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Waikato Regional Council
Climate change and resilience

Russ Rimmington

  • Reduce cow numbers by 20% by 2022.
  • Move to electric vehicles by 2021.
  • Change entire fleet of council vehicles and buses by 2021.

Barry Quayle

  • Inform all communities of risks to their communities and encourage LAs to incorporate adaptation and mitigation in their district plans.
  • Encourage all businesses and organisations in the region to attain Certified Emissions Measurement And Reduction Scheme (CEMARS) like WRC.
  • Ensure council has the majority of its vehicle fleet EVs within three years, accepting off road vehicles will take longer when become available.

William Durning

  • Ensure that goal of 45% reduction in WRC carbon dioxide by 2030 as detailed in CEMAS plan is on track to be achieved.
  • Support and promote the climate change work stream of the Waikato Plan as endorsed by the Waikato Mayoral Forum.
  • Ensure that information on sea level rise and other climate hazards are freely and easily available to all.

Jennifer Nickel

  • Collaborate to make our transitions to low-carbon lifestyles easier for all (urban and rural, individuals and organisations).
  • Collaborate to develop a Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Strategy.
  • Collaborate to reduce the carbon footprint of WRC and monitor this via their CEMARS certification.

Angela Strange

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, in line with central government policy.
  • Monitor and adjust our flood risks due to projected rising sea levels and storms.
  • Continue to measure and manage our emissions, working alongside key stakeholders.

Peter Koizumi

  • Support immediate reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Listen to and act on community concerns in regards to flood protection.
  • Proactively discuss how to adapt to climate change.
Governance and engagement

Russ Rimmington

  • Community hui's in every town to hear constituents concerns.
  • Employ the living wage immediately.
  • Commence every full council meeting with a public forum. Strictly 30 mins. The speaker presents his or her views.

Barry Quayle

  • Continue with Māori representation necessary for inputs on council as we have 6 joint management agreements set by govt from the treaty.
  • Continue my successful approach of inter council and organisation funding where projects have benefits beyond our region eg fish passage.
  • Widen engagement with communities so our consultation on plans hits a broader demographic and the topics are spelled out more clearly.

William Durning

  • Work actively with the CEO and senior management team in improving workplace conditions and culture as detailed in the CouncilMARK report.
  • Support interregional collaboration initiatives specifically UNISA, the Waikato Mayoral Forum and the Waikato Plan.
  • Actively engage with the Hamilton community in ways that suit them to raise awareness of the issues and work being undertaken by the WRC.

Jennifer Nickel

  • Ensure the successful implementation of the Waikato Plan to address the root causes of key regional issues.
  • Increase social media engagement with constituents.
  • Support the provision a living wage for all public sector employees and prioritise procurement for contractors that pay a living wage.

Angela Strange

  • Collaborate with other councils around smart and sustainable regional growth.
  • Actively engage with iwi to build partnerships that are enduring, effective and valuable to all.
  • Prioritise engagement and clear communication around decisions that affect local communities.

Peter Koizumi

  • Engage directly with the community to identify the issues they face.
  • Investigate the living wage for all Council Employees.
  • Support Interregional collaboration to reduce costs and share ideas.
Economic development

Russ Rimmington

  • Last election people laughed at my train idea. It starts next May It will be the start of the new economic between Waikato towns.
  • Provide low cost land to new industries. I did it on the north end of Hamilton. It was a great success.
  • I was one of the founders of the Waikato Innovation Park. This needs more funding to help inventors take their ideas to market.

Barry Quayle

  • Define a funding methodology to ensure proper investment in our flood asset renewals which are critical in the next few years.
  • Support and embed the Regional Development Agency's development strategy into our growth and well being agenda and get govt support.
  • Get Council to do more and better at less cost (efficiency gain) through better systems and processes furthering what I have achieved to date.

William Durning

  • Promote and expand the sharing of services between local councils through the Waikato Local Authority Shared Services (LASS) structure.
  • Review and update the regional economic development strategy and model incorporating the newly formed Te Waka.
  • Review flood protection assets maintenance plan protecting regional GDP of $2.2 Billion per annum including how it's funded.

Jennifer Nickel

  • Provide expertise for businesses to transition to more environmentally friendly and socially beneficial business models.
  • Collaborate to develop an affordable and useful public and freight transport network between the main centers in the Waikato.

Angela Strange

  • Actively collaborate with councils in the region to deliver sustainable infrastructure.
  • Work alongside Te Waka to support and promote sustainable economic development.
  • Monitor and maintain key ageing infrastructure assets, particularly around flood protection.

Peter Koizumi

  • Support current struggles in place.
  • Push to complete roading infrastructure on SH1 from Pokeno to Huntly.
  • Review the pest Management Plan to highlight all pest incursions in the region.
Rates and revenue

Russ Rimmington

  • Keep rates within CPI.
  • Oppose any debt or use of the Investment fund to hand out to local councils wish lists.
  • Currently WRC has a prudent strategy on finances. This can easily change with big new spenders.

Barry Quayle

  • Seek new ways to fund infrastructure renewals as it is not sustainable to continue to fund from rates.
  • Have govt pay rates on its land holdings and infrastructure like the private sector to share payment for flood protection on rail and roads.
  • Pursue a fit for purpose review of council teams and services to reduce overheads and cost to reduce rates increases and make services responsive.

