Policy Summary

Providing free and frequent public transport

    • We will reduce greenhouse gas emissions with free and frequent public transport. This is the single most important thing we can do to reduce Christchurch greenhouse gas emissions. Comfortable, modern, low-emission trains and buses, with free wifi, would provide free and frequent travel to all parts of the city. This policy will save money because it’s much cheaper than building more roads and is much better for the environment.
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Dealing with our Canterbury’s water crisis

    • Future-proof our water supply and clean up our waterways – plan, lobby and work for swimmable rivers in Christchurch and across Canterbury. One part of this is promoting local neighbourhood responsibility for sections of our city rivers.
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Providing council rental housing

    • We will provide more council rental housing. We will use the government’s $300 million grant, promised in the last general election, to rebuild the 400 council rental houses destroyed in the earthquakes and we will build a further 600 council rental homes to meet the needs of our local community. This will mean putting the all-purpose rugby stadium to the back of the queue for capital spending.
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The living wage for all council work

    • We will pay the living wage (currently $21.15 per hour) for all council work. This means for council employees and those employed under contract to do council work.
    • At the same time, we will set the maximum pay at the council at $176,000 – four times the living wage. This policy will save money over time. The council will lead the way for other employers to follow.
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Sensible rates and council charges

    • We will keep rate increases to the rate of inflation – and rebalance rates across the city to make rate payments fairer.
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Keeping our assets

    • We will reject proposals for the sale of our city assets and look for opportunities to bring strategic assets back under community ownership and control. This will save money and help reduce future rate increases.
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A “local zone” in central Christchurch

    • We will end the corporate stranglehold on the rebuild – with higher rates on undeveloped land in the city centre. We will also create a “local zone” in the city centre to showcase products and services created here in Canterbury.
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