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Neville K
Jemmett
Independent
Why I'm standing
I believe with the experience I have with council activities that I can add a strong and positive contribution to the council and city alike. I have worked with council Staff and been involved in Two council managed committees as Secretary/President and Vice President.
My priorities
Improve and increase public transport in both the passenger and tourism sector throughout the city.Provide a more open approach to the public when a plan for upgrade or alteration is considered.Research the climate change problem and make a determined start on managing the approaching dilemma.
Why me
For Many years I produced and directed successful annual Scottish week events and Tattoos and am currently leading a Trust to provide what will become one of Dunedin's top tourist attractions. I am well known and respected throughout as a person with compassion, commitment and drive.
Before politics
Self employed contractor
Age
74
Lives in
Chain Hill, Dunedin

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Richard
Seager
Why I'm standing
I believe that Dunedin can show the way in how NZ and the world can point to a future where climate change resilience is a feature and small, rather than large, cities are focused on. I felt that it was a responsibility not to just talk but to act.
My priorities
Promote walking and cycling as part of people's daily patterns. Dunedin is an ideal size for this.Look at the options for public transport, including buses, light rail, trains and (overhead) gondolas.Work at implementing both resilience and adaptation in the most prone areas/peoples to sea inundation.
Why me
I have a wealth of experience of living elsewhere. I have worked in factories, on farms and small business. I would like to act to make Dunedin the envy of those cities with excellent public transport. I am comfortable in different environments. I am very able in interpreting financial reports.
Before politics
Businessperson
Age
57
Lives in
Kew
Scout
Barbour-Evans
Independent
Why I'm standing
I was incredibly lucky to grow up in Dunedin and this city is my home. I have gone on to study here, and have noticed the growing gap between students and Dunedin. I believe that as a student I can bridge this gap.
My priorities
Facilitate spaces which improve community resilience in all corners of the city.Find targeted solutions to Dunedin's dismal housing stock which keep our residents healthy and safe.Make Dunedin an attractive place for students to stay for long after we graduate.
Why me
As one of our youth candidates I have a wealth of life experience that is very different to those of older candidates, and a real personal stake in the decisions we make today. I'll be making decisions for our future, not just today.
Before politics
Student/full time parent
Age
24
Lives in
North East Valley
Anthony
Kenny
Independent
Why I'm standing
I have often complained about the performance of the council structure and decisions, but never done anything other than voice my disapproval, I realise to to make change you have to stand up and be in a position to effect those decisions. This is why I have decided to stand.
My priorities
Ensuring that roading repairs and upgrades are done to an acceptable and safe level.Updating and maintaining city infrastructure rather than new projects until dept levels decrease.Cost effective rubbish disposal that everyone can afford, this will alleviate roadside dumping.
Why me
I have a very common sense, and I think logical approach to situations. Having a military background of 23 years in the Navy and experience owning and running a business I feel that I could add value to the representation of our community through my life experiences.
Before politics
Business Owner
Age
53
Lives in
East Taieri
Chris
Staynes
Independent
Why I'm standing
Dunedin is entering an unprecedented period of growth yet is facing the significant challenges of climate change. I want to use my experience as Deputy Mayor for 9 years and Councillor for 12 to contribute to addressing these issues and ensure Dunedin remains one of the world's great small cities.
My priorities
Plan for and invest in addressing the threats of climate change, we owe it to our future citizens.Maximize the opportunity to grow our GDP, a strong economy enables us to make Dunedin more livable.Reduce unemployment & improve the housing stock, addressing these will improve health & well-being.
Why me
A Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors, with 20+ years' decision making experience in managing one of Dunedin's most successful businesses, I have the skills and knowledge that enables me to make strong contributions to decision making and to make significant improvements to the Council's operation and financial management.
Current role
Deputy Mayor & Chair of Economic Development.
