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Utilities and services

Scout Barbour-Evans

  • Continue the work to upgrade our wastewater infrastructure so that it meets Dunedin's actual needs.
  • Continue the work to move from a black rubbish bag system to a wheelie bin system so that all residents can afford to have waste removed.

John Guthrie

  • Develop rubbish and recycling best practices to minimise waste going to landfills.
  • Continue the long term programme of upgrading the city's wastewater and sewerage systems—potentially our Achilles heel.
  • Encourage citizens of Dunedin to be tidy Dunners people. Nothing worse than unclean streets to turn locals and visitors off.

Doug Hall

  • Collect recyclable material for reuse only if we have a end use for it or we can establish one. I recycled 35,000 tonne of product last year.
  • Water supply for human consumption needs to be of best quality possible at all times no matter what the cost.
  • Renew wastewater and sewerage systems including enlarging for future development growth within the city and suburbs.

Dave Hanan

  • Eliminate plastic rubbish bags and replace with bins. Have available a variety of bin sizes for households.
  • Review the what we recycle so that we are not dumping our waste offshore contaminating foreign lands.
  • Have rubbish collection and recycling rates funded.

Aaron Hawkins

  • Replace our plastic rubbish bag collection with wheelie bins and introduce organic waste collection at kerbside.
  • Explore stormwater options that provide broader community wellbeing opportunities (through parks and recreation assets, for example).
  • Work with NZTA to ensure that our cycle network is as free of debris and obstacles (particularly glass) as we can manage.

Carmen Houlahan

  • Fix the infrastructure that comes to our door like the waste, storm and freshwater. It is old and at capacity and holding up development.
  • Educate and encourage more recycling. Encourage more schools to become enviroschools.
  • Do not sell our water, keep it for our use and maintain the pipes and ensure its purity for future generations.

Neville K Jemmett

  • Begin green waste recycling bins for collection throughout Dunedin City, replace plastic bags with small bins thus avoiding road dumping.
  • Supply doggy litter bags and bins in a greater area throughout dunedin especially parks and walkways replacing the deleted supermarket bags.
  • Extend the number of times that street cleaning is executed especially during the time of year when leaves are falling from the trees.

Anthony Kenny

  • To establish a plan to remove roadside rubbish from state highways with our city areas.
  • To make rubbish disposal at refuse centres more cost effective to stop the current trend of roadside dumping.
  • Ensure that all local areas have a high grade drinking water.

Marie Laufiso

  • Replace our plastic rubbish bag collection with wheelie bins and introduce organic waste collection at kerbside.

Jason Lindsey

  • Replace inefficient infrastructure with improved technology like LED street lights.
  • Create wheelie bin service for organic waste.
  • Incentivise self sustainable property development to reduce the burden on infrastructure management.

Sophie Barker

  • Prioritise reducing and reusing instead of using recycling as the default option.
  • Invest in infrastructure to ensure basic services such as water and waste as a priority action for projected city growth.

Russell Lund

  • Increase the historical underspend on drainage and wastewater renewals.
  • Review the decision to have the DCC landfill operation removed from DCC owned Delta, who were running the landfill very efficiently.
  • Develop and implement a plan for replacement of all DCC asbestos water main pipework. This is critical for the hospital rebuild.

Peter MacKenzie

  • Recycling and rubbish collection should be based on what ratepayers need, from genuine consultation.
  • Prioritise proving the cleanest drinking water and treating all sewage fully, investing in draining stormwater in flood-prone areas.
  • Oppose instituting metered water use charges, or privatising any civic services.

John Marrable

  • Educate both public and rubbish collectors that leaving bins in the middle of paths prevent mobility aids users from safely using footpaths.
  • Ensure that street cleaning in areas prone to flooding is increased in autumn to remove leafs etc that can block drains etc.
  • Ensure that the Dog Control Policy 2016 is being met and make amendments for any discrepancies.

Mandy Mayhem-Bullock

  • Establish a new drinking water regulator and setting appropriate standards to ensure public health outcomes.
  • Renew the sewerage pipes through central city and South Dunedin before another extreme weather event results in harbour contamination.
  • Continue to address waste minimisation in the wider Dunedin area.

Malcolm Moncrief-Spittle

  • Stop the fluoridation of the water supply. Fluoride is not required for the safety of the drinking water supply. It is a form of medication.
  • Bring in a second wheelie-bin for kerbside recollection, to replace the current black plastic bags.
  • Ensure renewal of wastewater and sewerage infrastructure. This is core infrastructure, and the most important work done by the council.

George Morris

  • Explore best ways to collect and dispose of the city's waste.

Damian Newell

  • Invest in a purpose built waste management plant and secure a new landfill site whilst refine and streamline our street collection service.
  • Continue to renew our aging infrastructure in central city and Sth D whilst invest in our growth areas Mosgiel and Taieri.
  • Work with ORC to develop better stormwater collection and processing both rural and urban.

Robert (Bob) Barlin

  • Investigate the start up of recycling facilities in Dunedin to recycle tyres, plastics and batteries to generate investment and jobs.
  • Ensure infrastructure is modern, effective and efficient.
  • Ensure sewerage and flood systems are effective and able to deal with sea level rises.

Jules Radich

  • Waste not, want not. Establish plastic recycling and extend the Green Island landfill to maximum capacity.
  • Review three waters maintenance program to trim debt increases.
  • Review street surface extravagance to trim debt increases.

Richard Seager

  • Start the process of removing all landfill below 10 metres above sea level. Make sure that process is started with the most 'at risk' areas.
  • Work to remove plastic waste including disposal bags. Implement best practices on rubbish and recycling from elsewhere. Review operations.
  • Work with local initiatives for renewable power whether wind, solar or wave. Negotiate cooperation with national grid integration.

Chris Staynes

  • Consult on and introduce an upgraded rubbish collection service which includes green waste collection.
  • Ensure priority is given to infrastructure upgrades that address the flooding risk in South Dunedin.
  • Ensure council maintains a high priority on the 3-waters renewal program.

Callum Steele-MacIntosh

  • Include the bins into the rates. This is a natural progression for inclusive rates and will benefit our environment hugely.

Steve Walker

  • Create a far better system for separating my recycling, i.e food waste, I don't purchase plastic but the DCC force me to buy a black bag!
  • Create better oversight around contracted street cleaning, as a community board Chair I'm forever being informed of shoddy sub standard work.

Andrew Whiley

  • Improve the consenting process where all consents are on a visual clock. All involved can see how it is moving through the DCC offices.
  • More ambassador roles where a case manager assists someone through the various channels of council. Quicker and more effective process.
  • Bring technology to the mobile libraries so they become more of a DCC engagement centre where rates and dog licences etc can be paid.

David Benson-Pope

  • Continue to provide a safe water supply that is not metered for residential users.
  • Improve the street cleaning regime throughout the city but especially in high use inner-city areas.
  • Improve all our wastewater treatment sites to protect against contamination of waterways.

Sarah Davie-Nitis

  • Invest in monitoring the performance of contractors undertaking council services.
  • Enhance the cities handling of curbside rubbish and recycling.
  • Consider the supply of additional water fountains in public spaces as infrastructure renewals take place.

Rachel Elder

  • Engage with the community about the upcoming options available for their waste and recycling.
  • Divert the wastewater from South Dunedin so as to reduce contamination and health hazards in a big rain event.
  • Inspect and make sure the cleaning and maintenance in communities main streets is of a high standard to ensure a sense of local pride.

Hugh Forsyth

  • Support policy of separating waste and stormwater infrastructure and encourage requirement for permeable surface on all development sites.
  • Support dog ownership as a means of providing companionship, and facilitation of exercise, and meeting others in an open air environment.
  • Develop green waste composting for resale and investigate collaborating with other councils on combined local plastic waste reprocessing.

Christine Garey

  • Move away from single-use plastic rubbish bags for household rubbish collection as quickly as possible.
  • Incentivise household waste reduction and recycling.
  • Continue DCC's three waters work to improve drinking water quality, the management of stormwater and sewage.
Housing and planning

Scout Barbour-Evans

  • Increase council housing stock substantially, with adequate transport links in and out of town from each council home.
  • Examine which brownfield sites in Dunedin could be suitable for rezoning in order to address the impending housing crisis.
  • Improve the quality of all housing stock in Dunedin with a rental warrant of fitness that addresses Dunedin's actual weather conditions.

John Guthrie

  • Encourage development of housing that is sympathetic to the environment.
  • Have a policy of zero homelessness in Dunedin.
  • Encourage affordable housing.

Dave Hanan

  • Undertake a cost effective replacement policy of poor quality council housing stock.
  • Protect productive land on the Taieri.
  • Create a more collaborative and cooperative approach to building consent process. Eliminate development contribution levies.

Aaron Hawkins

  • Sell the Wall St Mall (valued at $30m) and use the money to support an ambitious public housing programme in the city.
  • Support a rental Warrant of Fitness or similar, to ensure the Healthy Homes standards are enforced with relying solely on tenant complaints.
  • Shift the balance in favour of people and pedestrians (as opposed to working backwards from cars) in planning our city and suburban centres.

