Mayor of Rotorua

The mayor is the leader of the council. Their job is to promote a vision for the district 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 Rotorua District Council mayoral 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.

  • Implement council's current 'Climate Action Plan 2021' to protect our dearly beloved green spaces (e.g. reserves, Springfield Golf Course).

    Offer an inclusive climate-change policy process to monitor international investments and outcomes, and protect our natural environment.

    Encourage integrated national and local policy making that makes the Emissions Trading Scheme part of a policy mix rather than the primary policy response.

  • Commit to climate change education within our schools and communities to encourage innovative solutions and participation.

  • Work on more ambitious targets than are set in the Rotorua Climate Action Plan. Set a date by which council will be carbon neutral by.

    Support the use of green infrastructure and water sensitive design to meet our storm water capacity needs.

    Start an urban tree planting program to bring nature back into our city and improve neighbourhoods.

  • Commit to net zero by 2050.

    Upgrade stormwater management.

    Enhance our natural environment.

  • The Rotorua Lakes Council will take a hard approach in measuring air quality consistently around the district to isolate pollution.

    Take up the challenge in replacing council vehicles to electric based.

    Ban large scale open fires. No more stump fires in the district as this burns for hours.

  • Transport creates most emissions so I support free bus fares for students, safe cycleways and introducing more electric vehicles at Council.

    Invest in better flood protection and safeguard homes from the impacts of high intensity rain through stormwater infrastructure.

    Ensure all urban, rural and lakes communities have an up to date civil defence plan to assist if a significant natural disaster should occur.

  • Educating and inspiring our community to expand sustainable Rotorua, with community food gardens eliminating trucking and reduce packaging.

    Commit to planting of trees, transforming wetlands, reserves, public spaces. Upskill planning officers on cross-laminated timber to boost wood first policy.

    Commit to support, enhance, and develop sustainable public transport. Create strategy to replace public transport to electric/hydrogen fleet.

  • Implement council's current 'Climate Action Plan 2021' to protect our dearly beloved green spaces (e.g. reserves, Springfield Golf Course).

    Offer an inclusive climate-change policy process to monitor international investments and outcomes, and protect our natural environment.

    Encourage integrated national and local policy making that makes the Emissions Trading Scheme part of a policy mix rather than the primary policy response.

  • Commit to climate change education within our schools and communities to encourage innovative solutions and participation.

  • Work on more ambitious targets than are set in the Rotorua Climate Action Plan. Set a date by which council will be carbon neutral by.

    Support the use of green infrastructure and water sensitive design to meet our storm water capacity needs.

    Start an urban tree planting program to bring nature back into our city and improve neighbourhoods.

  • Commit to net zero by 2050.

    Upgrade stormwater management.

    Enhance our natural environment.

  • The Rotorua Lakes Council will take a hard approach in measuring air quality consistently around the district to isolate pollution.

    Take up the challenge in replacing council vehicles to electric based.

    Ban large scale open fires. No more stump fires in the district as this burns for hours.

  • Transport creates most emissions so I support free bus fares for students, safe cycleways and introducing more electric vehicles at Council.

    Invest in better flood protection and safeguard homes from the impacts of high intensity rain through stormwater infrastructure.

    Ensure all urban, rural and lakes communities have an up to date civil defence plan to assist if a significant natural disaster should occur.

  • Educating and inspiring our community to expand sustainable Rotorua, with community food gardens eliminating trucking and reduce packaging.

    Commit to planting of trees, transforming wetlands, reserves, public spaces. Upskill planning officers on cross-laminated timber to boost wood first policy.

    Commit to support, enhance, and develop sustainable public transport. Create strategy to replace public transport to electric/hydrogen fleet.