Southland District Council

Mararoa Waimea Ward
The Southland 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 12 councillors and the mayor. Councillors are elected to represent wards (areas in the district). Three councillors will be elected from the Mararoa Waimea 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 Southland 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.

  • Work with Environment Southland to get action around the threat from gravel buildup on our infrastructure and communities.

    Find short, medium and long term solutions to the coastal erosion affecting our towns, and work with the communities throughout the process.

    Identify the potential consequences of government imposed reform and work with the affected sectors and advocate for fit for purpose solutions.

  • Ensure council's ongoing preparedness for natural disasters and climate change in particular flooding and earthquake related matters.

    Introduce practices and support innovations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and our carbon footprint whilst ensuring the economy thrives.

  • Empower Southlanders to develop innovative, sustainable work and lifestyle practices.

    Increase each individual's capacity to prepare for emergencies, including the storage of water, access to food and essential facilities.

    Build networks for accessing local resources, so products and services offered within own region will be accessible to people in the south.

  • Have greater prevention strategies between the Southland District Council and Environment Southland around asset damage.

    Engage private/public sector with ratepayers on scientific and historical practical solutions and adopt new technology on a cost/value basis.

    Establish a lead, move fast, get on the ground and have a strategy approach to challenges in events like civil defence emergencies.

  • Support Southland key industries, including agriculture and tourism to be leaders in initiatives to meet Net Zero 2050.

    Advocate Southland District Council and Waka Kotahi to identify high flood/slip-prone roads, investing in long-term solutions, rather than constant clean-up.

    Work with building owners to access practical engineering solutions to preserve key commercial buildings deemed to be earthquake-prone.

  • Work with Environment Southland to get action around the threat from gravel buildup on our infrastructure and communities.

    Find short, medium and long term solutions to the coastal erosion affecting our towns, and work with the communities throughout the process.

    Identify the potential consequences of government imposed reform and work with the affected sectors and advocate for fit for purpose solutions.

  • Ensure council's ongoing preparedness for natural disasters and climate change in particular flooding and earthquake related matters.

    Introduce practices and support innovations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and our carbon footprint whilst ensuring the economy thrives.

  • Empower Southlanders to develop innovative, sustainable work and lifestyle practices.

    Increase each individual's capacity to prepare for emergencies, including the storage of water, access to food and essential facilities.

    Build networks for accessing local resources, so products and services offered within own region will be accessible to people in the south.

  • Have greater prevention strategies between the Southland District Council and Environment Southland around asset damage.

    Engage private/public sector with ratepayers on scientific and historical practical solutions and adopt new technology on a cost/value basis.

    Establish a lead, move fast, get on the ground and have a strategy approach to challenges in events like civil defence emergencies.

  • Support Southland key industries, including agriculture and tourism to be leaders in initiatives to meet Net Zero 2050.

    Advocate Southland District Council and Waka Kotahi to identify high flood/slip-prone roads, investing in long-term solutions, rather than constant clean-up.

    Work with building owners to access practical engineering solutions to preserve key commercial buildings deemed to be earthquake-prone.