Before politics
General Manager of F&P Dunedin
Age
69
Lives in
Maryhill
Sophie
Barker
Independet
Why I'm standing
I'm running as I believe Dunedin needs strong sensible leadership. Dunedin has huge natural, heritage and people assets however I think we haven't made the most of those. Residents know we have a strong history as NZ's city of firsts—we need to reaffirm our status and grow smartly.
My priorities
Spark Economic Development by refreshing our vision, goals, actions—this will lead city growth.Establish a Climate Change Plan because we need to have a sensible action oriented plan now.Adopt a city marketing plan to ensure Dunedin is top of mind for visitors, govt and influencers.
Why me
My strong business, tourism, heritage, environmental and council background will enable me to contribute to wise decision making. Experience: Commerce Degree Economics, Family Business Larnach Castle; 7 years council Economic Development Unit, charitable conservation trust; voluntary governance roles. My council knowledge enables in–depth understanding and skills to drive change.
Before politics
Marketing Manager
Age
52
Lives in
Andersons Bay
Marie
Laufiso
Green Dunedin
Why I'm standing
As a Dunedin-born Samoan with a Tongan Great-Grandmother, I'm immensely grateful to have been a full-time councillor since 2016 and for the opportunities to focus on the challenges facing Dunedin's vulnerable whānau/families and communities.
My priorities
Work so many more of our community empower themselves to be active in the city's decision making.Ensure equitable access to this city's vast wealth and resources for every Child's whānau.Decrease bus fares—our public transport system must focus on environmental and social wellbeing.
Why me
In this 2016-2019 triennium, I've brought Pāsifika perspectives to meetings of the council, our Grants Sub-Committee, Mayor's Taskforce for Housing and as Chair of the Social Wellbeing Advisory Group in the hope of giving voice to our communities that are not often heard in council decision-making processes.
Current role
Dunedin CIty Councillor
Before politics
Treaty of Waitangi Educator
Age
56
Lives in
Brockville
Callum
Steele-MacIntosh
Independent
Why I'm standing
I'm running on a platform of reducing rates through responsible spending. Closely monitoring the commitments Council has already made and carefully analysing proposals to come. I'm also running to increase collective community competence, with better youth and university representation.
My priorities
Reduce rates by reducing wasteful spending, and increasing external revenue sources with investment.Invest in financially sustainable eco-friendly infrastructure.Reduce parking costs, and increase parking to offset the loss of reduced costs.
Why me
I have been a part of school boards and different Dunedin committees, so have experience of both governance and community. While currently studying Law and Politics at Otago University, I've been exposed to drafting and reviewing public, financial and governance policy while also having a management and leadership training background.
Before politics
Student and board member
Age
19
Lives in
North Dunedin
Robert (Bob)
Barlin
Independent
Why I'm standing
I am enthralled with Dunedin. The views and the people. We need to pay down debt and not impose higher rates on the population for less than necessary projects that only add debt and not value.
My priorities
Plan for climate change, sea level rising, natural disaster. Ensure support systems work.Increase electric, clean transport vehicles that complement each other and support the population.Analyse intended rates increases to stop unnecessary rises yet maintain capability to meet outputs.
Why me
I have lived and worked around the world and believe that it is better to listen before acting. I wish to serve Dunedin for the benefit of the population.
Before politics
Driver
Age
67
Lives in
Dunedin

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Jason
Lindsey
Why I'm standing
Dunedin has as much potential as any city that I've ever been in to be a leader in innovation. I want to help it tap into that potential, while holding on to the things that also make it such a fulfilling community to be a part of.
My priorities
Create a city that encourages and attracts innovation so we are capable of solving future challenges.Improve urban design that is more efficient and instrumental in creating stronger community.Steer environmental policy in a way that improves our surroundings and is manageable.
Why me
I've spent my career working with challenging people and situations to create great results. I've also spent the past three years developing a business that helps innovative businesses get established successfully. That success is based on cultivating strong, diverse and unique community which I hope to bring to the council.
