Central Otago District Council

Vincent Ward
The Central Otago District Council provides local services and facilities, such as public transport, rubbish and recycling, libraries, parks, and recreation facilities. It also makes decisions about building and planning, local regulations, and infrastructure, such as water supply and sewerage. The council is made up of 11 councillors and the mayor. Councillors are elected to represent wards (areas in the district). Five councillors will be elected from the Vincent ward. 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 Central Otago District Council election.

Local democracy

Local government is a foundational part of our democracy. But local democracy isn’t just about holding elections every three years – it’s about the day-to-day ways people have their say in the decisions that affect us all.

Local democracy

Local government is a foundational part of our democracy. But local democracy isn’t just about holding elections every three years – it’s about the day-to-day ways people have their say in the decisions that affect us all.

  • Seek and encourage more extensive public consultation.

    Be more responsive to the local community.

  • Maintain a strong commitment to being available and accessible to all residents, including the business community.

    Support policies and projects that celebrate our cultural diversity, and allow for greater participation in communities.

  • Support staff to keep our community updated. It is important to take the community on the journey with you.

    Be mindful to have meaningful engagement and avoid wherever possible engagement fatigue.

    Local government reform is a contentious issue. I believe that local people make the best decisions for their communities.

  • Use technology to make it easier for those that live out of town or can't afford to take time off work to speak to submissions face to face.

    Build on and strengthen our obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi, and relationship with local iwi.

    Create more interactive submission processes. Ensuring that as many different demographics are represented before decisions are made.

  • Councils are there to represent the people and ensure viable economic and social development.

    Government overreach is undermining local democracy and and this needs turned around.

    In a time of economic recession and high interest rates local solutions will be increasingly important.

  • Seek and encourage more extensive public consultation.

    Be more responsive to the local community.

  • Maintain a strong commitment to being available and accessible to all residents, including the business community.

    Support policies and projects that celebrate our cultural diversity, and allow for greater participation in communities.

  • Support staff to keep our community updated. It is important to take the community on the journey with you.

    Be mindful to have meaningful engagement and avoid wherever possible engagement fatigue.

    Local government reform is a contentious issue. I believe that local people make the best decisions for their communities.

  • Use technology to make it easier for those that live out of town or can't afford to take time off work to speak to submissions face to face.

    Build on and strengthen our obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi, and relationship with local iwi.

    Create more interactive submission processes. Ensuring that as many different demographics are represented before decisions are made.

  • Councils are there to represent the people and ensure viable economic and social development.

    Government overreach is undermining local democracy and and this needs turned around.

    In a time of economic recession and high interest rates local solutions will be increasingly important.