Gisborne District Council

Tairāwhiti General Ward
The Gisborne District Council provides local services and facilities, such as public transport, rubbish and recycling, libraries, parks, and recreation facilities. It also passes local regulations and makes decisions about infrastructure, such as water supply and sewerage, and about the region’s resources, including water, soil and the coastline. The council is made up of 13 councillors and the mayor. Councillors are elected to represent wards (areas in the district). Eight councillors will be elected from the Tairāwhiti General ward. 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 Gisborne District 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.

  • Hold the council to the policy of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

    Establish transport networks which avoid emission practices especially our Taruheru Cycle /Walkway to enable safe cycling to schools etc.

    Support further native planting activities where suitable in our public spaces.

  • Embrace new technology that shows economically sustainable and proven reduction in the causes of climate change.

    Triage areas in civil defence for maximum protection to the areas most vulnerable to nature's fury by spending available funds wisely.

  • Commit to council being carbon neutral by 2025 but have some reservations regarding cutting primary production. No unfair burden on rural.

    Committed to trying to prevent sale of electric lines asset. Once gone it cannot be recovered – ever – seek rural and urban benefits.

    Committed to more research in engaging council in provision of housing, which is fundamental to raising families within secure whānau.

  • I am all about planting natives especially in riparian zones. I love what has been done with Titirangi and Waingake in recent times.

    Against carbon credit farming in the area. Using us as a sacrificial lamb. Destroying jobs and communities. Create local bylaw to combat.

    Future proof for the longterm. Realise 1 in 100 year floods now happening twice a year.

  • Help the community to understand the potential impacts of climate change and what adaptations will be required to deal with the impacts.

    Implement a policy of kaitiakitanga in council policies.

  • Commit to council having a greenhouse emissions reduction policy with specific tasks.

    Commit to council continuing its strategy to embed climate change mitigation across all plans. Consider a climate change committee.

    Commit council to collecting qualified data from geotechnical work done in region so ratepayers can save money with their resource consents.

  • Commit to removing organic waste from kerbside refuse collection by 2024 and developing a waste to energy production facility in Tairāwhiti.

    Review council's vehicle policy to rationalise the fleet and instigate pathway to a de-carbonised fleet by 2024.

    Work with landowners and mana whenua to identify significant and wahi taapu sites that may be affected by sea level rises and/or managed retreat.

  • Commit to a strong water storage and irrigation policy.

    Establish a science based approach to climate change.

  • Commit to council providing more effective and accessible local transport to reduce the use of private vehicles.

    Establish more recycling centers in Te Tairāwhiti, and introduce tip shops to reduce reusable materials that go into landfill.

    Establish relationships with local community organisations already doing the work of climate action.

  • Commit to our council being carbon neutral in line with central government.

    Commit to improving our waste management so green waste is not trucked to a landfill in Waikato and separated at source.

    Work toward an electric fleet, more cycle and walkways and use science to research into how we can sort out our landfills in region.

  • I don't care about greenhouse gas emissions.

    Commit to council opposing man-made climate change.

    I oppose earthquake strengthening being used as a threat to force insurance rip offs. New council buildings and Peel St. toilets for example.

  • Actively develop a coordinated coastal retreat plan. Work with Te Tairāwhiti to achieve their stated objective of reducing CO2 emissions by 10.6 t per annum.

    Engage with Hiringa Energy to complete a feasibility study using Hydrogen for heavy transport and establishing refuelling option.

    Implement an alternative transport strategy that independently reconsiders a rail option for linking Gisborne to Wairoa and barging from the East Coast.

  • Hold the council to the policy of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

    Establish transport networks which avoid emission practices especially our Taruheru Cycle /Walkway to enable safe cycling to schools etc.

    Support further native planting activities where suitable in our public spaces.

  • Embrace new technology that shows economically sustainable and proven reduction in the causes of climate change.

    Triage areas in civil defence for maximum protection to the areas most vulnerable to nature's fury by spending available funds wisely.

  • Commit to council being carbon neutral by 2025 but have some reservations regarding cutting primary production. No unfair burden on rural.

    Committed to trying to prevent sale of electric lines asset. Once gone it cannot be recovered – ever – seek rural and urban benefits.

    Committed to more research in engaging council in provision of housing, which is fundamental to raising families within secure whānau.

  • I am all about planting natives especially in riparian zones. I love what has been done with Titirangi and Waingake in recent times.

    Against carbon credit farming in the area. Using us as a sacrificial lamb. Destroying jobs and communities. Create local bylaw to combat.

    Future proof for the longterm. Realise 1 in 100 year floods now happening twice a year.

  • Help the community to understand the potential impacts of climate change and what adaptations will be required to deal with the impacts.

    Implement a policy of kaitiakitanga in council policies.

  • Commit to council having a greenhouse emissions reduction policy with specific tasks.

    Commit to council continuing its strategy to embed climate change mitigation across all plans. Consider a climate change committee.

    Commit council to collecting qualified data from geotechnical work done in region so ratepayers can save money with their resource consents.

  • Commit to removing organic waste from kerbside refuse collection by 2024 and developing a waste to energy production facility in Tairāwhiti.

    Review council's vehicle policy to rationalise the fleet and instigate pathway to a de-carbonised fleet by 2024.

    Work with landowners and mana whenua to identify significant and wahi taapu sites that may be affected by sea level rises and/or managed retreat.

  • Commit to a strong water storage and irrigation policy.

    Establish a science based approach to climate change.

  • Commit to council providing more effective and accessible local transport to reduce the use of private vehicles.

    Establish more recycling centers in Te Tairāwhiti, and introduce tip shops to reduce reusable materials that go into landfill.

    Establish relationships with local community organisations already doing the work of climate action.

  • Commit to our council being carbon neutral in line with central government.

    Commit to improving our waste management so green waste is not trucked to a landfill in Waikato and separated at source.

    Work toward an electric fleet, more cycle and walkways and use science to research into how we can sort out our landfills in region.

  • I don't care about greenhouse gas emissions.

    Commit to council opposing man-made climate change.

    I oppose earthquake strengthening being used as a threat to force insurance rip offs. New council buildings and Peel St. toilets for example.

  • Actively develop a coordinated coastal retreat plan. Work with Te Tairāwhiti to achieve their stated objective of reducing CO2 emissions by 10.6 t per annum.

    Engage with Hiringa Energy to complete a feasibility study using Hydrogen for heavy transport and establishing refuelling option.

    Implement an alternative transport strategy that independently reconsiders a rail option for linking Gisborne to Wairoa and barging from the East Coast.