Carmen Houlahan

  • Find more suitable land for building. Give incentives to developers to build more housing.
  • Appoint a person to be a case manager for people wanting to build. Avoid having to go to different departments just deal with one person.
  • Prioritise fixing the infrastructure that you need to build a house (waste, storm and freshwater) so that development can continue.

Neville K Jemmett

  • Rearrange the consent application policy by providing the applicant with a need to supply document that fully covers the application.
  • Blinkered approach to land supply and zoning has ensured that many projects have been refused unnecessarily and needs a more lenient system.
  • Remember to provide relaxing areas in the CBD for the elderly and shoppers by providing vehicle free areas in the main shopping area.

Anthony Kenny

  • To speed up the building consent process whilst maintaining quality of service.
  • With the growing elderly population, increase the availability of council flats.
  • To assess the requirements of providing for the homeless, and the main reasons of this social problem.

Marie Laufiso

  • Support a rental warrant of fitness or similar, to ensure the Healthy Homes standards are enforced with relying solely on tenant complaints.

Jason Lindsey

  • Streamline and simplify the consenting process to try to reduce confusion and unnecessary delays.
  • Create better urban design that encourages meaningful and impactful community interaction.
  • Incentivise more urban redevelopment to include inner-city apartments.

Sophie Barker

  • Urgently Review Dunedin's Spatial Plan 2012. Six years have seen large changes in city growth, climate change issues and housing requirements.
  • Investigate housing options that make best use of available land to cater for Dunedin's growing population and don't result in urban sprawl.
  • Ensure that all council planning respects and protects our heritage architecture as a key strength of Dunedin's assets.

Russell Lund

  • A large increase in new social housing from the zero units planned by DCC over next 10 years.
  • Stop the pedestrianisation of George St.
  • Amend the foolish "granny flat" 2GP planning rule that only allows family members to occupy granny flats.

Peter MacKenzie

  • Ensure warm and comfortable housing for all citizens, including the least fortunate.
  • Encourage sufficient housing projects in areas that are not flood-prone.
  • Encourage policies to support community members less able to support themselves, for whatever reason. Support green inclusions.

John Marrable

  • Ensure that all council housing is brought up to as nearly as reasonably practicable standard with regards to accessibility.
  • Ensure that building consent officers are aware as to why overlooked aspects of design for access and mobility is important.
  • Ensure that urban spaces and streetscapes cater for persons of all abilities especially those using personal mobility aids.

Mandy Mayhem-Bullock

  • Make it easier to build family flats in most zones to provide more housing options for extended families in the new 2GP.
  • Provide accommodation for those whose needs are not adequately met, continued subsidy to elderly and support for those with disabilities.
  • Provide support and assistance to those seeking building and resource consents, to allow faster and easier service.

Malcolm Moncrief-Spittle

  • Engage with property developers to determine what are the limiting factors, that are slowing the rate of new home building.
  • Increase density of housing in some areas. Increased demands requires either more density or houses in new areas. Pros and cons with both.
  • Recognise not only the utilitarian, but also the spiritual, ecological and amenity values of land, through relationships with local iwi.

George Morris

  • Encourage initiatives aimed at responding to the difficulties citizens have at accessing affordable housing.

Damian Newell

  • Set up a working group for all involved in the building industry to fast track consents and address land availability issues within the 2GP.
  • Work alongside co housing projects and look to secure more council housing through possible asset realisation.
  • Continue to ensure our rental accomodation is inline with current regulations and offers a quality of life we expect in Dunedin.

Robert (Bob) Barlin

  • Need to streamline processes and procedures to reduce costs.
  • Encourage a user friendly approach to attract investment.
  • Beautify areas to encourage investors to further develop at no cost to council.

Jules Radich

  • Establish a Development Nurture program to help applicants negotiate the rules.
  • Set up a Space Savers program to turn empty buildings into much needed accommodation for the looming demand.
  • Set up a Pride of Place think tank to work further on the issue including all stakeholders.

Richard Seager

  • Address homelessness by making sure everyone in Dunedin has adequate shelter that is safe for them (especially in regards to women).
  • Engage with a range of experts (not just NZ based supply and demand focused ones) on how to implement a fair housing policy for all.
  • Actively engage with stakeholders (including students) on how to improve the often very substandard accommodation in the student quarter.

Chris Staynes

  • Facilitate the rezoning of land to provide for the development of more new homes to cope with our growing population.
  • Support initiatives and policies aimed at improving the quality and energy efficiency of our housing stock, particularly rental properties.
  • Support investment in improvements in the 'public realm' that enhance Dunedin's livability and reduce our carbon footprint.

Callum Steele-MacIntosh

  • Increase building consent availability: by reviewing the current downfalls and taking into account community complaints and suggestions.
  • Potential DCC investments into property: this could potentially generate revenue and allow for more affordable houses to be built.
  • Reduce zoning: to allow for more land to be built on in areas that will not be affected by climate change or rising sea levels.

Steve Walker

  • Create world class urban spaces, families deserve pedestrianised areas, tidy graffiti-free cities and people deserve to breathe fresh air!
  • Commit to address and fund looming pressure on our housing stock, we need more social housing and more affordable rentals before it's too late.
  • Reassess the need for a 5-star hotel that is aesthetically distasteful in the centre of our lovely city, a low-rise option elsewhere please!

Andrew Whiley

  • Create more land areas suited for housing and commercial developments.
  • Reframe the title Granny Flats in the 2GP to small homes and remove the caveat that the occupants need to be family to the main dwelling.
  • Work with third parties to finance high quality social housing for warmer and healthy living especially in areas where there are services.

David Benson-Pope

  • Continue to ensure regulatory and consenting services meet or better statutory guidelines.
  • Enhance the core urban areas for the benefit of locals and visitors.
  • Continue initiatives to assist with home insulation and the provision of social and lower-cost housing.

Sarah Davie-Nitis

  • Revisit the city's Spatial Plan with a view to addressing land supply issues.
  • Ensure decisions relating to urban spaces reflect the lifestyle residents value.
  • Establish a means to apply pressure on landlords to provide 'fit for purpose' rental properties.

Rachel Elder

  • Update the second generation plan to include more land for housing to reflect Dunedin's medium growth status.
  • Work with planners and property developers to identify barriers to development so that they can be addressed.
  • Work with social service providers, churches, Housing NZ and developers to build new well insulated social housing.

Hugh Forsyth

  • Support social initiatives that address homeless residents and displaced families, and mechanisms such as food banks, women's refuges.
  • Support central city plan, shared vehicle/pedestrian space on George St, and laneway links between new Hospital and Filleul Street.
  • Support the housing policy to support community trusts establishing affordable housing on public land.

Christine Garey

  • Continue to support various schemes to improve the quality of housing stock—better insulation and heating.
  • Build more social housing to meet demand.
  • Streamline processes for people wishing to subdivide to encourage the release of land for housing development throughout the city.
Climate change and resilience

Scout Barbour-Evans

  • Continue to find waste solutions that are sustainable and effective.
  • Continue to fund projects encouraging sustainable transport options for all Dunedin residents, including disabled and elderly communities.

John Guthrie

  • Make care for the environment simply the way we do business.
  • Ensure civil defence services are practical and efficient.
  • Create a sensible long term pathway to earthquake strengthening and care for the environment.

Dave Hanan

  • Lobby shipping lines to sign onto MARPOL—Burn better fuel on ships.
  • More work is required to address South Dunedin ground water and sea erosion issues.
  • Continue to support heritage building owners with earthquake strengthening works.

Aaron Hawkins

  • Fight for nature: a $1m per year fund (co-funded by the DCC and ORC) to support our zero carbon and biodiversity goals.
  • Meet our goal of being a zero carbon city by 2030, by completing and implementing a climate action plan including milestones along the way.
  • Empower neighbourhoods to build resilient communities by resourcing place-based groups to do that work, rather than have it done to them.

Carmen Houlahan

  • Work with councillors to implement the climate emergency and action steps needed to fulfil this.
  • Make a plan for South Dunedin so residents can plan their future. Talk to residents let them know council cares.
  • Education and promotion are key. Reward behaviour that lowers the city's climate emissions.

Neville K Jemmett

  • Study is needed on how best to address the greenhouse emissions as I believe it is not being taken seriously by the current council.
  • Climate change is already amongst us now so policies must be adopted now and made available to allow the general public time to prepare.
  • Investigate how much council funding is available for earthquake strengthening and in insufficient recommend that further funding be made.

Anthony Kenny

  • Assessment of the St Clair beach erosion.
  • To have more electric vehicle charging points around the city.
  • Assess the need to have an efficient council vehicle fleet against cost of current vehicles.

Marie Laufiso

  • Empower neighbourhoods to build resilient communities by resourcing place-based groups to actively champion and carry out that work.

Jason Lindsey

  • Incentivise smarter building practices and materials to reduce waste and decrease power consumption of the end user.
  • Seek out successful solutions, world-wide, for other communities dealing with high water tables.
  • Market and encourage ways for families and businesses to use less power and save more money.

