Electing 2 Councillors
Most people seem to be concerned about their rates and seek assurance that they are being spent sensibly, and on the things they care about. Many comment that despite consultation occurring Council has made its own decisions. I seek to ensure there is a balance between needs and wants. Not everyone gets what they want in any one year, I will listen to the people in general, not just those with the loudest or most organised voices. Some might disagree with the way I vote on an issue, but I will have everyone's interest at heart, not just a favoured few.
- Support for clean industry and environmentally friendly business sectors and for growth in tertiary education.
I will provide support for continued stimulus in these areas for the benefit of the current and future generations. Our coastal position provides great opportunity for specific education sectors to grow - the study of geography and environmental planning, of coastal ecology and marine biology, as examples.
- Healthy people, healthy environment. My experience and training in environmental planning and public health means that I can look at development and public policy to screen out the things that will ruin heritage, landscapes, ecological balance, community cohesion and things that prevent people from engaging in their local environment in active ways. I can think strategically to ensure the direction we take is positive for people and environment and build on it each year.I also bring the female perspective to the table. Women and children live their lives in this City in ways that may not be similar to that of men. Those from other cultures may live differently from the mainstream white working or middle class people. I believe I am sensitive to such differences and can take all into consideration.
- Generating Councillor appreciation for the people in the community, growing leadership and working with the next generations to develop appreciation of local government processes and how it affects their lives. Having the opportunity to vote is somewhat taken for granted - it's not perfect but is the best we have at present.
- Working with the legislation and existing plans in the best way I can:
- Choosing the best CEO for the job
- Finding the best ways to implement Smartgrowth principles at best cost.
- Keeping true to Tauranga Tomorrow vision
- Working within the Annual and Long term Plans
No issues on file for Lloyd Davies.
- Make local decision-making local again.
We need councillors who work hard between election campaigns and not just during them. If elected, I'll hold weekly clinics open to everyone and make myself available to answer questions and solve problems.
- Make Tauranga affordable.
We're home to New Zealand's largest export Port, but we're exporting too many young residents who can't afford to own property here. We need to make living in our beautiful city affordable by reforming Council's development contributions and growing Council's revenue (outside of rates).
- We need a university.
We're about to become New Zealand's fourth largest city and yet we have no university. We need to take advantage of our natural environment and bring students into our city, breathing life into our city centre and supporting our businesses.
- We need to protect our environment.
Our environment is our most important asset. We need a District Plan that promotes smart urban design and enables people to enjoy what makes our home special: the hills, harbour and coast.
- We need reliable public transport.
Our city lacks a comprehensive public transport infrastructure that includes buses and ferries. Why does someone in Welcome Bay wanting to get to Windermere need to first head to the city? We need to fix our public transport system.
No issues on file for Hayden Evans.
No issues on file for Bill Grainger.
No issues on file for Bill Humphrey.
No issues on file for Terry Molloy.
- Our natural environment. Tauranga is situated in a truly beautiful and unique coastal environment, comprising estuarine, salt marsh and dune ecosystems. Mauao is a natural tombolo, one of only a few in the world. But our natural environment is under threat. Our Moana is being choked with sea lettuce. Studies that I have been directing at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic have shown that sea lettuce blooms are not a natural occurrence, but come about through human induced pollution; sewage overload, farm effluent and run off from urban development.
Similarly our beautiful dune and beach system, from Mauao to Maketu is being eroded by greedy development.
I will make the preservation of our natural environment a priority.
- Animal welfare. The way farm animals have been treated has drawn a lot of attention recently from the media. What is not so widely known is the scope of district and regional councils in preventing these abuses. If elected I pledge to make factory farming a prohibited activity under the Resource Management Act. This will protect not only the interests of animals but the natural environment, since intensive farming cases horrendous damage to the environment. I also intend to follow Auckland's lead in banning rodeos, circuses and zoos on any council land.
- Council spending is out of control. Present and past councils have spent large on grandiose, ego boosting schemes that benefit a few. I intend to use council funds more wisely in fixing basic infrastructure and promoting simpler, community run events that will provide better value for money.
- Public transport. This has improved in the 4 years since I arrived in Tauranga, but still has a long way to go. One of the reasons why the central city is dead is because there is no bus service after 6pm. I intend to fund public transport through a levy on parking charges. Businesses applying for resource consent presently have to provide car parking, to mitigate the congestion their business will cause. This amounts to a hidden subsidy to car users. I intend to allow these businesses to have a choice of instead paying a levy to fund public transport. This will encourage sustainable businesses and will also promote a livliier and more sustainable city centre.
- "Twelve dollar Tauranga". I intend to attract skilled people to the Tauranga area and boost wages for those on low incomes. I therefore plan to introduce a procurement policy that requires council to give greater priority to sustainable, local businesses when accepting tenders. Whenever possible, council services should be performed in house by local labour, and not contracted out.
A fairer rating structure based on progressive rates will also ease the burden for those on low incomes.
No issues on file for Matua Parkinson.