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Do you support the organisational target for the Christchurch City Council to be net carbon neutral by 2050? Do you support the community target set by the Council of halving the greenhouse gas emissions generated by Christchurch by 2030? (from its 2017 baseline year) Why or why not? How would you support the community-wide target be achieved?Do you support the creation of a plan to combat climate change with short term targets and actions that the Council can be held to account for?Transport makes up more than 50% of Christchurch’s carbon footprint. How would you like to see our transport system evolve in Christchurch? What will you advocate for to help Christchurch achieve this? How will you ensure transport and land use become better integrated in Christchurch and Canterbury?Electricity use makes up 23% of Christchurch’s carbon footprint. According to the Electricity Authority, Canterbury’s electricity consumption is 20% higher than the national average. How would you reduce electricity consumption in Christchurch?New residential development is occurring on the fringes of Christchurch and in outlying towns (e.g. Rolleston and Rangiora) rapidly growing transport demand. If elected, what will you do to manage:
a) Urban sprawl (growth on the fringes of Christchurch)
b) Dormitory towns (where people commute each day to Christchurch)
c) A lack of residential development in the central city or around existing community centers
If elected, what actions will you advocate for or lead, which will grow the resilience of Christchurch to natural hazards (such as floods, drought and sea-level rise)?If elected, what actions will you advocate for or lead to support a just and equitable transition to a low carbon economy?Do you support the proposal to establish an independent panel to advise and hold the Council to account for its climate change actions (like a local climate commission or citizen’s assembly)?In terms of climate change, how would you balance expert advice, strongly opinionated submissions, and the needs of current and future populations who you haven’t heard from?Are you committed to actively honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi in all Council decisions?As a sitting councillor (or a community leader in Christchurch), what have you personally done to advocate for and lead Christchurch to reduce its emissions? What is one specific project or policy you would like to introduce to reduce carbon emissions if (re)elected?
Aaron WhiteYesEnsuring milestone targets are set and met on time by getting all areas of the council onboard to work together.Yes I support this, we need to set the bar high for other councils to follow to start getting other regions doing the same. Helping educate people on energy consumption, getting warmer homes and creating a smarter transport system so people spend less time in vehicles on the roads. Short term targets are the best way to see progress, I like to split bigger targets into smaller targets so to track progress easierMake a better transport system so that people spend less times in their cars or opt for public transport due to better services. Christchurch could adopt cleaner and cheaper public transport options for more routes to get more people onboard. What will you advocate for to help Christchurch achieve this? Push for better traffic and transport technology to be rolled out city wide Look into light rail options to towns outside of Christchurch to try get commuters onto rail instead of in their cars. Canterbury is large enough to support such transport with the satellite towns popping up all around the rail corridor Help people become smarter with their power usage. Installing solar systems on all council facilities to offset council usage and to feed cleaner power into the grid for others to use. Ensure new builds are energy efficient and have solar installed or have the ability to install solar. a) With this the current transport system needs to be ever evolving so when new suburbs start planning the transport options need to start planning at the same time, not afterwards.
b) A lot of the new Towns popping up are close to the rail corridor so we could utilize that and setup commuter rail into Christchurch from the regions.
c) There is currently a real lack of any development in the central city and other community hubs, I want to stimulate growth and more development on the anchor projects which included bringing residential living into the central city.
