|Policy||Policy Description||Our Rating|
|Climate Change||View of climate change: "Climate change is a huge issue and a low-lying city like Christchurch will be one of the first areas affected. We should therefore be leaders (nationally and even internationally) in the battle against global warming – particularly in the absence of any significant government leadership."
Christchurch becoming carbon neutral by 2050: "Yes I do and the rebuild gives us an opportunity to accelerate this. The major policies we are putting forward to achieve this are:· Free public transport and · Swimmable rivers . 67% of Christchurch’s greenhouse gas emissions are from transport (trucks and cars)and our policy of free public transport will significantly reduce these emissions. To achieve swimmable rivers in Canterbury we need to stop intensive dairying on the Canterbury plains and halt the big irrigation schemes. A shift to sustainable farming is essential."
View on climate smart strategy: "It seems very timid. The council is following National government priorities rather than Christchurch people’s priorities for the city. The council is tinkering with this issue at best. Just going through the motions is not good enough."
How can CCC encourage reductions in GHG emissions: "Free public transport."
Should we join C40 cities?: "I’m skeptical about initiatives such as these. Auckland is a C40 city yet the council is still addicted to tarseal. Public transport for workers is poor and expensive."
|Transport||Thoughts on prioritizing active transport in Christchurch: "I’m keen to see this. I’m personally a cyclist (Waltham to Hornby and return each day). Free public transport would encourage more walking (as opposed to cars) but what’s needed is a co-ordinated city-wide approach."
Thoughts on public transport improvements needed in Christchurch: "Free public transport (as above) with free wifi as in Invercargill. The bus network needs to be redesigned. Passenger numbers actually fell last year – sign of a sick service."
Thoughts on (how to) actively reducing the number of trips made by private vehicles in Christchurch: "Free public transport."
Thoughts on re-introducing electric buses to Christchurch: "Yes very keen – along with rail (double tracking) and light rail."
View on encouraging uptake of electric vehicles in Christchurch: "The council should set a good example with an electric car fleet. We also need pressure on the government to ensure charging stations are convenient and sensibly placed."
|Building regulations / urban planning||
Reducing lifetime energy costs of buildings: "Yes – this is self-evident. Solar, grey water recycling, rainwater collection etc should be standard for new buildings. Existing homes and buildings can be incentivised to retrofit for these environmentally responsible systems.."
Urban densification: "I’m keen to see more creative urban development options such as tiny/small houses linked to large open community spaces. Great design around concepts like these can meet affordability, environmental and quality standards."
Introduction of minimum green star standards: "Yes – Christchurch should be leading the way in areas such as this rather than slow following."
|Natural Hazards||Responding to sea level rise: "Firstly through leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Our aim should be to stop climate change rather than manage the effects of climate change. We should see coastal inundation as a natural disaster on the near horizon and respond to it in a similar way to a natural disaster in real time. This means we take the approach this is a community problem rather than one for individual property owners and compensate appropriately."
Rezoning land at risk of sea level rise: "I’m not in favour of this without acceptance that this is a community problem rather than one to be faced by householders individually. We should treat it the way we would treat a natural disaster which would include compensation for property owners."