Waimakariri District Council

Kaiapoi-Woodend Ward
The Waimakariri 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 10 councillors and the mayor. Councillors are elected to represent wards (areas in the district). Four councillors will be elected from the Kaiapoi-Woodend 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 Waimakariri District Council 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.

  • Use community boards more to work with local communities to decide their priorities within budget.

    Make consultations more open and held at differing times of the day in different locations to enable allow participation.

    Encourage councillors and community board members to be part of the consultations so they hear differing views firsthand.

  • To maintain good communication with all the residents so the council has a good understanding of what the people want.

    We can't allow centralisation of councils like the current proposal. It would make it extremely difficult for residents to have views heard.

    Ensure the remuneration packages are fit for purpose and fair and ensure the efficiency of council is maintained.

  • Commit to a staff retention policy in uncertain times, eg Three Waters, Resource Management Act reforms and future for local government. Reduce turnover to under 10% pa.

    Oppose undemocratic reforms and appointment of race-based members. Oppose separatism and support an inclusive community.

    Support a mahi tahi approach with local iwi (Ngāi Tahu), consultation and engagement.

  • Get more people engaged in local politics. Educate people on the importance of having their say in local decision making.

    Provide council employees with a Living Wage in order to attract and retain good workers.

  • Support council to pay as a minimum the living wage.

    Support council staff to engage with community at start of initiatives and then again after to establish what could be done better.

    Support multiple councils coming together and combining some elements of what they do for better efficiencies and economies of scale.

  • Use community boards more to work with local communities to decide their priorities within budget.

    Make consultations more open and held at differing times of the day in different locations to enable allow participation.

    Encourage councillors and community board members to be part of the consultations so they hear differing views firsthand.

  • To maintain good communication with all the residents so the council has a good understanding of what the people want.

    We can't allow centralisation of councils like the current proposal. It would make it extremely difficult for residents to have views heard.

    Ensure the remuneration packages are fit for purpose and fair and ensure the efficiency of council is maintained.

  • Commit to a staff retention policy in uncertain times, eg Three Waters, Resource Management Act reforms and future for local government. Reduce turnover to under 10% pa.

    Oppose undemocratic reforms and appointment of race-based members. Oppose separatism and support an inclusive community.

    Support a mahi tahi approach with local iwi (Ngāi Tahu), consultation and engagement.

  • Get more people engaged in local politics. Educate people on the importance of having their say in local decision making.

    Provide council employees with a Living Wage in order to attract and retain good workers.

  • Support council to pay as a minimum the living wage.

    Support council staff to engage with community at start of initiatives and then again after to establish what could be done better.

    Support multiple councils coming together and combining some elements of what they do for better efficiencies and economies of scale.