Mayor of Hamilton

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 Hamilton City Council mayoral election.

Housing and planning

Local councils are responsible for land use planning under the Resource Management Act, which affects where and how new houses are constructed, as well as the design of cities and towns. In some areas, councils also provide housing to those who need it most.

Housing and planning

Local councils are responsible for land use planning under the Resource Management Act, which affects where and how new houses are constructed, as well as the design of cities and towns. In some areas, councils also provide housing to those who need it most.

  • Stop uncontrolled high density infill housing in Hamilton's suburbs.

    Focus on building new housing on greenfield sites outside Hamilton's boundaries and central city apartments to reduce infill in suburbs.

    Provide allocated affordable housing and reduce prices by offering more choice, variety and competition in the housing market.

  • Make Hamilton Central a destination where Hamiltonians can work, play and stay, easily and safely.

    Give businesses and investment groups in Hamilton Central the tools to enable Hamilton City Council to not get in the way but work alongside them.

  • Continue our current plan to build greater density in our central city. This includes the six story provided for in Tier 1 councils areas.

    Continue to support the Enderley/Fairfield Revitalisation Project, collaboration with Kāinga Ora, Waikato Tainui and others.

    Implement the Future Proof Strategy for unlocking greenfield development land through timely infrastructure provision.

  • Create less red tape, working with business developers to make more cheaper homes available. Work more effectively with the People's Project.

    Put a cap on rents regulating rent prices, giving top priority to families with children. Improve housing quality, heat pumps and insulation.

    Use effective land supply and zoning, creating more three storey units, utilising smaller areas of land. Council housing owned by the people.

  • Lobby central government against housing intensification changes that allow three storey developments without consent or planning.

    Champion green fields housing intensification due to its cost, planning and city character benefits over more infill.

    Shift council policy and compliance settings to make it easier for community groups to develop social and co-housing initiatives.

  • Stop uncontrolled high density infill housing in Hamilton's suburbs.

    Focus on building new housing on greenfield sites outside Hamilton's boundaries and central city apartments to reduce infill in suburbs.

    Provide allocated affordable housing and reduce prices by offering more choice, variety and competition in the housing market.

  • Make Hamilton Central a destination where Hamiltonians can work, play and stay, easily and safely.

    Give businesses and investment groups in Hamilton Central the tools to enable Hamilton City Council to not get in the way but work alongside them.

  • Continue our current plan to build greater density in our central city. This includes the six story provided for in Tier 1 councils areas.

    Continue to support the Enderley/Fairfield Revitalisation Project, collaboration with Kāinga Ora, Waikato Tainui and others.

    Implement the Future Proof Strategy for unlocking greenfield development land through timely infrastructure provision.

  • Create less red tape, working with business developers to make more cheaper homes available. Work more effectively with the People's Project.

    Put a cap on rents regulating rent prices, giving top priority to families with children. Improve housing quality, heat pumps and insulation.

    Use effective land supply and zoning, creating more three storey units, utilising smaller areas of land. Council housing owned by the people.

  • Lobby central government against housing intensification changes that allow three storey developments without consent or planning.

    Champion green fields housing intensification due to its cost, planning and city character benefits over more infill.

    Shift council policy and compliance settings to make it easier for community groups to develop social and co-housing initiatives.