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The Great Debate: Business in the Hamilton. Waikato

The topic of the Great Debate last night was about business and how to attract business to the Waikato, lift productivity and champion Hamilton as an economic hub of the region. We had a minute and a half on each of the following questions, after a 3 minute intro on the topic.How will I help to lift productivity and support business? I want to make it easy for businesses to get started here by streamlining consents and other application processes, and front-ending support especially for small bu...

October 9, 2019

About me, my family and why I put my hand up for Mayor

I come from a family that has many healthy conversations around the dinner table. Many of these lead to topics of battling unfairness and inequality and all-round setting the world to rights. Our views are all very different but it is this diversity that has challenged me and helped me to grow. These are the foundations for where I am today. While I was quieter and shyer when young, I have always had my say and enjoyed thinking about current issues and concerns. Never in my dreams did I see myse...

October 7, 2019

Love & care for our natural environment

I love our natural environment; the river corridor, our gullies, parks and special green spaces. I believe green spaces are vital to the wellbeing of a city. That does not make me a 'greenie', whatever that means. It does make me someone who cares about both the environment and the wellbeing of our city. International studies show that cities that have green spaces are healthier and more liveable cities. I am not asking for lots of money to find extra green space for the city. I am suggesting we...

October 3, 2019

Hamilton: A cycle city?

Hamilton is a relatively flat city with reasonable weather. On the face of it, ideal for cycling? Interestingly, global studies show that weather is not a key issue in determining the popularity of cycling in a city. In Ubrecht there is a saying: 'you are not made of sugar', meaning you won’t melt, so can ride in the rain. The key factors are infrastructure and safety. Having dedicated cycle lanes is a start, but protected cycle lanes are best practice. Surface, lighting and safe places to loc...

October 3, 2019

Voting forms are now in your hands

Leading Hamilton over the next decade will not be an easy job! It is not a job that one person alone can do. Hamilton faces huge challenges around growth, managing debt and looking after the older parts of our city. I know we face huge challenges to provide affordable homes. I know this will require a good team that wants to tackle these issues together, a team that values a range of ideas and values working alongside our business and local communities. I know this will need us to be informed by...

October 1, 2019

Working hard in Wellington for Hamilton and NZ.

Here is a snap shot of the work I do in Wellington for Local Government NZ and Hamilton.1. Policy advisory group selected by the National Council (including President of Local Government). This group of senior elected members provides guidance and policy on issues such as; water, housing, climate, productivity to both Government and the Local Government across the country. 2. I chaired the organising committee that designs and runs the Local Government Conference. We recently had a very successf...

September 28, 2019

Hamilton: A great place to work

My vision is to see both Hamilton and the wider Waikato thrive. Hamilton has a huge location advantage. With key transport routes, links to ports and strong access to natural resources we are ideally placed to develop further as a key economic hub for NZ and a great place to work, live, and play.  All three aspects are important to attract and retain the talented workforce we need. Employment, incomes, access to education, housing, transport, technology and natural resources determine ...

September 24, 2019

"As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life"

Quite simply, the arts are life-enhancing, entertaining and define our personal and local identities. Research shows that cities that emphasise art possess more civic and social engagement and better community wellbeing. The arts create social offerings - openness and places for people to meet each other, creating a feeling that people in the community care about each other. It is part of placemaking. Art gets people talking. It is also good for the economy. Locals support theatres, galleries an...

September 24, 2019

Encouraging and embracing women for council

As a woman who has been in local government politics for over 18 years, I am 100% behind the movement to get more women in council. This does not diminish the contribution of my male colleagues, it complements it. In my time, I have experienced the good, the bad and the ugly of being a woman in this predominantly male-orientated career. When I began, I had young children and faced the same expressed concerns as I hear on the campaign trail this time: “can you manage your family (children) and ...

September 19, 2019

Enabling affordable, quality housing for all

Like other fast-growing cities, Hamilton continues to feel the effects of a housing shortage. In July the median house price was $590,000 and 280 sold. None, of course, sold under $300,000. Compared to when I bought my first wee home 28 years ago, it is much harder for people to step into their first home and it is difficult to find rentals. Both my mum and daughter moved houses last weekend. Several times, my daughter has faced the struggles of high-demand rentals and has grappled with the...

September 19, 2019

On Walking in our City!

While we do have some excellent walkways, such as our Riverpaths, we have long way to go before we become a pedestrian friendly city. We need to work on the quality and the width of footpaths for a start. But more than this we need to adopt smart ways of separating motorised transport (scooters, segways, mobility scooters etc) from the walkers. We also need to think more carefully about places where priority should be given to pedestrians. I sometimes ask people where the pedestrian zones are in...

September 17, 2019

A sinking lid on pokie gambling.

I absolutely support a sinking lid policy for gambling. Gambling hurts families and personally I don’t like it. Other issues in our community are also harmful. Alcohol does huge family and community harm. Disreputable money lenders like Moolah do harm, especially for low income families who have no choice but to borrow. These issues are all complex. But right now I can't support - and won’t support - pulling the rug out from under our sports and community groups who - like it or not - rely o...