William Durning

  • Seek review of WRC investment fund to consider that proceeds/dividends are used for intergenerational projects of significance.
  • Ensure rating levels strike a balance between the needs of increased infrastructure maintenance along with affordability for ratepayers.
  • Continue focus for improving efficiencies in operating costs of WRC business.

Jennifer Nickel

  • Continue with the current projections as per the Long Term Plan.
  • Continue to partner with others for the provision of jointly-supported quality services in the region.
  • Consider whether fairer user-pays strategies are feasible.

Angela Strange

  • Promote careful financial management, ensuring smart investment in infrastructure, and providing core services cost-effectively.
  • Maintain sustainable debt levels.

Peter Koizumi

  • Investigate why the Waikato Regional Council needs to run at a deficit.
  • Actively discuss issues around why rates need to increase for future projects.
Environment and biodiversity

Russ Rimmington

  • MPI emergency plans are inadequate. Just look at the recent outbreak of PSA Bovis. Response was far too long to get action.
  • Zero waste by 2025. It can be achieved with all working together.
  • Cleaner rivers with fewer dairy cows.

Barry Quayle

  • Ensure Koi Carp are included in the Pest Management Plan and continue support for reestablishment of indigenous bird life.
  • Endeavour to make our environmental biodiversity plans community led with some resourcing to support and continue EnviroSchools support.
  • Ensure greater resourcing and support goes to discovering illegal discharges and facilitating prosecution as deterrents are an effective tool.

William Durning

  • Realign Regional Pest Management Plan (terrestrial and marine) to current national policy.
  • Ensure that stock effluent dump site are built in a timely manner to protect the environment.
  • Continue with appropriate speed the work of Plan Change 1, restoring and protecting the health and wellbeing of the Waikato river.

Jennifer Nickel

  • Ensure the effectiveness of the upcoming pest management plan review to ensure it goes far enough to protect our biodiversity.
  • Increase resourcing for environmental compliance monitoring and enforcement.
  • Collaborate on waste minimisation initiatives in the region.

Angela Strange

  • Continue to promote Environmental education in all sectors of schooling as this promotes instinctive thinking and acting sustainably.
  • Continue to monitor land use and its impact on water quality.
  • Explore innovative ways to reduce, reuse and recycle waste.

Peter Koizumi

  • Identify alternative waste management strategies and minimisation solutions.
Transport

Russ Rimmington

  • Free weekend bus transport. Free transport for all students. I have changed PT but much more to be done.
  • Work with Hamilton city, NZTA, smaller towns to greatly improve and extend cycleways.
  • Once the commuter train is going everyday to auckland get a service to Te Awamutu, Cambridge and Morrinsville.

Barry Quayle

  • Ensure the Auckland to Waikato transport corridor is planned with a long term vision in mind ensuring it is an effective arterial.
  • Further develop and join the cycle network for local transport and tourism enhancement.
  • Endeavour to entrench the trial of free bus transport for under 18s as this leads to the likelihood uptake of public transport as an adult.

William Durning

  • Support partnership with Hamilton City Council seeing greater uptake in public transportation.
  • Support further expansion of rail connection/integration between Hamilton and Auckland.
  • Encourage an upper north island transportation infrastructure plan between Auckland, Bay of Plenty and the Waikato.

Jennifer Nickel

  • Collaborate to develop an affordable and useful public and freight transport network between the main centers in the Waikato.
  • Collaborate to review the feasibility of new regional cycleway/walkway connections between towns.

Angela Strange

  • Ensure our transport network is balanced, efficient and accessible.
  • Support passenger rail, cycling lanes and walking paths.

Peter Koizumi

  • Support passenger rail services between Hamilton and Auckland.
  • Support the electrification of the NIMT through the Waikato District.
Freshwater

Russ Rimmington

  • Plan change One will make a huge difference. At first I was against it, but I have changed my mind.
  • Ban all irrigation on dairy land.
  • Monitor water takes ensuring sustainability.

Barry Quayle

  • Adopt practical and reasonable steps recommended by the Commissioners on plan Change 1 where they aren't economy disruptors in the short term.
  • Advocate strongly for the region to central govt where their proposed policies NPS are significant economic disruptors to our region.
  • Ensure land use change plans to reduce nutrients to water enable practical and reasonable transition supported by communities with certainty.

William Durning

  • Continue with appropriate speed the work of Plan Change 1, restoring and protecting the health and wellbeing of the Waikato river.
  • Consult and review on how expanding and extending the work of the Lake Taupō Protection Trust could look for other parts of our region.
  • Continue to support landowners undertaking action to address erosion, water quality and improve biodiversity as is currently practised.

Jennifer Nickel

  • Ensure the successful conclusion of the Healthy Rivers Plan Change process.
  • Support individuals and organisations to implement efficient and best practice water management.
  • Encourage rainwater collection for watering gardens/landscapes to reduce treated water use.

Angela Strange

  • Collaborate with central government around the freshwater action plans.
  • Actively work with communities, industry and stakeholders to monitor and improve freshwater quality.

Peter Koizumi

  • Support innovative solutions to improve water quality over shorter timeframes.
  • Listen to the communities issues and seek answers from those directly affected.
  • Identify what are true causes of poor water quality in our waterways.

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