Mayor of Dunedin

The mayor is the leader of the council. Their job is to promote a vision for the city and lead the development of the council’s plans, policies and budget. The mayor appoints the deputy mayor, establishes committees for particular topics, and appoints chairs for those committees. This is a single transferable vote (STV) election, so you vote by ranking the candidates on your ballot paper. Compare the candidates and their policies to decide who to vote for in the Dunedin City Council mayoral 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.

  • Protect South Dunedin with more sand on the beach to form a buffer against erosion, better pipework, and a second pump station at Orari St.

    Reduce emissions by prioritising electric and PHEV vehicles, optimising standing energy and improving public transport usage with convenience and reliability.

    Optimise our landfill emissions by reducing food waste inclusion. Recycle green waste to compost. Double landfill diversion.

  • Create climate change action plan.

    Implement climate change strategies into all decision making.

    Prioritise climate change adaptation strategy for South Dunedin.

  • Expand on the work being done in relation to coastal erosion on our main beach.

    Promote the South Dunedin protection plans to be specific to this low lying area.

    Align Dunedin's timeline to be carbon neutral with that of the government.

  • Enriching the atmosphere with CO2 is beneficial. CO2 is not a pollutant. It is essential to all life on Earth. We will drive, fly and boat.

    I strongly oppose the harmful and unrealistic net-zero CO2 policy. There is no climate emergency, there is no cause for panic and alarm.

    Go for adaptation instead of mitigation. There is no statistical evidence that climate change is intensifying natural disasters.

  • Strengthen resilience in our communities – risk reduction and readiness focus. Supporting CDEM, FENZ and flax-roots emergency response groups.

    Develop coastal erosion plans for affected communities. Addressing issues and identifying vulnerable groups eg populated low lying areas.

    Support the Dunedin City Council Carbon Zero 2030 plan – the reduction target for Dunedin City's emissions is in two parts ('split gas approach').

  • Action is needed. We have had a lot of talk but in my opinion not a lot of action on climate change. We have an ambitious goal of 2030.

    A written plan is needed to achieve our 2030 goal. We need action steps and timelines, and to mentor businesses to be more sustainable.

    Buses need to be free or heavily subsidised, and more regular, along with a daily train service from Mosgiel to Dunedin to help reduce cars.

  • Commit to an ambitious Emissions Reduction Plan for the city, supporting our zero carbon transition.

    Develop the South Dunedin Future project to design climate resilient options with our low lying communities.

    Build stronger and better connected communities across the city, to better equip them to deal with extreme weather events.

  • There is no chance of the Dunedin City Council being carbon neutral by 2025 and I am absolutely sick of all the virtue signalling around this.

    I will fight the destruction of heritage and will attempt to make Dunedin a city of trams and cycles again. I support beachfront resilience.

  • Deliver a Dunedin Climate Change Action Plan with targeted annual implementation plans.

    Lobby central government to produce a national plan to address and fund local government climate issues.

    Ensure Dunedin City Council (DCC) leads by example with a DCC specific climate actionable plan.

  • Protect South Dunedin with more sand on the beach to form a buffer against erosion, better pipework, and a second pump station at Orari St.

    Reduce emissions by prioritising electric and PHEV vehicles, optimising standing energy and improving public transport usage with convenience and reliability.

    Optimise our landfill emissions by reducing food waste inclusion. Recycle green waste to compost. Double landfill diversion.

  • Create climate change action plan.

    Implement climate change strategies into all decision making.

    Prioritise climate change adaptation strategy for South Dunedin.

  • Expand on the work being done in relation to coastal erosion on our main beach.

    Promote the South Dunedin protection plans to be specific to this low lying area.

    Align Dunedin's timeline to be carbon neutral with that of the government.

  • Enriching the atmosphere with CO2 is beneficial. CO2 is not a pollutant. It is essential to all life on Earth. We will drive, fly and boat.

    I strongly oppose the harmful and unrealistic net-zero CO2 policy. There is no climate emergency, there is no cause for panic and alarm.

    Go for adaptation instead of mitigation. There is no statistical evidence that climate change is intensifying natural disasters.

  • Strengthen resilience in our communities – risk reduction and readiness focus. Supporting CDEM, FENZ and flax-roots emergency response groups.

    Develop coastal erosion plans for affected communities. Addressing issues and identifying vulnerable groups eg populated low lying areas.

    Support the Dunedin City Council Carbon Zero 2030 plan – the reduction target for Dunedin City's emissions is in two parts ('split gas approach').

  • Action is needed. We have had a lot of talk but in my opinion not a lot of action on climate change. We have an ambitious goal of 2030.

    A written plan is needed to achieve our 2030 goal. We need action steps and timelines, and to mentor businesses to be more sustainable.

    Buses need to be free or heavily subsidised, and more regular, along with a daily train service from Mosgiel to Dunedin to help reduce cars.

  • Commit to an ambitious Emissions Reduction Plan for the city, supporting our zero carbon transition.

    Develop the South Dunedin Future project to design climate resilient options with our low lying communities.

    Build stronger and better connected communities across the city, to better equip them to deal with extreme weather events.

  • There is no chance of the Dunedin City Council being carbon neutral by 2025 and I am absolutely sick of all the virtue signalling around this.

    I will fight the destruction of heritage and will attempt to make Dunedin a city of trams and cycles again. I support beachfront resilience.

  • Deliver a Dunedin Climate Change Action Plan with targeted annual implementation plans.

    Lobby central government to produce a national plan to address and fund local government climate issues.

    Ensure Dunedin City Council (DCC) leads by example with a DCC specific climate actionable plan.