September 17, 2019

Kaumatua Games

The Kaumatua Games is an annual event that brings together seniors 55 years and over from across Hamilton and the Waikato. It is run by the Rauawaawa Trust. A group of Kaumātua established the Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust in 1997 and they identified a need for culturally focused, appropriate and accessible health, social and community-based activities and services. The overarching aim being to enhance the quality of life and well-being of Kaumātua.  Essentially the Kaumātua Games...

September 16, 2019

Smart support for Hamilton sports!

Thriving, healthy cities with a high-quality lifestyle provide great opportunities for people to play, exercise and participate in sport. With sports such as Soccer, Futsal, Lacosse and Basketball on the rise and a growing Hamilton population we need to ensure there are enough good sports facilities to meet the needs. This includes swim space. Also, there is a rise in casual recreation, where communities gather together to play. I have been talking with field sports about their needs. They tell ...

September 12, 2019

VIDEO: Get to Know Me | Kiwi Talkz Podcast

Want to get to know me better and what I stand for? Can't make a candidate meeting? This fabulous podcast thanks to Kiwitalkz offers a free and frank conversation on why I'm ONLY running for Mayor and a range of key topics including finances; housing, communities and something I feel strongly about - your participation in the decision making of the city. Please listen and please ask questions. Thanks Reece Rilley for caring enough about our city to do this....

September 9, 2019

Let's Talk Rates

Let’s talk rates: no pie-in-the-sky ideas, no empty promises. It's election time and candidates will promise the earth to get your vote. I won’t. Nor will I promise what I alone cannot deliver. But one thing I can promise wholeheartedly. You deserve a Mayor that listens and takes a balanced approach to the problems Hamilton faces today and going forward. I promise to do just that. My approach contrasts with that of others. One Mayoral candidate is promising linking rates to the cost of livin...

September 6, 2019

Strong economy, strong business, strong communities.

A strong regional economy is vital to a strong Hamilton future. And the key to success relies on cross boundary collaborations and conversations.  During my time as Chair of Waikato Regional Council I led, in collaboration with, the the regional Mayors and business sector the development of  Waikato Means Business I lobbied Government for support for a Regional Development Agency. And the Waikato Story was born The Government was clear Waikato needed to speak with "one voice". I'm plea...

August 30, 2019

Making life in Hamilton better for those with disabilities.

I recently attended a candidate meeting focused on key issues for our citizens challenged by dbilities. We were given a questionaire to guide our answers to focused questions. But with over 30 candidates  we ran out of time. So here are my responses to the questions:1.  How have you made your campaign accessible?I have participated in 5 election videos to inform and encourage citizens who are deaf of hearing impaired to understand the key issues and to encourage voting. This was done i...

August 27, 2019

Great Testimonials from the Community!

I have received fantastic feedback from people I have met from all walks of life. Thank you to everyone who passes on their kind words. Read what people have to say about me below:...

August 26, 2019

Kiwiwatch Community Patrol

I wanted to fully understand how to increase safety in our city. In pursuit of this, I met up with a local organisation called the Kiwiwatch Community Patrol. Kiwiwatch Community Patrol is a volunteer organisation and a member of CPNZ Community Patrols New Zealand. They work together with the NZ Police to keep our communities safe. Their primary goal is to create a safe community in Hamilton by means of patrolling the area and reporting back to police, council and any other relevant people. I we...

August 23, 2019

Waikato Multifaith Council planting at Waiwhakareke.

I enjoyed attending the Waikato Multifaith Council planting at Waiwhakareke the other day.   We planted 50 Kaihikatea trees planted to remember the victims of Christchurch.  It was a special day and I look forward to watching these efforts grow over the coming years.  ...

August 19, 2019

Strong Finances: Rates Under Control

In my mayoral campaign I’d love to say "I will reduce your rates, I'll keep your rates in line with inflation". But the Mayor, like everyone else, has only one vote and I simply won't promise what I, alone, cannot guarantee to deliver. Neither should other candidates. What I can promise however, is that I am 100% committed to keeping Council costs and rates under control. I am 100 % committed to long term rates certainty and there would not be a shocking proposed 19%  increase in my...

July 31, 2019

Let's make Hamilton a vibrant host town!

There is no need for Hamilton central to be some sort of modern "ghost" town. That's not what I want and I am not alone. Too often people tell me that our main street is full of empty shops and run-down buildings, while they find Garden Place, which should be the heart of the city, uninviting.  We need to do a lot more to create a strong beating pulse in central Hamilton. I know that people want a central area they can be proud of, a central area that looks great, is a great place for ...

July 15, 2019

Your City, Your Voice: I'm listening.

As a council, we can’t hear what you want for your city if we don’t or won't listen to your voices. Whether young, old or in between your voice matters and we must have effective ways of hearing you. Unfortunately, early in the present term, the current Mayor binned key Hamilton forums for getting public input – these included the Youth Council, the Council of Elders and the Arts Council. This was done with no real discussion or consultation. I was unhappy with that. I know from my discus...

July 1, 2019

Addressing the Climate Challenge

Recently young citizens marched on Garden Place to call for urgent action on Climate. I was asked about my policy and  put together this blog to  start a conversation about what I consider Hamilton City Council can do. Having watched the documentary "Climate Change; The Facts" by David Attenborough, I returned home highly concerned and reviewed my stance. I've already said Hamilton City, like all Councils in NZ, must play its part in addressing the Climate Challenge. Council can't...

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