Candidates that took part

A big thank you to all of the candidates who participated in this project. Candidates missing from this page either chose not to take part, or we received no response from them.

Aaron Hawkins

Aaron Hawkins

My plan is to build a city where everyone has access to what Dunedin has to offer.The social and environmental wellbeing of our community must be our top priority.

The success of everything we do, every decision we make, needs to be measured in those terms. I’ll lead a council that delivers more public housing, cheaper bus fares, and greater investment in climate action and our natural environment.

I’m the only candidate who has demonstrated the ability to work positively with staff, and build broad political support, for progress on the issues that matter to our community.


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Andrew Whiley

Andrew Whiley

My Mayoralty campaign is about strong, commonsense leadership that “Gets Dunedin Moving”!  Tackling serious issues like the current housing shortage, traffic, parking, climate issues while ensuring Dunedin is business-focused and economically viable in order to be able to afford intelligent solutions plus investing in initiatives for greener technologies and infrastructure.

Been on council six year and I was the second highest polling councillor at the last election.  I have chaired the ByLaws SubCommittee.  Councillor on the Saddle Hill and Peninsula Community Boards.  Self employed small business owner in Dunedin since 2003 and Chair of Volunteering Otago and Rotarian 10yrs.


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Anthony Kenny

Anthony Kenny

I have decided to Stand for Local council this year because I have often complained about the waste of ratepayers money, often spent on grand projects, or wasted on badly managed endeavours. It is time for an average person to stand up and take responsibility for a positive change to our city and economy, whilst planning for city growth.

I come from a military background having spent close to 23 years in the Royal New Zealand Navy, and from that managed, and now partly own a local business that I have grown from a small business to a medium business.


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Bob Barlin

Bob Barlin

I have a Military, Humanitarian Aid and small business owner background. DCC needs to stop rates increases, get back to basics and repair, replace, maintain infrastructure and not rush into large projects.

Beautify the harbour but no more, encourage investors. Pay down existing debt.

Car parking needs expansion upwards on existing car parks but increased safe pedestrianisation needs to be investigated.

Public transport needs a very hard look.

My career has always been focused on getting the job done by forming a team, putting people first and acting on what the people actually want.


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Carmen Houlahan

Carmen Houlahan

Why should people vote for me?

I am passionate about the city. I have strong skills in governance, promotions, media and business that would benefit Dunedin. I am a member of the Institute of Directors, Dunedin Rotary Club and the Otago Property    Investors Association and active in KUMA.

My professional career is varied. As a journalist I worked for daily and weekly newspapers, newswire services, edited magazines and was a columnist. During this time I regularly covered Council meetings so have a good understanding of Local Government. I have worked as a marketing manager in Wellington managing large budgets, staff and...
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Christine Garey

Christine Garey

I’m Christine Garey, standing for the Dunedin Mayoralty and Council.

I have 12 years’ experience in local government: three as community board chair and the past term serving as an effective, independent Dunedin City Councillor and as Deputy Chair, Economic Development with portfolios in tourism and international education. I’ve drawn on my wide professional background in education, tourism, business, the arts, and community advocacy.

These are exciting times, as Dunedin experiences a renaissance.  Our community is stronger and the positive vision for our city is like never before.  There is a significant commitment to invest in Dunedin, although there are certainly challenges...
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Dave Hanan

Dave Hanan

I am environmental and civil engineer with a science background

I have skills that is needed around the Council table.

My goal has always been to make a difference in whatever I do.

I am hard working, persistent, have energy and focus.

I stand on a platform of quality town planning embracing our heritage values through inner city revitalisationI have an interest in social housing and I seek to build quality, efficiently built homes at low cost.

I want the buses controlled by the DCC not the ORC so that the city can readily respond to community needs

I want to see quality investment...
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Finn Campbell

Finn Campbell

I know climate change action in Dunedin intimately through my own experiences - I have spent 4 years as a Dunedin based climate change advocate with Generation Zero. I am a former community representative on the DCC environment strategy committee - Te Ao Turoa. I have a master of politics where I wrote on political participation of youth.

