To have a strong future we must attract businesses to our city - and keep them here. To do this we need to ensure the city remains affordable and is supported by effective transport options. Hamilton is well placed in the heart of the Waikato – with easy links to both Auckland and Tauranga - to reap the benefits of strong economic growth.
I want Hamilton to provide an excellent quality of life for our residents while protecting our special spaces and the natural environment that makes our city so unique. We can become the most liveable and lovable city in NZ.
This doesn’t mean spending large amounts of ratepayer money on huge legacy projects. I truly believe that small things can make a big impact for local communities.
Hamilton will a fabulous destination, not just a place to "pass through". We need to build on our special river-side developments, the Museum, the Zoo, Hamilton Gardens and our regional events such as the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival and Balloons over Waikato. But there is more we can do to realise our potential and create opportunities for locals and visitors alike.
The future looks good, but the best outcome will come through partnership, innovative thinking and through positive leadership.