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Fresh ideas for Kāpiti’s future

Want to know what policies and issues I’ll be standing for? As we close in on the election I’ll be sharing my thoughts on some of the major issues facing Kāpiti, as well as the ideas I’ve been hearing from people I meet with.

Underpinning my approach is the recognition that Kāpiti Coast District Council is heavily in debt and with residents already paying high rates. That means we have to be careful to get maximum value out of every dollar of ratepayer money invested by Council and eliminate waste so that any rate rises can be kept to a minimum.

Kāpiti Coast District Council’s tight financial position also means we need a Mayor who will tirelessly advocate on behalf of our communities and knows how to work with central government so they play their part in supporting and funding the infrastructure Kāpiti needs to grow and thrive.

You can always let me know what issues are concerning you and what you think Council needs to focus on by sending me a message through the contact page.

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Combatting the challenge of climate change

Real and ambitious action to tackle climate change.

  • Target of a net carbon neutral Kāpiti Coast by 2040 (10 years before the rest of New Zealand).

  • Achieved by at least doubling forestry (both native and exotic species) on the Kāpiti Coast and halving greenhouse gas emissions, especially from transport.

  • Work with Kāpiti’s communities, along with central and regional government, to establish a strategy to mitigate climate change and adapt to its impacts on our coast.

  • Establish a partnership between Kāpiti’s communities, central, regional, and local government to help Kāpiti shift to a low carbon economy, e.g. shifting to electric buses, investing in infrastructure for cyclists, mobility scooters, and electric cars, and fighting for both the extension of commuter rail to Ōtaki and faster, more frequent, and more reliable rail services.

  • Show leadership in partnering with central and regional government to lead the establishment of a Climate Change Adaptation Fund to pay for things such as dune restoration, seawalls, upgraded stormwater systems, and compensation for when managed retreat is required.

  • Support Low Carbon Kāpiti’s goal of a net carbon neutral Kāpiti Coast District Council by 2025.

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Housing affordability and social housing

A real plan to see action taken on Kāpiti’s housing crisis:

  • No more sales of Council-owned houses until comprehensive social housing and housing affordability strategies for Kāpiti are developed in partnership with community housing providers, iwi, and central government.

  • Review and implement the recommendations of the Kāpiti Coast Communities Housing Taskforce as soon as is practically possible.

  • Work with central government, iwi, developers, and community housing providers to identify and develop excess Council and government land where appropriate to provide more affordable and social housing.

  • Review Council’s internal processes to ensure that obtaining resource and building consents are as quick and painless as possible.

  • Set the target with central government that Kāpiti’s housing and rental affordability be brought back in line with the national average by 2025, and for house prices and rents to be more affordable in Kāpiti than the national average by 2030.

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Creating a better run, community-led, financially responsible Council

Making sure Kāpiti Coast District Council is run efficiently, effectively, and is easy for people, community groups, businesses, and iwi to interact with, and that it is responsible with its finances while maximising external sources of funding, such as from central government. Read the media release here.

  • Implementing, where supported by the community, the recommendations from the independent organisational review of Council.

  • Sensibly managing Council’s finances and maximising external funding sources by being a relentless advocate for the region; focusing on the government providing funds to support the growth Transmission Gully is bringing and the pressure that places on Council infrastructure and Kāpiti’s housing supply.

  • Launching an audit of Council-owned property to ensure there’s no other multi-million dollar repair bills hiding in the woodwork, such as what’s happened with the Waikanae Library and Te Newhanga Kāpiti Community Centre.

  • Run a regular programme of community catch-ups where issues and concerns can be raised outside of formal Council meetings.

  • Review rubbish and recycling licence conditions to identify opportunities to ensure operators are catering for residents needs, as well as supporting work on investigating the longer-term reinstatement of Council run rubbish, recycling, and green waste collection where this can be done affordably.

  • Make Council more open, transparent, and accountable by holding a series of workshops between Council and the community to identify where this needs to be improved, and committing to making those improvements.

  • Review and improve Council’s road maintenance programme to ensure that road resealing disasters like what happened on Mazengarb Road don’t happen again.

