Yes. The rates increase is required to address the long-term deficit of investment in our water infrastructure, and to ensure our community assets will serve the needs of our children and grandchildren. Deferring that work does not serve our community in the long term.
Yes. I have concerns about some parts of the reform, including accountability structures, long term efficiency and the inclusion of storm-water. However, it is universally agreed that something needs to change, and this reform will improve water infrastructure. I haven’t yet seen any credible and well-researched alternative model.
Yes. Weather patterns are changing due to climate change, and are likely to intensify. We have legal and moral obligations to reduce our emissions, and to ensure that our infrastructure and communities are prepared. Taking action presents opportunities for our district to be positioned as a progressive, innovative and sustainable centre.
Yes. NPDC’s role in supporting business is to ensure that infrastructure is up to scratch, our district is vibrant to attract both talent and clientele, and we have a regulatory system that strikes a sensible balance between safety and innovation. NPDC is doing that work, but there’s more to be done.
Yes. Having a Māori ward will help NPDC to fulfil its obligations as a Treaty partner. The values of tangata whenua include looking after people, the environment, and making decisions that best serve the next generations. Having that perspective at the decision-making table can only improve decisions.
NPDC has been working on better serving these communities by ensuring that Community Boards have more voice and influence, and have funding available for projects in their communities. This has increased their ability to support local initiatives, by people who best know and understand those communities. That work must continue.
The amount invested in the hub should be capped at $40 million. Other sports facilities have been entirely funded by sports codes and other funders. There are community needs that Council must balance against the need for this asset.
Making the best decisions possible for our children and grandchildren. That means responding to climate change, looking after our infrastructure, and making sure that there is intergenerational equity in the way that we pay for it.