Many local government issues are Green issues, including responses to climate change, waste management, transport, housing, community development, land and resource use planning and environmental management... and much more.
Dealing with the really challenging issues of our time will require coordinated action at all levels of government as well as in businesses, schools, and households.
To deal with those issues, let's maximise the number of official Green Party candidates elected as Local Body representatives on 12th October 2013.
In Auckland the focus is on Local Boards and the Auckland District Health Board. There are 148 elected positions on Auckland's 21 Local Boards, so there is plenty of scope for first-time and seasoned candidates. The Governing Body positions are held by a mixture of ex-mayors, ex-MPs, and long-serving councillors.
Here's a selection of our Auckland candidates and a summary of their campaigns.
Jeanette is standing for the Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) on the City Vision Health team. A mathematician, sportswoman, software developer and mother of two, she has spent the last 10 years working in clinical research, statistics, and health information management at ADHB and the Waitemata District Health Board. She is also currently policy co-convenor of the Green Party.
Vernon is standing for the Waitemata Local Board of Auckland Council, on the City Vision team. He is a lawyer at the Grey Lynn community law centre. As a resident of Auckland's city centre, Vernon is committed to turning city spaces into vibrant living spaces, re-connecting Auckland's centre and surrounding suburbs with cycleways and walkways, and protecting its built and natural heritage.
Deborah is standing for the Waitemata Local Board on the City Vision ticket. A policy analyst, she has campaigned for many years for the rights of children in state care and is currently highlighting the impact of family violence on children. A proponent of affordable healthy food, she's also keen to see traffic reduced and neighbourliness restored in Auckland's inner suburbs.
Dorthe is standing for the Orakei Local Board, Auckland Council, for the first time. Her three campaign themes are: supporting our young people, looking after our open spaces and heritage, and providing more safe travel options. She's proud to be a 'Big G' candidate.
Shirin Brown is standing for the Waiheke Local Board as a community independent.
Resilience is particularly important for an island community and so she will prioritise buying local, supporting community initiatives and the importance of managing tourism and resources into the future.
Jesse is standing for the Henderson-Massey Local Board, in Auckland on the TICK TWO CHALMERS ticket. Jesse is owner/director of TONZU and currently a member of the Waitemata Local Board. Jesse stands for Economic growth that will support and nourish a safe and healthy environment for the people of Henderson-Massey as well as the planet and improved sustainable public transport, safe cycling, and pedestrian facilities.
Elizabeth is standing for the Henderson/Massey Local Board, also on the TICK TWO CHALMERS ticket. She is a director and co-founder of TONZU, Coordinator at the Ranui Community House and resident at Earthsong Eco Neighbourhood. Elizabeth stands for Community Economic Development, improved public transport, safe cycling and walking and continued strong support for project Twin Streams.
Steve is standing on a joint Green Labour and independent ticket for the Waitakere Ranges Local Board. He is a member of the combined ranges residents committee and runs a community development consultancy. Key issues are Waitakere Ranges protection, transportation, smart green local economy and increased support for community agencies.
Saffron is standing on a joint Green Labour and independent ticket for the Waitakere Ranges Local Board. Saffron is a geographer who currently works as the Heritage Area Coordinator for the Waitakere Ranges Protection Society and she is the proud mum of Lily-Ngaio. Having grown up in Titirangi and Parau, Saffron is passionate about strengthening local communities and protecting the Ranges from problems such as kauri dieback disease and inappropriate development.
Teresa is standing for the Hibiscus/Bays Local Board in Auckland. She was a pioneer marine scientific observer with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry; managed a charter yacht fleet in Turkey; established her own charter yacht business in Auckland, the Bay of Islands and Tonga. Teresa is keen to represent her community championing local businesses, job stimulation and the environment.
Dr Ian McLean
Ian is standing for the Bay of Plenty Regional Council. Born in Tauranga and trained as an environmental scientist, he has taught at the Universities of Auckland, Canterbury, Otago and Waikato, worked for five years with the UN, and at Rotorua Council doing RMA policy development. If elected he will put the environment first, and support economic initiatives that are locally based, add value, and use resources wisely.
Delwyn is standing for Tauranga City Council's Welcome Bay Ward. She is a General Practitioner with a degree in social science (majors in public policy and history), and great depth of experience in social services and as a community development advisor. Now a full-time a mother of four, Delwyn is passionate about strengthening communities using a collaborative approach.
Stuart is standing for Taranaki District Health Board on a platform to increase transparency and accountability of health service cuts. In 2012 the 20 DHBs were given $111 million less than they need to continue existing services. In Taranaki this caused cuts in elective surgery and the shutdown of SouthCare and Te Atiawa.
Five Green candidates are running for local government in Wellington – two for Greater Wellington Regional Council and three for Wellington City Council. The aim of the campaign is to increase the Green voice on both of the Wellington councils. United under a campaign theme of 'Thrive Wellington' the five candidates are committed to further improving Wellington's environment and Wellingtonians' quality of life.
Sarah is standing for the Eastern Ward of Wellington City Council. She has qualifications in engineering, teaching and public health and is employed as a residential energy advisor and consumer advocate. She says Council must deliver basic services well. In addition she wants support for local businesses, a mix of transport solutions to get Wellington moving and measures to improve community resilience.
Iona is standing for Wellington City Council, Lambton Ward. She is a second term Green councillor seeking re-election. Iona led the Council's $50m earthquake strengthening programme; won money for heritage protection and helped to boost investment in cycling. She has worked with others to adopt a new plan to protect the Town Belt and for a Living Wage for council employees. She successfully fought to retain library services around the city, led opposition to the Basin Reserve flyover and has advocated for an open waterfront.
David is standing for Southern Ward. He's a strategic planner with 23 years of experience in local and central government. He is married with two school-aged children, and is a keen mountain biker, sailor and sheddie! He believes "We need to take an innovative approach to decisions about: our economy, our community and our services."
Paul is standing for Greater Wellington Regional Council, where has been a Green Councillor since 2007. He is a Meteorologist and enjoys cycling to and from his Brooklyn home, where he lives with his architectural designer wife and two adult children. He plays the violin, enjoys tramping and wind surfing.
Sue is standing for the Greater Wellington Regional Council. She is a long-term health and consumer advocate, former MP and Wellington City Councillor, and long-time Wellingtonian. She is a columnist and author. She is a member of many community organisations. She is married to lawyer Denis Foot, and has one child and three stepchildren.
I am standing for election to help bring a smart Green economy to Nelson. We have an opportunity in Nelson to show the country how it’s done. We can and must transition to a sustainable future to meet the goals of Nelson 2060. Integrated transport with safe, direct, efficient walking and cycling infrastructure and affordable public transport as part of smart, modern urban design is key to making Nelson a truly living city. We can develop community resilience and build a strong local economy.
Sara is standing for the Hagley-Ferrymead Community Board, Christchurch. In 2011 she sold her small business to concentrate on local earthquake recovery and a young family. She has been volunteering in her community ever since and has had many dealings with the HFCB and CCC. She intends to advocate strongly for local community facilities and safe and sustainable transport options.
Aaron is standing for Mayor of Dunedin and Dunedin City Council (Central Ward). He is standing for Green Dunedin: green jobs and green homes, with green transport to get people between the two. He supports sustainable jobs in sustainable industries; warm, dry and healthy homes for everyone and safe, affordable and efficient transport options for people of all ages and abilities.