Western Bay of Plenty District Council

Maketu-Te Puke Ward
The Western Bay of Plenty 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 11 councillors and the mayor. Councillors are elected to represent wards (areas in the district). Four councillors will be elected from the Maketu-Te Puke 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 Western Bay of Plenty District Council election.

Climate change and resilience

Climate change poses a huge challenge for communities as more frequent extreme weather events require us to rethink how we live and where. Local authorities are at the forefront of efforts to respond, with responsibilities for environmental planning and regulation, as well as civil defence. Many councils have plans to reduce emissions in their area and are working to help their communities adapt to a warming world.

Climate change and resilience

Climate change poses a huge challenge for communities as more frequent extreme weather events require us to rethink how we live and where. Local authorities are at the forefront of efforts to respond, with responsibilities for environmental planning and regulation, as well as civil defence. Many councils have plans to reduce emissions in their area and are working to help their communities adapt to a warming world.

  • Better understand the effects of climate change on our district landscape and residents, eg global warming, sea level rise, natural hazards.

    Ensure council assets and infrastructure are resilient to climate change effects esp. extreme weather events, eg flooding, slips, drought.

    Support council's role in responding to and coordinating civil defence emergency responses.

  • Committed to management of stormwater to be fit for purpose to cope with future flood events.

    Develop emergency management procedures to cope with major weather and natural disasters. Develop community response teams in every town.

    Working toward adapting to climate change. Being carbon neutral by 2025.

  • Encourage houses in low lying areas to undertake mitigations such as raising floor levels where possible.

    Ensure that housing is not allowed to develop in vulnerable areas.

    Support initiatives to reduce reliance on car transport, ie where possible live close to work, car pool or if practical use public transport.

  • Commit to council. Be stringent for any developments being coastal and/or informative of consequences of buildings and infrastructures.

    Master the building code for exisiting and new builds to an earthquake code, with the council being practical.

    Participate in Civil Defence activities, causing people being independently responsible for their own safety and the safety of others.

  • Commit to engaging professionals/experts in their fields to advise and deliver on administering necessary planning for the future.

    Collaborate with community boards for the community's grass roots perspectives on climate responsibilities.

    Engage the community with meetings to educate on combined climate responsibilities for future success and management.

  • Better understand the effects of climate change on our district landscape and residents, eg global warming, sea level rise, natural hazards.

    Ensure council assets and infrastructure are resilient to climate change effects esp. extreme weather events, eg flooding, slips, drought.

    Support council's role in responding to and coordinating civil defence emergency responses.

  • Committed to management of stormwater to be fit for purpose to cope with future flood events.

    Develop emergency management procedures to cope with major weather and natural disasters. Develop community response teams in every town.

    Working toward adapting to climate change. Being carbon neutral by 2025.

  • Encourage houses in low lying areas to undertake mitigations such as raising floor levels where possible.

    Ensure that housing is not allowed to develop in vulnerable areas.

    Support initiatives to reduce reliance on car transport, ie where possible live close to work, car pool or if practical use public transport.

  • Commit to council. Be stringent for any developments being coastal and/or informative of consequences of buildings and infrastructures.

    Master the building code for exisiting and new builds to an earthquake code, with the council being practical.

    Participate in Civil Defence activities, causing people being independently responsible for their own safety and the safety of others.

  • Commit to engaging professionals/experts in their fields to advise and deliver on administering necessary planning for the future.

    Collaborate with community boards for the community's grass roots perspectives on climate responsibilities.

    Engage the community with meetings to educate on combined climate responsibilities for future success and management.