What is the vision?

Sustainable Waikato will endorse only those candidates who align strongly with eight core principles critical to the future of our region:

  1. Economic development with enduring potential: engender a robust economy based on sustainable resource use and clean technology. Recognise ecosystem services in economic analyses. Economic, environmental, social and cultural factors will guide decision making.
  2. Informed decision making: use the best available knowledge and research to guide decisions and policy development. Build on New Zealand's research and science base to foster learning and innovation using appropriate and sustainable technology.
  3. Good Governance: deliver responsible government that fosters vision, leadership, community participation and co-management.
  4. Putting the clean and green back into New Zealand: restore waterways to provide clean water for our grandchildren and minimise contaminants in our soils and air. Protect the capacity of our land and soils to ensure sustained profitable production for the coming generations. Value our agricultural base and the natural resources it relies upon. Balance the needs for production with the requirement to maintain and enhance our environment.
  5. Sustainable built environment: support development of energy and water efficient buildings and infrastructure. Provide an integrated transport system which is efficient, low in emissions and supports a growing population, including an effective network of public transport, cycleways and walkways.
  6. Natural heritage and biosecurity: ensure we enhance and restore our unique native plants, animals and ecosystems to retain our special natural character. Control weeds and pests that threaten the viability of our agricultural production and the survival of our natural heritage. Return native plants and birds back into our urban areas.
  7. Climate change: take urgent action to minimise the impacts of our human activities on the climate system and adapt to changes in climate – both locally and globally.
  8. Sustainability education access to quality formal education from early childhood to tertiary, and continuing community education for all citizens. Provision of support and resources for sustainability education in both formal and community education.
  9. Social justice economic, social and cultural equality and fairness. Tolerance of diversity and the right to participate within communities.
Attributes we expect in elected representatives
  1. Has integrity and an open and enquiring mind.
  2. Is a critical thinker with the ability to analyse and rationally assess information.
  3. Is polite, respectful and willing to listen to all sides of an argument. Builds consensus and negotiates solutions.
  4. Considers all relevant factors and viewpoints and engages with all sectors of the community.
  5. Has a relevant track record and an understanding of local government processes, statutory responsibilities and roles. Respects the difference between governance and management.
  6. Contributes constructively to discussions and debates. Is articulate and can effectively communicate council decisions and the reasons for them.
  7. Thoroughly prepares for and attends critical meetings and workshops, essential for informed decision making.
  8. Is a role model and a public advocate for the principles and practices of sustainability.
  9. Is a strategic thinker, understands generational timeframes and has long term vision.
  10. Has an appreciation of the global picture and an ability to apply it to national, local and regional initiatives.