Yes. As a house owner, I'd rather not have this hike in rates, but I understand that infrastructure investment, asset maintenance and building are costly, and there is no cheaper time than now to implement these. So, I want to make sure that any spending is justified.
No. I can understand and share the deep concern that most, if not all councils have in this current reform. In saying that, there are some aspects I do like, but there would be a lot that needs to change before I can support it.
Yes. Though NPDC does a lot re minimizing impact e.g. 3 bins for waste and recycling and advocating best practices or encouraging less vehicle use e.g. Let’s Go Biking. There is always more and our extensive fleet of vehicles and public transport would be a good start to reduce emissions.
Yes. A healthy, wealthy and vibrant community is underpinned by an equally strong business framework. Without businesses of all sizes, types and industries we lose the ability to create this wealth, employment, outside investment and growth. We need to do more to retain, support and attract new businesses.
Yes, I am a 5th Generation New Zealander and I am very proud of our culture and heritage (mistakes and all) having a Maori ward helps keep that culture top of mind and via a different lens.
I am not aware of any concerns as most have community boards that help steer local investment and address local concerns. There is also a wide spread of councillors that live or have lived in these communities that help promote balanced advocacy.
I do not support the Multisport Hub, it still seems to be not well thought through, has far too many compromises and has all the hallmarks of costing way more than budgeted, it also seems a luxury/cost that we simply can’t afford.
Only spend what we can afford, our community needs to live within its means, we can’t keep borrowing money or investing in assets that we can’t afford let alone maintain, then add the continual impact of COVID/Inflation, so, let’s pause the ‘nice to haves’!