Sophie Barker

  • Ensure council takes expert advice to inform our response to climate change to ensure rational, well informed policy suitable for Dunedin.
  • Add a climate change strategy complete with action plan to the council's suite of strategies as one does not currently exist.
  • Join other councils to lobby central govt to institute centralised all-of-government response to climate change with NZ wide action plan.

Russell Lund

  • Rebuild the St Clair beach groynes that have provided historical protection as a first step to fix South Dunedin's sea level rise problem.
  • Provide a more flexible and user friendly consent regime for re-use and strengthening of Dunedin's heritage buildings.
  • Ensure the Dunedin power distribution network is capable of handling the expected surge in demand from increased electric vehicle usage.

Peter MacKenzie

  • Address flooding and drainage issues in vulnerable areas of the city. Encourage buildings that can be elevated and shifted easily.
  • Assist heritage building strengthening and preservation.
  • Encourage cleaner, more efficient transport and heating.

John Marrable

  • Ensure that the infrastructure in the low lying areas such as St Clair and South Dunedin is brought up to date to cope with recent flooding.
  • Ensure that the Civil Defence caters for the increasing number of persons with reduced mobility (PRM), eg elderly and disabled persons.
  • Create an accessible city and transport system to help reduce the number of private vehicles coming into the city and reduce gas emissions.

Mandy Mayhem-Bullock

  • Make all council activities carbon neutral by 2030.
  • Plan and provide for civil defence emergency management within area, carries out and promotes effective emergency and risk management.
  • Continue to work on development of the Climate Change Adaptation Project Plan.

Malcolm Moncrief-Spittle

  • Abandon plans to be CO2 neutral. Climate alarmism has become a form of mass hysteria. There is no climate emergency.
  • Improve drainage infrastructure, such as pumps and pipes, to cope with the natural occurrence of extreme weather events, such as flooding.
  • Leave the Global Compact of Mayors. Alarmism is based on propagandistic pseudoscience. The IPCC is a political body, not a scientific one.

George Morris

  • Investigate ways of enhancing the city's response to environmental issues.

Damian Newell

  • Develop more cohesion with all emergency services and fine tune links to our ratepayers give the most up to date information available.
  • Examine every aspect of our business including air travel and transport and by designing a new waste management system accordingly.
  • Collate and act on solid data regarding resilience around sea level rise and flood mitigation and continue to upgrade our aging three waters.

Robert (Bob) Barlin

  • Request formation of Mayoral Task Force to establish plans for climate change and sea level rising.
  • Call for council to electrify rail line between Palmerston and Milton for priority commuter use.
  • Request more charging stations and establish clean vehicle council fleet.

Jules Radich

  • Establish the Climate Change Resistance as a rallying organisation to bring the best ideas and actions to the fore.
  • Rebuild the groyne sandtrap on St Clair Beach to raise the beach by 1-3 metres to mitigate coastal erosion. See: stclairbeach.co.nz.
  • Make a small lake in south Dunedin to get the water table stabilised with drains and pumps for floods.

Richard Seager

  • Make the university precinct a cycle zone with (very) limited car access working with central government to include Cumberland and Great King.
  • Require all public infrastructure development be at least seven metres above sea level (similar to California guidelines) including new hospital.
  • Canvas the options for sea level rise adaptation in South Dunedin, Taieri plain and elsewhere, present them to referendum and then implement result.

Chris Staynes

  • Develop a comprehensive climate change mitigation and adaptation strategy with clear action plans and measures for the next 5-10 years.
  • Ensure that at all major decision points the climate change impact associated with that decision is assessed and taken into consideration.
  • Ensure that an appropriate budget is incorporated in the LTP so that the climate change adaptation and mitigation plans are adequately funded.

Callum Steele-MacIntosh

  • Invest in external revenue sources. More long term investments will reduce the overall cost of eco-infrastructure on ratepayers.
  • A major investment into the water drainage system in South Dunedin. This needs to happen and will benefit us far more than any overall cost.
  • Environmentally friendly, financially sustainable policy. Environmental policy that takes into account the financial strain it will cause.

Steve Walker

  • Make climate change a social justice issue as the detrimental effects of climate change will be unjustly borne by the poor (South Dunedin).
  • Encourage all councillors to be united on issues of climate change and not divided—people are marching around the world for united action!
  • Understand that climate change issues will be difficult so decisions must be taken only after listening to affected communities and experts.

Andrew Whiley

  • Work with the University and Polytechnic to create a Green Technology hub where new technologies can be incubated and tried.
  • Accelerate investment in the infrastructure of South Dunedin to provide security to those living there.
  • Ensure there is a credible plan and proper investment for coastal protection at St Clair Beach, Middle Beach and St Kilda Beach.

David Benson-Pope

  • Support existing council targets (neutral by 2030).
  • Increase protection of low-lying areas of the city.
  • Continue via the DCC Heritage fund to support building owners to strengthen and maintain buildings.

Sarah Davie-Nitis

  • Ensure council infrastructure is of an adequate design to manage climate change and diverse weather events.
  • Make environmentally sustainable choices readily available for residents.
  • Prepare communities for natural disasters by facilitating events building connectedness and local community response groups.

Rachel Elder

  • Invest to gain a greater understanding of what the issues are on our foreshores and about groundwater to identify issues and solutions.
  • Support the Dunedin City Council the Otago Regional Council, Civil Defence and the community with emergency plans and preparedness.
  • Review our waste and recycling system and look at all options when planning our new landfill to reduce emissions. It's our biggest emitter.

Hugh Forsyth

  • Move council car fleet to electric power as possible and support ORC change to electric busses.
  • Support managed retreat in South Dunedin thought embankments, detention ponds, and wetland areas.
  • Promote and support strengthening and continued use of heritage buildings for commercial use.

Christine Garey

  • Work with regional council in regards to reducing bus fares to compliment the current free for some policy.
  • Continue to build infrastructure and community resilience in South Dunedin through a collaborative approach.
  • Support community organisations that strengthen community networks towards resilience in the face of natural hazard events.
Rates and revenue

Scout Barbour-Evans

  • Continue to ensure that Dunedin City Council takes on as little debt as possible.
  • Ensure that the rates paid are at a sustainable rate, so that we do not neglect essential infrastructure anymore but it's affordable.

John Guthrie

  • Ensure rates are fair and justified.
  • Ensure financial management systems are best practice.
  • Ensure council debt remains within 'best practice' guidelines.

Dave Hanan

  • Establish a rating priority for council expenditure.
  • Require council controlled companies to regularly report to council. Council need to have oversight of companies capital expenditure.
  • Fees need to be justified. If they are to be increased the revenue must be used in a targeted way eg to enhance level of service.

Aaron Hawkins

  • Implement a fair rate for short term visitor accommodation (Airbnb etc) as a commercial business, relieving pressure on the rental market.
  • Resist the principle of regressive taxation (uniform charges etc) wherever possible.
  • Lobby government for greater investment in infrastructure required to adapt to our changing climate.

Carmen Houlahan

  • Keep rates down. Some people are paying as much as $100 a week for rates on their home. This is unsustainable.
  • Take out a loan when the interest rates are so low and fix the infrastructure.
  • Encourage entrepreneurs to our city. Get the tech and startup sectors to brainstorm some solutions to our cities problems.

Neville K Jemmett

  • Provide a fixed term budget plan that covers council debt repayments outside of a rates increase that covers long term debts.
  • Increase in rates can solve some current situations but to do so for back debts or overspends does not fall well with ratepayers.
  • Investigate all fees and charges and ascertain where charges could be lowered and others increased thus providing better public relations.

Anthony Kenny

  • I would like to see no more increases in rates in the short term, with a view of efficient spending.
  • To reduce council debt by supporting the community within its means.
  • Not selling council assets that are profitable or can be made profitable.

Marie Laufiso

  • Lobby central government for greater investment in infrastructure required to adapt to our changing climate.
  • Lobby colleagues on increased rates rebates and lowered income thresholds.

Jason Lindsey

  • Prioritise reporting on council investments so there is more transparency, understanding and accountability.
  • Introduce a two tiered rate scheme so the city can take some development risk without burdening senior citizens with large rates increases.
  • Approach council spending with a better understanding on what the risks, alternatives and return on investment will be.

Sophie Barker

  • Keep rates rises to sensible levels while not forsaking essential services and city progress.
  • Stop council adding last minute rates rises through Annual Plan process by not supporting ad-hoc, non researched and analysed pet projects.
  • Investigate user-pays for out-of-town visitors using council assets so they may contribute directly to management and infrastructure costs.

Russell Lund

  • Eliminate the $150M (min) of fanciful and wasteful spending in the proposed DCC 10 year plan.
  • Reduce the planned massive rate rises (65% over 10 years) proposed in the 10 year plan.
  • Reduce the debt and the massive planned power lines charges from the council owned Aurora Energy that will be unaffordable to many.

Peter MacKenzie

  • Keep council fees at cost and strive for evidence-based financial decisions, avoiding "wish lists" until infrastructure is fully maintained.
  • Prioritise basic civic functions and debt reduction with prudent and transparent spending only.
  • Hold rates at current spending rates and get the basics right before considering aspirational projects. Transparently tender all contracts.

