I'm rolling for Council to bring scientific literacy, accessibility for our increasing aging population, and to bring 'A Young Perspective'. I'm a tech entrepreneur that wants to prepare and protect the city for disruptive technologies.
Born and bred in Hamilton but have lived in Ngaruawahia for last two years due to lack of affordable and accessible housing.
As a tetraplegic, I represent the disabled community, which is 24% of the population.
As a low income earner and entrepreneur, I'm experienced at working creatively and effectively with a limited budget.
With a Master of science in Psychology and PGCert EdPsych, I have developed an educational video game, a youth innovation challenge, TEDx talk, and given motivational speeches to schools.
- Prepare Hamilton for disruptive technologies.
- Transition to green technologies.
- Increase accessibility for aging population.
- Grow up and in, maintain biodiversity when growing out.
I have a clear vision to reduce congestion, carbon-emissions, transport costs, and improve accessibility by embracing technology.
- Pedestrian area in the CBD to provide space for bikes/e-scooters (on the road and off the footpath), pedestrians, and autonomous vehicles to transport people around CBD.
- Micro-mobility lanes from Caro St to the bus station.
- High density apartments to help revitalise CBD.
- Accessible parks, bike/e-scooter racks, and drop of zones next to the pedestrian only area.
- More charging stations for electric vehicles, bikes, scooters, and wheelchairs.
- More Kirsty Kerbs, fully accessible toilets, smooth footpaths.
More details: www.YoungForHCC.com
We should manage expectations around how we will need to grow in the future if we want to minimise or eliminate rates increases.
Prioritising public transport, high and medium density housing, and micro-mobility lanes over new infrastructure will reduce congestion while reducing carbon-emissions and transports costs for Hamiltonians.
To encourage further growth, we need to improve accessibility to take advantage of the increasing aged tourist population.
Part of this will include the development of the Auckland – Hamilton Corridor including the passenger train, and ‘Golden Triangle’ with Tauranga too.
It’s also important to use technology to improve the efficiency of Hamilton.
I have a clear vision for the future of Hamilton. As an entrepreneur and low income earner, I’m skilled at being creative and innovative with a limited budget.
The current rates increase already provide $2 billion in spending on enabling growth and improving transport, and $3 billion in maintenance and everyday costs to run the city.
I will provide a fresh set of eyes, and creative solutions to improve Hamilton within the current budget. I will offer solutions that challenge the status quo way of thinking, within the forecasted rates rises.
Transitioning Council buildings to solar seems like the fiscally responsible plan to me. They pay themselves back in 7 years and provide returns of over 250% over their lifetime.
We have $2 billion allocated in the 10 year plan for growth and transport. If we invest in solar now, the money will be repaid (with extra cost savings) before the 10 year plan is up to be used for other projects.
Beyond these economic benefits, Hamilton would be showing leadership to the wider community and being proactive climate change.
Firstly, by having a strong vision for what Hamilton will look like in the future. Also, people would be more likely to vote and stand for Council if there were people in Council who they could relate to and who represent them.
Young people and disabled people are less likely to vote because they don’t trust that Councillors who don’t have a lived experience of their daily challenges are likely to fight for issues that are important to them.
We need more people who represent our community, and more people with a clear vision for the way forward.