In the eastern suburbs we need to work on flood and sea level protection for southshore and create a flood protection area which could act as a wetlands as well bringing native plants and wildlife back.We need expert advice to help with this progress and to oversee targets set to ensure we have met them to a satisfactory standardYes Independent oversight is always the best way to keep progress in checkAt the end of the day you need to look at things from every angle and aspect, some expert advice can be a tunnel vision view and with submissions from other sources we can get the best outcome for all sides and can often widen the tunnel vision with other ideas seen.On all decisions that require yes
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Blair AndersonYesYes, but with the qualifier that it not just be an aspirational target, it must be aspirational that we embed ongoing transition to carbon negative consistent with the 'only game in town' Contraction and Convergence [C&C] principles and obligations as seen at If elected, how would you support the Council reaching this target? I would establish (as has already been mooted and accepted by the principal advocate for C&C, Aubrey Meyer) an antipodean centre for the global commons to 'represent' the developing nations in the southern hemisphere including the pacific regions. Thus as a City, we would be part of the bigger solution space (post the long haul to get <2.0degrees).This is going to require committement across the entire city's 'economic fabric' as well as what the CCC/ECAN/CDHB etc does a multisectoral relationship with outlier interests such as Insurance, Banking and Manufacturing and Agriculture, with carbon miles (as dated as that term sounds) and other mitigation and adaption strategies being measured for the long term dividends.... joined up thinking with engagement of all sectoral players beginning with the good start we have with the laready declared 'climate emergency' driving that initiative. How would you support the community-wide target be achieved? Bubbles! Bubbles love to join up with bubbles, small bubbles become bigger bubbles.... that is a driver of Contraction and Convergence - for us as the wider communnity who will come on board as they see success.Yes, measure, measure, measure. (I would start with creating an inventory of the 'built carbon' we have in out rebuild so that we can focus on low carbon buildings from the get go (see the superb example of the "Wood" used on the rebuild of the Baptist Church for example). To rapidly adapt and enhance 'growing'our construction material via hemp (and other bio-usefuls), encouraging both LINCOLN and CANTERBURY University campuses to go into a "Jet Propulsion Laboratory" mode (as I recommended to the Royal Society years ago when they had proposed their much-lauded but basically flawed moonshot approach)Transport makes up more than 50% of Christchurch’s carbon footprint. How would you like to see our transport system evolve in Christchurch? Immediately move to adopt two core implementable strategies to encourage the use of public transport as it exists now... we have to get bus utilisation up by 50% in the next five years. The first is to continue to enahne 'smart' transport integration (ie: teach people how to use it, make it 'great news' ) The second is to aply what we have in the city we presently pay for such as Galleries, Museums.Sporting and Recreation Venues (ie QE11 etc) as nodes on the network. I call them stationary buses for the purpose of explaining how it works. Arrive by bus, your bus pass (metro card) gets you in for free as if you had just changed buses. Tourists would thus be engaged in the trasnport network and we would have revenue leverage off our previously ratepayer-funded amenity. It 'adds value' to the network and promoted carbon reduction and reduced congestion on roads and parking at the venues. This idea is better than rates neutral it is win-win dividend to everyone, even those who don't use it. What will you advocate for to help Christchurch achieve this? I bring a systems and reductionist approach (30+ years of IT) to problem-solving with a fail fast attitude.Brownfields development a priority. (there is so much more I could write here, but be emboldened by the history I have in working with ECAN and CCC on energy, transport and biodiversity (I have long promoted Biophilic Cities) and have written extensively on the placemaking that occurs when we understand what people do in the 'natural environment' (see my proposals elsewhere for 'Barkerton Park' as an example of applied thinking. I am the prime mover that lead to the 'diesel report' to Christchurch City Council that studied the viability of biofueled environments for mobile and stationary energy production coupled to the public health dividend of getting this stuff right for all the right reasons..."Dumb Meters" - the principles sounds weird but sustainability and resilience comes from distributed power generation that can be enabled on the rooftops - that required Orion et al to understand that 'reversing the meter' as our old meters used to do incentives a net social dividend and makes complet economic and social sense. We just need the encouragement under climate emergency based principles to enable that restoration of "watt for watt" thinking.a) RAPID TRANSIT - priority dual carriageway
c) "CITY TRAM principles applied to nodal developments increases the rateable base... we need to internalise the benefits as do it ourselves...." we licence the basic steel wheel techn ology so we are not reinventing what the wheel runs on/in, and design and build a multimodal solution at te scale we need it. (Google "CITY TRAM"). Multi-modal includes freight movement on the same network. Ther eis rail technology that can be laid 'at speed' even down existing roading networks (shared space) at a rate of 500meters overnight. This is hte kind of transformational thinking that will be required to 'get us there'.