John Marrable

  • Ensure that the council owned parking buildings meet access legislation and any replacement ticket machines are fully functioning.
  • Investigate ways that Forsyth Barr Stadium can be used more so that stadium-related debt can be reduced.
  • Ensure that the council's investment properties meet the minimum target return as set in 2018.

Mandy Mayhem-Bullock

  • Campaign central government for more money (not just for roading but tourism and core infrastructure).
  • The council must reduce expenditure and reduce or defer capital expenditure in order to reduce debt.
  • Review revenue from Dunedin City Holdings Limited and consolidate some of the assets.

Malcolm Moncrief-Spittle

  • Keep increases of fees and charges in line with inflation (currently < 2%). Increases above 2% make things progressively less affordable.
  • Keep rates increases as low as possible. Keeping rates increases in line with inflation (currently < 2%) would be the ideal.
  • Avoid extending the council's debt limits. Total debt is already heading towards $1 billion. This is a risk if lending rates should increase.

George Morris

  • Ensure expenditure is based on reasons that best serve all.

Damian Newell

  • Strike a balance between growth and equity. To enhance our city and way of life whilst making sure everyone comes along with.
  • Manage our assets with an eye to the future, we must budget and invest with a far longer term view than a three year triennium.
  • Work with LGNZ to generate more and different income streams to alleviate rate pressure whilst investing and maintenance of our infrastructure.

Robert (Bob) Barlin

  • Fully investigate rates increases against infrastructure repair and upgrade.
  • Conduct infrastructure works so that they cause minimal obstruction to population.
  • Work closely with council and council staff to benefit population expectations.

Jules Radich

  • Decrease debt target which is nearly double current and is too high especially for frippery and maintenance.
  • Subject council investments to standard business scrutiny and provide support to make them each profitable.
  • Rates increases are essential. Any suggestion that they are not is nonsense. It's called life and economics, death and taxes.

Richard Seager

  • If at all possible remove any 'white elephants' from ratepayers responsibility. And definitely don't add anymore of the same.
  • Review/audit all income and expenditure, take a microscope to the balance sheets and then advise citizens of the outcome of this review/audit.
  • Look at all options for funding of necessary climate change adaptation/resilience measures that will need to be taken. Seek community approval.

Chris Staynes

  • Keep rate increases within the parameters of the LTP's Financial Management Policy.
  • Review performance of council's investments with a view to divesting assets not delivering an adequate financial return or community benefit.
  • Hold fees and charges increases to within the CPI increase.

Callum Steele-MacIntosh

  • Reduce rates through dumping of bad investments and increased new investments. They generate income that reduces the cost on ratepayers.
  • Reduce wasteful spending on infrastructure that is not necessary, such as the temporary bus hub until the new hospital is built.
  • Invest in business to generate external sources of income. This will ease the cost on ratepayers and grow the economy.

Steve Walker

  • Introduce clearer guidelines around rate rebates as there is currently conflicting information, it's about wellbeing and preventing hardship.
  • Make sure that council-owned companies are well managed/governed and remain an integral part of the council's financial strategy.
  • Endeavour to be fiscally responsible within the context of balancing the need for development, managing costs and controlling debt/rate rises.

Andrew Whiley

  • Low interest rates and large building boom about to happen now is the perfect time to accelerate infrastructure spend in 50–100 yr old assets.
  • Cap rates to a 3%, 3% and 3% over the next 3-years. Work to grow revenue opportunities while focus on reducing expenditure.
  • Create a stronger rate base by releasing more land for development for residential and commercial purposes.

David Benson-Pope

  • Ensure rates are as affordable as possible and resist any further increase of uniform charges.
  • Continue close monitoring of council companies and investments.
  • Maintain debt at agreed acceptable levels.

Sarah Davie-Nitis

  • Continue to invest wisely in core infrastructure renewals.
  • Review fees and charges for visitors to our council owned facilities such as the early settlers museum.

Rachel Elder

  • Review our investments annually and consider and get advice on our investment portfolio to get the best returns for our city.
  • Lobby central government regarding funding for gathering data and the science around sea level rise, groundwater, erosion and rain events.
  • Employ a staff member with grant application expertise to assist our many departments apply for the millions of funding dollars available.

Hugh Forsyth

  • Maintain rate increases to a maximum of 5% per year for the next 5 year period.
  • Support current council strategic financial goal and management strategy and reporting.
  • Maintain ownership of council businesses when profitable and meeting sustainable, environmental, and social wellbeing KPIs.

Christine Garey

  • Continue to lobby central government around funding sources other than rates to fund eg climate change-related work.
  • Keep rates within the averages set in the 10 year plan.
  • Better educate ratepayers re council's fiscal responsibility—debt levels, the level of spending and the value of assets held.
Jobs and economy

Scout Barbour-Evans

  • Promote Dunedin as the gateway to adventure tourism locations.
  • Create mentorship opportunities to encourage Dunedin youth into governance positions and to scaffold them once they're there.
  • Continue to promote Dunedin as an ideal place for technological advancements and work opportunities.

John Guthrie

  • Ensure Dunedin is on the top of the 'must visit' list for all visitors to NZ.
  • Make Dunedin the number one place in NZ to come and live in.
  • Make Dunedin the best place from which to operate a business.

Dave Hanan

  • Encourage a business friendly council that cooperates with startups as they establish.
  • Overseas marketing of the city needs to be undertaken to ensure that our tourism sector continues to grow.
  • Council to facilitate enhanced working relationships with schools and businesses promoting jobs that relate to local activity (eg hospital).

Aaron Hawkins

  • Expand the scope of council's living wage accreditation to include our CCOs and encourage other public and private employers to sign up also.
  • Support economic development initiatives that deliver on social and environmental outcomes by focusing more on social enterprise start-ups.
  • Build on the assets that make the city an attractive place to live and work: galleries, museums, parks, cycling, festivals and events.

Carmen Houlahan

  • Lobby for Dunedin to be the head office for the newly created NZ Institute of Skills and Technology. It would bring jobs and skills here.
  • Encourage businesses to give students work experience during the student year. This is a win win for business and students.
  • Support businesses in the CBD during the infrastructure work financially, and also with promotions to avoid business owners leaving the CBD.

Neville K Jemmett

  • Provide regular council funded workshops on youth employment using top businessmen as advisers.
  • Promate local industries and tourism at a greater level than just heritage buildings and transport would be a good starting point.
  • Assist local business by offering council funded loans at a small interest to those who can provide a sound business plan and support base.

Anthony Kenny

  • To support local businesses by making it easier for them to let their needs be known.
  • Update and maintain infrastructure rather than new projects.
  • Local city projects priority to be given to local businesses that are able to meet the criterias.

Marie Laufiso

  • Expand scope of DCC's living wage accreditation to include our CCOs.
  • Encourage other public and private employers to also pay the living wage.

Jason Lindsey

  • Help support the startup ecosystem and market the city to create and attract more innovative businesses.
  • Support initiatives that create links between local businesses and tertiary students so we can retain NZ's best and brightest students.
  • Support ideas and initiatives that improves Dunedin's reputation as a premiere tourist destination.

Sophie Barker

  • Immediately review Economic Development Strategy and mechanisms of implementation and delivery to refocus upon transformational actions.
  • Re-establish the 'red carpet' project for business support. Make certain council has a plan for building better relationships with business.
  • Prioritise growing jobs and GDP. Launch new strategic marketing campaign to establish Dunedin as the number one city of choice.

Russell Lund

  • Provide all possible assistance to Otago Polytech to lobby Government to locate the proposed national polytechnic HQ in Dunedin.
  • Support to the proposed Dunedin Engineering Cluster promoted by Farra that will provide more well paid engineering trade jobs in Dunedin.
  • Work with the University to make the proposed waterfront "Sustainable Futures research centre a reality.

Peter MacKenzie

  • Encourage green inclusions and native plantings within the city especially around waterways and estuaries.
  • Promote youth training for core skills related to building and maintaining city infrastructure and skills native plant nurseries and wildlife habitat protection.
  • Invest in core service infrastructure for freshwater, stormwater and sewage with complete treatment before discharge into any waterway.

John Marrable

  • Promote the city as an accessible city to encourage those tourists with mobility issues to visit.
  • Assist local tourist companies to become accessible by providing information on how to make themselves as accessible as possible.
  • Ensure that we continue and increase the number of national and international events held in Dunedin.

Mandy Mayhem-Bullock

  • Commit to the principles of equal employment opportunities to ensure that there are no barriers present which discriminate against people.
  • Invest in an expanded stormwater network for South Dunedin and Mosgiel, and replace and renew Dunedin's ageing infrastructure.
  • Assist in the development, support and promotion of business-related activities = sustainable employment and economic growth for Dunedin.

Malcolm Moncrief-Spittle

  • Continue to liaise with local businesses and organisations representing local businesses.
  • Stay out of direct competition with private enterprise. Council should not be building shopping malls, when private developers can do so.
  • Recognise that retail is a changing environment. The internet has changed main street retailing, we shouldn't be trying to fight the future.

George Morris

  • Promote an integrated approach to address concerns regarding employment and economic issues in the city.

