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Working to live within Nature’s limits will yield liveable, resilient communities

During my three terms as Councillor, I have been able to effectively represent my constituency and have become more adept at getting items on the Agenda. I have made a real difference since the people of Wellington first elected me as a Green Councillor on Greater Wellington Regional Council in 2007.

My achievements

My recent successes were:

  • ensured that bus tender documents included a price on greenhouse and air quality emissions
  • family discounts and capped fares included in Public transport fare package
  • facilitated the Wellington Bus Review community consultation
  • gained commitment from CentrePort to stop toxic fumigant release
  • got NZ wide local government support for e-waste product stewardship
  • promoted the Ngauranga to Petone cycle/walk way to investigation phase
  • gained cycle racks for buses in the long term plan
  • developed a support package for rainwater collection tanks for households
  • promoted a Green Transport Plan for immediate adoption

As a Councillor, I work hard to put people and the environment at the heart of my decision-making process.  As a meteorologist, I have the scientific background to understand the complex resource issues that the regional council has to deal with. I put in the hard yards attending meetings and briefings so I have the information from experts and the community that I need to make quality decisions.  I am energetic, dedicated and committed to making our region a better place.

My priorities

My priorities:

  • Fast modern light rail (trams) through CBD to Newtown, Kilbirnie and the airport into the 10-year plan
  • Completion of the Great Harbour cycle/walk way between Petone and Nguaranga, and the investigation of Nguaranga to Wellington city cycle way via Aotea Quay
  • Improved land use and resource allocation through the natural resource plan and a regional spatial plan

My Policies

I promote strategies to enhance resiliency, protect the environment and improve the ability of communities to make the transition to a de-carbonised world. The challenge of sustainability rests strongly in getting the economy right. Valuing natural capital, supporting sustainable enterprises, and ending subsidies, are all vital elements to meaningful environmental reform.

Transport

  • Restoring a heart to our city with integrated transport solutions
  • Zero Emission public transport (zero-emissions-presentation-may-2016)  including fast modern light rail through CBD to Newtown and Kilbirnie, trolleys and battery buses
  • Friendly roads with safe cycle routes and Great Harbour Way
  • 20% cycle mode share, cycle carriage on trains and buses
  • Frequent, reliable services, good connections
  • one ticket for all modes with capped daily fares, student and beneficiary consessions, family passess and no cost transfers
  • Better use of rail and shipping, reducing freight on roads

Environment

  • Moratorium on deep sea oil exploration & fracking
  • Protection of green spaces & waterways with carbon forests.
  • Care for Planet to meet human needs
  • Better land use and resource allocation policies through the regional spatial plan,  natural resource plan and product stewardship

Water

  • Protect Hutt River (and others) with Whaitua committees as Kaitiakitanga (Guardians) of natural environment
  • Permeable layers for city, riparian planting and better stock management systems for clean streams.
  • Domestic rainwater collection tanks.

Economic

  • Vibrant innovative capital led by social enterprise
  • Improved land use and resource allocation through Regional Spatial Plan
  • Clean heat support for homes, Sustainable business awards
  • Attract and maintain high-value low carbon businesses with reliable and affordable transport and services.

Energy

  • Carbon neutral Wellington with solar audit for increased energy efficiency
  • Community-owned energy projects
  • Utilisation of wood waste, tidal flows & sewage algae
  • 100% renewable electricity and 40% greenhouse emission reduction by 2020.

Community

  • Local people have improved say with “Village Planning” & “Participatory Democracy”
  • Local Council and strengthened Regional Council
  • Inspiring Communities with participatory budgeting and community gardens/orchards.

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