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.

Utilities and services

Councils are responsible for a wide range of utilities and services that we all rely on, from rubbish and recycling to street cleaning. Councils are currently also responsible for managing waste water, storm water and drinking water infrastructure – the ‘Three Waters’. But that may be about to change, with central government seeking to shift the delivery of Three Waters services to four new larger entities, which could borrow enough to upgrade the country’s water infrastructure.

Utilities and services

Councils are responsible for a wide range of utilities and services that we all rely on, from rubbish and recycling to street cleaning. Councils are currently also responsible for managing waste water, storm water and drinking water infrastructure – the ‘Three Waters’. But that may be about to change, with central government seeking to shift the delivery of Three Waters services to four new larger entities, which could borrow enough to upgrade the country’s water infrastructure.

  • Look into council collection of rubbish experience in other localities has seen an increase in compliance and recycling.

  • Improve waste management and minimisation by providing a transfer station for our district alongside a re-use centre.

    Navigate the changes arising from the Three Waters reforms and take advantage of opportunities that arise such as the Better Off funding.

  • Introduce incentives to change impactful rate payer actions and mindsets eg rubbish champions pay less. Trees to local kindy for early rates.

    Work with local leadership and networks who understand issues and enablers to utilises and services in their communities

    Introduce a mindset and culture that supports people to drive a balanced decisions making system to utilities and service delivery in Western Bay of Plenty.

  • Negotiate with central government to compensate us for the wonderful work previous councils have managed on our Three Waters.

    Introduce rotational street cleaning and bring rigour to animal control.

    Introduce rubbish collection to be funded in our existing rates.

  • Oppose Three Waters as undemocratic, bad for our community (including iwi) and a profit-driven model promoted by major water companies.

    Promote recycling and ease cost on ratepayers by increasing rubbish disposal costs and cutting recycling rates. Review current spending.

    Publish online schedules for road cleaning, parks mowing etc etc so residents know when work is due and can monitor if it has been done.

  • Increase the types of plastic that can be recycled and take a Singapore style approach to people who toss rubbish out the car window.

    Work to reduce water wastage which will also reduce pressure on waste water plants. Encourage technologies that reduce the contaminant load.

  • Look into council collection of rubbish experience in other localities has seen an increase in compliance and recycling.

  • Improve waste management and minimisation by providing a transfer station for our district alongside a re-use centre.

    Navigate the changes arising from the Three Waters reforms and take advantage of opportunities that arise such as the Better Off funding.

  • Introduce incentives to change impactful rate payer actions and mindsets eg rubbish champions pay less. Trees to local kindy for early rates.

    Work with local leadership and networks who understand issues and enablers to utilises and services in their communities

    Introduce a mindset and culture that supports people to drive a balanced decisions making system to utilities and service delivery in Western Bay of Plenty.

  • Negotiate with central government to compensate us for the wonderful work previous councils have managed on our Three Waters.

    Introduce rotational street cleaning and bring rigour to animal control.

    Introduce rubbish collection to be funded in our existing rates.

  • Oppose Three Waters as undemocratic, bad for our community (including iwi) and a profit-driven model promoted by major water companies.

    Promote recycling and ease cost on ratepayers by increasing rubbish disposal costs and cutting recycling rates. Review current spending.

    Publish online schedules for road cleaning, parks mowing etc etc so residents know when work is due and can monitor if it has been done.

  • Increase the types of plastic that can be recycled and take a Singapore style approach to people who toss rubbish out the car window.

    Work to reduce water wastage which will also reduce pressure on waste water plants. Encourage technologies that reduce the contaminant load.