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.

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.

  • Ensure we have an effective and streamlined consent process that enables development and housing.

    Complete spatial planning to understand the effects of climate change on potential developments in the future.

    Work across multiple agencies to find effective solutions to the housing crisis.

  • Promote and establish non-regulatory services in the form of resources, support systems and advisors that can guide developments in all areas.

    Develop ways to solve our housing and debt crisis using small buildings, which anyone from any walk of life can own and live in.

    Challenge overly complicated legislation and controls, and look for ways to make changes in local government more understandable and accessible.

  • Commit council to investigate and support provision of basic overnight sleeping shelter pods for people in need as commonly provided in Japan.

    Commit council to supporting existing house building providers expediently, providing consents and inspections to expedite fast house builds.

    Commit council to working with community and central government to expedite housing regulations making provision for eco design house builds.

  • Continue to encourage urban in-fill for new housing developments to maximise capacity of water and drainage infrastructure where it exists.

    Bring existing elderly housing units up to standard with heating, bathroom facilities and capacity for mobility scooter parking and charging.

    Review the District Plan to allow lot size reduction for infill housing, plus look to encourage multi-unit developments.

  • Change our council policy to allow housing structures in the inner city to build upwards as opposed to outwards.

    Support semi-rural development sub divisions on the periphery of the city through timely consenting and infrastructure links.

    Continue to upgrade inner city to become more family and pedestrian friendly.

  • Lobby central government to make rules and regulations workable.

    Look into homelessness. Solve it. Collaboration and timely action.

    Continually beautify urban spaces.

  • Commit council to increase and develop sustainable, accessible functional housing to the elderly, disabled and those on low incomes.

    Commit council to seeking co funding and or investment resources to stay under budget on urban spaces and streetscapes.

    Commit council to prioritise and action suitable excess land to be utilised for housing after consultation with the community.

  • Champion the great work done by the Southland Housing Action Forum to encourage new development, highlight the need for more social housing.

    Encourage diversity of thought around what housing solutions for the future might look like.

    Facilitate zoning change to make inner city apartments easier for developers to build.

  • Ensure we have an effective and streamlined consent process that enables development and housing.

    Complete spatial planning to understand the effects of climate change on potential developments in the future.

    Work across multiple agencies to find effective solutions to the housing crisis.

  • Promote and establish non-regulatory services in the form of resources, support systems and advisors that can guide developments in all areas.

    Develop ways to solve our housing and debt crisis using small buildings, which anyone from any walk of life can own and live in.

    Challenge overly complicated legislation and controls, and look for ways to make changes in local government more understandable and accessible.

  • Commit council to investigate and support provision of basic overnight sleeping shelter pods for people in need as commonly provided in Japan.

    Commit council to supporting existing house building providers expediently, providing consents and inspections to expedite fast house builds.

    Commit council to working with community and central government to expedite housing regulations making provision for eco design house builds.

  • Continue to encourage urban in-fill for new housing developments to maximise capacity of water and drainage infrastructure where it exists.

    Bring existing elderly housing units up to standard with heating, bathroom facilities and capacity for mobility scooter parking and charging.

    Review the District Plan to allow lot size reduction for infill housing, plus look to encourage multi-unit developments.

  • Change our council policy to allow housing structures in the inner city to build upwards as opposed to outwards.

    Support semi-rural development sub divisions on the periphery of the city through timely consenting and infrastructure links.

    Continue to upgrade inner city to become more family and pedestrian friendly.

  • Lobby central government to make rules and regulations workable.

    Look into homelessness. Solve it. Collaboration and timely action.

    Continually beautify urban spaces.

  • Commit council to increase and develop sustainable, accessible functional housing to the elderly, disabled and those on low incomes.

    Commit council to seeking co funding and or investment resources to stay under budget on urban spaces and streetscapes.

    Commit council to prioritise and action suitable excess land to be utilised for housing after consultation with the community.

  • Champion the great work done by the Southland Housing Action Forum to encourage new development, highlight the need for more social housing.

    Encourage diversity of thought around what housing solutions for the future might look like.

    Facilitate zoning change to make inner city apartments easier for developers to build.