Damian Newell

  • Continue to encourage start up businesses especially in the weightless tech areas and promote the Centre of Digital Excellence.
  • Promote Dunedin as a tourist destination and wildlife capital of NZ, whilst managing growth and protecting our Dunedin essence.
  • Work closely alongside the Chamber of Commerce and offer a 'can do' approach to new and current businesses.

Robert (Bob) Barlin

  • Check with local organisations to see if council can assist better.
  • Encourage local startups to grow and expand.
  • Work to get all cruise ship passengers to come ashore.

Jules Radich

  • Establish a local supply for local use philosophy which dovetails with the pride of place theme and community centre.
  • Set up a digital export program so that we export technology not jobs.
  • The Pride of Place theme drives culture creates cashflow which encourages private businesses alongside our many cultural attractions.

Richard Seager

  • Put in place educational initiatives in relevant areas (ie St Clair/Sth Dun) on what sea level rise means for them. Work with communities.
  • Educate banks how they need to make low interest funding available to support climate change resilience including 'local food' initiatives.
  • Engage with local tourist operators to bring about carbon neutral operations. Set time frame for incoming passenger adherence to the same.

Chris Staynes

  • Increase growth in the hi-tech sector including support for start-ups, facilitating growth in the gaming sector and establishment of a CODE.
  • Ramp up the City's destination marketing campaign aimed at attracting more visitors, students, businesses and residents to the city.
  • Reduce unemployment amongst young people by supporting initiatives to get them into apprenticeships, especially in the construction trades.

Callum Steele-MacIntosh

  • Sea level investment. 116 projected businesses will be impacted by the rising sea levels, unless we invest in solutions now.
  • Maintenance of art and culture: This will drive in people and grow new business. A thriving city will push new business.

Steve Walker

  • Develop, maintain and support strong relationships with the two sectors that underpin the Dunedin economy namely education and tourism.
  • Promote Dunedin as a place for young entrepreneurs looking to get ahead in the high tech world let's become a smart city where people thrive.
  • Make sure that vital infrastructure is not neglected, without world-class pipes, sewers and water mains economic development will be stymied.

Andrew Whiley

  • Get a clear construction pathway created so the major construction projects are streamlined so local employers can plan for future work.
  • Strengthen the relationship with the tourism and business organisations so we can reduce unemployment by 2%. Currently 6%, NZ average 4.3%.
  • Bring together top employers and form a Mayors taskforce on jobs. They are more aware on how to improve the job situation in the city.

David Benson-Pope

  • Continue council support for and cooperation with the business community.
  • Maintain tourism support and promotion.
  • Ensure infrastructure is well-maintained and fit for purpose.

Sarah Davie-Nitis

  • Align planning and regulatory functions with the red carpet initiative of Enterprise Dunedin enabling businesses to thrive.
  • Create partnerships ensuring a strong trade-focussed workforce is available into the future.
  • Promote the city for what it is, a great small city that offers a lifestyle second to none.

Rachel Elder

  • Invest in building an exciting track network by linking existing tracks to create two to three day trails. Encouraging adventures in the outdoors.
  • Create and fund a plan to assist our youth and unemployed to train for the upcoming Hospital Rebuild.
  • Provide support to local businesses and start-ups through advise, mentoring, grants and workshops to grow and diversify our economy.

Hugh Forsyth

  • Support the city as an adventure and natural environment centre and include Oamaru and Clutha to provide a wide regional portfolio.
  • Keep compliance, planning and building consent to modest profit and support staff on advice to applicants on process and likely support.
  • Support infrastructure, housing, and transport first and then outside core development activities, ie streetscape and harbour proposals.

Christine Garey

  • Support initiatives to strengthen Dunedin's burgeoning film industry as an economic driver for the city.
  • Communicate the positive benefits of the visitor sector to community, and the sector focus on sustainability.
  • Promote Dunedin as a destination to the friends and family of international students.
Recreation and culture

Scout Barbour-Evans

  • Sustain Dunedin's rich culture with festivals that allow every resident to share our cultures with our community.
  • Support initiatives that give our student population safe places to drink and socialise together in a responsible way.

John Guthrie

  • Ensure a balance between cultural and sporting facilities.
  • Complete the outstanding sports complex at the Logan Park precinct and encourage its use.
  • Grow iconic events such as the NZ Masters Games, music and arts festivals, and harbour based events.

Dave Hanan

  • Increase funding pool for recreational grants.
  • Promote Dunedin as a multicultural capital of NZ (embracing ethnic and cultural diversity).
  • Promote and maintain the amazing walking tracks around the city. An active city is a healthy city.

Aaron Hawkins

  • Encourage outdoor physical activity and connection with nature by properly maintaining our network of walking and biking tracks.
  • Maintain free entry for all visitors to the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and Toitu Otago Settlers Museum.
  • Support community access to arts and culture by funding festivals and events; and providing discounted rates for the use of public venues.

Carmen Houlahan

  • I would love Dunedin to have a park like the Margaret Mahy one in Christchurch.
  • Encourage more arts events in our city particularly free family friendly ones. With the Fortune gone find good venues for artists to perform.
  • Get World Health Organisation All Ages Friendly status for our city. We all age and the benefits help all of us.

Neville K Jemmett

  • Recognise the need for community events and festivals and make funding available for those non profit groups who work on a shoestring budget.
  • Revamp the sports grounds so that all players of sport feel safe playing on the grounds that are up to a regular playable standard.
  • Replace the outdated liquor licensing with a public friendly arrangement keeping in mind the need to control over binging patrons.

Anthony Kenny

  • To help establish and support the Mosgiel community pool project.
  • All new developments to be required to provide a percentage of the project a common green space for public enjoyment.
  • Assess sporting grounds for drainage and spectator weather protection.

Marie Laufiso

  • Lobby colleagues as to free Moana Pool entry for all children up to age of 17 years.

Jason Lindsey

  • Work on new events and continue to support existing events that give the community pride and attract tourists.
  • Support local creative industries and work to attract international film/tv/gaming companies and talent.
  • Encourage development of venues that will bring Dunedin's music scene back to prominence.

Sophie Barker

  • Concentrate on funding festivals that deliver economic development and visitors on off-peak times to improve seasonality issues.
  • Revisit the Arts and Culture Strategy to establish goals and outcomes are embedded plus report progress accessibly on the council website.
  • Ensure all ages and stages catered for so everyone has fair access to city assets. Investigate user-pays for out of town visitors.

Russell Lund

  • Build an efficient and economical pool in Mosgiel, using the Blenheim pool as a model. (It's regarded as an excellent pool).
  • Double at least the proposed spending on off-road hiking and biking trails around the city.
  • Build an efficient South Dunedin Library and Community Centre, using the best design firm, and make it a vibrant hub for South Dunedin.

Peter MacKenzie

  • Back Otago Museum, Toitu and Dunedin Public Art Gallery, pools and sports facilities for all citizens.
  • Encourage broad arts and cultural events including street art, Māori and Pasifika festivals and seasonal celebrations, encourage diversity.
  • Reduce late night liquor consumption and keep the city safe and clean for the enjoyment of all. Make public spaces greener and cleaner.

John Marrable

  • Ensure that the public of all ages and ability are aware of the opportunities and places to be active.
  • Ensure that festivals cater for persons of all abilities and persons with mobility issues are catered for.
  • Ensure that public facilities, eg parks, pools, museums, libraries and community halls are compliant to accessibility standards.

Mandy Mayhem-Bullock

  • Reactivate the Octagon, the heart of the city, with music, dance, events, to create a welcoming and inclusive hub for all of our residents.
  • Continue to maintain the city libraries, pool and other facilities to a high standard for the enjoyment of all residents.
  • Continue consultation with the arts sector on a replacement venue for the Fortune theatre, hopefully a modern purpose built facility.

Malcolm Moncrief-Spittle

  • Take a conservative approach towards the addition of any new expenses and funding commitments.
  • Allow communities to fund themselves through their own efforts, rather than creating a culture of reliance on council spending.
  • Take a conservative approach towards any reductions in the funding of community, cultural and sporting fixtures, ie if it ain't broke...

George Morris

  • Champion the support of arts, culture, sports and recreation as these areas impact on all citizens.

Damian Newell

  • Work with arts and culture sectors to ensure a performing arts centre and base for live theatre and music ideally Sammy's.
  • Encourage community more through more events like South D St Fest and Vogel street party and using the octagon as a hub as intended.
  • Continue to upgrade our sporting facilities and look to help minority sports find a home and facilitate the building of multi sports hubs.

Robert (Bob) Barlin

  • Encourage strongly, community events and recreational grounds and activities.
  • Encourage formation of a military museum to hold the many family mementos safely to ensure family sacrifices are remembered.
  • Beautify waterfront for families recreational, educational and enjoyable use. Encourage investment at no charge to council.

Jules Radich

  • Heritage and Natural Values drive our Pride of Place culture which provides an umbrella for all decision making.
  • Promote literature more strongly using our excellent history, facilities, UNESCO status and current production.
  • Establish a set of Pride of Place circuits for locals and visitors to more easily enjoy the wonderful attractions to be found in Dunedin.