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Transport - Better connecting Kāpiti’s communities

An ambitious vision to better connect Kāpiti’s towns and villages to public transport and a network of shared cycling, walking, and riding pathways.

  • Petitioning and lobbying central government and Greater Wellington Regional Council for them to prioritise and fund the extension of proper commuter rail to Ōtaki.

  • Invest in expanding and improving Kāpiti’s shared cycling, riding, and walking pathway network so every community in Kāpiti is connected to it by 2030, properly sealing and separating it from road traffic where practical.

  • Work with Greater Wellington Regional Council to expand the number of bus shelters in Kāpiti.

  • Work with Greater Wellington Regional Council to expand the MonthlyPlus pass scheme to also include bus travel for those holding 10 trip train tickets to take pressure off rail commuter car parking.

  • Work with Greater Wellington Regional Council to make Kāpiti’s Metlink bus network fleet fully electric by 2025.

  • Support the rollout of more electric vehicle charging stations around Kāpiti to encourage the take up of electric vehicles and to cater for growing demand.

  • Back the Finish Our Road campaign who are fighting to get NZTA to build a full interchange at Peka Peka so that Te Horo isn’t cut off from Kāpiti and Waikanae’s roads don’t get clogged with traffic once the Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway opens.

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Economic development - more jobs, higher wages, new opportunities

Backing Kāpiti’s businesses to create a diverse and sustainable economy that delivers more jobs with higher wages and new opportunities for locals.

  • Create a contestable Economic Development Fund which will be available to assist growing businesses in co-funding resources and projects that will deliver new jobs and higher wages for Kāpiti.

  • Complete and implement the Economic Development Strategy refresh by ensuring that it’s community-led with a governance group made up from the community, who will oversee the Economic Development Fund.

  • Support the building of a National Whale Museum and Marine Discovery Centre in Kāpiti.

  • Review the Town Centres Project to ensure it’s still fit for purpose and is delivering genuine value for money for our communities.

  • Work with the Government to identify opportunities for departments and agencies to locate new teams out on the Kāpiti Coast, like the Police Digital Communications Centre.

  • Work towards re-opening the Kāpiti i-SITE and better promoting Kāpiti as a true tourist destination, not just a coffee stop.

  • Develop plans and secure outside funding for a smaller and more sensible Kāpiti Island Gateway Centre and biosecurity check-in facility that won’t cost the earth.

  • Expand on the successful Kāpiti Arts Trail to build a broader and longer running “Creative Coast” programme around it to help Kāpiti’s creative and arts sectors thrive.

  • Work with iwi to support Māori business initiatives and to better tell and celebrate the district’s Māori heritage.

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Open spaces we can all enjoy and be proud of - Environment and recreation

Support and enhance Kāpiti’s natural environment and green spaces so they remain the envy of New Zealand.

  • Identify opportunities to work with the One Billion Trees programme, other government agencies, regional council, iwi, community groups, and private land owners to create a “Coast to Crest” native forest corridor along the Kāpiti Expressway that would connect Kāpiti from Paekākāriki through to Ōtaki, including green corridors for the Ōtaki and Waikanae rivers, as well as smaller waterways, to connect them with the Tararuas, similar to the successful “Green Corridors Range to River” programme in the Manawatū.

  • Enhance native planting on Council-owned parks and reserves.

  • Support the Wainuiwhenua Working Group and their work on ensuring Perkins Farm doesn’t get sold off for private development once Transmission Gully is completed and can be used in a way that’s consistent with the wishes of the Paekākāriki community.

  • As per my transport policy - Invest in expanding and improving Kāpiti’s shared cycling, riding, and walking pathway network so that every community in Kāpiti is connected to it by 2030, properly sealing and separating it from traffic where practical.

  • Review the Town Centres Project to ensure that adequate green space is being preserved for future parks and recreational areas.

  • Advocate for better and coordinated management of sediment, gravel, and wastewater issues that are negatively impacting the health of our rivers.

  • Look for opportunities to incorporate a circuit of outdoor fitness stations and older-person activity equipment at our beach-side parks, similar to what works so well in other coastal communities around the world.

  • Support ongoing community efforts to combat invasive pest species.