2013 Tauranga Election
The following information provided by John Robson for the 2013 Tauranga Election.
Tauranga: The City of Plenty
With the right leadership Tauranga will become the regional capital of the Bay of Plenty - it will literally become The City of Plenty.
Tauranga will have moved away from becoming a victim of developers to becoming a partner - and it will be successfully investing the wealth that well-managed growth brings.
It will have used the wealth to help diversify the economic base of both the city and the region - and it will be known as much for its technological and creative sectors as for its horticulture and pristine beaches and harbour.
Much of this will be a result of its booming tertiary sector - Tauranga will be no longer a city of sunny skies and grey-haired people, but, truly, a home for all ages.
Having previously been a textbook example of a good idea turned bad, Smartgrowth will be living up to its name, new growth forecasts proving much more reliable and the Council's use of the forecasts much smarter.
The infrastructure mistakes of the first decade of the 21st century will have been rectified - Tauranga's most important road, SH29 to SH1, will be four-laned, and the city's wastewater system will be modular - big pipe networks being recognised as high-risk Victorian engineering, inappropriate for earthquake-prone Pacific-rim countries.
The installation of the tsunami warning system on the coast will have become a case-study in local government lateral thinking - community concerns about ugly poles spoiling the coast's visual amenity having been converted to pride in a set of sculptures acting as information way-points on Tauranga's now-famous beach walk.
The creation of a national environmental agency, will have led to the abolition of regional councils - and this, combined with council amalgamations, will have resulted in the transfer of ownership of the port back to the Council - recognising that the revenues from the port should go to the city that bears the costs.
This places Tauranga in the perfect position to partner with Whangarei to benefit from Auckland's decision to relocate their port and reclaim their waterfront.
Local iwi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi and Ngāti Pūkenga will all be successfully building on their respective Treaty of Waitangi settlements, and will be active and effective players in the city's economic, social and political life. They will have joined the City Partners programme - and will be co-funders of a bi-lingual signage programme for the city - a New Zealand first.
Tauranga's Matariki festival will be the No.1 festival in New Zealand - a multi-medium, multi-cultural, multi-venue celebration of 'light'.
Tauranga will be a byword for success - a city of wealth and vibrancy - with incomes above the national average and an environmental record second to none.
It will be the number one choice as the best place to live in New Zealand.
And I genuinely believe that this is possible.
But the journey to the Tauranga of the future starts with the Tauranga of today.
- When it comes to developing and delivering a vision, there is no other candidate as well qualified as John.
- In his career, he led large, multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural teams solving complex problems for multi-national companies - often the solutions required addressing issues relating to the vision (or lack of it) of the leadership.