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.

Local democracy

Local government is a foundational part of our democracy. But local democracy isn’t just about holding elections every three years – it’s about the day-to-day ways people have their say in the decisions that affect us all.

Local democracy

Local government is a foundational part of our democracy. But local democracy isn’t just about holding elections every three years – it’s about the day-to-day ways people have their say in the decisions that affect us all.

  • Support work to strengthen powers and autonomy of community boards to affect change in their communities.

    Encourage equality across all aspects of our community. If a group is under-represented, encourage participation through democracy.

    Support a reduction in the number of councils across Southland. There are currently too many councils for the size of the population.

  • Empower community boards by looking at their delegations, roles and responsibilities so they can be more effective in getting things done.

    Ensure that the culture of council is community-centric, solutions focused and not a handbrake on action and results.

    Improve the communication channels between council and its communities to establish trust with an open and honest relationship.

  • Promote a proactive, adaptive and inclusive culture at the council table that filters through all aspects of council operation.

    Empower community boards to play a greater, more effective role in shaping their own futures.

    Work towards achieving more transparent governance, initially by reducing the number of closed workshops and cutting out jargon.

  • Commit to better and more efficient public engagement.

  • Continue to provide support and monitor the wants and needs of communities through the long term plan process.

    Continue the well established and respected 25 year partnership with our four Rūnanga and Ngāi Tahu.

  • Support work to strengthen powers and autonomy of community boards to affect change in their communities.

    Encourage equality across all aspects of our community. If a group is under-represented, encourage participation through democracy.

    Support a reduction in the number of councils across Southland. There are currently too many councils for the size of the population.

  • Empower community boards by looking at their delegations, roles and responsibilities so they can be more effective in getting things done.

    Ensure that the culture of council is community-centric, solutions focused and not a handbrake on action and results.

    Improve the communication channels between council and its communities to establish trust with an open and honest relationship.

  • Promote a proactive, adaptive and inclusive culture at the council table that filters through all aspects of council operation.

    Empower community boards to play a greater, more effective role in shaping their own futures.

    Work towards achieving more transparent governance, initially by reducing the number of closed workshops and cutting out jargon.

  • Commit to better and more efficient public engagement.

  • Continue to provide support and monitor the wants and needs of communities through the long term plan process.

    Continue the well established and respected 25 year partnership with our four Rūnanga and Ngāi Tahu.