Mayor of Invercargill

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 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 Invercargill City Council mayoral 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.

  • Lead conversations about the science still being unsettled on climate change. Adapt via real conversations, not mainstream media op eds.

    Support our civil defence department. Practical methods regarding earthquake strengthening.

    Bleeding hearts – hypocritical. Get real regarding gas emissions. Care for our environment, yes. Knee jerking, no. Resilience not dogma.

  • Empower Southlanders to develop innovative, sustainable work and lifestyle practices.

    Increase each individual's capacity to prepare for emergencies, including the storage of water, access to food and essential facilities.

    Build networks for accessing local resources; so products and services offered within own region will be accessible to people in the South.

  • Commit to a full review of practices that looks at ways of continuing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    Recognise and implement the alterations that need to be made in our District Plan to cope with sea level rise as a result of climate change.

    Commit to a review funding our public transport system to encourage a reduction in the number of private vehicles being brought to the CBD.

  • Commit to mitigating potential climate change and natural disaster impacts – in particular impacts from flooding rivers.

    Direct mitigation to be undertaken by our regional authority (Environment Southland) as councils can't do this in isolation.

    Commit to finalising an alternative water supply for Invercargill as we are currently solely reliant on the Oreti River.

  • Ensuring Invercargill's Three Waters systems are future-proofed for climate change and working proactively around reducing council's emissions.

    Building on existing heritage protection policies to help retain and strengthen our nationally-significant built heritage.

    A commitment to Emergency Management Southland's civil defence activities, advocating for further investment in flood bank protection.

  • Complete spatial planning to ensure we know the impacts of climate change on future developments.

    Develop a climate action plan that demonstrates our commitments to addressing climate change over the next decade.

    Take action to ensure that climate change is a focus and priority throughout relevant policies. This has not been achieved.

  • Commit council to adapt for climate change risk such as flood management, water resources, planning, building regulations, and transport.

    Investigate costs of climate change and risks from natural hazards, as well as reducing greenhouse gas emission and offsets.

    Commit council to review our civil defence emergency management resources for climate change risks adaption.

  • Commit council to providing climate mitigation action plans, also provide reassuring future certainty via community groups and unite everyone.

    Commit council to actioning climate mitigation plans expediently, in a timely manner with tolerance, support people to understand and adapt.

    Commit council to creating kaitiaki-stewardship networks, which unites everyone to advance environmental stewardship and clean technologies.

  • Lead conversations about the science still being unsettled on climate change. Adapt via real conversations, not mainstream media op eds.

    Support our civil defence department. Practical methods regarding earthquake strengthening.

    Bleeding hearts – hypocritical. Get real regarding gas emissions. Care for our environment, yes. Knee jerking, no. Resilience not dogma.

  • Empower Southlanders to develop innovative, sustainable work and lifestyle practices.

    Increase each individual's capacity to prepare for emergencies, including the storage of water, access to food and essential facilities.

    Build networks for accessing local resources; so products and services offered within own region will be accessible to people in the South.

  • Commit to a full review of practices that looks at ways of continuing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    Recognise and implement the alterations that need to be made in our District Plan to cope with sea level rise as a result of climate change.

    Commit to a review funding our public transport system to encourage a reduction in the number of private vehicles being brought to the CBD.

  • Commit to mitigating potential climate change and natural disaster impacts – in particular impacts from flooding rivers.

    Direct mitigation to be undertaken by our regional authority (Environment Southland) as councils can't do this in isolation.

    Commit to finalising an alternative water supply for Invercargill as we are currently solely reliant on the Oreti River.

  • Ensuring Invercargill's Three Waters systems are future-proofed for climate change and working proactively around reducing council's emissions.

    Building on existing heritage protection policies to help retain and strengthen our nationally-significant built heritage.

    A commitment to Emergency Management Southland's civil defence activities, advocating for further investment in flood bank protection.

  • Complete spatial planning to ensure we know the impacts of climate change on future developments.

    Develop a climate action plan that demonstrates our commitments to addressing climate change over the next decade.

    Take action to ensure that climate change is a focus and priority throughout relevant policies. This has not been achieved.

  • Commit council to adapt for climate change risk such as flood management, water resources, planning, building regulations, and transport.

    Investigate costs of climate change and risks from natural hazards, as well as reducing greenhouse gas emission and offsets.

    Commit council to review our civil defence emergency management resources for climate change risks adaption.

  • Commit council to providing climate mitigation action plans, also provide reassuring future certainty via community groups and unite everyone.

    Commit council to actioning climate mitigation plans expediently, in a timely manner with tolerance, support people to understand and adapt.

    Commit council to creating kaitiaki-stewardship networks, which unites everyone to advance environmental stewardship and clean technologies.