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.

Housing and planning

Local councils are responsible for land use planning under the Resource Management Act, which affects where and how new houses are constructed, as well as the design of cities and towns. In some areas, councils also provide housing to those who need it most.

Housing and planning

Local councils are responsible for land use planning under the Resource Management Act, which affects where and how new houses are constructed, as well as the design of cities and towns. In some areas, councils also provide housing to those who need it most.

  • Revisit the Featherston ten year plan to reconsider the expectation of a need for 900 new houses and what infrastructure costs are forecast.

    Audit the footpaths and other accesses around town to qualify where work needs to be done to make it easier for mobility scooters etc.

    Revisit the section resizes planned in the current 10 year document to evaluate the benefits versus problems over a longer term.

  • Stay true to the charm of the Wairarapa, unbridled and misdirected development can quickly steal the soul of a community.

    Featherston needs its own identity. Trying to be the next Greytown (shops) or Martinborough (restaurants) is redundant.

    I suggest we complete the current Featherston (paths and utilities) before looking to expand. Attracting some industry/commerce would help.

  • Seek funding to complete the construction of the Squircle in Featherston.

    Review the policy, procedures and culture of council to remove barriers and make development and building in the district attractive.

  • Rezone for medium density housing planning around our train station and CBD with inbuilt social infrastructure.

    Survey our populations' living arrangements to accurately gauge depth of housing crisis and work with Kāinga ora to increase social housing.

    Work with property investors and developers to create beautiful and responsible passive homes unique to our area.

  • Maintain affordable council housing for the vulnerable who are renting. Ensure that those on low incomes know about council rate rebates.

    Preserve community ownership of the green spaces. Work with landlords to address safety and appearance of their uninhabited buildings

    Implement water, roading infrastructure policies to ensure it is fit for purpose before any new houses/developments are undertaken.

  • Revisit the Featherston ten year plan to reconsider the expectation of a need for 900 new houses and what infrastructure costs are forecast.

    Audit the footpaths and other accesses around town to qualify where work needs to be done to make it easier for mobility scooters etc.

    Revisit the section resizes planned in the current 10 year document to evaluate the benefits versus problems over a longer term.

  • Stay true to the charm of the Wairarapa, unbridled and misdirected development can quickly steal the soul of a community.

    Featherston needs its own identity. Trying to be the next Greytown (shops) or Martinborough (restaurants) is redundant.

    I suggest we complete the current Featherston (paths and utilities) before looking to expand. Attracting some industry/commerce would help.

  • Seek funding to complete the construction of the Squircle in Featherston.

    Review the policy, procedures and culture of council to remove barriers and make development and building in the district attractive.

  • Rezone for medium density housing planning around our train station and CBD with inbuilt social infrastructure.

    Survey our populations' living arrangements to accurately gauge depth of housing crisis and work with Kāinga ora to increase social housing.

    Work with property investors and developers to create beautiful and responsible passive homes unique to our area.

  • Maintain affordable council housing for the vulnerable who are renting. Ensure that those on low incomes know about council rate rebates.

    Preserve community ownership of the green spaces. Work with landlords to address safety and appearance of their uninhabited buildings

    Implement water, roading infrastructure policies to ensure it is fit for purpose before any new houses/developments are undertaken.