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.

Rates and revenue

The work of local government is funded mainly by property taxes in the local area, known as rates. This makes up around 60% of council expenditure, with the rest coming from user charges, investment income, regulatory fees and roading subsidies. Councils can also borrow money to spread the cost of large investments such as infrastructure over a longer period of time.

Rates and revenue

The work of local government is funded mainly by property taxes in the local area, known as rates. This makes up around 60% of council expenditure, with the rest coming from user charges, investment income, regulatory fees and roading subsidies. Councils can also borrow money to spread the cost of large investments such as infrastructure over a longer period of time.

  • Commit to reduce rates by fine-tuning expenditure by council.

  • Revisit the policy regarding development contributions which is currently on hold to allow development.

    Continue to seek advice on council spending and revenue gathering through the long term plan process.

  • Advocate strongly for increasing Waka Kotahi's contribution to our roading, so that our rates can be offset by more of the fuel tax take.

    Ensure that any policy introduced by government for council to implement comes with appropriate funding, so ratepayers aren't wearing it.

    Ensure that there is strong accountability for every cent of ratepayer money spent, and that consultants are only used out of necessity.

  • Consistently ask: "how will this be better for our people in the future" before adding, changing or removing something from a community.

    Investigate new ways of generating additional revenue from existing council assets and operations as alternatives to rates increases.

    Start a conversation about the merit, or otherwise of a single territorial authority for Southland and/or increasing shared services.

  • Work to transition council away from wasteful infrastructure practises, eg storm water direct to open water is inefficient and polluting.

    Challenge reliance on increasing debt to fund infrastructure. Work to manage infrastructure within our community's ability to pay.

    Install conservatism in council finances. Rates are already too high. Borrowing to "invest" in the share market is inappropriate.

  • Commit to reduce rates by fine-tuning expenditure by council.

  • Revisit the policy regarding development contributions which is currently on hold to allow development.

    Continue to seek advice on council spending and revenue gathering through the long term plan process.

  • Advocate strongly for increasing Waka Kotahi's contribution to our roading, so that our rates can be offset by more of the fuel tax take.

    Ensure that any policy introduced by government for council to implement comes with appropriate funding, so ratepayers aren't wearing it.

    Ensure that there is strong accountability for every cent of ratepayer money spent, and that consultants are only used out of necessity.

  • Consistently ask: "how will this be better for our people in the future" before adding, changing or removing something from a community.

    Investigate new ways of generating additional revenue from existing council assets and operations as alternatives to rates increases.

    Start a conversation about the merit, or otherwise of a single territorial authority for Southland and/or increasing shared services.

  • Work to transition council away from wasteful infrastructure practises, eg storm water direct to open water is inefficient and polluting.

    Challenge reliance on increasing debt to fund infrastructure. Work to manage infrastructure within our community's ability to pay.

    Install conservatism in council finances. Rates are already too high. Borrowing to "invest" in the share market is inappropriate.