Otago Regional Council

Dunstan Constituency
The Otago Regional Council makes decisions about managing resources in the region, such as air, water, soil and the coastline. It also carries out plant and pest control, helps prepare for natural disasters, and is involved in regional transport. The council is made up of 11 councillors. Councillors are elected to represent constituencies (areas in the region). Three councillors will be elected from the Dunstan constituency. 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 Otago Regional Council election.

Environment and biodiversity

Protecting the environment and managing natural resources is a key responsibility of regional councils. Regional councils are often also involved in pest control and resource management.

Environment and biodiversity

Protecting the environment and managing natural resources is a key responsibility of regional councils. Regional councils are often also involved in pest control and resource management.

  • Ensure pest management is effective and targeted across the region.

    Support the ecofund.

    Increased use of technology for data collection and monitoring.

  • Let's preserve and protect what biodiversity already exists and give priority to native flora and fauna.

    Regional environmental policies require community buy-in and, after that, education and enforcement.

    Otago Regional Council must be far more responsive and proactive response to pollution – and police the public sector as well as the private.

  • Ensure that the Otago Regional Council implement the National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management without further delay.

    Ensure that the Otago Regional Council include public feedback in completing the forthcoming land and water plan for Otago.

    Encourage and support technical Otago Regional Council staff to better monitor fresh water and marine environments for invasive pest species.

  • Commit to implementing existing biosecurity and biodiversity tools by working with communities to make these tools workable and effective.

    Invest in environmental monitoring, science and mātauranga Māori so we can make decisions based on the best information available.

    Work with territorial local authorities to implement a region-wide climate action plan based on Otago's climate risk assessments and greenhouse gas profile.

  • Review the Biodiversity Action Plan to make sure it is achieving what it set out to do.

    Review the effectiveness of the environmental enforcement and compliance division of the council.

  • Ensure pest management is effective and targeted across the region.

    Support the ecofund.

    Increased use of technology for data collection and monitoring.

  • Let's preserve and protect what biodiversity already exists and give priority to native flora and fauna.

    Regional environmental policies require community buy-in and, after that, education and enforcement.

    Otago Regional Council must be far more responsive and proactive response to pollution – and police the public sector as well as the private.

  • Ensure that the Otago Regional Council implement the National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management without further delay.

    Ensure that the Otago Regional Council include public feedback in completing the forthcoming land and water plan for Otago.

    Encourage and support technical Otago Regional Council staff to better monitor fresh water and marine environments for invasive pest species.

  • Commit to implementing existing biosecurity and biodiversity tools by working with communities to make these tools workable and effective.

    Invest in environmental monitoring, science and mātauranga Māori so we can make decisions based on the best information available.

    Work with territorial local authorities to implement a region-wide climate action plan based on Otago's climate risk assessments and greenhouse gas profile.

  • Review the Biodiversity Action Plan to make sure it is achieving what it set out to do.

    Review the effectiveness of the environmental enforcement and compliance division of the council.