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.

Jobs and economy

Many councils help support local business and economic development. Some promote tourism in their area, or provide business support services and grants.

Jobs and economy

Many councils help support local business and economic development. Some promote tourism in their area, or provide business support services and grants.

  • Ensure that Otago Regional Council infrastructure is fit for purpose allowing business to get on with their work with minimal interruptions.

  • Working with communities to transition to an economy that has low environmental impacts. No shying away from the economic impacts this has.

    Prioritise the health of water, the cleanliness of air and the sequestration of carbon in various natural carbon sinks such as soils.

    Finding ways of ensuring Jobs for Nature projects continue to be funded. How can this happen in our current economic model?

  • Encourage more employment of temporary visitors, eg backpackers to help with season work by supporting accommodation initiatives.

  • Regional councils are not into the job creation business. But they should not be in the job destroying business by imposing costly charges.

    Striving to balance economic and environmental responsibilities is a critical part of council's role. One should complement the other.

    Every dollar that council takes from ratepayers requires accountability: restraining the cost-plus mentality of the Otago Regional Council is critical.

  • Require staff to factor the economy in their reporting and policy proposals.

    Economic assessment of major policy decisions is critical

    Ensure that forward policy does not have the consequence of affecting the economy.

  • Ensure that Otago Regional Council infrastructure is fit for purpose allowing business to get on with their work with minimal interruptions.

  • Working with communities to transition to an economy that has low environmental impacts. No shying away from the economic impacts this has.

    Prioritise the health of water, the cleanliness of air and the sequestration of carbon in various natural carbon sinks such as soils.

    Finding ways of ensuring Jobs for Nature projects continue to be funded. How can this happen in our current economic model?

  • Encourage more employment of temporary visitors, eg backpackers to help with season work by supporting accommodation initiatives.

  • Regional councils are not into the job creation business. But they should not be in the job destroying business by imposing costly charges.

    Striving to balance economic and environmental responsibilities is a critical part of council's role. One should complement the other.

    Every dollar that council takes from ratepayers requires accountability: restraining the cost-plus mentality of the Otago Regional Council is critical.

  • Require staff to factor the economy in their reporting and policy proposals.

    Economic assessment of major policy decisions is critical

    Ensure that forward policy does not have the consequence of affecting the economy.