Through my experiences, one thing became abundantly clear. We are going to have to rethink the way that we move about, and where we live. Because where we live prescribes how we can access the city, and how we desire to move about...
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George Morris

George Morris

I am Dunedin born and bred have lived in the South Dunedin - Caversham area for most of my life. Dunedin is a vibrant university city that has plenty of scope and opportunity to offer residents and visitors.

My goal is to be a voice for the ratepayers of Dunedin at council meetings and other forums where ratepayers need to have a voice.  I have no political agenda but will use my time to work constructively with the hope that decisions made will contribute positively to the lives of ratepayers.          


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Hugh Forsyth

Hugh Forsyth

My skill set includes urban and environmental design and I understand development proposals and how to assess them.

I have worked for 10 years in the UK and 15 years in NZ and deliver strong and inclusive project leadership. Considering others and those less fortunate are core values for me and caring for my 3 children for 5 years has helped my understanding of community pressures.

I would bring a strategic planning approach to the policy and financial decisions Council requires and will give the role my full attention. Infrastructure, social housing, small business, and climate change are my priorities.


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Jason Lindsey

Jason Lindsey

My Goals for council are to help Dunedin lead NZ in innovation while preserving the things that make Dunedin one of the greatest small cities in the world. We need to grow clever businesses to thrive in future economies, and also to help solve some of our most difficult problems. We need to find ways to empower our communities and give them the tools to thrive. We need intelligent approaches to solving our infrastructure problems, as well as finding ways to encourage smart development in our city and the restoration of our heritage features.


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Jim O'Malley

Jim O'Malley

I have the experience and a broad based approach to bringing good social and environmental outcomes for the city.  I am a left leaning person but believe that a local body politics are different from central government and, as such, do not support the expansion of party tickets in this election.  I vote consistently with what are often labelled left wing positions but I have seen views from people who are called right wing rejected without consideration by the left affiliated councillors, even when the ideas being put forward are the best in the room that day.  For example Doug...
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John Guthrie

John Guthrie

Everybody wants so much but nobody talks about income to pay for it all. Create jobs, create a family friendly city, bring back the young.


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John Marrable

John Marrable

Being a paraplegic I am passionate about making Dunedin the most accessible city in New Zealand.

Having worked in the disability sector for over 10 years ago, and for the last few years have been providing advice on making buildings more accessible, I have seen opportunities lost where we can make Dunedin a more accessible city. 

With the rise in the number of persons with mobility issues and the increase in the number of elderly, this is becoming a major issue.

A more accessible Dunedin will also attract more overseas visitors which will bring more money to the City.


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Jules Radich

Jules Radich

I am a businessman with a science degree and 12 years coaching others to achieve their goals. My goal is to deliver better value for our hard-earned rates money. I am an inclusive leader and have observed that many citizens feel unincluded. I think that real people prefer to be attracted to a better life rather than forced to uncomfortable compliance. Free peripheral parking and small electric bus loops will reduce congestion, frustration and emissions.


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Malcolm Moncrief-Spittle

Malcolm Moncrief-Spittle

Rate increases should be kept closer to the rate of inflation, currently under 2%.

There is no climate emergency, only pseudo-scientific scaremongering. We need more councillors who haven't drunken the climate change cult kool-aid.

We have been let down by the mass hysteria on climate change coming from both the mainstream media, and from within academia.


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Mandy Mayhem-Bullock

Mandy Mayhem-Bullock

Occupation: Funeral and Wedding Celebrant, Care worker in Mental health, Parent and current elected member of Waikouaiti Coast community Board

My Goal for Dunedin City Council this triennium is to change the current relationships we have with the public, with the regional council to improve bus services and central government so that we receive the funding required to enact practical, well-planned solutions for our future.

My priorities will include strengthening core infrastructure, tackling the housing crisis, continuing work on healthier homes, addressing coastal erosion issues, providing cheaper public transport and more parking!

The most daunting growth challenges Dunedin faces is meeting the demand...
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Marie Laufiso

Marie Laufiso

I‘m a first term City Councillor running for a second term. I hope to continue work as part of a local government that will strategically oversee, I believe, the re-building our local democracy through restoring social and environmental well-being.

For generations, Dunedin’s city leaders have not created a fully inclusive society or taken genuine care of our most vulnerable residents and their families.

