Masterton District Council

Masterton/Whakaoriori General Ward
The Masterton 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 eight councillors and the mayor. Four councillors will be elected from the Masterton/Whakaoriori ward. The other councillors will be elected from other wards or by all voters in the district. 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 Masterton 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.

  • Review the water supply for Masterton. With growth we need a steady supply in summer.

    Undertake a thorough review of the climate change policies pushed by central government onto councils. Can ratepayers afford them?

    Undertake cost benefit analysis of solar power and water collection for all council buildings and private new builds.

  • Make water tanks and solar panels mandatory on new builds. Encourage same on existing properties by rates rebates.

    Use solar panels and batteries on all council buildings.

    Strengthen where feasible, retain our older buildings unless beyond repair.

  • Commit to reducing waste to landfill.

    Commit to saving and storing water.

    Commit to reducing carbon emissions through more active transport, eg cycling, walking, public transport etc.

  • Demonstrate leadership in raising community awareness on this priority issue.

    Appoint a climate change 'professional' to the senior management team.

    Allocate sufficient funding and staffing to seriously walk the ambitious talk in the climate action plans.

  • Support current and recommended local civil defence strategies.

    Advocate the current policy of the central government on climate change.

    Commit to council in promoting reduction efforts on greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Review the water supply for Masterton. With growth we need a steady supply in summer.

    Undertake a thorough review of the climate change policies pushed by central government onto councils. Can ratepayers afford them?

    Undertake cost benefit analysis of solar power and water collection for all council buildings and private new builds.

  • Make water tanks and solar panels mandatory on new builds. Encourage same on existing properties by rates rebates.

    Use solar panels and batteries on all council buildings.

    Strengthen where feasible, retain our older buildings unless beyond repair.

  • Commit to reducing waste to landfill.

    Commit to saving and storing water.

    Commit to reducing carbon emissions through more active transport, eg cycling, walking, public transport etc.

  • Demonstrate leadership in raising community awareness on this priority issue.

    Appoint a climate change 'professional' to the senior management team.

    Allocate sufficient funding and staffing to seriously walk the ambitious talk in the climate action plans.

  • Support current and recommended local civil defence strategies.

    Advocate the current policy of the central government on climate change.

    Commit to council in promoting reduction efforts on greenhouse gas emissions.