Before politics
Business Owner
Age
44
Lives in
St. Clair
Lee
Vandervis
Independent
Why I'm standing
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David
Benson-Pope
Independent
Why I'm standing
To continue work to protect and enhance Dunedin's special natural and built environment, and to do so in a way that is affordable for all our residents.
My priorities
Retain funding for essential services, especially Health and Education.Assist Householders in improving the quality of our housing, especially insulation and heating.Agreeing sensible solutions for the problems we face in low-lying parts of the city.
Why me
I'm Dunedin born and educated, served as a city councillor 1986-99 and since 2013. I was a Cabinet Minister in the Clark government and currently Chair the City's Planning and Environment Committee, the Dunedin Heritage Fund and the Te Ao Turoa (Our Natural Environment) Initiative. Approachable, hard-working and effective.
Current role
Standing Committee Chair
Before politics
Secondary Teacher, MP
Age
69
Lives in
Andersons Bay

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Mike
Lord
Why I'm standing
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Before politics
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Steve
Walker
NZ Labour Party
Why I'm standing
Dunedin is at a crossroads—a new hospital, a major city centre upgrade, potential waterfront development and increasing housing pressure. I have the skills, experience and desire to make sure these challenges are taken on and help Dunedin grow in a way that benefits all members of this city!
My priorities
All we do has to be done within the context of "The Challenge of Our Generation"—climate change.My priority is people-centred cities, we live in cities and deserve safe, clean tidy and vibrant centres.Balancing progressive growth to the benefit all Dunedites while maintaining sensible rate rises.
Why me
During the past 12 years as an elected member I have developed a strong principled position to service which is reflected through my many roles within the Dunedin community. I'm currently Chairperson of the West Harbour Community Board, Chairperson of the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital and Director at Thankyou Payroll.
Current role
Community Board Chairperson
Before politics
Director
Age
53
Lives in
Dunedin (Port Chalmers)
Findlay (Finn)
Campbell
Independent Youth
Why I'm standing
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Before politics
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Russell
Lund
Independent
Why I'm standing
Because Council this year confirmed it was building zero new council housing over the next 10 years. This is a pathetic response to the housing crisis. Because Council is awash in $1 billion of debt. Like a cancer, it grows and multiplies, at $400,000 per day. It's frightening.
My priorities
More (a lot more) social housing.Less debt.Restructuring Council owned Aurora Energy to stop the planned massive increases in power charges.
Why me
I have the track record, skills and experience to deliver results on social housing and reducing debt. I'll be bringing some "game" to Council, not just "talking the game". I've dealt with Council and CCO's at all levels for many years and know where improvement can be made.
Before politics
Building Contractor
Age
55
Lives in
MacAndrew Bay

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Andrew
Whiley
Why I'm standing
My Mayoralty campaign is about strong, commonsense leadership that "Gets Dunedin Moving!" Tackling serious issues like the current housing shortage, traffic, parking, climate issues while ensuring Dunedin is business-focused and economically viable in order to be able to afford intelligent solutions plus investing in initiatives for greener technologies and infrastructure.
My priorities
Get Dunedin Moving—focusing on creating more housing, increase parking and improve traffic flows.Ensure Dunedin as a clear vision for 2040 and beyond. 160,000+ residents with great quality of life.We need strong fiscal management while investing in our city's infrastructure for the next 50+ yrs.
Why me
Been on council six year and I was the second highest polling councillor at the last election. I have chaired the ByLaws SubCommittee. Councillor on the Saddle Hill and Peninsula Community Boards. Self employed small business owner in Dunedin since 2003 and Chair of Volunteering Otago and Rotarian 10 years.
Current role
City Councillor
Before politics
Golf Pro & Business owner
Age
53
Lives in
Andersons Bay
Sarah
Davie-Nitis
Independent
Why I'm standing
My family and love our lifestyle; we are proud to call this great city our home. I would be honoured to work for residents to bring diverse perspectives to the council table.
