Our Towns Deserve Better Public Transport

We are not well served with public transport in Thames-Coromandel.  This needs to change.  As your representative I’ll be pushing hard for our District to receive a much greater share of public transport funding from Regional Council.

I have a track record of achievement on public transport.  The very popular Thames public bus service was my brainchild.  As a private citizen, I initiated the plan, carried out the detailed research and made a persuasive case.  I worked cooperatively with the Thames Community Board, TCDC, Waikato Regional Council, and the New Zealand Transport Authority and made it happen.

The Thames bus service has made a huge difference to the well-being of hundreds of Thames residents – particularly  our elderly residents.

We must repeat that success elsewhere.  We need similar public transport services within peninsula towns, between our small towns and strong links to nearby cities.

Regional Council spends $31 million – 21% of its budget –- on public transport, but almost all of it is spent in Hamilton.  Thames-Coromandel receives a pittance.  I will vigorously push to change that because people living in our towns are equally deserving of good public transport services as those living in cities.

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Thames-Coromandel Council Taken to Court Over Climate Declaration Decision

A local climate action group has taken Thames-Coromandel District Council to court over its decision to not sign the Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) climate change declaration. Hauraki Coromandel Climate Action wants the decision to be declared unlawful by the High Court.  It also seeks an order that TCDC must reconsider the decision after properly taking account of the global consensus that we face a climate emergency, the Local Government Act decision-making requirements, and its own policies and plans relating to climate change and engagement with its communities.
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Sea Level Rise Study to Focus on Thames

Prof Tim Naish is one of New Zealand’s foremost climate scientists.  He and Richard Levy of GNS Science co-lead a $7 million research program called NZSeaRise.  They visited Thames recently to assess sea level rise projections for the township.  Prof Naish confirmed that when land subsidence on the foreshore is added, parts of Thames have a very high local sea level rise rate of 14mm per year.  The NZSeaRise research will, therefore, focus on Thames (and the Hauraki Plains) because of the acute risks these areas face from rising seas.

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