Palmerston North Candidates

We surveyed candidates running for Palmerston North City Council about a range of topics broadly related to climate change, and what they will do about it.

Here's what we asked:
Climate change

  • What is your view on climate change, and how do you think Palmerston North City Council should react to it?
  • What do you see as the most effective method for Palmerston North City Council to encourage reduction of greenhouse gas emissions?
  • Will you push for council to lead the way with a comprehensive and ambitious low carbon strategy for itself and its operations?
  • How will you promote increased awareness of the need for energy efficiency in households and industry?
  • Are there other things you will do or ideas you have to get your city/town moving to a low carbon future?


  • Do you see a need for active transport (walking and cycling) to be prioritised in Palmerston North? If so, how do you think this could be achieved?
  • Do you think public transport needs to be improved in Palmerston North ? If so, how do you think it could be improved?
  • Do you think we need to reduce the number of trips made by private vehicles in Palmerston North ? If so, how do you think this could be achieved?
  • Do you consider rail to be a viable option for commuters from Palmerston North to Wellington? Why or why not?
  • What do you think should be done to encourage uptake of cycle commuting in Palmerston North?
  • Will you push for increased council funding for cycleways and pedestrian infrastructure? How will you do this?
  • Will you push to move projected expenditure away from residential roads to enhancing alternative travel modes? How will you do this?
  • Will you push for heavy traffic to be diverted away from the city? How will you do this?  

Building Regulations and Urban Planning

  • Do you agree that we should be finding ways to reduce the lifetime energy costs of new central city buildings? If so, how would you go about doing this?
  • Do you think that urban development should develop in ways that lower the city’s ecological footprint? If so, how will you push for this?
  • 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?
  • What are your thoughts on the Council introducing minimum green star rating standards on new commercial and office buildings, using one of the existing certification schemes (e.g. the NZ Green Building Council or the Australia Green Building Council)?

Broadly the grade scores reflect the following:

  • E  Clearly opposes our vision for a climate-smart city without providing reasonable justification
  • D  Doesn't show adequate knowledge or enthusiasm for climate-smart policies
  • C  Shows reasonable knowledge of climate-smart policies
  • B  Shows good knowledge of climate-smart policies and likely to support these
  • A  Shows genuine commitment and initiative, and is likely to champion climate-smart policies on thier own

Click through to the 'City Council' page below to find out how they stack up, and don't forget to VOTE!
For more information on voting in Palmerston North, see the PNCC website.


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