Let me cut to the quick here.... what we think is the problem is getting in the road of what is LIKELY to be the problem. it won't be the slow (I use that term relatively) sea level incursion and consequence it will be the 'event' we all wish would never happen. It will look something like what we have had (ie 1973 windstorm) only more severe and likely to reoccur in a shorter time frame. The second threat, again entirely due to the energy in our climate system will be a Cyclone Bola type event that comes 500km further south. That would place 400-800mm of 'easterly subtropical rain' on our hinterland (think West Coast sever event) coupled with seal level elevation from the depth of the depression (think Mississippi Delta/New Orleans) that would occur over a minimum of two high tide cycles. I would ramp up our emergency response protocols and study what we need to do to reduce risk to life and limb from the combinatorial issues this singular event could place on our city. Then I would plan for and practice a reaction strategy. We already know a great deal about what this stuff means... but we continue to put infrastructure at risk in the here and now (hot water pools for example) and fail to recognise the importance of 'retreat' and what that means for social and economic resilience.Yes. Leanne Dalziel has already said she would have me on such a panel. (to PolSci students six years ago, I am still waiting for the invite)I take expert advice well...yesDeveloped a 'whole picture' of emissions from mobile and stationary sources and tied them to the public burden from particulates and volatile hydrocarbons and congestions that captures where we need to weight remedy. see attached. (I did this in 1999, the accuracy has turned out to be quite uncanny, even though at the time there was no prior art) What is one specific project or policy you would like to introduce to reduce carbon emissions if (re)elected? TWO (sorry but there has to be, I am good at this stuff) Antipodean Global Commons Centre of Excellence. AND IMMEDIATELY (as possible) Adopt a 25 second rule, no idling diesel plant that is fossil-fueled, to idle for more than 25 seconds whenever it is the public dominion. (the primary reason is elderly, immunocompromised and infants pay dearly for this 'behaviour'. It is a choice to be lazy. We can fix that 'in a heart beat')
Darryll ParkYesYes I doI believe that it is overly ambitious and again needs to be tested through a strategic planning process to ensure that this 10 year timeline can be achieved. By driving it through this Annual Operating Plan as a subset of the strategy and setting up a Climate Change advisory group that includes representatives from each community sector.Yes I do as stated above. I do not believe we have a well articulated strategy that has everyone on the same page.Ultimately the focus on emission free transportation as recently seen with electric buses and soon to be trialed hydrogen buses. What will you advocate for to help Christchurch achieve this? Monthly reporting by the advisory sector parties.Create a Master Plan that is well articulated and provides all the salient points of transport, climate change, pedestrian friendly cities as it impacts on the vision in our everyday life.Explore the cost efficiency and effectiveness of alternate sources of energy e.g. appropriateness of solar given our colder climate.Again, there is a definite need to review the planning and Master Planning of Christchurch from a residential context incentivising parties to live, work and play in the CBD to bring back vibrancy and sustainability of our inner city. This may mean dealing with the deficiencies currently experienced of the Great Metropolitan Urban sprawl e.g. Greenbelt areas are inconsistent in their proximity to the CBD. We support the government's approach to addressing the critical issue of land affordability.Fast track current disaster recovery programmes with the reality of better managing disasters in the future. It starts with a coherent and detailed strategy and the execution of a vision and plan in order to achieve objectives giving clear definition to short, medium and long term realistic deliverables that everyone understands.Yes I do and I believe it is imperative to have outside skill set and avoid perceived and/or real conflicts of interestFrom the outset we will adopt an evidenced based approach. We would engage with all community groups and if required futurists that can input into this plan.Within reason.I am not a sitting councillor but I have embraced plantings on my 8 hectare lifestyle block and irrespective of whether I am elected or not I will continue to live an environmentally aware life i.e. chemical free.Upon induction a complete review of existing council planning with a view of developing specific projects e.g. measure the demise of trees and the consequential effects on the ecosystem. .
