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.

Housing and planning

Local councils are responsible for land use planning under the Resource Management Act, which affects where and how new houses are constructed, as well as the design of cities and towns. In some areas, councils also provide housing to those who need it most.

Housing and planning

Local councils are responsible for land use planning under the Resource Management Act, which affects where and how new houses are constructed, as well as the design of cities and towns. In some areas, councils also provide housing to those who need it most.

  • Enact government's requirements to encourage preplanned zoning areas to progress in light of the relaxing of resource consents.

  • Promote responsible intensification where big sections are split into more housing but avoid detrimental effects on neighbours (eg shading).

    Review council charges for building consents etc after large fee increases in recent years.

    Open up more light industrial zoning to bring jobs home, easing congestion from commuting to Tauranga.

  • Encourage tangata whenua to utilise their land for multiple dwellings.

    Manage homelessness's budget for sustainable living within their means.

    Cause council housing to be readily available and accessible.

  • Support and enable well-planned growth opportunities such as the new town proposed in the east of the district.

    Progress our District Plan review in a changing resource management framework, so that we get the right development in the right places.

    Enable and provide affordable housing by leveraging government funding in this area.

  • Remove housing barriers and invest in enablers that support sound infrastructure and design of great housing for Western Bay of Plenty.

    Support and drive strong local views and actions within the strategy and planning component of building and housing regulations.

    Invest in a long term whānau centred process that enables communities to thrive and to love "living, working and playing" in the Western Bay of Plenty.

  • Advocate for increased housing supply to meet demand and exert some downward pressure on both house and rental prices.

    Encourage a greater variety of house types particularly to accommodate one and two person households and free up family homes.

    Increase intensity of new developments (not just smaller sections) to provide more appropriate choice for people who live alone.

  • Enact government's requirements to encourage preplanned zoning areas to progress in light of the relaxing of resource consents.

  • Promote responsible intensification where big sections are split into more housing but avoid detrimental effects on neighbours (eg shading).

    Review council charges for building consents etc after large fee increases in recent years.

    Open up more light industrial zoning to bring jobs home, easing congestion from commuting to Tauranga.

  • Encourage tangata whenua to utilise their land for multiple dwellings.

    Manage homelessness's budget for sustainable living within their means.

    Cause council housing to be readily available and accessible.

  • Support and enable well-planned growth opportunities such as the new town proposed in the east of the district.

    Progress our District Plan review in a changing resource management framework, so that we get the right development in the right places.

    Enable and provide affordable housing by leveraging government funding in this area.

  • Remove housing barriers and invest in enablers that support sound infrastructure and design of great housing for Western Bay of Plenty.

    Support and drive strong local views and actions within the strategy and planning component of building and housing regulations.

    Invest in a long term whānau centred process that enables communities to thrive and to love "living, working and playing" in the Western Bay of Plenty.

  • Advocate for increased housing supply to meet demand and exert some downward pressure on both house and rental prices.

    Encourage a greater variety of house types particularly to accommodate one and two person households and free up family homes.

    Increase intensity of new developments (not just smaller sections) to provide more appropriate choice for people who live alone.