Dunedin City Council

The Dunedin City 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 14 councillors and the mayor. 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 election.

Utilities and services

Councils are responsible for a wide range of utilities and services that we all rely on, from rubbish and recycling to street cleaning. Councils are currently also responsible for managing waste water, storm water and drinking water infrastructure – the ‘Three Waters’. But that may be about to change, with central government seeking to shift the delivery of Three Waters services to four new larger entities, which could borrow enough to upgrade the country’s water infrastructure.

Utilities and services

Councils are responsible for a wide range of utilities and services that we all rely on, from rubbish and recycling to street cleaning. Councils are currently also responsible for managing waste water, storm water and drinking water infrastructure – the ‘Three Waters’. But that may be about to change, with central government seeking to shift the delivery of Three Waters services to four new larger entities, which could borrow enough to upgrade the country’s water infrastructure.

  • Reduce dog registration to $50.00 and $30.00 if animal is neutered.

    Ensure that residents of Dunedin, understand the impact of Three Waters and can feed back to the Dunedin City Council.

  • Continue the improvement of our streets, especially in the CBD and other centres, to make them more attractive and safer for everyone.

    Introduce new multi-bin waste and recycling collection.

    Continue animal control and predator control initiatives to protect native wildlife.

  • Oppose the current Three Waters proposal. There needs to be more detail on how ratepayers and residents will be impacted.

    Provide more rubbish collection services to the student area, especially at year end when students are leaving or shifting flats.

    Look at waste minimisation solutions. Help facilitate a reduction in waste.

  • I would like to see Dunedin increase its recycling rates. I think that focusing on being as cheap as possible shouldn't be the goal for this.

    Stop govt taking our Three Waters away from the community with their ill thought out Three Waters project.

    Keep maintenance up to date and allow investment in the annual budget so we don't have to have these crazy budget blowout.

  • Fight to retain local control of Three Waters.

    Provide the facilities for recycling within the city rather than sending almost everything away to be processed.

    Facilitate recycling avenues for commercial customers as well as domestic.

  • Require an intergenerational people-centred approach perspective to be taken with respect to infrastructure, utilities and services.

    Consider always the impact of predicted changes to our people, climate and other local and global systems.

  • Work with government to standardise our bin collection system.

    Keep three waters in local control with clear and simplified accountability for governance.

    Allow dog access to George St.

  • Fight Three Waters.

    Clean-up our city. Dunedin streets are dirty – the CBD needs regularly cleaned of vomit etc. Be more vigilant in removing graffiti.

    Remove the weeds in our streets, garden plots and on the footpaths.

  • Ask for a reset of the Three Waters reform to enable better consultation with communities, councils and iwi and to explore other models.

    Bring in our new waste collection system of four bins and educate people about how to use them.

    Audit and track the cleaning of mud tanks to ensure that in a large rain event the water flows into the stormwater and out through the pumps.

  • Prioritise reducing and reusing instead of using recycling as the default option.

    Invest in infrastructure to ensure basic services such as water and waste as a priority action for projected city growth.

    Fight for a local voice in Three Waters governance, especially as it affects city planning.

  • Keep our utilities, like water, decentralised and utilise our local companies and experts to develop and maintain them.

    Provide opportunities for the community to learn how to recycle responsibly, such as correct numbers in recycle bin, and how to reuse items.

    Provide opportunities for the community to learn how to reduce waste, such as food packaging waste.

  • Engage with central government and mana whenua around the process and changes Three Waters will bring, Advocating this serves our city well.

    Increase recycling in the city. Install a recycling bin with every public rubbish bin, support the four bins + one change in waste collection.

    Review customer service process for all phone calls to 477 4000, ensuring that action is taken within set times with follow-up calls.

  • No installation of residential water meters. This is not a priority for ratepayers because it is an unnecessary and expensive cost.

    Minimise waste through the education of sustainability practices (residential and commercial) and make it easier to reduce, reuse, recycle.

    Partner with the Otago Regional Council, central government and stakeholders to address intensive agriculture and find sustainable, sensible solutions.

  • Create an efficient and effective rubbish recycling system that deals with all waste locally.

    Charge fairer water rates based on usage.

    Employ people through a government-funded scheme to clean our streets and local environment.

  • Stop use of carcinogenic pesticides.

    Call for reset, renegotiation and public consultation on Three Waters.

    Reassessment of Dunedin's waste management system.

  • A complete rethink on rubbish and recycling collection services. Invest in new recycling sorting technology and incentivise recycling.

    Improve water services across the city especially in the districts where recent issues with drinking water and flooding have been an issue.

