Yes. I believe NPDC has done well to spread this inevitable increase in such demanding times, over a long period, giving certainty for ratepayers for a good period of time.
No. This is a hard issue – it is not great to see some communities in Aotearoa with sub-standard drinking water and infrastructure. However, I am not convinced that centralising this issue will achieve anything except added layers of bureaucracy and seeing smaller provinces miss out in favour of large cities.
Yes. There needs to be a consistent and concerted approach to this issue. While I don’t believe we need to go as far as declaring a state of emergency for climate change, there needs to be better planning and innovation for our future.
Yes. While there is no doubt this is foremost a central government issue, local government can do far more to support small business, particularly in our rural towns. There can be a lot more in terms of support groups, seeding funds, innovative ideas and promotions to see local CBD’s thrive.
Yes. Māori wards are essential in giving local iwi a voice at the coalface, instead of just collaboration. We need to do a lot more to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi and how we can ensure more equal partnership and participation in local government compared to what has gone before.
I believe there is a lot that can be done to create thriving, flourishing townships, that have great, creative open spaces, car-free zones and promoting and encouraging local business. We need more innovation around speed zones in these towns and encouraging people to stay and shop locally.
This is a delicate matter. With capped rates rises over the next 8 years, any spending of this magnitude should be very considered. However, we need this Multisport Hub – it would be a shame to see the design limited. With careful consideration we should be open to an increased budget.
Recent events have shown that there needs to be a lot more planning and investment into public spaces, roading and safety. We should never have to see any roads in Taranaki, let alone a State Highway fall into such disrepair. This for me must be high on the priority list.