J T AndersonYesYes, however I feel it is to slow, climate change is moving faster than predictions. I will plant 1 Billion plants, to bio remediate, soil, clean water ways and off set our carbon emissionsYes, I can achieve this same result in 3 years based on my Billion plant programYes I do, I also support direct support from experts not politicians making climate based decisions, when tough decisions need to be made regarding climate and they will - I have the heart and courage to stand up and fight for us as a city– I will plant a billion plants to off-set our carbon foot-print, to get a result right now, while we transition to grid independent solar, this will power transport and promote innovation in the transport sector. We will plant and fight, we can winWe will use our land to off-set the emissions so each can work in tandem, until such a time as we are winningI will move us over to grid independent solar, from solar city/ tesla etc, people are scared to turn the heater on, it’s disgustinga) Plant 1 Billion plants to off-set the emissions while we transition to solar
b) Plant 1 Billion plants to off-set the emissions while we transition to solar
c) The design of the CBD rebuild is to commercially focused and I will make sure that this changes, everyone needs space, not just rich people and or businesses, Christchurch once had a vibrant central city neighbourhood, a heart
Full funding for Sumner & Southshore - Tsunami, Sea level and Flood Protection - T.S.FPeople need to understand that this is a crisis, an emergency for our planet, I might have to crack a few eggs to make the omelette, some feelings might get hurt, however I need to do what is required for our city and that is fight and adapt to climate changeYesThe loudest person in the room, is not the smartest person in the room, we will look at all options to help us save our planetYes– I have established a Free, ultra-fast wifi network, that is being rolled out over entire Southshore Spit. This will enable erosion mapping and real time 24/7 climate monitoring of our spit. With people working as a team we can cut or reliance on big telcos and corporations that are bleeding our planet dry for money– Plant 1 Billion plants
Jim GlassYesNoNoNoEvolve from the bottom up based on actual useDittoChristchurch is colder than the North lsland. We use more electricity to keep warmEnsure the costs of urban development are kept to a minimumReduce debtNilNoNonsenseI am keen to promote Maori economic progress
John MintoYesYes I support a target but the current target doesn’t seem to be ambitious enough. By taking some concrete practical steps immediately such as free public transport and encouraging local production for local consumption through a “local zone” in the city centre (Details at taking some concrete practical steps immediately such as free public transport and encouraging local production for local consumption through a “local zone” in the city centre (Details at free public transport such as in Dunkirk in France and Tallinn in Estonia. A person swapping from a car to a full bus has 15 times lower carbon emissions (Details at lobbying government for public transport to come under Christchurch City control rather than ECAN control.Christchurch has higher than average electricity consumption because it is colder than the North Island population centres. We will start by double glazing and properly insulating council rental accommodation. Currently over 900 council rental units are uninsulated from a pool of 2200.By encouraging public debate about “growth” which is driven by corporate capitalism. Such growth is no longer sustainable. Free public transport to reduce the climate impact and pressure to change land use practices away from intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Increase rates on undeveloped land in the city centre to force developers to develop or sell to others (such as the council) who will. The “share an idea” blueprint developed by Christchurch residents called for affordable housing in the city centre but this was kneecapped by former National government minister Gerry Brownlee on behalf of corporate interests. These community-driven ideas need to be implemented.We need an ongoing community discussion of these things as they are critical issues for Canterbury. Our first focus however must be to do everything we can HALT climate change rather than MANAGE climate change.If we keep low-income families to the fore in all our planning then this problem will sort itself out. We must avoid the danger of insidious corporate influence behind closed doors undermining publicly developed strategies.Yes provided it is led by citizens without powerful corporate interests dominating.Many sectors, such as low-income people and families have been left out of the debate on climate change, as they have been sidelined politically for several decades now. Engaging and respecting them is a top priority.Absolutely – I’m keen for us to open discussion with the local runanga about Maori representation and input to council.Advocating for free public transport for several years now. On a purely personal level I ride a bike around the city and we have a small hybrid carFree public transport (Details at
