Responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.
|Policy||Policy Description||Our Rating|
|Climate Change||View of climate change: "Last year's Paris agreement should be the tipping point to move us towards carbon neutrality and away from ""man-made"" damage to our planet.We can achieve this through improved public transport and land-use."
Christchurch becoming carbon neutral by 2050: "I support the council taking an ambitious approach to achieve this. We need to encourage low-emission vehicles and develop distribution hubs to remove heavy freight from Christchurch's streets."
View on climate smart strategy: Christchurch was a leader in developing this plan. We need advocate for central government to develop strategies based on the best available evidence.
How can CCC encourage reductions in GHG emissions?: We need to develop transport and land-use policies that encourage walkable neighbourhoods and an integrated, cohesive public transport network with intensive land use around core transport corridors.
Should we join C40 cities?: C40 brings together cities with the common goal of improving our planet, I share this goal. New Zealand needs to work together collectively with central government to address climate change.
|Transport||Does active transport need to be prioritised in Christchurch?: YES! The People’s Choice will continue to support investment in infrastructure for active transport nodes and other ways of supporting active transport.
Does public transport need to be improved in Christchurch?: The City Council should have full control over Christchurch's public transport system. Buses should have free wifi and significant destinations such as New Brighton need a comfortable and safe bus shelter.
Do the number of trips made by private vehicles need to be actively reduced?: This is achieved by alternatives to private vehicles being a more attractive option. The benefits of walking, cycling and using public transport need to make the choice of not using a private motor vehicle an easy one to make.
Thoughts on re-introducing electric buses to Christchurch?: As the owner of Red Bus, we think the council should be a leader in environmentally friendly vehicles in the public transport space.
View on encouraging the uptake of electric vehicles in Christchurch?: CCC has a pro-active policy on electric vehicles, including a shift to an electric vehicle fleet and we’d continue to support that.
|Building regulations / urban planning||Reducing lifetime energy costs of buildings: Believes design and planning phase is the best time to achieve reductions. Gives examples where this can be achieved locally.
Urban densification: Does not answer specifically but states that land use and transport are connected, and says using less space is desirable.
Introduction of minimum green star standards: Supports this, and gives examples of where this can be done right now.
|Natural Hazards||Responding to sea level rise: Acknowledges that sea level rise is a consequence of climate change, but appears to pass the bulk responsibility on to central government
Rezoning land at risk of sea level rise: Says it's a sensitive matter, but doesn't think Christchurch and New Zealand has to be a leader in dealing with this.