My priorities
An engaged city. I am committed to representation and advocacy.A resilient city. I am determined to ensure resilience to changing conditions.A liveable city. I am passionate about our great city, our lifestyle and Dunedin's liveability.
Why me
I am committed, passionate and determined. I am also experienced in both business ownership and local governance.
Current role
Chair, Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board
Before politics
Business owner
Age
41
Lives in
Mosgiel
Peter
MacKenzie
Why I'm standing
Living overseas made me realise what a treasure Dunedin is for its geography, natural beauty, hundreds of years of history, its wildlife, quality heritage architecture, skill bases and educational sectors. I would like to contribute to looking after it.
My priorities
Stick to basic civic functions and get drains and transport working right as a priority.Support clean water and a healthy environment for all people in Dunedin. Conserve environmental and built heritage.Listen and be inclusive of all citizens in decision-making regardless of their background and whatever their orientation. Respect Treaty obligations.
Why me
I have watched Dunedin over decades working in print media. I have designed programmes for media and arts training, where targeting and achieving outcomes are paramount. As a trade union delegate I have used co-operative not combative strategies to produce good outcomes. I teach and run a stained glass conservation studio.
Before politics
Stained glass conservator, sub-editor
Age
59
Lives in
Maia

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Rachel
Elder
Why I'm standing
I stood for council to make a difference for those who are missing out in our communities. I was concerned about the impact Dunedin's lack of economic growth and the loss of jobs was having on our people. I was also concerned for the people of South Dunedin.
My priorities
Invest in linking Dunedin's many tracks to create a city with a top active and outdoors lifestyle.Support Dunedin's exciting Start-up and business communities to grow to create jobs and incomes.Create a culture of inclusion and collaboration at all levels so that we can problem solve better.
Why me
As a city councillor I have a background in the health, education, church, community the business and employment sectors and bring a wealth of knowledge and networks to inform decision making. I am good at initiating things and seeing them through to fruition.
Current role
A City Councillor on all standing committees.
Before politics
Employment Consultant.
Age
63
Lives in
Dunedin Central
John
Marrable
Why I'm standing
I believe that Dunedin has an opportunity to be the most accessible city in NZ, one that caters for people of all abilities, this includes people with mobility issues that are either permanent or temporary.
My priorities
Ensure that the built environment is accessible to all.Improve the public transport, both buses and bus stops to provide an accessible city for all.Ensure that the increasing number of disabled persons are able to have a quality life.
Why me
I was born in the UK and became a paraplegic at the age of 11 in 1967. I emigrated to Dunedin in 1974, and have lived here for 37 years. I have a lived experience of disability and experience of ensuring that buildings comply with the Building Code for Accessibility.
Before politics
Access advisor and educator
Age
63
Lives in
St Clair
Hugh
Forsyth
Independent
Why I'm standing
I have been fortunate to work in several parts of the world and on large urban projects as a designer and project manager. I feel this is a good time to support the exciting changes that are being proposed in Dunedin at a policy level.
My priorities
Support economic policy for different age groups, start-ups, vision, and nimbleness for the future.Create the best small city that is walkable, liveable, has a human scale, and remembers its past.Take everyone in the community into consideration in development options and financial decisions.
Why me
I have been caregiver for my 3 children and have set up food co-ops as well as cycle touring in Europe and run difficult development projects at a senior level of risk. Consequently I don't know much but will listen and try to convey your comments to my best ability.
Before politics
Design professional
Age
62
Lives in
North Dunedin
Mandy
Mayhem-Bullock
Why I'm standing
Inclusivity and diversity are important to me.I strongly believe in social justice and advocate for the disadvantaged. I find great satisfaction in local community initiatives and development. My motto is Be the change you want to see. Localism is the answer. Local democracy drives strong and diverse communities.
My priorities
Improve the Number of Buses and Bus stops and address Bus shelter and seating issues citywide .Meeting long-term renewal expectations for Infrastructure using evidence based investment decisions.Continuing pressure on landlords to provide warm and dry housing for all our residents.