Richard Seager

  • Work with central government on mandating internet behemoths (ie Facebook and Twitter) adhere to their responsibilities to local communities.
  • Continue to support local museums and libraries as well as sport. Any Logan Park development to be reviewed for long term resilience.
  • Support further study of both Māori, European and Asian settlement of Otago and work to protect any historical sites such as at Middlemarch.

Chris Staynes

  • Urgently resolve the location issue for the Mosgiel pool so construction can get underway.
  • Increase acquisitions funding for the Dunedin Art Gallery and consider a $1 subsidy for each $1 donated towards the acquisitions fund.
  • Seek to resolve the funding issues faced by the Otago Museum through further discussions with the region's councils and the government.

Callum Steele-MacIntosh

  • Increase funding for the Mosgiel pool. Mosgiel has a growing community and needs to invest in infrastructure. The DCC should help.
  • Encourage events! The more events Dunedin has, the more money we put into our economy and the more we develop a rich Dunedin culture.
  • Maintain facilities. Maintenance on current infrastructure is important for maintaining the beautiful city we currently have.

Steve Walker

  • Make sure we continue to invest in our library network which are vitally important facilities particularly for our less well off citizens.
  • Replace some of our inadequate playgrounds using more progressive examples such as the Margaret Mahy playground in Christchurch as a guide!
  • Make sure we better maintain our sports fields, NZ is the 3rd most obese nation in the OECD so access to well kept sports grounds is a vital.

Andrew Whiley

  • Stop the delays around the Mosgiel Pool and get it underway. It is a vital asset for the community and the city!
  • Work more effectively with Sport Otago to get Dunedin Moving. They need to be DCC's partner as they already have the networks.
  • Support new community events and promote music and theater performances in public spaces.

David Benson-Pope

  • Increase support for community festivals and inner-city activation initiatives.
  • Maintain strong support for arts and cultural groups and facilities.
  • Maintain parks, sports grounds and recreational facilities in good condition.

Sarah Davie-Nitis

  • All decisions relating to recreation and cultural expenditure should reflect the lifestyle we value and promote liveability.

Rachel Elder

  • Review and upgrade our playgrounds to be fit for purpose including equipment and facilities all ages would engage with and enjoy.
  • Review and upgrade our many sports grounds to create an ongoing asset management plan that enables quality sports grounds and active people.
  • Create mapping and signage to enable the community and visitors to access our many tracks and trails and access nature and the outdoors.

Hugh Forsyth

  • Support closing of city streets for temporary festival events and continued support of Festivals Events Plan.
  • Promote and support non-profit personal recreation, eg Town Belt, Coastal walks, and activities of Voluntary Events Coordinator.
  • Restrict the development of events that have a negative potential impact on residents, eg liquor licensing and gambling opportunities.

Christine Garey

  • Continue the work towards establishing the South Dunedin Hub.
  • Better maintain community halls throughout the city.
  • Finalise a location for the Mosgiel Pool and build it!
Environment

Scout Barbour-Evans

  • Continue to find waste solutions which are sustainable and effective.
  • Improve the quality of council housing stock so that they use less electricity to heat and run.

John Guthrie

  • Create an environment that is safe, clean and attractive to the citizens of Dunedin and attractive to prospective residents of Dunedin.
  • Provide clean water.
  • Provide efficient waste minimisation and management.

Dave Hanan

  • Look to contain one of the most toxic sites in NZ (tar tank at hillside road). Undertake a detailed site investigation of Kettle Park.
  • Take every step to renew the consent for the Green Island landfill to maximise its life.
  • Undertake a complete review of recycling collection in Dunedin. It must be cost effective and environmentally beneficial.

Aaron Hawkins

  • Fight for nature: A $1m per year fund to support commercial and community initiatives that deliver on our Environment Strategy objectives.
  • Support the Predator Free 2050 work ongoing, in particular the Urban Linkages project within the metropolitan city limits.
  • Minimise waste to landfill/support a circular economy through being ambitious in our Waste Futures work and kerbside recycling review.

Carmen Houlahan

  • Continue to improve the quality of our drinking water. If water pipes are old or at capacity fix them. Replace any lead pipes now.
  • Encourage more schools to become enviro schools. Education is the key to our environmental future.
  • Reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill. Educate and reward people for reducing waste.

Neville K Jemmett

  • Create a regular water quality testing system and react immediately if the level is below the recommended and safe level for consumption.
  • Enter into contracts with registered pest control operators to assist in the lowering of vermin on a seasonal basis.
  • Provide recycle bins for greenwaste to all households and we will be able to minimise waste material being dumped throughout the city.

Anthony Kenny

  • Review of DCC controlled rubbish tip fees with the aim of reducing costs for ratepayers to dispose of unwanted items and rubbish.
  • To have efficient and safe sewage disposal, upgrading of plants that are still covered by consents, but would not meet a new standards.
  • To have a project in place to care for all drains leading to the sea.

Marie Laufiso

  • Create a $1m per year fund so our residents and business people can champion their own and Papatūānuku's survival.

Jason Lindsey

  • Protect our waterways by supporting/incentivising planting out around our waterways.
  • Introduce green bins for compostable waste.
  • Expand the Halo Project to help native bird populations continue to grow beyond the Orokonui Fences.

Sophie Barker

  • Revisit council's current environment strategy to update and create an implementation plan with measurable milestones and better reporting.
  • Develop a Destination Management Plan to balance needs and wants of residents and visitors to Dunedin to ensure environment is number one priority.
  • Urgently address issues of environmental impact on Dunedin's wildlife and status as Wildlife Capital of NZ including plastic-free status.

Russell Lund

  • Extend the existing Green Island landfill, and do not close it in 2022-2023 as planned. This is critical.
  • Provide minimum 50 year design life solutions to Dunedin's waste and water treatment plants which is not the case in some situations.
  • Investigate with other councils the idea of a plastics receiving/storage facility, now that we cannot export our plastic waste overseas.

Peter MacKenzie

  • Promote native bush protection and expansion within the city. Support pest animal trapping and suppression.
  • Support waste collection and management that works for ratepayers.
  • Advocate for first-rate freshwater quality, full sewage treatment to protect rivers and marine life, including estuaries.

John Marrable

  • Ensure that the city's water quality continues to be of a high standard.
  • Ensure that Dunedin continues to maintain a biodiversity strategy that continues to work with landowners, conservation groups and others.
  • Ensure that the waste management and minimisation plan is future proofed to ensure sustainability.

Mandy Mayhem-Bullock

  • Encourage a reduction in the amount of waste we generate and dispose of in the wider Dunedin area.
  • Support landowner and community groups to protect and enhance native biodiversity in Dunedin via the DCC Biodiversity fund.
  • Continue to maintain six water treatment stations, 35 pumping stations, 57 reservoirs (raw and treated) and 1450 km of pipes supplying Dunedin.

Malcolm Moncrief-Spittle

  • publicise the problems presented by sycamore, and investigate means to control this invasive species, with the ORC if possible.
  • Look for opportunities where council can help in a humane way with the problem of stray or feral cats, eg de-sex and release.
  • Continue to support the Orokonui Ecosanctuary, which is an excellent example of ecological restoration within a predator proof-fence.

George Morris

  • Explore best ways to collect and dispose of the city's waste.

Damian Newell

  • Work closer with ORC to ensure the preservation and revival of our waterways this includes both rural and urban runoff.
  • Work alongside and continue to fund pest eradication and native planting initiatives.
  • Develop a new waste management centre with latest technology to recover all resources possible and responsibly treat the remainder.

Robert (Bob) Barlin

  • Move methane powered generators onto landfill site to provide electricity.
  • Stop plastic use. Push for recycling plant to be established. Educate public on use of paper and self composting techniques.
  • Investigate Dunedin area water supply and quality and push for remedial works if necessary.

Jules Radich

  • Establish a small electric bus service.
  • Promote the wildlife circuit especially Orokonui of which I am a foundation member.
  • Establish Dunedin as the plastic recycling centre of Australasia with soft plastic to clean fuel and hard plastic to roofing plants. (On way).

Richard Seager

  • Oppose any drilling, for exploration or capture, of oil or gas off the Otago coast as part of an active 'keep it in the ground' policy.
  • Implement waste minimisation policies with the intent of educating households to reduce their own waste and require corporate cooperation.
  • Implement policies that will reward council staff for cycling, walking or travelling more sustainably to work.

Chris Staynes

  • Ensure Foulden Maar is protected as a reserve by supporting collaborative actions across various community and scientific partners.
  • Continue to assist and support actions aimed at achieving a predator free status for our peninsular and other key wildlife areas.
  • Ensure consultation and involvement of our community in specification and delivery of a new, enhanced recycling and waste minimisation service.

Callum Steele-MacIntosh

  • Inclusive general waste management into the rates. This will increase the availability of waste disposal.
  • Environmentally friendly infrastructure. More nature inclusive infrastructure looks nice and is better for the environment.