Lianne DalzielYesI have already supported the CCC to be net carbon neutral by 2030. The target was set because it is achievable and enables us to take a leadership position. We must act, and at the same time we need to show others how they can to. The shift away from reliance on fossil fuels is already high on our agenda, so I will continue to support this approach. We have already moved to a shared electric vehicle fleet. We have shifted to LED street lighting, which is already saving 320 tonnes of CO2 a year.Yes I do. Organisations and groups need to know that they have a realistic and achievable target in order to take on the challenge of systemic change. I believe we need to be realistic about what we can do from a council point of view. We don’t have statutory powers like central government, so we rely on persuasion. There is much we need to do in the transport space, a source of more than half of our city’s emissions.  I’ve answered this elsewhere, but I will continue to advocate for the city council to take over public transport from Ecan, so we can implement a fully integrated PT/active transport system. Education is an obvious answer and of course I will support that. But it cannot be left to Councils alone.  I believe the young people who are demanding action will influence their parents and others around them. When young people stop wanting to work for companies that don’t meet their climate obligations, the companies will change their behaviour. I’ve noticed in some cities, multinational corporations will not move into buildings that are not platinum rated – this changes the developers’ approach to building sustainable buildings without a single regulation required to enforce it.I think targets are important. Stretch targets can create a sense of urgency and focus. In terms of the Council it is vital that we build these targets into levels of service, so the organisation can be held accountable. In terms of the city as a whole, creating a tool that lets citizens monitor their own progress can help give people their own sense of agency over the contribution they can make. People can feel helpless in terms of the scale of the challenge, which is why we need people to know that doing their bit matters every bit as much as the big organisational changes. Transport has a major impact on the city and given that this still sits with ECan we need to challenge them to be bold. I agree we need to change to E-buses, however continuing our current low passenger levels is unsustainable. As a city we need to incentivise public and active transport, but it’s Ecan’s role. It is ridiculous that as a Council, we can do nothing to influence the improvements we need to make – for heaven’s sake we still haven’t even got back to pre-quake passenger levels. Until we have fast, convenient, frequent and reliable services, we won’t make the step change we need to make. This is my biggest frustration. I’ve convinced two governments to change the law so Ecan can transfer the work, but neither has made it a priority. And to be honest until the operating model has changed even transferring it won’t be enough. We need a fully integrated Public Transport system with Mobility as a Service at its heart. I will continue to advocate for government to restore the power for regional councils to transfer responsibility to local councils, and for the madness of the tendering model for bus routes to be ended in favour of a fully integrated public and active transport.NZTA have agreed to fund a Transport Futures Business Case, which looks at this very issue. Christchurch had already joined with Waimakariri and Selwyn Districts and Ecan back in 2007 to develop an integrated planning framework – the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy. This meant land could be released quickly for development after the earthquakes (under the Government’s Land Use Recovery Plan), however the reality is that this would be regarded as urban sprawl if we had a single boundary. Our present planning environment looks to moderate that approach to medium term needs and to residential intensification around hubs and public transport corridors.Because New Zealand’s electricity is significantly from renewable sources, we don’t face the same challenges as other cities around the world. We increased electricity as the earthquakes took out a generation of wood burners, which were massively affecting our air quality. I was appalled when the Ministry of Health refused to allow the CDHB to sign up to the heat exchange programme, relying on their coal fired boilers being consented to 2044.This is a major issue for any city commited to addressing their carbon footprint. I have mentioned the reality of how we have got here in the post EQ environment. Increasing CBD living has been a goal of the Greater ChCH Urban Development Strategy from its inception. The central city belongs to Greater Christchurch. There are challenges with intensification and no car parking (which is in accordance with the District Plan) when care needs to be taken to allow time to transistion to this new normal in terms if CBD living.As more businesses re-establish themselves in the CBD the greater the pressure will be on the commuter corridors. People in Christchurch are saying it’s unreasonable that they are having to pay a lot more than their fair share of the costs associated with the downstream effects of traffic movements to and from the South, as well as from and to the North – decisions that were not made by this Council.It is vital that communities are able to develop their own tools for measuring and understanding the environment they live in. The How Team