South Wairarapa District Council

Featherston Ward
The South Wairarapa 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 nine councillors and the mayor. Councillors are elected to represent wards (areas in the district). Three councillors will be elected from the Featherston ward. 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 South Wairarapa 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.

  • Implement an educational program for residents about predicted local impacts of climate change and how we can manage or minimise these.

    Investigate "greening" the town with more communal gardens, larger tree planting programs and local green waste/composting strategies.

    Reinforce the community's ability to manage through a natural disaster such as earthquakes or flooding through robust preparedness.

  • Climate change will have a negligible impact on the SW in the upcoming three years policy around this needs to be more long term.

    I challenge the science behind 'support the... and uptake of electric vehicles'. We need more critical thinkers and less yes-men (persons).

    Given the recent work done around faults in the SW it would be prudent to allow predictions to be extrapolated before committing. Yes to Civil Defence.

  • Address greenhouse gas emissions – upgrade wastewater infrastructure to stop pollution to the environment and Wairarapa Moana.

    Climate change resilience – support and promote affordable water tanks and solar panels. Implement actions to address flooding issues.

    Reduce fossil fuel use. Promote sustainable options, like planting native trees, organic-regenerative land management and berm mowing.

  • Commit to working with our rural sector on innovative climate change policies that inspire, not impede agriculture.

    Promote community resilience by enhancing community based civil defence capability through active engagement with volunteers.

  • Commit to South Wairarapa District Council drafting a climate change policy document with a view to reducing the regional carbon footprint by 2030.

    Review the region's coastal infrastructure with regard to expected rising sea levels and what can be done to protect the coastal ecosystem.

    Look into feasibility of providing water capture infrastructure to lessen the impact of increasing flood damage to the town.

  • Implement an educational program for residents about predicted local impacts of climate change and how we can manage or minimise these.

    Investigate "greening" the town with more communal gardens, larger tree planting programs and local green waste/composting strategies.

    Reinforce the community's ability to manage through a natural disaster such as earthquakes or flooding through robust preparedness.

  • Climate change will have a negligible impact on the SW in the upcoming three years policy around this needs to be more long term.

    I challenge the science behind 'support the... and uptake of electric vehicles'. We need more critical thinkers and less yes-men (persons).

    Given the recent work done around faults in the SW it would be prudent to allow predictions to be extrapolated before committing. Yes to Civil Defence.

  • Address greenhouse gas emissions – upgrade wastewater infrastructure to stop pollution to the environment and Wairarapa Moana.

    Climate change resilience – support and promote affordable water tanks and solar panels. Implement actions to address flooding issues.

    Reduce fossil fuel use. Promote sustainable options, like planting native trees, organic-regenerative land management and berm mowing.

  • Commit to working with our rural sector on innovative climate change policies that inspire, not impede agriculture.

    Promote community resilience by enhancing community based civil defence capability through active engagement with volunteers.

  • Commit to South Wairarapa District Council drafting a climate change policy document with a view to reducing the regional carbon footprint by 2030.

    Review the region's coastal infrastructure with regard to expected rising sea levels and what can be done to protect the coastal ecosystem.

    Look into feasibility of providing water capture infrastructure to lessen the impact of increasing flood damage to the town.