Mayor of Southland

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 Southland 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.

  • Work alongside our communities to identify and implement appropriate resilience plans and responses to their unique/specific issues.

    Support organisations like Thriving Southland in responding to localised environmental issues and championing farming best practice.

  • Move away from the ecological expense of mowing grass 18 times a year over hundreds of acres towards perennial plantings on community land.

    Reduce pollution by eliminating poisons on and around community land. Accept nature's solutions and allow wild plants to grow.

    Encourage and enable the local food movement. Food grown locally is healthier for everyone.

  • Continue advocating/supporting carbon neutral policies across Murihiku Southland.

    Continue as chair Lifelines and monitor the resilience of our communities before, during and after any major climatic or natural event.

  • Commit to council reducing greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging car pooling, and using bicycles for transport where possible.

    Commit to encouraging coastal improvements like native plantings.

  • 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.

  • Work alongside our communities to identify and implement appropriate resilience plans and responses to their unique/specific issues.

    Support organisations like Thriving Southland in responding to localised environmental issues and championing farming best practice.

  • Move away from the ecological expense of mowing grass 18 times a year over hundreds of acres towards perennial plantings on community land.

    Reduce pollution by eliminating poisons on and around community land. Accept nature's solutions and allow wild plants to grow.

    Encourage and enable the local food movement. Food grown locally is healthier for everyone.

  • Continue advocating/supporting carbon neutral policies across Murihiku Southland.

    Continue as chair Lifelines and monitor the resilience of our communities before, during and after any major climatic or natural event.

  • Commit to council reducing greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging car pooling, and using bicycles for transport where possible.

    Commit to encouraging coastal improvements like native plantings.

  • 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.