Why me
My position on the Waikouaiti Coast community Board and work as a celebrant has given me the governance skills to bring to a seat on council. My focus has been emergency management planning and coastal erosion ,bringing together plans for each of our coastal settlements. I am an approachable leader.
Current role
Waikouaiti Coast community board elected member
Before politics
Marriage and funeral celebrant
Age
47
Lives in
Waitati, Dunedin, Otago
Christine
Garey
Why I'm standing
I am running for council to serve the people of Dunedin as I have done over the past three years as a City Councillor, nine years before that on community board, three as Chair. These are exciting times for Dunedin—I want to carry on the momentum.
My priorities
Put in place climate actions because climate change needs addressing urgently.Improve housing and transport in the city because this will improve the lives of our residents.Continue to invest in infrastructure renewal throughout the city because this is overdue.
Why me
I have a background in local government, education, tourism, the arts and community advocacy and have experience as an educator, manager, guide, small business owner and community leader. I offer experience, integrity, focus, a collaborative approach and courage to address the challenges ahead.
Current role
City Councillor, previously Community Board Chair
Before politics
Tour Guide, Educator
Age
63
Lives in
Otago Peninsula, Dunedin
Brian
Miller
Why I'm standing
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Why me
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Before politics
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John
Guthrie
Why I'm standing
I believe that 'giving back' is a responsibility we all have. Dunedin has been good to me and my family. Time to give back. My skills are in marketing and strategy and Dunedin needs these skills right now.
My priorities
Make Dunedin the most attractive place to live in and work—make setting up easy, infrastructure.Make Dunedin the #1 place to visit. Sustainable behaviour and sustainable attractions.Have a council that works together for the good of Dunedin.
Why me
My biggest strengths are my networks and my ability to bring people together. I have considerable experience in governance in business, sports and education in Dunedin and nationally. The council needs the skills that I bring to the table.
Before politics
Marketing Strategist
Age
67
Lives in
Anderson's Bay

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Malcolm
Moncrief-Spittle
Why I'm standing
Dunedin is a fantastic city, one of the best in the world. We don't need to make it great, it is already great. But we do need to try and keep it great. This is a pressing issue at a time when the regressive left is on the rise.
My priorities
Avoid excessive rates increases and new debt, because it is not sustainable.Dismantle climate alarmism and catastrophism. Science shows the earth has been warmer in the past.Bring perspective to a council that has become dominated by those influenced by alarmist propaganda.
Why me
I have been a small business operator (Renaissance Books) in Dunedin since 2000. This has shown me the importance of being diligent about the usefulness of where every dollar is spent. I bring a commitment to free speech, principled conservatism, and an understanding of science and its use and abuse.
Before politics
Bookseller
Age
44
Lives in
Central Dunedin
Doug
Hall
Independent
Why I'm standing
No response given
My priorities
Improve traffic flow through the city and around the industrial parts including the suburbs.Better manage our spending to get value for money from all of our contracts and services we require.Remove heavy trucks going wharves by helping to create an inland port south of dunedin.
Why me
No response given
Current role
Councillor
Before politics
company director/farmer
Age
72
Lives in
dunedin north

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George
Morris
Why I'm standing
I have decided to run because I am a stage of life that will allow me to devote the required time to be an effective representative for the ratepayers.
My priorities
Ensure that the disposal of city waste is effectively managed to prevent problems in the future.Use the new hospital project to develop a traffic flow that will remain effective for many decades.Prioritise support of arts, culture, sports and recreation as an means of social insurance.
Why me
I have lived most of my life in the South Dunedin—Caversham area and therefore I have knowledge of the issues facing people in this area but also the wider city.
Before politics
Teacher
Age
62
Lives in
Caversham

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Dave
Hanan
Independent
Why I'm standing
I am an Environmental and Civil Engineer. These technical skills will bring a strength to council which is currently lacking. The city is about to go through an enormous period of growth and sound strategic engineering decisions will need to be made in order to enhance the city's vibrancy.
