Mark Bunting

councillor Candidate

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Hamilton - but better

I have represented you to the very best of my ability this term, and I have experience and energy to work for Hamilton a second time.

In just one term I've led transport taskforce, addressed the dangerous Thomas/Gordonton intersection, introduced Vision Zero, led the new rubbish and recycling contract and introduced the Claudelands Bridge cycleway improvements.

But there is more to do - upward mid-city development, play spaces within walking distance of every house, transport infrastructure offering safe and easy commuting choices, a fully connected cycling network that's safe for bikes, cars and pedestrians - a smarted, safer city. I regularly turn issues affecting your life and our community into sustainable solutions. While I'm tough when needed, I work well with my colleagues and can disagree without being disagreeable.

I'm not done yet. Like you I want Hamilton, but better.

What is your vision for Hamilton?

Hamilton But Better.  Retain the great things we have but do everything smarter.  A city that is happy and healthy. The easiest city to move around and the friendliest and safest city to live in. A place where great ideas appear around every corner. A city that is confident enough to try new things. 

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

Raising the standards for urban design 
Making tough decisions now for ten years ahead. 
Providing infrastructure for many transport choices,
Completing the cycle network
Reducing infill in the outer and older suburbs and building up in the centre, not out at the sides. 
Recruiting the international IT industry to Hamilton City

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

Connected, uninterrupted cycle networks so we can assume our place as the biking capital of NZ. For heaven’s sakes we have the Te Awa path and the home of cycling at our doorstep, we’re flat, warm and small. This is an absolute MUST to reduce congestion and to increase the wellbeing of our community and our environment.  

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

Transport data - collect it and make it open source so we allow the community to make far smarter transport decisions. Make all data open source and hold annual hackathons. 

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

Hold council meetings outside in civic square in February.
Hold subcommittee meetings to community halls,
Put the city safe camera feed live online.
We’re doing some great stuff at the moment with our community open days. I’ve seen some terrific displays and feedback gathering displays at bike days etc and staff do listen.  Involve the community earlier in the planning stage, rather than ask for a submission and give them 3 minutes to speak on it after the planning has been done. 

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