"Kia ora koutou. My name is Cindy Batt and I am seeking your vote for election to the Nelson City Council. I have been part of the region all my life and whakapapa to many iwi and regional settler whanau. A majority of my life I have resided in Nelson and endeavour to make a contribution to our Community. Locally I sit on a number of governing boards, committees and working parties.
I would consider it Council's responsibility to represent the diversity of cultures in Nelson and build the bridges to all the communities of Nelson. I continue to represent iwi at a governance level which has given me an informed insight into opportunities existing here in Nelson and the wider Te Tauihu (Top of the South).
My priorities include sustainable economic growth, community development, inclusive decision making, acknowledgement of historical settlements, and the importance of progressive relationships."
|Policy||Policy Description||Our Rating|
|Climate Change||Q. What is your view on climate change?
A. Evidence suggests climate change is a slow but accelerating thing. There seems to be much debate as to the cause and solutions for this. As a council one starting point is accurate information and local monitoring to ensure we can adjust our regulations to minimise the effects. We know for now we need to effectively control our discharges to air, our use of energy and solid waste to minimise acceleration. Incentivising of businesses and households to seek alternate energy sources is another approach. Council should be setting up partnerships with central government and appropriate companies to make these options as affordable as possible. Any primary industry needs clean water and our commercial entities need to acknowledge the value of clean water and environment and should reflect this in their business model. Having effective management of water and discharge of effluent also increases the value of their product. To my mind the true cost of doing business means more consideration should be given a quadruple bottom line. This includes, not only commercial returns, but any damage to the environment, the sustainability of the product and the social impact of the business on the wider community. I am aware of a lot of education that is going into schools for environmental management and this positively affects households in our communities. However, there are some big gains to be made in environmental management and sustainability if the commercial sector comes on board. One of the contributors to climate change is discharges to air. Motorized transport has been identified as one of the biggest contributors to this. I am aware that our current council had trailed increased bus services between here and Richmond including Tahunanui. Unfortunately, it was not supported by TDC. There are a number of options that could be considered to reduce traffic(therefore exhaust emissions) and I would strongly promote and support any initiatives that can achieve this. As part of the Iwi that put together the 2060 document, I am a supporter of the aspirations within that document. I strongly support a more inclusive governance that acknowledges our diversity and sound environmental practice. I am very aware that we need commercial growth in Nelson but question whether our current regulations are strong enough to restore the environmental damage already done and allow us to move into a more sustainable future.
Q. Which of the Nelson 2060 goals would you prioritise?
A. All of them! As I stated previously, I support all the aspirations in the document and they are all just as important as the next.
Q. What do you see as the most effective methods for Nelson city to encourage reduction in greenhouse gas emissions?
A. I have also covered this in my first answer. Reduce, reuse and recycle. Drive less and drive smart(carpooling). Plant more trees.
|Car Commuting Minimisation||Q. Do you think single occupant car commuting is a major cause of our road congestion? If so how do you think this can be changed.
A. I don’t agree that it is a major cause of our road congestion. I do think that carpooling and incentivising this is a start.
Q. Do you think it’s a good idea to prioritise making it safe for the majority of children to get to school by active transport, ahead of expanding roading capacity? If so do you have any ideas how this might be done?
A. I will always be an advocate for safe walking, cycling and scooting for our tamariki. Having two school age children of my own wo walk, bike and scooter to school I am very aware of the safety risks. The cycle safe network does provide some very good options.
|Public Transport||Q. Do you think that public transport needs to be improved in Nelson? If so, how?
A. Most definitely. I think both NCC and TDC need to go back to the table to discuss increased bus services between Nelson, Richmond and Tahunanui.
Q. What are your thoughts on a frequent summer time beach bus connecting the Nelson city centre to Tahunanui beach?
A. I think this is a brilliant idea as sometimes our visitors to Nelson take the old route out of town and are not exposed to the Tahunanui area or beach. Nelson is bigger than just the CBD and we need to showcase this at a value to locals and visitors.
Q. Should Council reintroduce electric buses on the Nelson-Richmond Route?
A. I am not informed enough as to the impact on our current infrastructure. But initially I would think Yes.
|Electric Vehicles||Q. What do you think would encourage uptake of electric vehicles in Nelson?
A. Education and emphasis on the comparisons to fuel powered vehicles. What are your views on allowing more townhouses close into city and suburban centres as a means of minimising the need to use a car? The benefits would appeal to many who wish to be more centralised, save energy, be close in proximity to their work place and all the central city services. It may also have the effect of revitalising our CBD.
|Building Regulations and Urban Planning||Q. Do you agree that we should be finding ways to reduce the lifetime energy costs of new buildings? If so how would you go about doing this?
A. Recycled products in the construction, compulsory environmental monitoring of business such as construction companies and builders.
Q. What is your opinion on the densification of residential housing as a way of decreasing our carbon footprint per dwelling, while also improving affordability, quality and availability of housing?
A. Already answered previously.
|Sea Level Rise||Q. How would you encourage Nelson City Council to respond to the threat of sea level rise? A. Raising the floor level in new buildings is just one way, but it is not addressing the bigger issue. LGNZ has called for a shared national approach to tackle issues of climate change and sea level rise that can be implemented at a national, regional and local level. Councils need to be aware of all the implications, including the need to disclose information.
Q. What would be your approach to the managed retreat option for properties and structures at high risk from flooding and/or erosion due to sea level rise?
A. Coastal erosion is an integral part of natural beach processes. Beaches are not stagnant, but instead are dynamic systems that shift, migrate, fill and erode. Sometimes they take away sometimes they are giving. Erosion only really becomes a bigger problem when we start building houses and roads and other structures too close to the water. Over time we need to look at moving back from the present coastline because the coastline is going to move inland and that’s a reality. Its one that needs more debate and in some cases it may mean abandoning certain areas and saying these are not suitable to develop. There may also be no ability to protect. Council should also be incorporating natural hazard protection into their Long Term Plan.