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.

Environment

Local governments play a central role in protecting the environment, reducing waste and safeguarding biodiversity. The worsening state of New Zealand’s lakes and rivers is a major challenge for local councils, which work with regional councils in the management of water resources in their area.

Environment

Local governments play a central role in protecting the environment, reducing waste and safeguarding biodiversity. The worsening state of New Zealand’s lakes and rivers is a major challenge for local councils, which work with regional councils in the management of water resources in their area.

  • Move away from poisoning waterways and community land. Accept the diversity that nature offers.

    Mow less often. Encourage wild meadows, orchards and grooves.

    Plant for the future. Native trees were harvested to build cities on the other side of the world (San Francisco). Start replanting them.

  • Monitor closely the resource management framework and how it may affect residents and visitors. Government must look at how goods are packaged.

    Address waste minimisation definitions, which must be understood by all as without a clear understanding, waste will continue to grow.

    Monitor closely the likes of the affects of Significant Natural Area (SNA's) legislation on individual property owners.

  • Commit to encouraging less mud farming in Southland and also use less water overall.

    Commit to encouraging more planting of native plants overall.

    Commit to encouraging more recycling.

  • Demand greater accountability from WasteNet to achieve the aims and objectives of the Southland Waste Management and Minimisation Plan.

    Proactively identify and monitor historic landfill sites to mitigate risk of contamination, particularly from coastal erosion.

    Monitor biodiversity around forestry in the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and push back on the conversion of productive farmland for this purpose.

  • Push back on the government's significant natural areas (SNA) policy and work with the sector for a cost effective and practical outcome and advocate for such.

    Advocate for the "right tree, right place" philosophy so that we aren't left with good land being repurposed into forests.

    Investigate solutions for the amount of recyclable material that ends up in landfill.

  • Move away from poisoning waterways and community land. Accept the diversity that nature offers.

    Mow less often. Encourage wild meadows, orchards and grooves.

    Plant for the future. Native trees were harvested to build cities on the other side of the world (San Francisco). Start replanting them.

  • Monitor closely the resource management framework and how it may affect residents and visitors. Government must look at how goods are packaged.

    Address waste minimisation definitions, which must be understood by all as without a clear understanding, waste will continue to grow.

    Monitor closely the likes of the affects of Significant Natural Area (SNA's) legislation on individual property owners.

  • Commit to encouraging less mud farming in Southland and also use less water overall.

    Commit to encouraging more planting of native plants overall.

    Commit to encouraging more recycling.

  • Demand greater accountability from WasteNet to achieve the aims and objectives of the Southland Waste Management and Minimisation Plan.

    Proactively identify and monitor historic landfill sites to mitigate risk of contamination, particularly from coastal erosion.

    Monitor biodiversity around forestry in the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and push back on the conversion of productive farmland for this purpose.

  • Push back on the government's significant natural areas (SNA) policy and work with the sector for a cost effective and practical outcome and advocate for such.

    Advocate for the "right tree, right place" philosophy so that we aren't left with good land being repurposed into forests.

    Investigate solutions for the amount of recyclable material that ends up in landfill.