Working to live within Nature’s limits will yield liveable, resilient communities
Now that I have completed my term as Greater Wellington Regional Councillor (2007 to 2016), I am focussing on my areas of expertise in Meteorology and Climate Protection through Sustainable Solutions Wellington.
My achievements at GWRC 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 2009-2012
- 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
- promoted a support package for rainwater collection tanks for households
- promoted a Green Transport Plan for immediate adoption
As a Councillor, I worked 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.
- 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
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 on getting the economy right. Valuing natural capital, supporting sustainable enterprises, and ending subsidies, are all vital elements to meaningful environmental reform.
- 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 concessions, family passes on and no cost transfers
- Better use of rail and shipping, reducing freight on roads
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Local people have a 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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