LOCAL BODY ELECTIONS 2022
Otago Regional Council
Which communities will you speak for and about at the council table?
The Otago region
What is the number one social and economic issue for the community and for the city? (DCC question). What is the key issue for the region at this time and for the next 10 years? (ORC question)
Quality and quantity of water in our rivers and lakes, as well as Climate Change. Currently there is much tension around water allocation and minimum flows in our rivers. I will continue to support and promote ORC policy improvements for water and sustainability, along with the urgent development of a new and comprehensive Land and Water Regional Plan, in consultation with community and iwi. This new plan will have new water rules and limits and will recognise that the health of our waterways is our first priority.
It is also essential that Council progresses Climate Change adaptation and mitigation strategies. Hazard analysis, flood protection, electric buses and an agreed plan for South Dunedin are examples of Council activities that we need to build upon.
How will you elevate community aspirations? How will you know what they are? (DCC question only)
Under the Local Government Act 2002, councils are required to maintain and improve opportunities for Māori to contribute to local government decision-making processes. How will you honour this obligation in your role with the Dunedin City Council/Otago Regional Council?
I will work constructively and respectfully with Maori under the terms and spirit of the treaty partnership. I will participate in regular Mana te Mana meetings to discuss and progress any issues of concern and opportunity.
What is your usual approach to achieving collegial and constructive relationships with the people you work with? What is the most important element of a constructive working relationship?
To listen and acknowledge various points of view. I endeavor to have individual talking time with all Councilors.
The DCC's place-based community fund has been a game changer for community-led development and growing connected and resilient communities in Ōtepoti. What more will you do as a councillor to support community development in the city? (DCC candidate question only)
I'm always looking for new and exciting opportunities. Let's connect.