When there are eight other Councils in the same area, the Regional Council is important as having an interest in those activities which cross all eight areas: transport, including public transport, water, air quality, etc. They don’t ‘stop’ simply because they reach an artificial political boundary.
Wellington has a high level of commuting and there must be a public transport system to match, both buses and trains, while also recognising the other modes of private car use, cycling and walking; water quality is obviously important just as is security of supply (and issues in both these areas can arise in New Zealand.
Strong cost control and monitoring
Rates are increasing at a level well above what is expected in these low inflation time. Of course expenditure will take place but GWRC rates increasing by 9.8% (2015 / 16) and set at 7.6% (for 2016 / 17) alongside Wellington residential rates at an average of 5.8% means there must be constant controls and monitoring – and not everything may be possible!
- 9 years Wellington City Councillor
- 6 years Deputy Mayor
- 5 years Victoria University Chancellor
- 9 years Chair of the WCC Audit & Risk Committee