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.

Recreation and culture

From parks and libraries to museums and art galleries, councils can be a key supporter of sporting, recreational and cultural events that bring communities to life. Community facilities, including sports grounds and town halls, are often owned and run by councils.

Recreation and culture

From parks and libraries to museums and art galleries, councils can be a key supporter of sporting, recreational and cultural events that bring communities to life. Community facilities, including sports grounds and town halls, are often owned and run by councils.

  • Keep public facilities affordable as cost of living rises.

    Give local communities more power to oppose liquor licensing.

    Encourage use of public spaces for community events.

  • Ensure that public facilities are provided and funded appropriately to their designed use.

    Ensure that festivals and promoter events are scrutinised for guarantee benefits to the whole community.

    Examine, with a team of community experts, ways in which sporting, event and theatre facilities can improve their profitability.

  • Complete a pool and gym complex for community use in Rototuna Village.

    Review and explore the need for a new community hub in the city.

    Upgrade the Wellington Street beach river front to create access to the river and enhance a well loved summer swimming spot.

  • Ban further liquor licensing outlets opening in the city.

    Reinvent and reimagine our existing council buildings and facilities with green strategy in mind.

    Secure world class events from all sectors to the city.

  • Audit existing council-owned facilities to provide our communities with more accessible venues.

    Review the funding model around arts and culture.

    Commit to develop a specific fund for legacy events.

  • Recognise that the arts, culture, sport and recreation are the soul of the city and need support.

    Support the re-purposing of the Founders into a Community hub with the help of the benefactors who are committed to the project.

    Ensure ongoing maintenance of public and community buildings occurs, example, Celebrating Age was left to rot away then demolished.

  • Revisit funding models and investments into youth, community and arts funding.

    Partner to support the culture and celebratory events of our diverse communities, eg Language Weeks, Ramadan, Mental Health Week.

    Explore decreasing crime by strengthening the culture of the city and communities, strong local leaders, engaging activities etc.

  • Design an equitable investment strategy for community infrastructure – ensuring all communities are cared for equally.

    Create greater partnership with community organisations to celebrate our five hapū and all the our diverse communities.

  • Reduce the number of liquor licences, especially to small dairies.

    Push for more public facilities in the new north east suburbs including a community centre and pool.

    Support the funding of more community festivals, especially in the outer suburbs.

  • Public facilities should be affordable and accessible, providing the necessary service to the public. Too many public servants do not serve.

    Putting the soul and heart back into the city is a must, holding regular markets and festivals allowing people/groups to express their values.

    Sporting facilities should be maintained, promoting what they do. Running, soccer, basketball, and swimming. People need fresh air and exercise.

  • Support and promote opportunities for youth arts and recreation, to strengthen engagement, connections and wellbeing.

    Prioritise investment in community centres, arts and recreation facilities and libraries to improve accessibility for all.

    Reduce the availability of alcohol in our communities by reducing liquor licensing.

  • Maintain and support the existing city amenities that make Hamilton a great place to live, eg parks, libraries, museum, pools and community halls.

    Support local arts and recreation initiatives that bring vibrancy to the city. Boon, Creative Waikato, and Sport Waikato are great examples.

    Reduce the number of licences for suburban liquor stores due to their link to crime and antisocial behaviour in our communities.

  • Build and maintain first-class sporting facilities.

    Reduce the impact of harm to the community through stricter rules around liquor licensing.

    Remove out of date public facilities like parks, pools, museums, libraries and community halls and replace with new updated options.

  • Keep public facilities affordable as cost of living rises.

    Give local communities more power to oppose liquor licensing.

    Encourage use of public spaces for community events.

  • Ensure that public facilities are provided and funded appropriately to their designed use.

    Ensure that festivals and promoter events are scrutinised for guarantee benefits to the whole community.

    Examine, with a team of community experts, ways in which sporting, event and theatre facilities can improve their profitability.

  • Complete a pool and gym complex for community use in Rototuna Village.

    Review and explore the need for a new community hub in the city.

    Upgrade the Wellington Street beach river front to create access to the river and enhance a well loved summer swimming spot.

  • Ban further liquor licensing outlets opening in the city.

    Reinvent and reimagine our existing council buildings and facilities with green strategy in mind.

    Secure world class events from all sectors to the city.

  • Audit existing council-owned facilities to provide our communities with more accessible venues.

    Review the funding model around arts and culture.

    Commit to develop a specific fund for legacy events.

  • Recognise that the arts, culture, sport and recreation are the soul of the city and need support.

    Support the re-purposing of the Founders into a Community hub with the help of the benefactors who are committed to the project.

    Ensure ongoing maintenance of public and community buildings occurs, example, Celebrating Age was left to rot away then demolished.

  • Revisit funding models and investments into youth, community and arts funding.

    Partner to support the culture and celebratory events of our diverse communities, eg Language Weeks, Ramadan, Mental Health Week.

    Explore decreasing crime by strengthening the culture of the city and communities, strong local leaders, engaging activities etc.

  • Design an equitable investment strategy for community infrastructure – ensuring all communities are cared for equally.

    Create greater partnership with community organisations to celebrate our five hapū and all the our diverse communities.

  • Reduce the number of liquor licences, especially to small dairies.

    Push for more public facilities in the new north east suburbs including a community centre and pool.

    Support the funding of more community festivals, especially in the outer suburbs.

  • Public facilities should be affordable and accessible, providing the necessary service to the public. Too many public servants do not serve.

    Putting the soul and heart back into the city is a must, holding regular markets and festivals allowing people/groups to express their values.

    Sporting facilities should be maintained, promoting what they do. Running, soccer, basketball, and swimming. People need fresh air and exercise.

  • Support and promote opportunities for youth arts and recreation, to strengthen engagement, connections and wellbeing.

    Prioritise investment in community centres, arts and recreation facilities and libraries to improve accessibility for all.

    Reduce the availability of alcohol in our communities by reducing liquor licensing.

  • Maintain and support the existing city amenities that make Hamilton a great place to live, eg parks, libraries, museum, pools and community halls.

    Support local arts and recreation initiatives that bring vibrancy to the city. Boon, Creative Waikato, and Sport Waikato are great examples.

    Reduce the number of licences for suburban liquor stores due to their link to crime and antisocial behaviour in our communities.

  • Build and maintain first-class sporting facilities.

    Reduce the impact of harm to the community through stricter rules around liquor licensing.

    Remove out of date public facilities like parks, pools, museums, libraries and community halls and replace with new updated options.