Kapiti Districtwide Districtwide Councilor Jackie Elliott says if she becomes Mayor she will try to remove the fixed daily water meter charge for all residents who are self-sufficient and provide their own water through rainwater collection.
Ms Elliott, who has stood for Mayor twice, says she won’t rule out standing against Mayor K Gurunthan this year.
And on her long-term commitment to water reforms, she says: ” Why penalize those households who are self sufficient?”
Cr Elliott also says that, as Mayor, she would also reintroduce He Taonga Te Wai, and encourage water conservation for the sake of the Waikanae River.
Mayoralty run not ruled out
On the forthcoming local body election, Ms Elliott states: “I have stood for Mayor twice and will not rule out a Mayoral bid this October.
“After a lifetime living in Kapiti and engaging with council ever since I was 11 years old, when I helped with our first mayor’s election campaign, I have enjoyed helping to make our place a better place and the strategic planning that achieves this.
“My grandchildren are seventh-generation Kapiti coasters, something we, as a family are intensely proud off and they fully support my mayoral bid.”
“Alongside regular council work this triennium, I gained my accreditation as an RMA hearings Chairperson and District Licensing Committee Chairperson as well as holding roles chairing the Appeals Committee and Road Safety Advisory Group and on the grants allocation committee. I continue to represent Kapiti on the Regional waste forum and Waste minimisation plan governance committee.
A belief in teamwork
“I have developed a strong ethic around the role of elected members, as effective public servants and believe in building a strong and confident governance team.
“It was explained once like a ship, the council C.E.O. and managers keep the ship running efficiently and well, but it is the Governance team that tells them where it is going, as guided by the public on board.
“I have practised this as a governance mentor to Mayor Michael Feyen of the Horowhenua.
“We have been working on a range of cross-boundary issues, from public transport to regional service boundary issues, waste disposal at the Hokio landfill, provision of Mid Central DHB services and alternative governance models.
Jackie would live-stream Council meetings
“In our council transparency will continue to be enhanced as I will request all meeting live streams are recorded and made publicly available on the website.
“I support evening council meetings and would re-introduce Tuesdays for council work and ‘roll your sleeves up’ workshops to nut out real solutions.
“It has been really counterproductive to quality decision making to have all our work and meetings crammed into one day in chambers a week.”
I continue to focus on the health and sustainability of Kapiti’s natural waterways and environment.