Bringing a fresh approach to Council
Kāpiti Coast District Council is here to serve our community. Too often we’ve all heard the complaint that Council is telling people what’s going to happen and what’s good for them, rather than genuinely listening to community concerns and taking them seriously.
While some individual councillors do a great job of representing their communities, on the whole there’s a sense that often the Council does the bare minimum of consultation, or doesn’t take feedback onboard.
That needs to change.
To help keep council connected to the people it serves, if I’m elected I’ll run easily accessible monthly catch ups where anyone can drop by and discuss the issues that are facing their particular community. I’ll maintain an open door policy at Council so our community can drop by and talk through their concerns or ideas for our region.
I’ll also be active and easily approachable online both through social media and email, as well as regularly seeking your views on important topics through online surveys and petitions.
Being a relentless advocate for Kāpiti’s needs
Our Mayor needs to be a relentless advocate and promoter of Kāpiti. They need to take a much more active and visible role in advocating about the issues facing our community. We all know that with high debt and high rates, Kāpiti will need investment from central government to meet the challenges ahead of us.
As Mayor I’ll be focused on getting real action to:
Change Council’s culture to be community-led and community-focused rather than the current top down, disconnected approach.
Address Kāpiti’s worsening housing affordability and social housing crisis by doing things like implementing the recommendations of the Kāpiti Coast Communities Housing Taskforce.
Support projects, initiatives, and events in Kāpiti through a community-led and managed economic development strategy to help create a diverse economy that backs local businesses to deliver sustainable growth, more jobs, and higher incomes.
Respect ratepayers by ensuring Council’s finances are managed responsibly so we get value for money from every dollar ratepayers contribute and can continue to get debt down so that it doesn’t burden future generations.
Implement an independent review of Council’s buildings and asset management practices to avoid repeats of the leaky building issues that have us currently facing combined bills of $3.2 million to fix the Waikanae library and Te Newhanga Kāpiti Community Centre.
Review Kāpiti Coast District Council’s contribution and contracts with the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency to ensure we’re getting value for money on all our economic development activities.
Carry on the fight to get access to better after hours healthcare and access to a wider range of health services locally.
Improve public transport such as improved bus connections to Ōtaki and extending commuter rail services from Waikanae to Ōtaki, along with faster, more frequent, and more reliable rail services.
Combat climate change, including setting up a partnership between our communities and central government to enable Kāpiti to be net carbon neutral by 2040 and securing central government support to deal with coastal erosion and other impacts of climate change.
Push for Paraparaumu’s police station to be open at the weekends and to ensure more police are stationed locally to get crime under control.