Mayor of Western Bay of Plenty

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 Western Bay of Plenty District Council mayoral 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.

  • 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 being 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 council being practical.

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

  • Progress future-focused planning, guided by science, to ensure that our district is ready for the challenges ahead.

    Be a strong advocate for our district's needs as central government policy evolves in the climate change space.

  • Commit council to increasing pathways and opportunities to support community led action on climate change.

    Promote and support engagement of community members to drive localised plans and policies across key environmental issues.

    Mobilise strategic investment and resources to drive community learning and collaboration to address environmental issues at a local level.

  • Begin the profiling process of coastal fooding from sea rise and timeline measures to mitigate this.

    Make sure that we have all systems in place to adequately cater for all natural disasters.

  • Council must stop talking about it and start taking action such as installing solar power, switching to electric vehicles and end building on flood plains.

    Council must work with government and our coastal communities to mitigate the effects of climate change and violent storms.

    Council needs to step up civil defence planning, instead of leaving it to the regional council.

  • 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 being 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 council being practical.

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

  • Progress future-focused planning, guided by science, to ensure that our district is ready for the challenges ahead.

    Be a strong advocate for our district's needs as central government policy evolves in the climate change space.

  • Commit council to increasing pathways and opportunities to support community led action on climate change.

    Promote and support engagement of community members to drive localised plans and policies across key environmental issues.

    Mobilise strategic investment and resources to drive community learning and collaboration to address environmental issues at a local level.

  • Begin the profiling process of coastal fooding from sea rise and timeline measures to mitigate this.

    Make sure that we have all systems in place to adequately cater for all natural disasters.

  • Council must stop talking about it and start taking action such as installing solar power, switching to electric vehicles and end building on flood plains.

    Council must work with government and our coastal communities to mitigate the effects of climate change and violent storms.

    Council needs to step up civil defence planning, instead of leaving it to the regional council.