model pioneered by Regenerate Christchurch can help facilitate the engagement that needs to take place. I answered this question below. It is important to be aware of the potential for unfairness when it comes to the transition. People with complicated working hours is an example – public transport will never allow sufficient time for a home care worker who travels from house to house to undertake daily housework and personal cares. We need to think laterally about how we can help people in precarious work to be able to transition in a way that is both practical and well supported. The government needs to do some thinking around this as rates funding (based on property values) is not the way to subsidise for this inequity.Absolutely yes; not only do I support the establishment of a citizens’ assembly for holding the council to account on implementing our climate strategy , I also think such assembles would be great model for confirming our strategic priorities and developing all our strategies and plans, including the Long Term Plan. It’s all about buy in. If communities own the process and the outcome, they will take responsibility for contributing to the outcomes that have been agreed.After the earthquakes CanCERN (Canterbury Community Earthquake Recovery Network) was established. They needed a collective voice to communicate with government and council, because they were being left out when it came to decisions. Their motto was: The wisdom of the community always exceeds the knowledge of the experts. I have developed my own take on this as a result of my post earthquake experience as an MP and now as Mayor. My motto is The wisdom of the community when combined with the knowledge of the experts always exceeds what one can offer without the other. I believe in providing affected communities with the tools so they can develop adaptive management skills, which will enable them to understand what changes will need to occur in the planning environment given certain events. It’s all about working collaboratively with the community to help them to establish their own markers/triggers for measuring change particularly in dynamic coastal environments.When I came to council as Mayor there was no relationship resource within council. Two relationship staff have been appointed and the senior adviser supports the Te Hononga Council – Papatipu Rūnanga Standing Committee, which is made up of the chairs of the Council committees and all the chairs of the Papatipu Rūnanga. This has created a very strong relationship when looking at issues like potable water, freshwater, stormwater, waste management, and development of Marae land. It is co-chaired by me as Mayor and the Upoko of Ngai Tuahuriri. We work together as equal partners – eg annual earthquake memorial service, Ko Tatou Tatou National Remembrance Service after mosque shootings. In my role as Mayor I have constantly advocated the link between sustainable development, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in terms of building resilience.My first act as Mayor in 2013 was to sign the application to join the 100 Resilient Cities Network pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. Preparing for an uncertain future requires us to focus on building resilience in the true sense of the word – I see its meaning as going beyond the capacity to adapt, to one which seeks transformation and literally thriving in the face of adversity.I also signed the Global Covenant of Mayors on Climate & Energy on behalf of the Council, once I had sign off from the organisation that we could produce the baseline and the actions for measuring and delivering on the commitments.I suspect the need for off-setting is going to be a significant component of next term. So I will be looking to opportunities for tree planting.
Peter WakemanYesNeeds to better with more local food grown. Food 1st.
a. How would you support the community-wide target be achieved?More local food grown here
Council would need to agree. Elections are to account.Food grown by locals for locals.Bus an Ecan matter but Council plant plants that can feed people.Cool Christchurch people want to be warm so Council has decreased there energy use already.Planning matter but keep food growing areas. Get Government to Build houses close to where people work. Think so people live in cars so may consider action on low cost housing.Council Planning rules have been turned down in the past by Courts. Government funding needed to address hazards with law changes. Council Planning rules have been turned down in the past by Courts. Government funding needed to address hazards with law changes.Seek Government and local supportSee food as 1st concern and keen for all to have a say on these issues. Think what others and I can do.The law is the law.Guy McPherson interview Christchurch 4,808 views 6,800 views more than 10,000 views. I am vegan and walk to Council meetings sometimes. the photo in link above was at Environment Canterbury when Central Government sacked the elected Council. I spoke outside and inside during protest that happened at that time.Government need to supply debt free money to Council to fund support for water and food which is under threat from Climate change. Unless its course is taken, it is uneconomical for Capitalism (so called free market where the Government of the Reserve Bank sets the interest rate) to be economically viable to address Climate Change with action.
