Hawke's Bay Regional Council

Heretaunga/Hastings General Constituency
The Hawke's Bay Regional Council makes decisions about managing resources in the region, such as air, water, soil and the coastline. It also carries out plant and pest control, helps prepare for natural disasters, and is involved in regional transport. The council is made up of 11 councillors. Councillors are elected to represent constituencies (areas in the region). Three councillors will be elected from the Heretaunga/Hastings constituency. This is a first past the post (FPP) election, so you vote by ticking the name of your preferred candidate on your ballot paper. Compare the candidates and their policies to decide who to vote for in the Hawke's Bay Regional 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.

  • Community need to lead the change they want. Working together, we need to find an inspiring vision of a low impact economy.

    It's critical that we prepare communities for a changing climate. Preparation creates resilience in the face of change.

    All our policies need to lead to better environmental, social and low carbon outcomes. Every part of council needs to commit to improving.

  • Fixing water, both quality and quantity. We have enough water, but we're not smart about how we collect it and how we use it.

    Commit to water storage options and use that water to boost river flows in summer. This is a win for the environment and for water users.

    Partner with the community. They have great ideas, so support their initiatives.

  • Develop a region-wide climate resilience strategy and plan, building on the proposed Regional Spatial Strategy.

    Double down on the commitment to boosting alternatives to private motor vehicle transport – bus/train/cycle/walk.

    Support Right Tree Right Place and regenerative farming approaches that improve our hill country resilience and store more carbon.

  • I support protecting our waterways and native forests. Personally I have converted our small hill block by planting 1000 natives.

    Good governance employing common sense policies like I did as a previous district councillor.

  • Confirm a commitment, and progress thresholds, to plant natives and install walk/cycle ways on all 238 kilometres of Te Karamu waterways.

    Measure, monitor, manage, mitigate and report on Hawke's Bay Regional Council's carbon footprint and progress thresholds towards carbon neutrality targets.

    Lead and co-ordinate all Hawke's Bay councils' carbon management, carbon efficiency and drive sustainability initiatives.

  • Community need to lead the change they want. Working together, we need to find an inspiring vision of a low impact economy.

    It's critical that we prepare communities for a changing climate. Preparation creates resilience in the face of change.

    All our policies need to lead to better environmental, social and low carbon outcomes. Every part of council needs to commit to improving.

  • Fixing water, both quality and quantity. We have enough water, but we're not smart about how we collect it and how we use it.

    Commit to water storage options and use that water to boost river flows in summer. This is a win for the environment and for water users.

    Partner with the community. They have great ideas, so support their initiatives.

  • Develop a region-wide climate resilience strategy and plan, building on the proposed Regional Spatial Strategy.

    Double down on the commitment to boosting alternatives to private motor vehicle transport – bus/train/cycle/walk.

    Support Right Tree Right Place and regenerative farming approaches that improve our hill country resilience and store more carbon.

  • I support protecting our waterways and native forests. Personally I have converted our small hill block by planting 1000 natives.

    Good governance employing common sense policies like I did as a previous district councillor.

  • Confirm a commitment, and progress thresholds, to plant natives and install walk/cycle ways on all 238 kilometres of Te Karamu waterways.

    Measure, monitor, manage, mitigate and report on Hawke's Bay Regional Council's carbon footprint and progress thresholds towards carbon neutrality targets.

    Lead and co-ordinate all Hawke's Bay councils' carbon management, carbon efficiency and drive sustainability initiatives.