7 Lessons I Learned From 6780 Visits To Tauranga Homes

I recently announced the achievement of my goal of visiting 1000 more homes in my campaign for election onto the Tauranga City Council.

I’m a meticulous note keeper and recorded the ideas that residents shared with me.

I have analysed what they told me and distilled their thoughts into these 7 lessons.

1. We All Love Tauranga Deeply

  • This probably won’t surprise you because you probably love Tauranga too
  • I knew I loved Tauranga, but I didn’t realise how deep this passion went with everyone I met
  • Would you get the same response if you sampled any city or town in New Zealand? Perhaps. But do they have the same depth of passion as we do in Tauranga? Perhaps not

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How To Fix Tauranga’s Recycling

On this page you will find out:

  1. Why I do, or do not, support each of councils proposals for recycling and waste management
  2. My ideas for vastly reducing our waste to landfill and improving our recycling programmes
  3. Answers to your frequently asked recycling questions

Elect me on to Tauranga City Council and within 18 months my aims are:

  1. To increase the volume of glass recycled by 100% from 2017 levels (this should be easy, and needs little help from me)
  2. To start the construction of an Anaerobic Digestion facility to process the cities food waste for the next 50 years
  3. To mobilise citizens to create a declaration to parliament that we want refundable deposits on beverage containers
  4. To create more transparency on where the items that we think we are recycling ultimately end up
  5. To improve the way we communicate how the financial savings from reducing our waste benefit us all on at a personal (or household) level
  6. To mobilise citizens to petition the manufacturers of their favourite products to make more environmentally friendly packaging choices

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32 Ways To Fix Tauranga’s Traffic Congestion

You may be aware by now that I’m a candidate for the Tauranga City Council by-election.

I’m focusing my campaign on a handful of issues. The first of which is Tauranga’s traffic issues.

I have created the following list of 32 ideas to fix Tauranga’s Traffic congestion.

I ask you to share these ideas, debate these ideas, and add to them if you can.

Image credit: SunLive

What can we do as individuals to manage congestion?

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12 Lessons I Learned From 1254 Conversations With Tauranga Residents

I recently announced the achievement of my goal of visiting 4291 homes in my run for Tauranga City Council.

I met with 1254 people face-to-face (and left a flyer behind for the remainder).

I’m a meticulous note keeper and recorded the ideas that residents shared with me.

I have analysed what they told me and distilled their thoughts into these 12 lessons.

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1. We All Love Tauranga Deeply

  • This probably won’t surprise you because you probably love Tauranga too.
  • I knew I loved Tauranga, but I didn’t realise how deep this passion went with everyone I met
  • Would you get the same response if you sampled any city or town in New Zealand? Perhaps. But do they have the same depth of passion as we do in Tauranga? Perhaps not

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What Do Our Rates Pay For In Tauranga?

Some of the residents I’ve met with share with me how painful it is to pay their rates invoices.

I understand what they’re saying, it’s painful for me too!

Many of them are on fixed incomes and every dollar counts. They may have assets such as their family home, but those funds are locked away for now and their day-to-day cash-flow is low.

It hurts to pay thousands of dollars every year to the council, and sometimes it feels like we get very little in return.

You may have seen this diagram before, but it’s a wonderful visual way of seeing what our rates are spent on. Continue reading

Kerbside Recycling & Kerbside Rubbish Collection, Should They Be User-Pays Or Rate-Payer Funded?

That is the question that Tauranga City Councillors are looking at right now.

It’s a question that all the councils in New Zealand consider every 6 years as per the Waste Minimisation Act 2008.

Right now, it’s Tauranga’s turn.

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The current arrangement is:

  • Rubbish collection: User-pays
    • Purchase council issued bags as required
    • Or, pay 6-monthly / annually for wheely-bins from private contractors
  • Recycling collection: User-pays
    • Optional. Your choice of 4 contractors

Councillors are using the 147 page Joint Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (24Mb .pdf) to inform their discussion.

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Need A Job In Tauranga?

Why are you looking for a new job in Tauranga?

  • Are you looking to change your career?
  • Have you just moved to Tauranga from Auckland or elsewhere in NZ (or the world)?

Well, I’ve got good news. I get asked for job hunting advice all the time, so I’ve created the following guide for you.

But first, does your job hunting plan look like this?

  1. job-applicationsTrawl through job ads on Seek, TradeMe Jobs and a couple of other sites
  2. Find jobs that look interesting and throw your CV at them
  3. Wait
  4. And wait some more
  5. And apply for some more (on the assumption that it takes 100 applications to get an interview)
  6. And wait some more

Does it feel like an enormous waste of time?

That’s because it is!

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6 Examples Of 30,000 Tauranga Treasures Hidden From The Public

I just got back from a visit to the Tauranga Heritage Collection.

It’s a storage facility that cares for a collection of 30,000 uniquely Tauranga items awaiting a museum.

Some of these pieces have been waiting for a home since the Tauranga Museum was first proposed (I’ve heard someone say that was 80 years ago!).

I was privileged to be able to take 4 friends with me today to go and see it.

I see in the visitor book that about 800 people have looked through the collection in the last 6 years.

Surely a museum would be capable of getting 800 people per day?

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