Hurunui District Council

South Ward
The Hurunui District 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 10 councillors and the mayor. Councillors are elected to represent wards (areas in the district). Four councillors will be elected from the South ward. 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 Hurunui 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.

  • Ensure the council identifies high risk areas of environmental damage for preventive work rather than costly reactive repairs.

    Support the community on localised incremental changes that will contribute to positive change nationwide.

  • Support continuation of council's pragmatic approach to climate change, and ongoing support for responsible land based food and fibre production.

    Continue council's present civil defence resources and efforts and ensure that Canterbury regional civil defence is fully resourced for the entire region

    Ensure that realism is forefront in all HDC discussions and considerations: NZ is 0.17% of global emissions, and council wont change the world.

  • Be proactive with river management to be free of trees and allow free-flow of water to reduce flooding risks for rural/urban communities.

    Adopt proven climate change practices where economic and reasonable to do so that are both cost effective, meaningful and measurable.

    Helping local winegrowers adapt to changing weather patterns. Coastal preservation from erosion.

  • Develop and promote support systems for planning for, coping with and recovery from natural disasters across the Hurunui District.

    Identify/quantify hazards and opportunities posed by climate change and support community-led planning and preparation for potential implications.

    Approach council decision-making with a climate change and resilience lens encouraging policy and action to support decreasing our emissions.

  • Continue to work with our beach communities to manage and mitigate the effects of sea level rise.

    Support and promote the use and extension of our Hurunui Walk/Ride pathways throughout the district and facilitate electric vehicles.

    Ensure that projects in our council's Long Term Plan maintain our water, roading and communications infrastructure to be resilient and robust.

  • Support development towards sustainability.

    Continue consultations with coastal communities on real life climatic effects on homes/property.

  • Ensure the council identifies high risk areas of environmental damage for preventive work rather than costly reactive repairs.

    Support the community on localised incremental changes that will contribute to positive change nationwide.

  • Support continuation of council's pragmatic approach to climate change, and ongoing support for responsible land based food and fibre production.

    Continue council's present civil defence resources and efforts and ensure that Canterbury regional civil defence is fully resourced for the entire region

    Ensure that realism is forefront in all HDC discussions and considerations: NZ is 0.17% of global emissions, and council wont change the world.

  • Be proactive with river management to be free of trees and allow free-flow of water to reduce flooding risks for rural/urban communities.

    Adopt proven climate change practices where economic and reasonable to do so that are both cost effective, meaningful and measurable.

    Helping local winegrowers adapt to changing weather patterns. Coastal preservation from erosion.

  • Develop and promote support systems for planning for, coping with and recovery from natural disasters across the Hurunui District.

    Identify/quantify hazards and opportunities posed by climate change and support community-led planning and preparation for potential implications.

    Approach council decision-making with a climate change and resilience lens encouraging policy and action to support decreasing our emissions.

  • Continue to work with our beach communities to manage and mitigate the effects of sea level rise.

    Support and promote the use and extension of our Hurunui Walk/Ride pathways throughout the district and facilitate electric vehicles.

    Ensure that projects in our council's Long Term Plan maintain our water, roading and communications infrastructure to be resilient and robust.

  • Support development towards sustainability.

    Continue consultations with coastal communities on real life climatic effects on homes/property.