Steve Walker

  • Develop a dedicated fund to be accessible only to those working in the field to protect Dunedin's status as the wildlife capital of NZ.
  • Make councillors walk the talk on waste minimisation I'll lead this by demonstrating how my family only fills three council black bags per year!
  • Create and support better information/funding opportunities for citizens wanting to insulate, go solar, conserve water, grow food etc.

Andrew Whiley

  • Work with households to reduce their carbon footprint. Lobby government for greater funding to grow initiatives around recycling and waste.
  • Invest in recycling options especially utilising the smart minds and technology coming out of the University and Polytechnic.
  • Support initiatives around biodiversity and planting. Develop plans for more carbon absorbing areas that a great for flora and fauna.

David Benson-Pope

  • Continue initiatives including the activities of TeAoTuroa to make the city predator free.
  • Support planning controls protecting biodiversity and protecting valuable productive soils.
  • Introduce improved waste separation, collection and recycling.

Sarah Davie-Nitis

  • Support unique biodiversity initiatives at the local community level.
  • Emphasise waste minimisation activities and make green waste disposal more affordable.
  • Invest in environmentally sustainable management of urban water and waste discharge.

Rachel Elder

  • Pipe renewals to reduce wastewater overflows.
  • Work with the Provincial Growth Fund and the community on the 1 billion trees programme.
  • Engage with and support community groups to support tree planting and pest management.

Hugh Forsyth

  • Support Predator Free Dunedin and educational programmes to include as residents in urban areas.
  • Support council's waste separation initiative and include a green waste category.
  • Support runoff detention pond systems for all new subdivision and inclusion of impermeable areas.

Christine Garey

  • Remove single-use plastic bags from household rubbish collection as soon as possible, educating residents to reduce household waste.
  • Support the work of community groups eg OPBG and the Halo Project towards a predator free Dunedin.
  • Support the protection of Dunedin's unique wildlife by exploring ways for visitors to contribute to this work.
Transport

Scout Barbour-Evans

  • Continue to lobby central government for city councils to be the authority responsible for public transport.
  • Ensure that there are alternative transport options for all Dunedin residents and campaign to encourage their use where feasible.
  • Work with relevant authorities to find sustainable transport solutions to and from the city and outer suburbs such as Mosgiel or the airport.

John Guthrie

  • Develop the public transport system so it is efficient and easy to use for Dunedin citizens.
  • Sensible policies on cycle tracks and scooter usage.
  • Serious inner city parking building development to keep the CBD alive.

Dave Hanan

  • Improve connection to the harbour for pedestrians and cyclists—eg a bridge but not a $23 million dollar bridge.
  • Investigate more parking eg developing Harrop St car park into a three story car park (Distinction Hotel size).
  • Foster better relationships with ORC to enhance bus routes and potentially a train connection from Mosgiel to Dunedin.

Aaron Hawkins

  • Work towards a goal of making our bus service free, starting with making fares cheaper in the short term.
  • Invest in in safer walking and cycling options, prioritising the completion of the Caversham and Chain Hill Tunnels.
  • Explore more flexible inner city parking arrangements, for different times of the day/week, and prioritise use in order of genuine need.

Carmen Houlahan

  • Promote carpooling and reward it. Encourage people to park at certain points and have buses come every 10 minutes to get them into town.
  • Car parking is a nightmare all over the city. Divert cyclists around Anzac Ave and off the SH as it is dangerous and free up these parks.
  • Get funding to rail people into town daily from Mosgiel to the Railway Station. It would reduce the number of cars on the road.

Neville K Jemmett

  • Create specific rules for e-scooters that requires them to travel on the road in the same way as motorcycles.
  • Create a working arrangement with the regional council on shared bus routes with transport operators who service the tourism sector.
  • Provide a safe cycle and pedestrian facility by widening the current footpath that can accommodate both cycle lane and footpath.

Anthony Kenny

  • More parking areas, with the possibility of park and ride for bus routes not covered.
  • To work with central government to upgrade roading and roading repairs.
  • Work with central government to investigate a SH1 city bypass, expensive but needed.

Marie Laufiso

  • Work towards a goal of making our bus service free, starting with making fares cheaper in the short term.

Jason Lindsey

  • Work with the ORC to improve bus service functionality and costs to incentivise more public transportation usage.
  • Improve traffic congestion, especially on the north side of town and around the hospital rebuild.
  • Improve bike lanes to create a better relationship between cyclists, motorists and parking.

Sophie Barker

  • Establish a city-wide transport forum—better communication between stakeholders, residents to enable open discussion, feedback and ideas.
  • Investigate alternative parking solutions which enable people and businesses to prosper while keeping the city vibrant.
  • Encourage changes to low emission transport including investigating options to make buses more accessible as a positive choice.

Russell Lund

  • Provide more CBD parking on the existing DCC car parks with (proven) innovative solutions like rotary car stackers, used overseas.
  • Remove the ill-conceived cycleways on Dunedin's one way system, and re-route—through the University.
  • Delete the $20M Van Brandenburg waterfront walkway/cycle bridge and replace with an efficient and attractive $3-5M cable stayed bridge.

Peter MacKenzie

  • Prioritise generous parking provision through the city, especially near hospitals, and university campus area.
  • Push for safe fully separated cycleways and isolation of pedestrians from higher speed vehicles. Use speed differential to separate traffic.
  • Encourage, where possible in DCC's ambit, clean electric transport, trams, public transport to suit needs.

John Marrable

  • Ensure that cycleways cater for all users and that provision is made that usable on road parks are not reduced due to poor design. are.
  • Investigate if possible for users of e-scooters to be fined by the owners for e-scooters left in the middle of footpaths.
  • Investigate and improve the way road repairs are layered which cause an issue when drop kerbs for access are installed.

Mandy Mayhem-Bullock

  • Improve public bus system frequency, the number of stops, provide shelter and seats at all stops, and free buses on weekends for everyone.
  • Create more parks around the hospital and university to replace those lost to the cycleway and reduce the parking fees in theses areas.
  • Reduce traffic speed around all schools and also coastal communities to a recommendation of 30kph.

Malcolm Moncrief-Spittle

  • Seek research on the health benefits of small electric vehicles (scooters, electric bicycles), as compared with other forms of transport.
  • Increase number of car-parks in or near central Dunedin.
  • Keep lime scooters off pedestrian areas. These fast-moving scooters are best kept to the roads and cyclepaths, and used with helmets.

George Morris

  • Use the building of the new hospital to develop an inner-city traffic plan that will serve the city for many generations.

Damian Newell

  • Continue to support and work alongside our international airport and port as strategic assets whilst investigating a larger role for rail.
  • Work closely alongside the ORC to ensure we have the best transport system available and look at every option including rail and electric.
  • Enhance and protect all commuters including vehicles, cyclists, scooters, mobility and pedestrians this is happening and we must continue.

Robert (Bob) Barlin

  • Synchronise all transport as these cannot be taken separately. Aim for complementary effectiveness.
  • Work on clean and appropriate transportation options especially buses. Return bus fleet to DCC control.
  • Ensure parking facilities are appropriate and effective.

Jules Radich

  • Use it or lose it cycle lanes—currently 150/day = 10 mins worth of cars = inappropriate use of space.
  • Sexy buses get used. Establish a small electric bus service.
  • Keep cars in the main street—Dunedin is small enough to retain convenience. Use vacant lots for parking now.

Richard Seager

  • Make the university a cycling precinct. Work to remove arterial roads that pass through area while maintaining connections to Opoho and NEV.
  • Work to vastly improve cycling network implementing best practice as seen in Netherlands and Denmark (and elsewhere). Improve public transport.
  • Review e-scooter use especially in regards to costs in both accidents and overall emissions. If review positive then move them to cycle paths.

Chris Staynes

  • Accelerate the introduction of a free loop bus service in the central city to encourage the use of public transport and distributed parking.
  • Continue to seek NZTA investment in the cycle network and prioritize the completion of the round the Harbour cycleway and Mosgiel tunnels trail.
  • Introduce low current EV charging stations in 4-hour and all day parking areas to encourage EV use. Free parking while connected to a charger.

Callum Steele-MacIntosh

  • Airport bus. A bus loop to from the city to the airport could be an option that eases parking problems at the airport and saves us money.
  • Smaller bus investigation. Look into smaller busses for low number bus loops. This could save money and be better for the environment.
  • Oppose parking reductions. I oppose the current DCC movement to make it harder for people to park. Increase parking and lower costs.

Steve Walker

  • Work with the ORC to create a public transport system that is clean, efficient and very affordable a Queenstown-like subsidy is a no brainer!
  • Use templates like the off-road cycleway to Port Chalmers as the 'standard', I have been an integral part of this development and it works!
  • Work with stakeholders to find solutions to multimodal transport. Lime scooters are OK but they need dedicated areas away from pedestrians!

Andrew Whiley

  • Make public transport more user friendly especially with technology like track-a-bus. All students at uni and polytech pay $100 for city bus pass.
  • Improve car parking options and create options for third party investors to build new car parking infrastructure.
  • Ensure that travel movement is maintained through the city especially with the upcoming big construction projects.

David Benson-Pope

  • Request government to allow DCC to control the Dunedin bus service.
  • Introduce a free no emission inner city bus loop.
  • Ban bikes, scooters and skateboards from footpaths and pedestrian areas.