Robin McCarthyYesNo. The cost of achieving this will result in house prices rising even further and adversely impact on young peoples ability to own a house at a young age as many baby bommers did.
If elected, how would you support the Council reaching this target?
An arbitary target based on the assumption that CO2 is bad is a nonsense as the world has been up to 5,500 ppm of CO2 where the flora and fauna flourished. It dropped to about 176 ppm during the last ice age and life came periously close to extinction. Burning fossil fuels has restored the carbon balance leading to a proliferation of growth resulting in more food to support a rising world population. It is no coincidence that greenhouse growers pump CO2 into their greenhouses to increase plant growth.
No. There is no reason to do so.

How would you support the community-wide target be achieved?

I don't.
No. The worlds climate has always changed. Man was not responsible for the ice ages starting 1 million years ago, or the numerous solar cycles which led to the medieval warm period or the mini ice age from 1650 to 1730. In between we have had other smaller cycles where it was warm in the 1940's and cold in the 1970's. We are currently at the peak of the current Maunder solar cycle.Less people will commute as technology continues to displace traditional large scale work places. Moving people enmasse between two points will not be the way society developes. There will unlikely be the need for subsidised (public) transport because of this. The private car (however it is powered) will not go away unless forced to at the cost of a greater societal subsidy. It has more utility value than any other form of transport.

What will you advocate for to help Christchurch achieve this?

A steady development of roads to meet demand for all road transport modes.
To make provision for greater land use for roads will require widening of some arterial roads. A setback rule in the District Plan should be introduced so as over time sufficient space will develope in order to widen the road.

There may come a time where the rail line between Christchurch and Timaru can be upgraded to a double track with the introduction of a higher speed passenger rail service. But that is a long way off. The narrow gauge is also an impediment to high speed. However there is already sufficient room to make it a double track.

In the meantime we have seen the introduction of privately subsidised busses for transporting people to and from work to both the Fonterra and Synlait factory's. This will continue in the abscence of publicly subsidised transport.
The reason why electricity usage is higher in Canterbury is because Canterbury is colder. Furthermore Ecan has banned most forms of wood heating and imposed draconion costs on manufacturers of wood burners to have them compliant with their rules.

Technology is always moving forward and so long as energy comes at a cost, more technological innovation will take place.
I disagree that there will be more rapidly growing transport demand as people will not commute as they have done in the past as community facilities come on stream in places like Rolleston, Rangiora and West Melton.
a) Without urban sprawl following on from the earthquakes the historical restriction on land development had kept land costs very high. There has to be land to meet the demand for housing.
b) Dormitory towns only exist where there is a lack of housing in that town.
c) The lack of residential housing in the central city only exists because land prices and buliding costs are too high. Over time the market will correct itself downwards.
Christchurch has always had floods and drought. At the end of the day it has always coped. I see no difference in our ability to keep coping going into future. The Waimakariri stopbank has just been completed. This alone gives extra protection. Any further protection will likely be uneconomic.

There has been neglible sea rise, if any in Canterbury. There has no effect. Where land has dropped due to the earthquakes, we should implement a gradual retreat from flood prone areas over a long period of time. Anyone affected should be allowed to ocuupy their house over their natural life. After that the house will not be occupied again.
There is no need to transfer to a low carbon economy. Over time it will come about due to to technological development as a function of hydro-carbons becoming less economic.
No. Such a commission will be staffed by people with degrees seeking high salaries and advocating for endless research for their own personal gain. This will all come at a further cost of transferring wealth from the private producing sector to the unproducing public sector.The balance of extremism currently rests with the liberal left. Their continuing apocalyptic mutterings are now scaring children to the extent where they are suffering unheard stress levels and lack confidence in the future. It has become a religion and all religions go through the same evolutionary process where not adhering to the gospel results in terrible things. This is the real hate speech and intolerence of today. The way to combat this is to have continual argument and presentation of the countering facts. To the extent that the Local Government Act requires, Yes.I am not a sitting coincillor.