There are now too many Dunedin people – the young, the elderly, the unemployed - who don’t enjoy inclusive, comfortable and affordable housing or public transport, the Living Wage or a generally high quality of life.


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Mike Lord

Mike Lord

I have served two terms on council. The last three as head of the finance committee. I have run a successful business for nearly thirty years and have a good understanding of what the city needs. I want to continue working to make Dunedin a vibrant city where people choose to work, live and play. 

Since 2013 council has made significant positive change in many areas. More is being reinvested in the city’s infrastructure than was previously spent. This year we spent over 100 million dollars on new capital expenditure and we are aiming to spend 125 million dollars again this...
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Muthiah James

Muthiah James

I am from India but have lived in Dunedin for 15 years. I am employed by the Church of Christ Community to run the Space2B lunchtime programme and the Friday evening Drop-in Centre for disadvantaged and vulnerable people.

I am standing for the council and my election goals are

Clean and Green Dunedin. It is a positive climate change initiative and to create a liveable city for the future generation. It is a collective responsibility of the government, council and the community to limit the temperature increase to 1.5C.

Affordable Rates. Keeping the rates increase within the limit of 5%. More people are...
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Neville K Jemmett

Neville K Jemmett

Have been involved and worked with Council Staff and Council for over 30 years and have a good understanding of local government. I have chaired Council funded committees and currently am chair of a Trust whose project is to return heritage cable cars to Dunedin as a Tourist attraction and public transport. I am a team person and like a challenge and work to achieve results.   I am an independent candidate and if elected, will enter council without baggage but full of enthusiasm and commitment for the task ahead. I am not afraid to speak up and question where necessary.

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Richard Seager

Richard Seager

I am able to work with the majority of council including those who are considered problematic. I want to make sure that Council can work properly for the first time in several years and this will be easier if a diverse group of people of complementary skills are elected. I am a strong believer in democracy though so nobody's voice will be silenced. I will be fiscally responsible but innovative in seeking funding for Dunedin's future. Loss making operations will need to be sold or closed. With that in mind, I will seek to make the University a cycling precinct,...
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Russel Lund

Russel Lund

My company, Lund has successfully built over 400 projects in and around Dunedin over 25 years. Commercial construction is a tough game, and to succeed you have to have a very firm focus. I’m bringing that focus onto council housing, supporting heritage, improving council processes, and improving its overall financial position. I’m recognised nationally for my construction contract expertise and I want to help Council improve its misguided contracting processes to produce significant savings. I have greater expertise than any other candidate in relation to the current funding and delivery of social housing, and I want Council to increase the...
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Sarah Davie-Nitis

Sarah Davie-Nitis

There are three core values I bring to this role. Commitment to involving the community in decision making. Passion for our great city and our lifestyle, where we have ready access to sooo many opportunities. Determination to ensure wise expenditure, building resilience across communities and infrastructure so we are equipped to face 21st Century challenges. I also bring experience in council processes and business management, with six years’ service on the Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board complemented by small business ownership. With these values, and my experience, I will work hard to bring about positive change in the Dunedin City Council.


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Sophie Barker

Sophie Barker

Sensible | Strategic | Smart

Integrity. Real-world Experience. Empathetic. Practical. Public-spirited. Analytical.

Dunedin needs strong sensible leadership both inspiring and realistic.

Imagine Dunedin regaining its status as New Zealand’s First City... I believe we have the ability to climb back to the top of New Zealand’s awareness. This will ensure receiving our due share of Central Government funding, consideration plus spark our economy. We have a great city - let’s make it strong again!

 

I want to help create a more prosperous and liveable city for all of us. My strong business, tourism, heritage, environmental and council background will enable me to contribute to...
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Steve Walker

Steve Walker

During the past 12 years as an elected member I’ve developed a strong principled position to service which is reflected through my many roles within the community. I’m currently Chairperson of the West Harbour Community Board and the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital and a Director at well-known social enterprise - Thankyou Payroll.

Growing pains are part of any progressive, forward-looking city and it’s up to those in governance positions to be strategically bold in planning the best way forward – I believe I have the vision, strategic skills and the track record to help Dunedin grow in a way that benefits everyone.

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