Sarah Davie-Nitis

  • Revisit cycle lane placement on SH1.
  • Work with KiwiRail and central government to progress the development of the Tunnels Trail from Caversham to Wingatui.
  • Where feasible, create shared paths for bikes, scooters, e-scooters and mobility scooters—aside from the paths of pedestrian and traffic.

Rachel Elder

  • Have annual meetings with the ORC, hospital, Otago Polytechnic and the Otago University to discuss options for transport and parking.
  • Do an audit and a survey about what parking is available in Dunedin to create a better understanding of what is needed for better transport.
  • Work with connecting Dunedin, the regional council, central government and other stakeholders on how to reduce the cost of using the bus.

Hugh Forsyth

  • Introduce simplified zone plan for buses and reduce cost to encourage use as 'go to' source of work transport.
  • Support shared street initiatives that allow equal vehicle/pedestrian rights on select streets for access, amenity, and financial benefit.
  • Increase cycleway route in combination with car parks at either end of CBD that could be repurposed if private vehicle use decreased.

Christine Garey

  • Establish the planned inner-city loop low emission bus, to provide free bus transport within the CBD.
  • Subsidise bus fares such that using public transport is an affordable option to car use, thus reducing parking congestion.
  • Promote the use of e-bikes and establish charging stations throughout the city.
Governance and engagement

Scout Barbour-Evans

  • Hold council clinics in areas where people struggle to get into the city or find time to participate in local democracy.
  • Ensure that all contractors the city council use are paying their staff the living wage.

John Guthrie

  • Encourage clear and open pathways for stakeholder engagement, with best practice in terms of engagement with all ethnic groups.
  • Create a working environment that is happy and free of bullying.
  • Promote a council that works together for the good of Dunedin rather than for themselves or a political partner.

Dave Hanan

  • Regain control of council controlled companies.
  • Ensure a more streamlined council reporting system.
  • Encourage and foster council positive and constructive engagement with council staff.

Aaron Hawkins

  • Expand on our work as an accredited living wage employer by bringing our council-owned companies on board as well.
  • Engage more directly with our communities on their own turf, rather than waiting for them to come to us and follow our rules.
  • Work with local runaka to provide ongoing and meaningful mana whenua input into council discussions and decision making processes.

Carmen Houlahan

  • Encourage a culture that says "how can we help" think outside the box and see problems as opportunities to solve.
  • I would love more diversity on council. This is up to the voters to change this. Nuture a good relationship with iwi.
  • Consult with the public more before announcing projects. If there is a problem, like the South Dunedin floods, visit the affected residents.

Neville K Jemmett

  • Evaluate how the staff feel working for the council and if there is a problem offer assistance in providing an acceptable remedy.
  • Create a public notification on upcoming council decisions and provide public workshops before finalising constructional designs.
  • Delays in various consent applications only frustrates the applicant, a more reasonable and supportive approach by staff is needed.

Anthony Kenny

  • Establish a policy that all council contractors are paid a living wage by the supplier.
  • To make it easier for the general public to have access to council meetings via electronic broadcasting of meetings.
  • To establish a routine whereby city councillors attend one community meeting of organisations at least every quarter.

Marie Laufiso

  • Engage more directly with local Rūnaka and communities, residents on "their turf" – not wait for them to come to us, follow our rules.

Jason Lindsey

  • Engage the public through more public forums and workshops where the public can share work on ideas to improve our communities.
  • Support public events that help create stronger community bonds and more meaningful interaction of our citizens.
  • Improve our social media so that ideas, validations and criticisms can be shared, acknowledged and taken on board with greater effect.

Sophie Barker

  • Work with community to establish better consultation models to ensure all residents' voices are heard to enhance council decision making.
  • Establish monthly 'councillor clinics' so councillors are more actively involved with local communities and available for drop in discussions.
  • Develop spreadsheet of council decisions, checking they are actioned. Ensure good governance by confirming agreed policies are implemented.

Russell Lund

  • Install an "e-docs" system as used by QLDC that makes all communications on public matters available to all online. It is a great system.
  • Provide an online, full DCC organisational chart with contact addresses, for better transparency and more efficient communication.
  • Continue with the DCC living wage policy.

Peter MacKenzie

  • Inclusively listen to and support all ratepayers to bring their needs and concerns council decision-making.
  • Foster evidence-based decision-making in a collaborative manner, not adversarial.
  • I support the council paying all employees and contractors at least the living wage and believe in fairness for all citizens.

John Marrable

  • Ensure that public engagement is undertaken at all stages of decision-making.
  • Ensure that council employee working conditions exceed the outdated legislation with regards to accessibility (eg NZS4121:2001).
  • Ensure that the development of Māori capacity to contribute to decision making as required under the Local Government Act 2002 is up to date.

Mandy Mayhem-Bullock

  • To ensure that the council meets all legislative requirements in terms of consultation and community engagement.
  • Acknowledge and celebrate the social, cultural and ethnic values of our communities as part of the DCC strategic framework and 10 year plan.
  • Aim to provide a direct line of communication between the council with Kāi Tahu Rūnanga and Taurahere in the Dunedin area.

Malcolm Moncrief-Spittle

  • Take heed of community concerns, rather than having token community consultation and proceeding regardless.
  • Ensure that majority viewpoints, where they exist, are not creating a tyranny over the minority viewpoints.
  • Endeavour to sample the whole population as representatively as possible, rather than just those who choose to opt in to surveys.

George Morris

  • Promote greater interaction between groups in the city.

Damian Newell

  • Continue to strive for better communications and connection with ratepayers using apps and web 'Gets Ready' 'my little local' FB live events.
  • Develop and enhance our relations with local iwi and all cultures regarding our city's direction for the future and celebration of our past.
  • Implement our recent living wage for all employees and work with contractors to ensure the same.

Robert (Bob) Barlin

  • Encourage council diversification by age and ethnicity to reflect local population.
  • Increase capability of council to meet with population.
  • Try and improve council operations where necessary.

Jules Radich

  • Establish a pride of place culture using our heritage and natural values as the basis for council, staff and citizens' viewpoint.
  • Embrace Māori as Treaty partners not interested parties to drive governance and participation.
  • Establish the Pride of Place Community Centre (in SthD) with a focus on activity and education for youth for free. To foster purpose.

Richard Seager

  • All council workers to earn at least the living wage and make this a requirement of all contractors to council.
  • Operate a transparent policy regarding how council operations, including council itself, are carried out.
  • Take council meetings to the public and have a more active engagement with the city's citizens.

Chris Staynes

  • Work with mana whenua to complete a whakahono a rohe agreement that ensures an enhanced level of engagement and representation.
  • Support improvements to the consultation processes that will enable everyone in the community to have an input into significant decisions.
  • Lobby for compulsory training of all councillors in the areas of governance and financial management to enhance the quality of decision making.

Callum Steele-MacIntosh

  • Māori and student representative reports. These reports would allow the DCC to gain the important perspective of our major communities.
  • Increased transparency and engagement. Council progress should be translated into easy to read information, and available online for comment.

Steve Walker

  • Make sure that all decisions are taken only after listening to communities, informed by science and by my Labour principles of social justice.
  • Commit to work with Ngai Tahu as kaitiaki and establish solid council processes around integrating ethnic minorities as smoothly as possible.
  • Make sure that anyone working for or contracting to the DCC is receiving a living wage. This needs to be embedded as soon as possible.

Andrew Whiley

  • Increase grant funding to organisations that are working across the community in mental health and with community groups that are struggling.
  • Better use of technology within the council departments so residents are better connected. Be proactive rather than reactive!
  • Engage councillors to work more with the community and have a teamwork approach to goals that council and community can track.

David Benson-Pope

  • Improve public awareness of and involvement in all opportunities for consultation.
  • Support the current initiatives to formalise our relationship with Tangata Whenua.
  • Maintain council as a living-wage employer.

Sarah Davie-Nitis

  • Establish a process where residents are genuinely engaged in the development phase of council projects.
  • Establish a monthly forum for residents to informally meet with a councillor.
  • Establish focus groups as a means of engaging residents.

Rachel Elder

  • Engage the community on issues affecting them, before a decision is made, when options are available and during and after implementation.
  • Develop an engagement action plan that includes yearly Hui with Tangata Whenua.
  • Engage an outside facilitator to work with the new council of diverse thinkers to create a positive team culture together.

Hugh Forsyth

  • Provide for video interviews of key politicians/public servants to extend FYI public communications system on monthly basis via website.
  • Continue engagement with Ngai Tahu at strategic level and dialogue with refugee communities to identify how to support their establishment.
  • Implement a living wage policy, if it isn't already.

Christine Garey

  • Celebrate the city's cultural diversity by supporting groups, festivals and events which promote a welcoming, tolerant city.
  • Continue to enhance partnership with local iwi at all levels of council.
  • Provide leadership to promote the living wage throughout the city.
These candidates did not respond.

Muthiah James

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Mike Lord

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Brian Miller

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Jim O'Malley

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Hadley Robinson-Lewis

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Lee Vandervis

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Findlay (Finn) Campbell

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