Angela O'Leary

councillor Candidate

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As your Mayor you can trust me to always act in the best interests of you and our city.

To be truly transparent and honest Council must understand it works for you, and not waste time or money on vanity projects or short-term vision.

I'm the most experienced Mayoral candidate with twelve years on Council and have a plan with clear priorities. I will align rates to the cost of living and bring new innovative ways to fund the city's aspirational goals. I will lead a Council that is inclusive, listens before it acts, communicates with you better, stops the financial jargon, and celebrates and promotes our city.

I never flinch from hard decisions. I have the experience, determination, leadership and common-sense to build a city we can be proud of, at a price we can afford.

I'm asking you to trust me with your vote.

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What’s your vision for Hamilton?

My vision for Hamilton is clear.

As Mayor I will give you rates certainty and rebuild your trust in Council.

You deserve a Mayor you can be proud of.  Someone you can count on, to put you and our city above all else.

That you love living here in our unique river city and have confidence with how we are growing.

That your suburbs are interesting, and your neighbourhoods are safe. 

With me as your Mayor, Council will listen to you before making decisions. I will create more, easier ways for you to be heard and stop the financial jargon.

What do you think is key for managing our city’s growth?

Sensible money management.

People need communities, not just houses; neighbourhoods, not just streets. 

Rather than growth at all cost, I support progress that benefits our families, our businesses, and our city.  Progress means benefits for everyone, not just benefit where the growth is.  I believe Council should enable and support balanced progress for all of us, and then get out of the way.

To tackle housing as Mayor I will lead a Housing Symposium to stop talking about the issue; and deliver a strategy to deal with it.

Let’s make Hamilton a ‘city of villages’ with my Suburban Business Hub Plan.

What’s the one thing you’d do differently that would make Hamilton an even better place to live?

Get on with building the Waikato River Centre.

Let’s get on with building our visitor economy further, to create business opportunities, jobs and entertainment for Hamiltonians and visitors.

The Waikato River Centre will be the visible heart of our largest natural resource and visitor destination.

Hamiltonians embraced the River Plan in their thousands, yet it has stalled under current leadership.

The Centre will be a huge asset for residents and, and a massive visitor magnet.  With our amazing Hamilton Gardens, our Zoo, our Museum; we will truly have a city to be proud of, that is entertaining, exciting and welcoming.

What’s the biggest technology opportunity Hamilton is missing and how can we make it happen?

It’s planning.

The biggest technology opportunity we are missing is planning our city for what we can only hope to imagine the future may hold!

From a future city point of view, we need to be preparing now a future that will have autonomous cars, homes that are connected by ‘the internet of things (IoT)’ and require super-fast connection speeds, businesses that need ‘smart infrastructure’ with jobs that we haven’t even thought of yet.

As an early adopter and the first political candidate in New Zealand to have an augmented reality channel I believe we need to start planning now.

How do you think we can get more people interested and engaged in Council?

As the most accessible and available elected member during my 12 years serving you and my city this will be easy for me to achieve.

I will bring the elected members to you more than just at election time with; Councillor Clinics out in the community on a regular basis, an Online Citizen Panel to test ideas with you very early on, Advisory Boards that are made up of people from our community to represent all key sectors. 

As Mayor I will go to the people with a Quarterly Mayoral Address, a Plain English Policy and stop the financial jargon.

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