Martin Gallagher

councillor Candidate

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Introduction

Martin has lived in Hamilton all his life. He is married to Gillian. They have raised four children together. Martin is standing for council because he is committed to Hamilton and believes Hamilton is a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Martin has wide experience in business, education and local government, serving Hamilton as a Councillor, Deputy Mayor and Member of Parliament. Martin has extensive experience as an advocate for communities and residents, to represent their interests, with comprehensive knowledge of governance processes.

In the current climate of challenging times for households and businesses it is essential to maintain sound financial management of the city. This should be balanced with providing the long term vision to create the conditions for the city and communities to flourish in sustainable ways. These demands require experience and an understanding of what makes communities. Martin seeks your support. facebook.com/MartinGallagherNZ

What’s your vision for Hamilton?

Hamilton is a great place to live, work and raise a family. The painful rates rise has got us back on track. I support moving as close as possible to cost of living rate increases in the future. Cities are about communities with spaces, facilities, parks and gardens and a vibrant Arts scene. It must be a well-connected city with good public transport, safe streets and cycleways. We need to foster a thriving economy, where education, scientific research and business are encouraged to grow and prosper. We are a city with a great location, requiring good transport links to Auckland.

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

We are a rapidly growing city. Growth must be environmentally sustainable. That means a “Smart City” plans ahead for the right infrastructure and technology, such as water supply, sewerage, wastewater, electricity and gas supply, as well as digital technology. Managing city waste is also crucial and reducing landfill waste is a challenge we must rise to, by encouraging recycling, including food waste. An integrated transport system is vital. We are part of the Hamilton to Auckland growth corridor, which will add further pressure on our ability to provide affordable housing. Working with Government and other agencies is crucial.

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

To encourage better use of public transport and cycleways to reduce and prevent increasing traffic congestion on our streets. The best encouragement is to expand public transport and make it more accessible. The free weekend public transport for under nineteens and for those with disabilities at any time, is showing early signs of great success. I support further expansion and accessibility of public transport.

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

Hamilton is already home to a number of high-tech enterprises, along with the Waikato Innovation Park, which is investing in research and is at the cutting edge of what they do. Technology is expanding at a phenomenal rate. This opens development opportunities and better decision making by utilizing modern data collection. Everything we do can be enhanced by technology, from planning, administration, implementation and evaluation of our services. A “Smart” City embraces technology and innovation. We need to encourage new enterprises to locate here for the great lifestyle Hamilton enjoys.

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

Council has embarked on a series of community engagement events around the city named “Your Neighbourhood.” These have shown early success. We must continue to host such interactive events around our increasingly diverse city. We need to continue to proactively engage with the many community networks and key organisations to inform decision making. We need to grow our interaction with schools and encourage students to take an interest in what Councils do. We need to support
secondary students to enrol and vote at 18 for the first time, laying the foundation for their voting participation in the future.

Where can voters go to learn more about you?

Facebook: Facebook.com/MartinGallagherNZ

Email: Gallagher.martin@icloud.com

Phone: 021 241 8434

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