Hamilton City Council

East General Ward
The Hamilton 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. Councillors are elected to represent wards (areas in the city). Six councillors will be elected from the East 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 Hamilton City 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.

  • Preserve the welcoming communities group for Ethnic communities representation and engagement.

    Start a bi-monthly survey on public engagement and its effectiveness

  • Develop a Hamilton Multicultural Strategy as a tool that will enable our diverse communities to participate in council decisions.

    Start a quarterly forum where our youth, older citizens and the disability community can have greater input in council decisions.

    Start a quarterly engagement hui with the five hapū in our rohe to work more collaboratively on initiatives.

  • Re-establish community boards as a means of representation and engagement.

    Commit to strong anti-bullying policies in internal and external staff interactions.

    Assess variations in voting patterns with changes to wards and Single Transferable Vote (STV) system.

  • Promote initiatives that support civics education in communities and schools.

    I support the retention of our six Maangai Maaori representatives on council committees.

    Call for a gender audit of our council staff.

  • Implement community boards, that together represent the diverse city of Hamilton.

    Ensure that the community is provided with the opportunity to discuss, around the table, all major projects and maintenance outcome.

    Eliminate all community excluded workshops and meetings to give transparency to decisions.

  • Set up local community boards to help communities find local solutions to local problems and facilitate direct communication with council.

    Actively improve the public submission process that the public have lost faith in because they are ignored even when in the majority.

    Promote listening to genuine local concerns without filtering them though councillors own politics and ideologies.

  • Commit to increasing representation and engagement of Māori, Pacific, youth, disabilities and ethnic communities.

    Commit to improving accessibility and education around council processes to increase public engagement in council.

    Advocate to ensure council are a Living Wage provider.

  • Centralise all council services from one building.

    Lead an inquiry forum to establish stronger relationships and engagement with all our communities, including iwi.

  • Encourage local community groups to provide feedback on council services.

    Support Māori representation on the council with the Māori wards.

  • Commit to forming a multicultural community panel.

    Commit to maintaining Maangai Maaori.

    Commit to forming an arts sector/industry and tourism panel.

  • Establish community boards to increase resident voice and engagement and to ensure they have input into council decision making.

    Use surveys to gauge public opinion on key issues. Wording of these shouldn't limit or channel responses towards a predetermined outcome.

    Investigate ways to take council meetings and activities to the people, eg community forums about key issues.

  • Public engagement can be facilitated by the use of democratic assemblies where people express their views. Voting needs to be compulsory now.

    Māori representation and engagement involves putting the treaty into a constitution, applying the principles thereof. Māori and Pākehā together.

    Ethnic community representation involves a multicultural understanding embracing community inclusion as part of diversity, embracing everyone.

  • Facilitate greater public engagement through local government civics education both in schools and the community.

    Ensure the retention of Maaori wards, Maangai Maaori and increase the investment in He Pou Manawa Ora at Hamilton City Council.

    Continue to lead by example in the payment of the Living Wage for all directly employed staff and contractors at Hamilton City Council.

  • Preserve the welcoming communities group for Ethnic communities representation and engagement.

    Start a bi-monthly survey on public engagement and its effectiveness

  • Develop a Hamilton Multicultural Strategy as a tool that will enable our diverse communities to participate in council decisions.

    Start a quarterly forum where our youth, older citizens and the disability community can have greater input in council decisions.

    Start a quarterly engagement hui with the five hapū in our rohe to work more collaboratively on initiatives.

  • Re-establish community boards as a means of representation and engagement.

    Commit to strong anti-bullying policies in internal and external staff interactions.

    Assess variations in voting patterns with changes to wards and Single Transferable Vote (STV) system.

  • Promote initiatives that support civics education in communities and schools.

    I support the retention of our six Maangai Maaori representatives on council committees.

    Call for a gender audit of our council staff.

  • Implement community boards, that together represent the diverse city of Hamilton.

    Ensure that the community is provided with the opportunity to discuss, around the table, all major projects and maintenance outcome.

    Eliminate all community excluded workshops and meetings to give transparency to decisions.

  • Set up local community boards to help communities find local solutions to local problems and facilitate direct communication with council.

    Actively improve the public submission process that the public have lost faith in because they are ignored even when in the majority.

    Promote listening to genuine local concerns without filtering them though councillors own politics and ideologies.

  • Commit to increasing representation and engagement of Māori, Pacific, youth, disabilities and ethnic communities.

    Commit to improving accessibility and education around council processes to increase public engagement in council.

    Advocate to ensure council are a Living Wage provider.

  • Centralise all council services from one building.

    Lead an inquiry forum to establish stronger relationships and engagement with all our communities, including iwi.

  • Encourage local community groups to provide feedback on council services.

    Support Māori representation on the council with the Māori wards.

  • Commit to forming a multicultural community panel.

    Commit to maintaining Maangai Maaori.

    Commit to forming an arts sector/industry and tourism panel.

  • Establish community boards to increase resident voice and engagement and to ensure they have input into council decision making.

    Use surveys to gauge public opinion on key issues. Wording of these shouldn't limit or channel responses towards a predetermined outcome.

    Investigate ways to take council meetings and activities to the people, eg community forums about key issues.

  • Public engagement can be facilitated by the use of democratic assemblies where people express their views. Voting needs to be compulsory now.

    Māori representation and engagement involves putting the treaty into a constitution, applying the principles thereof. Māori and Pākehā together.

    Ethnic community representation involves a multicultural understanding embracing community inclusion as part of diversity, embracing everyone.

  • Facilitate greater public engagement through local government civics education both in schools and the community.

    Ensure the retention of Maaori wards, Maangai Maaori and increase the investment in He Pou Manawa Ora at Hamilton City Council.

    Continue to lead by example in the payment of the Living Wage for all directly employed staff and contractors at Hamilton City Council.