Mayoral candidate Dr Reynold Macpherson wants to do away with councillor-led portfolios and will review all council-controlled organisations, parking policies and rubbish collection if elected mayor.

Dr Macpherson has released his second policy statement saying he wants to focus on delivering core services and maintaining infrastructure.

"It will mean ending portfolios, returning programme and project oversight to committees of council, and reviewing all council-controlled organisations.

"We must do our homework far better," he said.


"Core services in law include network infrastructure - shared with the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), public transport services - shared with the Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC), solid waste collection and disposal, the avoidance or mitigation of natural hazards, libraries, museums, reserves and other recreational facilities, and community amenities, such as social housing for the elderly."

He promised an Infrastructure Committee of council led by councillors to provide policy advice to council and to supervise programmes and projects approved in the annual plan.

Its priorities would include planning arterial roads with the NZTA, restoring the relationship with the BOPRC to keep improving bus services, and reviewing the wheelie bins and kerbside recycling system, especially the role of recycling centres.

It will review parking and procurement, roads and footpaths, sewage treatment and waste disposal, and fresh water delivery.

It will clear the backlog of maintenance, particularly in the rural areas, and reintroduce zebra crossings to improve safety.

"A review of the ownership, governance and management of the CCOs (council-controlled organisations) in the public interest is overdue," he said.

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"We need to improve contracting and service delivery, reduce debt by selling non-core assets, boost start-ups and small-to-medium sized enterprises while avoiding corporate welfare, and encourage business development across all sectors."

His first policy promised the democratic reform of governance and management.

He said subsequent policies will promise reforms to financial management, multiple partnerships to deliver economic and community development, and reconciling economic, environmental and cultural values in land use policy and planning processes.

Rotorua's six other mayoral candidates give their views on the policies:
Steve Chadwick

This "policy" is an incoherent, contradictory, incorrect and illogical loose set of ideas collated by a ticket that shows an ill-informed approach to the running of council activities.

He is clearly out of touch with his call to return to core service delivery alone. This approach was soundly dumped in 2013 when the public voted for increased inclusion in decision making, planning, partnerships and collaboration.

We work well with regional council now on the joint committees involved in the air quality plan, regional roading, buses and geothermal.

There is no backlog of maintenance. We have reduced debt while investing in growth and at the same time maintaining services.

Frances Louis

I stand with Steve Chadwick at this point. Only because the points I read here are not tangata whenua inclusive.

Not once did Reynold mention words we connect with, like whanau, hapu and iwi.

Reynold must include share holders in his korero, not stake holders, otherwise his lingo is pure hieroglyphics to me.

Steve is not popular with me because of the 2030 Vision child hub, but she has been inclusive with iwi, so Reynold I'm rejecting your whakaaro (thoughts).

Rangimarie Kingi

In this people's court of public opinion, regarding past reviews, I would like to see common sense matters arising based upon case by case "judging" completion to address local concerns in the order of importance - using new methods. 1. Balance 2. Order 3. Understanding.

Rob Kent

This policy from Reynold shows that we think similarly with respect to council needing to focus on core services and infrastructure, and that the portfolios have to go.

However, his solution with the creation of his multiple committees, whilst they may work in academic circles, is inefficient business wise and will be as costly to ratepayers as the current leadership's two main committees and council debating everything twice.

Mark Gould

Council-controlled organisations do work with the right people on boards.

They will save council money, but still require funding at key stages. Some examples are airport runway upkeep and Famously Rotorua.

Portfolios should be decided by full council after the election on October 8 and not solely by the mayor. The mayor has only one vote.

At present information from portfolios is not passed on to all councillors.

The new recycling of rubbish is good in most areas like urban Rotorua. On a number of rural and lakeside properties it is not practical.

Limited free parking in the city is great for retailers and residents.

John Rakei-Clark

I like the way Reynold speaks his mind in regards to council.

What about our youth problems? Employment plans? Housing?

I have more than an answer, I have business plans to move Rotorua forward.