Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Tauranga Constituency
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council makes decisions about managing resources in the region, such as air, water, soil and the coastline. It also carries out plant and pest control, helps prepare for natural disasters, and is involved in regional transport. The council is made up of 14 councillors. Councillors are elected to represent constituencies (areas in the region). Five councillors will be elected from the Tauranga constituency. This is a first past the post (FPP) election, so you vote by ticking the name of your preferred candidate on your ballot paper. Compare the candidates and their policies to decide who to vote for in the Bay of Plenty Regional Council election.

Climate change and resilience

Climate change poses a huge challenge for communities as more frequent extreme weather events require us to rethink how we live and where. Local authorities are at the forefront of efforts to respond, with responsibilities for environmental planning and regulation, as well as civil defence. Many councils have plans to reduce emissions in their area and are working to help their communities adapt to a warming world.

Climate change and resilience

Climate change poses a huge challenge for communities as more frequent extreme weather events require us to rethink how we live and where. Local authorities are at the forefront of efforts to respond, with responsibilities for environmental planning and regulation, as well as civil defence. Many councils have plans to reduce emissions in their area and are working to help their communities adapt to a warming world.

  • Commit to decarbonisation of the bus fleet with electric vehicle or hydrogen by 2025 and a multi-modal transport network – safe and accessible

    I believe in forward planning as population and development increases, we must recognise sea level rise and stormwater control.

    I support tsunami sirens, proactive earthquake strengthening for key infrastructure roads, rail, bridges and disaster forward planning.

  • Encourage greater domestic utilisation of solar and wind power generation through a low interest loan scheme to home and business owners.

    Support our region's obligation to reducing net greenhouse gas emissions in line with national targets to transition to a low carbon economy.

    Strengthen resilience measures to natural disasters with an up to date effective civil defence capability in close collaboration with TLAs.

  • Transition to a low carbon footprint, reducing emissions in a managed manner to improve lifestyles, offer new opportunities and greater equity.

    Activate robust, sensible, practical solutions that are affordable, proven and far-sighted, giving the greatest public benefit.

    Implement up to date strategies to be ready to deal with the increasing weather extremes of water, winds and reality of climate fires.

  • Resilience from storm effect, as a result of climate change, is critical. Our flood protection work is the key in protecting our community.

    Decarbonise our public transport fleet. We now need to increase our electric bus fleet but adding (say) 20 20-seater buses as soon as possible.

  • Act on both education and land use regulation to reduce emissions, particularly in transport, and set the example within the council.

    Increase investment via natural adaptation opportunities like dune care as a priority as well as built adaptation in our catchment schemes.

    Enable communities to be more self sufficient in terms of all natural hazard emergencies.

  • Prepare for climate change by reducing emissions, preparing for extreme weather events.

    Plan for emergencies like tsunamis and earthquakes with evacuation and civil defence planning.

    Plan our construction and subdivisions in the best way to alleviate risk from natural disasters.

  • Stop unworkable climate based policies based on political dogma and unelected international bureaucratic goals.

    Return to solid evidence based, practical and beneficial climate policies.

  • Ensure common sense approaches taking account of unintended consequences, eg more use of electric vehicles leading to higher imports of Indonesian coal.

    Monitor and resource civil defence capability to deal with natural disasters such as White Island, Edgecumbe floods, potential tsunamis etc.

    Resource infrastructure maintenance and replacement such as flood pumping stations.

  • Commit to the climate emergency that has been made and work with community on transitioning to a low carbon future.

    Working with other local authorities and engaging with industry to find solutions. Supporting new and additional community initiatives.

    Ensure our region has the capacity and capability to respond and recover from any emergencies.

  • Prioritise climate action on all council decisions, driving hard targets for reduced emissions – a sustainable, future generations focus.

    Develop inclusive climate adaptation plans and civil defence to avoid social harm, ensuring community resilience in the short and long term.

    Ensure building and urban planning is for densified, sustainable, reduced emissions, climate resilient growth and council walking the talk.

  • Commit to decarbonisation of the bus fleet with electric vehicle or hydrogen by 2025 and a multi-modal transport network – safe and accessible

    I believe in forward planning as population and development increases, we must recognise sea level rise and stormwater control.

    I support tsunami sirens, proactive earthquake strengthening for key infrastructure roads, rail, bridges and disaster forward planning.

  • Encourage greater domestic utilisation of solar and wind power generation through a low interest loan scheme to home and business owners.

    Support our region's obligation to reducing net greenhouse gas emissions in line with national targets to transition to a low carbon economy.

    Strengthen resilience measures to natural disasters with an up to date effective civil defence capability in close collaboration with TLAs.

  • Transition to a low carbon footprint, reducing emissions in a managed manner to improve lifestyles, offer new opportunities and greater equity.

    Activate robust, sensible, practical solutions that are affordable, proven and far-sighted, giving the greatest public benefit.

    Implement up to date strategies to be ready to deal with the increasing weather extremes of water, winds and reality of climate fires.

  • Resilience from storm effect, as a result of climate change, is critical. Our flood protection work is the key in protecting our community.

    Decarbonise our public transport fleet. We now need to increase our electric bus fleet but adding (say) 20 20-seater buses as soon as possible.

  • Act on both education and land use regulation to reduce emissions, particularly in transport, and set the example within the council.

    Increase investment via natural adaptation opportunities like dune care as a priority as well as built adaptation in our catchment schemes.

    Enable communities to be more self sufficient in terms of all natural hazard emergencies.

  • Prepare for climate change by reducing emissions, preparing for extreme weather events.

    Plan for emergencies like tsunamis and earthquakes with evacuation and civil defence planning.

    Plan our construction and subdivisions in the best way to alleviate risk from natural disasters.

  • Stop unworkable climate based policies based on political dogma and unelected international bureaucratic goals.

    Return to solid evidence based, practical and beneficial climate policies.

  • Ensure common sense approaches taking account of unintended consequences, eg more use of electric vehicles leading to higher imports of Indonesian coal.

    Monitor and resource civil defence capability to deal with natural disasters such as White Island, Edgecumbe floods, potential tsunamis etc.

    Resource infrastructure maintenance and replacement such as flood pumping stations.

  • Commit to the climate emergency that has been made and work with community on transitioning to a low carbon future.

    Working with other local authorities and engaging with industry to find solutions. Supporting new and additional community initiatives.

    Ensure our region has the capacity and capability to respond and recover from any emergencies.

  • Prioritise climate action on all council decisions, driving hard targets for reduced emissions – a sustainable, future generations focus.

    Develop inclusive climate adaptation plans and civil defence to avoid social harm, ensuring community resilience in the short and long term.

    Ensure building and urban planning is for densified, sustainable, reduced emissions, climate resilient growth and council walking the talk.