1 strategic leadership
2 clean environment
3 smart infrastructure

Let’s create a solid platform to enable everyone to succeed.
We can go from GOOD to GREAT with these three strategies:


  • Put people first.
  • Create a culture of excellence among councillors.
  • Be financially responsible and transparent.
  • Do what we say we will do, and do it well.
  • Advocate for community well-being but focus firmly on core Council business.
  • Keep rates affordability front of mind.


  • Have a healthy ocean and rivers for everyone to enjoy.
    - Complete wastewater and Drainwise projects on time and on budget.
  • Future-proof our region as a food bowl. Protect our fertile soils.
    - Fast-track flood protection infrastructure around the Waipaoa River.
  • Work towards being a zero-waste region.
    - Investigate clever, sustainable ways to minimise our waste and improve recycling.
  • Work on climate change resilience for our region.
    - Apply a climate change mitigation lens over every Council decision.


  • Future-proof our transport network to support our unique lifestyle, business and tourism.
    - Include all transport options (roads, rail, air, sea, walking and cycling).
    - Investigate and decide on heavy vehicle routes.
    - Service our rural areas well.
    - Plan for an older society.
  • Provide fit-for-purpose rulebook – modernise our District Plan.
    - Have common sense rules to protect our people and environment, and to meet our needs today and in the future.
    - Make it easy to do business with Council.
  • Secure our supply of water.
    - For drinking, agriculture and business.