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.

Recreation and culture

From parks and libraries to museums and art galleries, councils can be a key supporter of sporting, recreational and cultural events that bring communities to life. Community facilities, including sports grounds and town halls, are often owned and run by councils.

Recreation and culture

From parks and libraries to museums and art galleries, councils can be a key supporter of sporting, recreational and cultural events that bring communities to life. Community facilities, including sports grounds and town halls, are often owned and run by councils.

  • Ensure that the open spaces project funds are used effectively and are not wasted on unnecessary consultants and reports.

    Develop a framework to support community led development initiatives so that council can be an enabler for our communities to succeed.

    Ensure that the locals feed into any of the decision making around all of their facilities whether they are locally, or district funded.

  • Remove funding for an Invercargill museum.

    Support libraries. Look for ways to support people working to hold festivals/events.

  • Allow communities to monitor and support local facilities - council puts the local in local government.

    Continue to monitor liquor licensing regulations and act accordingly through licence renewals and/or new licences.

  • Commit to more wellbeing and sports activities.

  • Empower community boards to work with their communities to implement the objectives of the Southland Regional Spaces and Places Strategy.

    Ensure the Southland Open Spaces Strategy truly represents the wishes of Southlanders and not just the ideals of consultants.

  • Ensure that the open spaces project funds are used effectively and are not wasted on unnecessary consultants and reports.

    Develop a framework to support community led development initiatives so that council can be an enabler for our communities to succeed.

    Ensure that the locals feed into any of the decision making around all of their facilities whether they are locally, or district funded.

  • Remove funding for an Invercargill museum.

    Support libraries. Look for ways to support people working to hold festivals/events.

  • Allow communities to monitor and support local facilities - council puts the local in local government.

    Continue to monitor liquor licensing regulations and act accordingly through licence renewals and/or new licences.

  • Commit to more wellbeing and sports activities.

  • Empower community boards to work with their communities to implement the objectives of the Southland Regional Spaces and Places Strategy.

    Ensure the Southland Open Spaces Strategy truly represents the wishes of Southlanders and not just the ideals of consultants.