    Improve response times for service and infrastructure issues reported by the community. Ensure contractors are complying contractually.

  • Continue investment in public-private stormwater projects to complete council's priority list with urgency.

    Support continued investment in planned waste minimisation initiatives.

    Develop incentives for the building sector and education around the recycling/discarding of demolition materials, as a matter of urgency.

  • Enhance rubbish and recycling systems.

    Build on Dunedin's excellent reticulated water supply to outer areas.

  • Speak out against government policies that are detrimental to our city. Councillors need to do what is best for our city.

    Advocate for government to re-engage over Three Waters. An Otago Southland model is needed to retain local knowledge, voice and governance.

    Increase maintenance of kerbs, grass verges, street cleaning and pot holes. Tidy up the streets. Dunedin City Council should and can do better.

  • Support all waste management initiatives which encourage waste minimisation and recycling.

    Engage with central government, and mana whenua to achieve the best local outcomes in the Three Waters space.

    Support incentives for responsible pet owners, including those with cats.

  • Introducing four bins system to promote recycling.

    Keep Three Waters under council control to maitain high quality service.

    Promote the ban on plastic and single use cups.

  • Acquiescence to the Three Waters proposals shows an insufficient representation of better alternatives. Regulate Three Waters but keep control.

    Allow dogs on a lead on buses and bars, restaurants.

  • There is not enough information on Three Waters. I am not in favour of this as we all need to know exactly what is involved in this project.

    Recycling should be a high importance to the council. It has to improve.

    I am saying no to Smooth Hill as a site for the next tip. The work was done 30 years ago and many things have changed since then.

  • Advocate for the introduction for a by-law that requires domestic cats (excluding breeders) to be desexed, microchipped and registered.

    Commit to ensuring that our waste minimisation initiatives result in significant decreases in waste entering landfills.

  • Reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfills. After consultation a 'four bins plus one' option was adopted by council, to begin in 2023.

    Consult with community on the government's Three Waters reform proposals. Reform programme needs reset. Concerns over how to implement reforms.

    Maintain high level of civic pride around clean streets, working with Taskforce Green and Keep Dunedin Beautiful along with DCC services.

  • Maintain water sovereignty, oppose the centralisation of our water services.

    Oppose Smooth Hill Landfill, improve the Green Island Landfill so that people can more easily recycle, also burn more waste.

    Create a mini farm for Dunedin residents to enjoy petting baby animals. Include a new dog park there.

  • Kaitiakitaka – guardianship – Three Waters is essential for our future – clean water and no discharge into our waterways and our oceans.

    We must active adopt and embrace zero waste. This requires a commitment from each of us plus central government to reuse, repurpose, recycle.

    A livable city – maintain our streets and roadways walkways, parks, gardens, sporting facilities and public amenities.

  • Reduce dog registration to $50.00 and $30.00 if animal is neutered.

    Ensure that residents of Dunedin, understand the impact of Three Waters and can feed back to the Dunedin City Council.

  • Continue the improvement of our streets, especially in the CBD and other centres, to make them more attractive and safer for everyone.

    Introduce new multi-bin waste and recycling collection.

    Continue animal control and predator control initiatives to protect native wildlife.

  • Oppose the current Three Waters proposal. There needs to be more detail on how ratepayers and residents will be impacted.

    Provide more rubbish collection services to the student area, especially at year end when students are leaving or shifting flats.

    Look at waste minimisation solutions. Help facilitate a reduction in waste.

  • I would like to see Dunedin increase its recycling rates. I think that focusing on being as cheap as possible shouldn't be the goal for this.

    Stop govt taking our Three Waters away from the community with their ill thought out Three Waters project.

    Keep maintenance up to date and allow investment in the annual budget so we don't have to have these crazy budget blowout.

  • Fight to retain local control of Three Waters.

    Provide the facilities for recycling within the city rather than sending almost everything away to be processed.

    Facilitate recycling avenues for commercial customers as well as domestic.

  • Require an intergenerational people-centred approach perspective to be taken with respect to infrastructure, utilities and services.

    Consider always the impact of predicted changes to our people, climate and other local and global systems.

  • Work with government to standardise our bin collection system.

    Keep three waters in local control with clear and simplified accountability for governance.

    Allow dog access to George St.

  • Fight Three Waters.

    Clean-up our city. Dunedin streets are dirty – the CBD needs regularly cleaned of vomit etc. Be more vigilant in removing graffiti.

    Remove the weeds in our streets, garden plots and on the footpaths.

  • Ask for a reset of the Three Waters reform to enable better consultation with communities, councils and iwi and to explore other models.

    Bring in our new waste collection system of four bins and educate people about how to use them.

