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.

Transport

Helping communities get from A to B is a key responsibility of local government, from making sure the buses run on time to providing car parking and walking and cycling paths. Whether public transport is the responsibility of the regional or local council depends on where you are in the country. Local councils also own 87% of New Zealand’s roads.

Transport

Helping communities get from A to B is a key responsibility of local government, from making sure the buses run on time to providing car parking and walking and cycling paths. Whether public transport is the responsibility of the regional or local council depends on where you are in the country. Local councils also own 87% of New Zealand’s roads.

  • Continue to ensure that Environment Southland, as the transport link, look at how visitors and residents move around the district.

  • Advocate for more support from New Zealand Transport Agency around dust suppression solutions.

    Investigate ways to better utilise the Te Anau airport taking into account short, medium and long term solutions.

    Continue to support the independent governance of the Around the Mountain Cycle Trail, focusing on it being well used and self-sustaining.

  • Fight hard for sufficient funding from Waka Kotahi to maintain our roads to a standard that supports our unique economic requirements.

    Ensure the recommendations of the Southland Cycling Strategy are being implemented.

  • Commit to more rural transport for communities.

  • Encourage community boards to consider ways to make communities more connected.

    Encourage walking trails and bike trails through community land.

    Discuss and encourage reduced speed limits.

  • Continue to ensure that Environment Southland, as the transport link, look at how visitors and residents move around the district.

  • Advocate for more support from New Zealand Transport Agency around dust suppression solutions.

    Investigate ways to better utilise the Te Anau airport taking into account short, medium and long term solutions.

    Continue to support the independent governance of the Around the Mountain Cycle Trail, focusing on it being well used and self-sustaining.

  • Fight hard for sufficient funding from Waka Kotahi to maintain our roads to a standard that supports our unique economic requirements.

    Ensure the recommendations of the Southland Cycling Strategy are being implemented.

  • Commit to more rural transport for communities.

  • Encourage community boards to consider ways to make communities more connected.

    Encourage walking trails and bike trails through community land.

    Discuss and encourage reduced speed limits.