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.

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.

  • Work to streamline the building consent application process to ensure timely delivery of council services in this space.

    Complete a zoning review across major towns to address housing affordability issues and provide options for supplying worker accommodation.

    Ensure there is sufficient social and emergency housing across the district to meet demand. Our citizens have the right to feel safe.

  • Reduce the number/cost of consultants, attract investment. With record numbers of consents we need faster more robust resource processing.

    Attract more people, under the Southland Regional Development Strategy with passive, sustainable, affordable modular build technologies.

    Primary/public sector jobs can be low paid. This includes agriculture and health. House them with state and private equity funded financing.

  • Promote and establish non-regulatory services in the form of resources, support systems and advisors that can guide developments in all areas.

    Develop ways to solve our housing and debt crisis using small buildings, which anyone from any walk of life can own and live in.

    Challenge overly complicated legislation and controls, and look for ways to make changes in local government more understandable and accessible.

  • Establish where the pressure points are on housing in the district and mitigate any circumstances where council is found to be a barrier.

    Investigate ways to involve the local communities more in the administration of community housing to make it more effective and efficient.

    Find out if any empty council owned land can be better purposed, especially if it is currently costing ratepayers to maintain.

  • Review rental properties are more than meeting national Healthy Homes Standard, particularly in areas where values/rents have increased.

    Review district plan and council processes to meet demand for new housing, particularly in areas with preexisting infrastructure and capacity.

    Support community and employer-led housing initiatives and administration, rather than reliance on the private rental market space.

  • Work to streamline the building consent application process to ensure timely delivery of council services in this space.

    Complete a zoning review across major towns to address housing affordability issues and provide options for supplying worker accommodation.

    Ensure there is sufficient social and emergency housing across the district to meet demand. Our citizens have the right to feel safe.

  • Reduce the number/cost of consultants, attract investment. With record numbers of consents we need faster more robust resource processing.

    Attract more people, under the Southland Regional Development Strategy with passive, sustainable, affordable modular build technologies.

    Primary/public sector jobs can be low paid. This includes agriculture and health. House them with state and private equity funded financing.

  • Promote and establish non-regulatory services in the form of resources, support systems and advisors that can guide developments in all areas.

    Develop ways to solve our housing and debt crisis using small buildings, which anyone from any walk of life can own and live in.

    Challenge overly complicated legislation and controls, and look for ways to make changes in local government more understandable and accessible.

  • Establish where the pressure points are on housing in the district and mitigate any circumstances where council is found to be a barrier.

    Investigate ways to involve the local communities more in the administration of community housing to make it more effective and efficient.

    Find out if any empty council owned land can be better purposed, especially if it is currently costing ratepayers to maintain.

  • Review rental properties are more than meeting national Healthy Homes Standard, particularly in areas where values/rents have increased.

    Review district plan and council processes to meet demand for new housing, particularly in areas with preexisting infrastructure and capacity.

    Support community and employer-led housing initiatives and administration, rather than reliance on the private rental market space.