The NZTA sent a survey around transport operators asking their views on alternative motive means. My reply was that I have no objection to how my vehicles are powered so long as they have the same performance and do not cost anymore than they do today.
Carbon emmission reductions will come about over time if market demand heads it in that direction. Anything else will result in unneccessary societal subsidisation.
I would ask that anyone reading my submission takes the time to listen to the lectures given by Dr Willy Soon and Lord Christopher Monckton.
The worlds climate has always changed without mans intervention and always will. I lived through the scare- mongering of the 1970's (when it was very cold) and the new ice age was upon us. I prefer the warm period of today rather than the cold back then.
Climate change predictions have all failed. New York is not under water as was forecast and neither has the Arctic ice melted.
Climate change scare-mongering has become a massive global fraud started by an individual within the United Nations. His sole motive was to spread the worlds wealth evenly amongst all nations. Carbon credits were a mechanism to achieve this. Also folks consider who clips the ticket every time a transaction takes place and where does the money go.
I give myself a A+ for being honest.
Sam ParkNo
Stephen McPaikeYesI would like to see CCC become carbon neutral before 2050. Quicker the better without jeopardising the rebuild and repair of Christchurch too much. I would encourage people plant more trees, have more community gardens, plant gardens ontop of bus stops throughout Christchurch. I would also recommend that businesses owned by CCC find ways to reduce their foot print as well as finding more environmental friendly equipment that they require.I do support the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The community boards will work with the council as I believe they have a better idea of what is needed in each community.Yes I support a plan to combat this. I have spoken to some school students and they suggested to me that we need to talk to businesses for assistance in recycling programs. I would also like to see CCC and neighbouring councils work together for wind and/or solar power farms. I also would like to see the council invest into a soft plastic recycling plant withing the next 5 to 10 years.I will admit that I do not have a short term plan but I will believe that Global Groups in schools have an idea and I would support their plan if they introduce it before the new council.First off I would love to see more electric vehicles for public transport. CCC will have to work with ECan, as ECan controls public transport in Christchurch, as well as Central government to provide a cleaner transport system. I would like to see electric trains from the airport to the CBD during daylight hours (without hurting our residents and damaging any green spaces) but more guidance will be neededThe Eastern Green Zone in the CBD should have some native trees planted (instead of being just a grass space). I believe the council should provide a free tree to every household in Christchurch as the do in the city of San Francisco. As for public transport, Central Government has committed $2 Million on a business case for a better public transport. I would like to see what becomes of this. I would also like to see the price of public transport to be lower than what it is now I will admit I do not have an idea for this other than CCC work with our neighbouring councils to build a wind or solar farm to bring extra power into our region as well as creating new jobs as well as setting up a soft plastics recycling plant within 5-10 years.a) I am currently looking at all options but so far I feel many are unacceptable and will need better planning by people who know more about this issue
b) This is another complex issue. I feel that Christchurch rate payers should not pay for satellite town residents to travel into Christchurch. But in saying that we need to look at all options in the near future including the new transport business plan being done by Central Government. At the moment I am not ruling anything out until more research is done by all parties and works best for our communities
c) This is a concern to me. I would have the council renegotiate Fletcher Living contract on central city living. Neglected villages around Christchurch needs to see much needed investments and the council must work with land owners to see this happen. With investment in these villages will encourage residential and commercial growth in these communities
Since the earthquakes, some flood protection areas are now ineffective. I would see that these ineffective areas are updated and improved.I would be supporting a transition to low to carbon neutral economy. Yes. People must hold the council accountable when things go right or wrong. I would seek advice on which is the best way (group organisation) to hold the council accountableI would balance more towards the expert advice and community needs over anything else. I would also try to plan for the future but I would need to follow the advice from people who know better than myselfNew Zealand history and culture is very important to me and I will do my utmost to be fair for all residents I have personally reduced my refuse and recycling by half since I have moved to Christchurch, other than that I will admit I have done nothing else I would personally like to see more electric powered public transport vehicles and in my 5-10 year plan I would like to council to build and own (with the help of selwyn district) a solar or wind farm
Tubby HansenNo