    Audit and track the cleaning of mud tanks to ensure that in a large rain event the water flows into the stormwater and out through the pumps.

  • Prioritise reducing and reusing instead of using recycling as the default option.

    Invest in infrastructure to ensure basic services such as water and waste as a priority action for projected city growth.

    Fight for a local voice in Three Waters governance, especially as it affects city planning.

  • Keep our utilities, like water, decentralised and utilise our local companies and experts to develop and maintain them.

    Provide opportunities for the community to learn how to recycle responsibly, such as correct numbers in recycle bin, and how to reuse items.

    Provide opportunities for the community to learn how to reduce waste, such as food packaging waste.

  • Engage with central government and mana whenua around the process and changes Three Waters will bring, Advocating this serves our city well.

    Increase recycling in the city. Install a recycling bin with every public rubbish bin, support the four bins + one change in waste collection.

    Review customer service process for all phone calls to 477 4000, ensuring that action is taken within set times with follow-up calls.

  • No installation of residential water meters. This is not a priority for ratepayers because it is an unnecessary and expensive cost.

    Minimise waste through the education of sustainability practices (residential and commercial) and make it easier to reduce, reuse, recycle.

    Partner with the Otago Regional Council, central government and stakeholders to address intensive agriculture and find sustainable, sensible solutions.

  • Create an efficient and effective rubbish recycling system that deals with all waste locally.

    Charge fairer water rates based on usage.

    Employ people through a government-funded scheme to clean our streets and local environment.

  • Stop use of carcinogenic pesticides.

    Call for reset, renegotiation and public consultation on Three Waters.

    Reassessment of Dunedin's waste management system.

  • A complete rethink on rubbish and recycling collection services. Invest in new recycling sorting technology and incentivise recycling.

    Improve water services across the city especially in the districts where recent issues with drinking water and flooding have been an issue.

    Improve response times for service and infrastructure issues reported by the community. Ensure contractors are complying contractually.

  • Continue investment in public-private stormwater projects to complete council's priority list with urgency.

    Support continued investment in planned waste minimisation initiatives.

    Develop incentives for the building sector and education around the recycling/discarding of demolition materials, as a matter of urgency.

  • Enhance rubbish and recycling systems.

    Build on Dunedin's excellent reticulated water supply to outer areas.

  • Speak out against government policies that are detrimental to our city. Councillors need to do what is best for our city.

    Advocate for government to re-engage over Three Waters. An Otago Southland model is needed to retain local knowledge, voice and governance.

    Increase maintenance of kerbs, grass verges, street cleaning and pot holes. Tidy up the streets. Dunedin City Council should and can do better.

  • Support all waste management initiatives which encourage waste minimisation and recycling.

    Engage with central government, and mana whenua to achieve the best local outcomes in the Three Waters space.

    Support incentives for responsible pet owners, including those with cats.

  • Introducing four bins system to promote recycling.

    Keep Three Waters under council control to maitain high quality service.

    Promote the ban on plastic and single use cups.

  • Acquiescence to the Three Waters proposals shows an insufficient representation of better alternatives. Regulate Three Waters but keep control.

    Allow dogs on a lead on buses and bars, restaurants.

  • There is not enough information on Three Waters. I am not in favour of this as we all need to know exactly what is involved in this project.

    Recycling should be a high importance to the council. It has to improve.

    I am saying no to Smooth Hill as a site for the next tip. The work was done 30 years ago and many things have changed since then.

  • Advocate for the introduction for a by-law that requires domestic cats (excluding breeders) to be desexed, microchipped and registered.

    Commit to ensuring that our waste minimisation initiatives result in significant decreases in waste entering landfills.

  • Reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfills. After consultation a 'four bins plus one' option was adopted by council, to begin in 2023.

    Consult with community on the government's Three Waters reform proposals. Reform programme needs reset. Concerns over how to implement reforms.

    Maintain high level of civic pride around clean streets, working with Taskforce Green and Keep Dunedin Beautiful along with DCC services.

  • Maintain water sovereignty, oppose the centralisation of our water services.

    Oppose Smooth Hill Landfill, improve the Green Island Landfill so that people can more easily recycle, also burn more waste.

    Create a mini farm for Dunedin residents to enjoy petting baby animals. Include a new dog park there.

  • Kaitiakitaka – guardianship – Three Waters is essential for our future – clean water and no discharge into our waterways and our oceans.

    We must active adopt and embrace zero waste. This requires a commitment from each of us plus central government to reuse, repurpose, recycle.

    A livable city – maintain our streets and roadways walkways, parks, gardens, sporting facilities and public amenities.