It is vital that the following issues are addressed head-on by the next Mayor and council

EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES

  • Increase the number of wards from 3 to 7 or 8, with one dedicated councillor for each
  • Actively engage with communities through the establishment of a network of residents associations, citizen panels and greater use of communication and surveying technology
  • Initiate regular “Meet the Mayor” forums, whereby residents can engage directly with me
  • Use ‘participatory budgeting’ tools whereby communities have a greater say in how rates are spent in their local suburb
  • Increase funding for the Community Match Fund, empowering community groups and charities
  • Utilise community groups and volunteers on environmental enhancement projects – cut through the health and safety red tape
  • Work with Priority One, Chamber of Commerce, Export NZ, MBIE, iwi and other agencies to reinforce our strong local economy
  • Continue to support Welcoming Communities and Safe City initiatives
  • Enhance TCC’s advisory groups, including Disability, Positive Aging and Youth
  • Tackle social ills, in collaboration with NZ Police and other agencies
  • Adopt a zero-tolerance policy to petty crime, vandlism, graffiti, public drunkenness and drug-taking
  • Expand smoke-free areas across Tauranga

FREEING UP TRAFFIC

  • Three-lane (tidal flow) Turret Road and the existing Hairini bridge, thus avoiding years in the Environment Court
  • Link 15th Ave to Route K to ease pressure off Cameron Road
  • Convert Totara Street to a state highway, encouraging NZTA to grade separate the intersection with Hewletts Road
  • Complete the Tauranga Northern Link, at least to Omokoroa
  • Develop a smart public transport network, well connected through technology
  • Take over the running of buses from BOP Regional Council, and increase the number of electric buses
  • Expand bus priority and T3 lanes following neighbourhood consultation
  • Construct a city-wide network of safe paths for cycles and electric alternatives
  • Incentivise active modes of transport for businesses and schools
  • Work collaboratively with NZTA and central government to maximise their contribution to our transport network
  • Whilst not committing to passenger trains or light rail in the medium term, retain transport corridors wide enough to accommodate at a future date
  • Promote ride sharing / car-pooling initiatives and apps
  • Establish park-and-rides at pivotal junctions
  • Educate on the benefits of active modes of transport, including better physical and mental health, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and greater social connection

ENABLING GREATER HOUSING SUPPLY AND AFFORDABILITY

  • Enact a more flexible City Plan, allowing greater density, secondary dwellings, smaller sections, medium rise apartments and tiny houses
  • Ensure high-density residential developments are in close proximity to ‘town centres’ and enhanced amenity (parks, playgrounds, recreation, public art, and place-making)
  • Link housing intensification to multi-modal transport networks
  • Maximise the sense of safety through smart housing and street design
  • Take advantage of innovative funding strategies for infrastructure, eg. public private partnerships, urban development bonds
  • Work with local iwi to establish papakainga (housing) on Maori-owned land
  • Develop relationships with ‘shared equity’ or ‘rent-to-buy’ providers to get young families into their own home
  • Work with all stakeholders and landowners to open up two new suburbs – Tauriko West (3000 dwellings) and Te Tumu (7000 dwellings)
  • Work with Kainga Ora (the new Urban Development Authority incorporating Kiwibuild) to gain more affordable housing
  • Work with Housing NZ and MSD to increase the share of social housing in Tauranga from 2.5% to the national average of 4.5%

MY VIEW ON RATES

  • The paradigm of ‘growth pays for growth’ never works out in practise. The funding model for local government is broken, with rates being a very blunt tool with which to pay for our community’s needs.
  • Most city councils operate a substantial ‘commercial differential’ whereby the business community picks up more of the tab than residential ratepayers. TCC’s commercial differential is currently 13.4% above the residential rate.
  • I will press for the rates rise for the average residential ratepayer to be capped at the rate of inflation plus two percent. Any excess rating requirement should be through the commercial differential and/or targeted rates.
  • I know that in my extensive businesses experience council rates have only been a miniscule portion of my operating costs, and as a business owner I would gladly pay a bit more to see the city operating in an effective and efficient way.

MY VIEW ON DEBT

  • Prior to joining council in 2013 I, like most others, saw council debt as an ever-increasing burden on the ratepayer.
  • I now understand that a growing city requires the use of debt to fund assets which have a 30 to 100 year life, providing a form of inter-generational equity.
  • Debt can be, and must be, managed within the constraints of a debt to revenue ratio of 250% (mandated by New Zealand’s Local Government Funding Agency, and required by international ratings agencies).
  • We should keep working with central government on developing suitable ‘special purpose vehicles’ to get debt for growth infrastructure off council’s balance sheet.
  • We must ensure that Development Contributions on new sections and buildings are optimised, thus reducing the burden of extra debt on existing ratepayers.
  • Depreciation charges must not be fudged to artificially keep rates low. We must fully provide for the cost of assets as they approach the end of their life and require renewal.

OTHER INITIATIVES

  • Develop a policy on funding of community facilities and amenities (including an interactive modern-day museum), whereby council commits to a cornerstone grant with the balance to be raised by community organisations
  • Embrace the future alongside mana whenua on economic, social, and cultural enhancement, with a positive, 21st century, post-settlement mindset
  • Protect and enhance our iconic Mauao
  • Work with the stakeholders and developers of any future Omanawa Falls tourism venture
  • Keep abreast of international ‘Smart City’ technologies, and employ once proven
  • Take climate change seriously, but only with initiatives that make a real difference to mitigation, or greenhouse-gas emissions, right here in Tauranga and NZ – let’s not tax or rate ourselves into oblivion
  • Review the strategy and organisational structure for Smartgrowth
  • Maximise the engagement of local consultants and contractors, thus keeping ratepayer funds circulating within the Tauranga economy

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