My priorities
Improve our recycling and rubbish collection service so that council control it. Keep Green Island.Committed to quality town planning and design that reflects the heritage values of the city.Eliminate development contribution levies to facilitate growth.
Why me
I have a broad range of technical skills and experience which I offer to the voters of the city. I understand the importance of the basics of council operations, being roads rubbish and recycling and three waters. I also enjoy our parks and reserves and values these spaces.
Before politics
Environmental Engineer
Age
52
Lives in
Belleknowes

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Damian
Newell
Independent
Why I'm standing
We have a number of challenges facing our city, climate change, tourism growth housing shortages and waste management. My reason for running is simply to do my bit. Leave our city slightly better than I found it and give my kids a reason to stay here.
My priorities
Climate change sea level rise—we need to ensure we look after the most at risk 15,000 people in NZ.Waste management—we need a new state of the art facility with GI landfill closing in 2023.Housing—we need to assist with low cost quality housing projects and land availability where possible.
Why me
My passion for this city is boundless. I have had the apprenticeship from hell with the steepest learning curve of my life in my first term. I am excited as to where our city is headed and I want to help it get there faster and more efficiently.
Current role
Dunedin City Councillor
Before politics
Broadcaster
Age
47
Lives in
Fairfield
Aaron
Hawkins
Green Dunedin
Why I'm standing
The city, and council, is heading in the right direction—we just need to move faster. Momentum takes a long to build, but no time to lose. This is why we need strong and effective leadership to tackle our challenges around housing, transport and the natural environment.
My priorities
Build more public housing, because everyone in our community deserves an affordable home to live in.Tackling our climate change and ecological emergencies to make NZs Wildlife Capital more than a slogan.Cheaper bus fares because it's essential to both the environmental and social wellbeing of our city.
Why me
I have proven myself to an effective representative, working positively with staff and building broad political support on the issues that are important to our community. A candidate can promise you the world, but unless they can demonstrate how they'll get the votes they need it's all meaningless.
Current role
Committee Chair
Before politics
Broadcaster
Age
35
Lives in
Port Chalmers
Jim
O'Malley
Independent
Why I'm standing
No response given
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Carmen
Houlahan
Independent
Why I'm standing
I grew up in Dunedin. I am passionate about the city and I want to contribute to a future that is great for my children and yours.
My priorities
Fix infrastructure as it's restricting development at a time when we have a housing crisis.Improve our public transport and provide more car parks around the inner city.Work with councillors to tackle climate change so we have a sustainable future for our children.
Why me
I have strong skills in governance, promotions, media and business that would benefit Dunedin. As a journalist I regularly covered council meetings so have a good understanding of local government. I have managed staff and budgets, have a masters in entrepreneurial business and see problems as opportunities.
Before politics
Entrepreneur
Age
49
Lives in
Dunedin
Jules
Radich
Independent
Why I'm standing
I believe we need inclusive leadership and positive action in Dunedin and I'm standing for office to bring it. Tapping into our natural and heritage values, I want a pride of place culture at the heart of our community and driving policy.
My priorities
Bring back the beach at St Clair which will start Climate Change Resistance and save south Dunedin.Tackle service efficiency to produce more parking, better traffic flow, more housing and less debt.Develop Pride of Place culture to drive our local economy, purpose in youth and activity for all.
Why me
35 years in business and a science degree from Otago, give me strengths in problem solving, consensus building and strategic thinking. Currently a 15 yr Director of the Golden Centre and 12 yrs a Professional Business Coach, I bring a wealth of knowledge to work for Dunedin.
Before politics
Business Coach and Co Director
Age
64
Lives in
St Clair
Muthiah
James
Independent
Why I'm standing
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Hadley
Robinson-Lewis
Independent
Why I'm standing
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