My Leadership Style

  • I love this city. I appreciate and respect everyone who lives here. I warmly welcome and support everyone who wants to make Tauranga their new home.
  • As Mayor of Tauranga I will champion your city. Visibly and energetically — on behalf of every part of our community.
  • My focus will be the big strategic issues. I won’t get bogged down in the small stuff.
  • Tauranga’s bright future needs a positive, innovative, can-do attitude from civic leaders and Council staff.
  • I want to innovate, so all Councillors will now have their own portfolio — using their specific strengths and skills, with clear responsibilities and accountability.
  • I will always weigh the investment wisdom of Council spending. I am not against spending money, as long as it is wise investment that allows the city to flourish. My method is to establish a strong business case for key elements of expenditure. For example: lights for the Bay Oval will attract more games and more visitors who will stay more nights and spend more money in the city. The investment will be returned after just 1.3 extra international games per season. That is a strong business case.
  • I will forge strong collaborative relationships with other councils, government and iwi in the Bay of Plenty, the region and the nation.
  • I will push for Tauranga’s advantage from national agencies such as NZTA, MBIE, MSD and MfE.
  • I will give priority to new funding streams for city growth rather than rates increases or debt. For instance: public private partnerships, asset sales, central government grants, development contributions.