Southland District Council

Waiau Aparima Ward

The Southland District Council provides local services and facilities, such as public transport, rubbish and recycling, libraries, parks, and recreation facilities. It also makes decisions about building and planning, local regulations, and infrastructure, such as water supply and sewerage. The council is made up of 12 councillors and the mayor. Councillors are elected to represent wards (areas in the district). Three councillors will be elected from the Waiau Aparima ward. 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 election.

Don Byars

Don Byars

Why I'm standing

I am concerned council is railroading community into infrastructure that is expensive to build, expensive to maintain and ultimately performs poorly. I would like to see Southland be an leading example of how humans can live respectfully within the environment. For example, rainwater should be treated as an asset rather than a liability to be disposed of. A change of approach is required across the board.

My priorities
  1. Community needs to be made aware of the issues in managing water infrastructure.
  2. Community understanding issues, eg 1,000,000 litres of sewage water per person per day, in some cases.
  3. Consider other ways to manage impact on environment, eg incinerator toilets, rainwater capture.
About me

I was brought up on a farm and have a background in commerce. With a healthy scepticism of "experts" and an independent outlook, I can see that New Zealand's infrastructure is being taking away from the hands of community. It is also being poorly managed and future planning is disappointing and concerning.

Current role

Councillor, Southland District Council

Before politics

Business. Finance, insurance

Residence

Riverton.

Age

53

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Why I'm standing

I am concerned council is railroading community into infrastructure that is expensive to build, expensive to maintain and ultimately performs poorly. I would like to see Southland be an leading example of how humans can live respectfully within the environment. For example, rainwater should be treated as an asset rather than a liability to be disposed of. A change of approach is required across the board.

My priorities
  1. Community needs to be made aware of the issues in managing water infrastructure.
  2. Community understanding issues, eg 1,000,000 litres of sewage water per person per day, in some cases.
  3. Consider other ways to manage impact on environment, eg incinerator toilets, rainwater capture.
About me

I was brought up on a farm and have a background in commerce. With a healthy scepticism of "experts" and an independent outlook, I can see that New Zealand's infrastructure is being taking away from the hands of community. It is also being poorly managed and future planning is disappointing and concerning.

Current role

Councillor, Southland District Council

Before politics

Business. Finance, insurance

Residence

Riverton.

Age

53

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