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.

Recreation and culture

From parks and libraries to museums and art galleries, councils can be a key supporter of sporting, recreational and cultural events that bring communities to life. Community facilities, including sports grounds and town halls, are often owned and run by councils.

Recreation and culture

From parks and libraries to museums and art galleries, councils can be a key supporter of sporting, recreational and cultural events that bring communities to life. Community facilities, including sports grounds and town halls, are often owned and run by councils.

  • Introduce family social area at Queens Park, like that at Anderson's Park with a BBQ area for families to enjoy our parks further.

    Introduce more animals in the animal enclosure. Develop further plans for our community families and tourist to interact with animals.

    Commit the council to bring the museum build forward, to ensure we have the best future proof financial investment on the plans available.

  • Continue to support and collaborate with the art and culture sector and aligned organisations, provide facilities, venues, and community funding.

    Continue funding public parks, pools, museums, libraries and community halls, community events and sports events, to current standard or better.

    Consider reviewing liquor licensing, currently managed by ILT, to assure community wellbeing and best practice takes place, harm is negated.

  • Create well presented, clear, easy to follow resources and processes for starting up new enterprises, attractions and services.

    Build our local public image, and facilities that reflect our desired image – encouraging fun, exciting, and dynamic vibes.

    Promote the South as a unified natural outdoor and indoor adventure playground.

  • Ensure a timely, cost-effective, engaging museum is built that is appropriate for storing a collection of regional importance – not rushed.

    Complete the upgrading of our outdoor stadium at a level recognising reduced use; build new athletics grandstand.

    Look to support reintroduction of the Southland Festival of the Arts and events like the Buskers' Festival, plus support Taste of the South.

  • Develop a 'southern lights' walking trial around the inner city with night lighting, art work and other features.

    Consider a new civic admin building to accommodate future needs and the proposed city art gallery.

    Sort out Rugby Park to resolve earthquake issues and turn it into a multiple sports and event facility.

  • Build New Zealand's biggest and best playground in Queens Park by year three. (Not funded by ratepayers.)

    Bring the Invercargill Tram back by year nine. (Not funded by ratepayers). Running on a loop around the CBD.

    Promote increased arts, culture and heritage opportunities to build on a strong base to make Invercargill a more attractive destination.

  • Increase investment to the community well-being fund to increase community capacity, iconic events, and the development of new events.

    Advocate bringing the museum rebuild forward.

    Advocate changing Rugby Park to a multi-purpose facility that includes anchor tenants and benefits all residents and ratepayers.

  • Harder times – festivals should not be financed by rate payers. Strong families lend to an egalitarian society and a great community vibe.

    Inclusivity. Happy citizens are creative, entrepreneurial and naturally generous. When citizens feel respected they practise volunteerism.

    Sadly, we cannot afford a big new museum at this time, but there are creative ways to meet these cultural needs in the meantime.

  • Introduce family social area at Queens Park, like that at Anderson's Park with a BBQ area for families to enjoy our parks further.

    Introduce more animals in the animal enclosure. Develop further plans for our community families and tourist to interact with animals.

    Commit the council to bring the museum build forward, to ensure we have the best future proof financial investment on the plans available.

  • Continue to support and collaborate with the art and culture sector and aligned organisations, provide facilities, venues, and community funding.

    Continue funding public parks, pools, museums, libraries and community halls, community events and sports events, to current standard or better.

    Consider reviewing liquor licensing, currently managed by ILT, to assure community wellbeing and best practice takes place, harm is negated.

  • Create well presented, clear, easy to follow resources and processes for starting up new enterprises, attractions and services.

    Build our local public image, and facilities that reflect our desired image – encouraging fun, exciting, and dynamic vibes.

    Promote the South as a unified natural outdoor and indoor adventure playground.

  • Ensure a timely, cost-effective, engaging museum is built that is appropriate for storing a collection of regional importance – not rushed.

    Complete the upgrading of our outdoor stadium at a level recognising reduced use; build new athletics grandstand.

    Look to support reintroduction of the Southland Festival of the Arts and events like the Buskers' Festival, plus support Taste of the South.

  • Develop a 'southern lights' walking trial around the inner city with night lighting, art work and other features.

    Consider a new civic admin building to accommodate future needs and the proposed city art gallery.

    Sort out Rugby Park to resolve earthquake issues and turn it into a multiple sports and event facility.

  • Build New Zealand's biggest and best playground in Queens Park by year three. (Not funded by ratepayers.)

    Bring the Invercargill Tram back by year nine. (Not funded by ratepayers). Running on a loop around the CBD.

    Promote increased arts, culture and heritage opportunities to build on a strong base to make Invercargill a more attractive destination.

  • Increase investment to the community well-being fund to increase community capacity, iconic events, and the development of new events.

    Advocate bringing the museum rebuild forward.

    Advocate changing Rugby Park to a multi-purpose facility that includes anchor tenants and benefits all residents and ratepayers.

  • Harder times – festivals should not be financed by rate payers. Strong families lend to an egalitarian society and a great community vibe.

    Inclusivity. Happy citizens are creative, entrepreneurial and naturally generous. When citizens feel respected they practise volunteerism.

    Sadly, we cannot afford a big new museum at this time, but there are creative ways to meet these cultural needs in the meantime.