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Same old!

Thanks to the people who voted for me. I will watch closely what our representatives do and will stand again in 3 years’ time. A dismal voting turnout however am very happy to be a close 3rd. Plenty of time for me being elected in the future. Same old for Bream Bay 😉 and the WDC for now...
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Poor maintenance/general Council & Councillor neglect

Council & Councillor neglect Waipu - Almost all bins Councillors are out of touch with basics. Way more issues than these I encountered on Sunday the 6th of October. This is what public bins look like across Bream Bay almost every week - Peek summer it’s terrible. Pictures Taken: 06/10/19  People obviously are using the bins...even the kids Council and councillors obviously have their heads above the clouds – oblivious to what’s going on at "ground level" Cental Ruakaka Central Ruakaka Whangarei District Council - Mountain Bike Park Parihaka MTB Park - Trail Okay... Pretty obvious this Council asset isn't being maintained aye...

Climate Change

In 2014, New Zealand contributed 0.17 per cent to the world's total greenhouse gas emissions. However, on a  per capita  basis, New Zealand is a significant emitter. Photo - Iain Robertson New Zealand is a global leader and a hot tourist destination for the world and this small country can definitely show the world how its done - has done with many issues throughout history. Photo - Iain Robertson Local Government has a significant role to play in climate change.  I want to continue and add to the current initiatives that the Whangarei District Council are working on. Our communities are to face sea level rise/flooding, coastal erosion, increased extreme weather events, coastal inundation, landslides and droughts.  The council must lead by example rather than point the finger by measuring and reducing emissions in the public organization and insuring our communities infrastructure is able to cope. I think all of the following are achievable ways of Council setti

Seal Our Roads!

This photo is RECENT This is a well used road in CENTRAL RUAKAKA Sealing roads in Bream Bay should be a priority and is essential for: Safety Reducing dust Less costs long term for ratepayers via rates and their vehicle expenditure. Less costs for the Whangarei District Council long term  Beter for the environment and climate change - Electric Vehicles need smooth undusty roads... How can we do it: Change Council with a new vision and new people Take roading seriously like councils used to in the past  Don't charge residents $4000 +GST in targeted rates * Current Bream Bay Councilor 🤥 Shelly Deeming claimed Council had voted funds to seal your roads at the recent candidates meeting in Waipu. * Turns out its going to cost residents $4000 +GST 🤬 in targetted rates ... Even though most rural properties dont recieve many of the council ammendenties seen in town! See my other post: Poor Unsealed Road Maintenance In addition to that  I would want to lobby to cen

CBD Businesses

If Bream Bay elects me I want to ensure that business can excel throughout our district. I want to also help the Whangarei CBD meet its potential which I believe is not happening. I have other ideas for the CBD such as turning vacant lots into central living apartments. This is a place in our district where we can build up and house more residents, students, tourists. People in the CBD will bring life back into it. Presently our Councils, take approximately $3m from our CBD (Properties included within Walton Street, Bank Street and Dent Street) on rates.  Our business owners get very little support from Council for that money, with less than 800 carpark where Okara (a private development) has over 3,000 for the same size area, the CBD has no free rubbish collection and streets that are not kept clean.  It is no wonder that our CBD is struggling. The CBD is a community space, a business centre, an employment hub and so much more. Why is the Council milking it dry As a

Whangarei CBD Parking

Whangarei CBD Parking does affect us in Bream Bay as many of us go to "town" every now and again for sports, restaurants, activities, shopping. Despite what some may say, the Whangarei District Council has in fact been slowly reducing the number of carparks within the CBD.  The new green space which I believe is needed next to the new Hunterwasser, is removing approximately another 120 carparks, and the Council planners are planning that we have less carparking on them for the future of Whangarei. I do believe in shared spaces in a CBD for walkers, cyclists, buses and cars however Whangarei's population is quite small at the moment and is a city that services many rural towns who travel via car. There is a dire need of affordable parking, or even “free parking” for Whangarei right now.  As most people walk no more than 300m from their vehicles when going shopping, even in large complexes like “Westfields” carparking is setup so that people can see the shop t

Whangarei Mayoralty Poll

The "Better Whangarei" group wants to engage with the wider community. Would be interesting to see if the biased media polling is vastly different or a fair representation. Thanks for participating. Better Whangarei Poll

My Speech at Whangarei Youth Space

Iain Robertson Whangarei Youth Space My Speech at Whangarei Youth Space

Hatea Loop & Cycle Tourism

I really enjoy using the Hatea Loop - this has been a great investment by the council. Attracts people from around Northland to shop in town as well as enjoy a walk, jog or bike ride around our beautiful harbor. People from all demographics use this all year round including tourists. Iain Robertson - 02/09/2019 There are in addition several mountain bike parks and trails close to the city centre. Bream Bay, specifically Waipu had the community come together and create a track from town towards Waipu Cove - This track is going to move forward in the near future and actually end up ending at Waipu Cove. I would ensure this project happened 100% Cycle touring is a big earner overseas and promotes health and the environment. The reasonably flat land and scenery in the Whangarei District could rival anywhere in NZ in terms of cycle tourism.

Waste

Reducing your household waste is not only better for the environment but will reduce the amount you pay for rubbish disposal. HOWEVER I want serious changes: Larger recycling bins are necessary; preferably with a lid so light winds don't distribute the recyclables throughout the urban and natural environment. Rubbish bins at Waipu Cove and wherever else is a problem hot spot. Either empty the public bins more frequently or add more to our beautiful Bream Bay Council needs to rethink its plastic refuse bags - (Hardly a climate emergency...?) Research and offer other items that can be picked up to be recycled - many plastics don't meet the criteria. Reduce complex recycling "rules" so people don't give up on the idea. Free entry to rural local tips/transfer stations for a certain amount of trash and or recyclables including garden waste. This will prevent fly-tipping, hoarding and dumping obsolete goods outside charity shops