 1: Do you support investigating a public-private partnership to resolve issues at the City’s northern outlet or do you prefer to get “shovel ready” and wait for central Government approach?
The responsibility of our national highways is that of the Central Government.. Therefore the responsibility of Council is to maintain pressure on Central Government to deliver via the submission process.
- QUESTION 2: Do you consider a Len Lye Centre a want or a need? Please elaborate:
The real question is “what sort of community infrastructures are rate payer’s prepared to pay for or not pay for?” This then allows Council the opportunity to look at other funding options to support such community projects.
- QUESTION 3: What specific action would you want to see the council take to minimize rate rises if you were elected?
The specific action is: Lead Council to direct the CEO to:
1 Review all “rate related” income and expenditure
2 Review of TIMIL to ascertain if we are on track for “zero rates” in 2020.
3 Review all Private, Public and Philanthropic income and expenditure to Council
- Safety of the Community
- Ensuring the Community gets value for money from the Council
- Commonsense approach in decision making
- Transparency & Accountability from the Council
- Decline in home ownership.
The most important thing for us is food and shelter.
Every regulation and cost that impedes the building of homes means that less people can afford their own home because it pushes up the price of all housing. We need to reverse this.
- Force and theft.
I find it abhorrent that the council can force people to pay for things that they do not want and if they do not pay they can have their home taken. We will not have a civilised or just society run by force and theft.
We all need to know what is happening and why.
Too many things going wrong and over budget.
- Core role of council.
Far too much spent on unnecessary things, while essential things, such as the Waitara sewage pipe have not been done.
No issues on file for Virginia Winder.