Hamilton City, New Zealand

Jacqui Stokes

I have lived in Hamilton since 1999. I bought up my kids and grown a business here. I’ve always tried to support the community where I could, joining committees and volunteering. I enjoy cycling, walking and photography with friends


I want to serve my community. Hamilton is growing and we have been making good progress at making a city for the future, but we need to make sure that we continue forward looking and planning for the future as the city continues to grow. Too often we have people get in local government with an axe to grind and limited forward thinking. We need people that are ready to take on the challenges of creating a city that everyone enjoys living in now and in the future. I feel I have skills and experience that I can offer the city in the council.

As the city grows out I see the central city becoming empty – we need to bring vibrancy and life back to the central city. We need to look at the new intensification rules which will allow buildings of up to three storeys on most sites in cities without any need for resource consent from August 2022. How can we make sure we get intensive housing that suits our city.
Climate change is a big issue and on a global scale we are only a small city, but is every small city plays a small part we can make changes. We need to continue with the restoration of our gullies and green spaces. The tree planting being done in the gullies and places like Minogue and Waiwhakareke parks provide a carbon sink that can help absorb some of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Its also great having nature in the city.
Hamilton has always felt like a safe place to live but more and more we hear of stolen cars, burglaries and ram raids. Everyone should have the right to live and do business in our city without the fear of someone harming them. We need to do more as a community to stop our young people becoming criminals.
I commend the work that has been down on the cycleways so far and we must continue with this. We must we must make sure that the city paths and cycleways cater to everybody. A lot of paths and cycleways need to be wider to cater for tricycles and mobility scooters. and also the wider and longer bikes and mobilty scooters can struggle with the barriers placed on the paths.


I feel the idea behind the Three Waters is okay but the implementation has been rushed and that the government hasn’t listened to the people or the councils. All New Zealanders need safe, reliable drinking water, wastewater and storm water but is this the way to ensure that. I am not convinced.

I like that fact the Maori can be guaranteed a seat at the council just like they can in central government. We need to make sure we take the Maori perspective in to account when planning and running the city. This is a way that ensures that this happens

Co-governance is a good idea so long as each party is equal. So long as each party is working towards the same objectives and their is mutual respect

Central government should be supportive of local government and listen to what local government has to say. Local government is more feet on the ground with the local people; they know what’s happening and what people need. Whereas central Government feels more separated making rules for the whole country that might not suit everyone.

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A lot of people are just not interested in voting, they see the council of no real importance compared to the central government. They feel that they have no voice even if they did vote. I have talked to people who don’t vote and they say the council just does what it wants anyway.

Yes. I am strongly of the opinion that city councillors should live and be part of the community they represent. I live in Hamilton East and I talk to my neighbours and friends who live in Hamilton East regularly I hear what they moan about and I hear what they cheer about. This is what you need to represent people.

Yes. Its good to have new ideas and fresh faces in council. It could be easy for a council to get stuck in a certain way of thinking and seeing and then missing out on opportunities or stumbling into troubles. Fresh people in council regularly could give new ideas and ways of thinking about problems that were previously overlooked.

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