Dave Macpherson

councillor Candidate

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Introduction

I am proud to have honoured election promises to stop Water Meters, get the Hamilton-Auckland train going (from June 2020), tackle congestion by improving public transport, cycling and walking facilities, improve staff wages, and get our city in better shape to cope with the fast growth we face.

Our population is already 174,000, with almost that many again in surrounding districts working, studying, shopping in Hamilton – we are growing as fast as Auckland, and must ensure that existing residents don’t have to pay for the new growth.

Quality of life in Hamilton is important; that’s why I oppose the Casino getting 60 more pokies and support reductions in pokie bar numbers. I support free buses for superannuitants, the disabled, and youth to help unchoke our streets. And we have major work to do to cope with climate change so we can leave a better place for our kids and grandkids.

What is your vision for Hamilton?

A city that looks after all of its residents, well-off or otherwise, young or old, in a way that recognises their contribution to the community.
A city that plans for growth, that doesn’t sprawl all over the place without consideration of transport, waste, water/wastewater and community facility needs.
A city that learns from the mistakes of its neighbours, that is recognised nationally for its ‘togetherness’, its environmental friendliness and provides a good quality of life.
A City Council that values its staff and contractors by paying a fair, Living Wage as a minimum.

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

Planning; consulting with residents and developers alike; ensuring that green space, community facilities and services are available in all areas; ensuring that we get our fair share of central Government support; keeping good communication with all of the community.

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

Put a great public transport system in place before good routes connecting major employment, learning and shopping areas are built out. The lack of planning in the past in Hamilton almost forces people to use cars, which generate an expensive and environmentally unfriendly community.

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

We have just started working on managing traffic flows to make it easier to get around the city, but we need to integrate this with public transport, cycling and walking systems, so the information city travellers need is at their fingertips, whichever type of travel they are using.

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

By getting a better mixture of people on Council, by getting elected members and staff getting out into the community more, especially to the places where people gather in clubs and where activities are; by holding meetings in different parts of the city.

Where can voters go to learn more about me and what I stand for?

Facebook: ‘Dave Macpherson’ https://www.facebook.com/dave.macpherson.376?ref=bookmarks  or ‘Dave Mac for Council’ https://www.facebook.com/davemacformayor/

Twitter: @davemacpherson7

Email: dave.macpherson@xtra.co.nz

Phone: 021-477 388

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