Waimakariri District Council Mayoral Candidate Questionnaire 2019

With votes for the 2019 local election due by the 12th October, NCCC has submitted six questions  to the Waimakariri District Council Mayoral Candidates. This is for you to better understand their views on cycling in our district.

We really appreciate the time taken by the candidates to reply to us. The email and questions are at the bottom of the page.

Congratulations to Dan Gordon on wining the 2019 election! 

 

 Dan Gordon

Q1 Are you aware of WDC cycling strategy?

Absolutely. I was part of the Council that developed the strategy. The Council also committed annual funding towards the implementation of the strategy.

Q2 On a scale of 1-10 (1 = Extremely Low, 10 = Extremely High) Recreational cycling/Mountain biking in North Canterbury could be a drawcard for local businesses/commerce if developed properly?

Nine

Q3 If you are elected would you facilitate the development of more recreation cycling areas?

Yes, I would like to meet with you to discuss further ways to develop recreational cycling in our District. Over the last few years we have seen major development in recreational cycling, particularly linking communities together eg. Rangiora to Woodend cycleway, and the Rangiora to Kaiapoi cycleway (Passchendaele Memorial Path).

Q4 Over 3 years what level of funding would you support for development of cycling area’s in the Long Term Plan from 2021?

Council has committed $500,000 per annum for the next 10 years for walking and cycling. I am open minded as to the appropriateness of this amount, that is why in Question 3 I state that I would want to meet with you to discuss further.

Q5 If elected would you be prepared to work with Rayonier Matariki to assist in developing Ashley Forest as a destination for Mountain Biking?

Yes. Ashley Forest is already an important destination for mountain biking and still has much untapped potential.

Q6 What is your vision for recreational cycling in 100 words or less?

Recreational cycling is important. Health and fitness is a major issue in New Zealand. I support the Council’s economic agency (ENC) which is developing a Wheels to Waipara Cycling proposal, and has applied to the provincial growth fund. The Council has approved $1M for a cycleway linking Kaiapoi to Belfast.

I want to see cycleways promoted. The health benefits of regular cycling cannot be overstated. New Zealand society is seeing obesity becoming a major health issue. My vision is to see New Zealanders more involved in outdoor recreational pursuits. I want to see the Waimakariri play a major role in ensuring we have a healthy District with healthy residents.-Dan Gordon

Wendy Doody

Q1 Are you aware of WDC cycling strategy?

Yes we are very much part if the WDC Cycling strategy

Q2 On a scale of 1-10 (1 = Extremely Low, 10 = Extremely High) Recreational cycling/Mountain biking in North Canterbury could be a drawcard for local businesses/commerce if developed properly?

Eight

Q3 If you are elected would you facilitate the development of more recreation cycling areas?

This would have to be a Councils decision, as it would have an implication on our rates. I personally are very much in favor of development of recreation cycling areas.

Q4 Over 3 years what level of funding would you support for development of cycling area’s in the Long Term Plan from 2021?

This is something that needs to go through the Long Term Plan as a submission from your group

Q5 If elected would you be prepared to work with Rayonier Matariki to assist in developing Ashley Forest as a destination for Mountain Biking?

Once again the cost and proposals and submissions coming forward along with voluntary labour.

Q6 What is your vision for recreational cycling in 100 words or less?

Always been in favour of increasing recreational cycling, we already have quite a number of tracks that can be used for walking and cycling which are being used. I am promoting an increase in “tourism” funding into the budget to promote our Waimakariri more. -Wendy Doody

Natalie Leary

 

Q1 Are you aware of WDC cycling strategy?

No I did not know of the WDC cycling stradegy. However, after researching this, what a great idea. Especially what you have achieved so far.

 Q2 On a scale of 1-10 (1 = Extremely Low, 10 = Extremely High) Recreational cycling/Mountain biking in North Canterbury could be a drawcard for local businesses/commerce if developed properly?

No Answer

 Q3 If you are elected would you facilitate the development of more recreation cycling areas?

I believe there is more work to be done on cycling areas in our community, other than just painting lines on the road. Speaking to alot of cyclists, they still dont feel safe on the roads that have them. My own opinion is that our roads are too narrow. Pushing cars to the middle of the road to allow for cycle and bus lanes is not the answer. Angry motorists, angry cyclists. Sorry, I have gone off the track. So, for along time, I have tried to come to a resolution.

 Q4 Over 3 years what level of funding would you support for development of cycling area’s in the Long-Term Plan from 2021?

To answer the question of more money to be put into the project, unfortunately, there isn't any more. according to the existing council other than what has been put aside.

 Q5 If elected would you be prepared to work with Rayonier Matariki to assist in developing Ashley Forest as a destination for Mountain Biking?

 yes I would be honored to work with Rayonier Matariki to develop Ashley forest for mountain biking. 

Q6 What is your vision for recreational cycling in 100 words or less?

 I support you fully in cycling tracks for recreation, however in the rural areas, better discussed, one on one, with your input. Thank you for your time. Kind regards, Natalie Leary.

 

 

Jay Webb

Q1 Are you aware of WDC cycling strategy?

As I’m not currently on the council I honestly didn’t know there was a strategy but have since researched this over the weekend to gain a better understanding of what vision both the Waimakariri council and greater Christchurch plans have in store for the next few years.

 Q2 On a scale of 1-10 (1 = Extremely Low, 10 = Extremely High) Recreational cycling/Mountain biking in North Canterbury could be a drawcard for local businesses/commerce if developed properly?

I would rate this as a 10 if done correctly with a close working relationship between council, cycling/outdoors groups and landowners.

 Q3 If you are elected would you facilitate the development of more recreation cycling areas?

Absolutely, as a long-term member of the hash house harriers I’ve been to some amazing parts of New Zealand and overseas which cater for both cyclists and outdoor pursuits. With the Waimakariri district stretching from mountains to ocean there is plenty of scope for development right across the region.

 Q4 Over 3 years what level of funding would you support for development of cycling area’s in the Long-Term Plan from 2021?

I believe the council can do a lot more to facilitate the development of new tracks and trials. By looking into options for portable bathroom blocks with composting toilet facilities that can be easily taken to new sites of development as well as upgrading current assets the council can offer flexible solutions whilst providing great value for money to project backers and ratepayers.

By working closely with land owners, DOC, ECAN ,local communities and outdoors groups such as yourselves a lot can be achieved by combining local knowledge and council expertise to create truly amazing networks of cycleways that are cost effective and would bring in much needed tourist dollars.

I would also like to see certain rural roads have the areas between the fog lines and edge of the road improved/widened in some areas to help with road cycling and making it safer with wider gaps between rider and traffic.

 Q5 If elected would you be prepared to work with Rayonier Matariki to assist in developing Ashley Forest as a destination for Mountain Biking?

If they are willing and prepared to assist with cycle/adventure projects then absolutely ,there needs to be more of these projects throughout New Zealand that highlight the natural beauty we have to offer that will continue to be an asset to the area for years to come.

 Q6 What is your vision for recreational cycling in 100 words or less?

 Recreational cycling needs to come under the banner of “Accessible cities” which is the checklist that the world health organisation released for council planners to create more accessible and inclusive cities (I’ve attached it to this email)

With the development of the Kaiapoi-Rangiora cycle way completed I believe its time to turn the attention to the Waimak bridge crossing to provide safe travel into Christchurch as well develop areas similar to the Middle hill mountain bike park in Kaikoura. Cycling can be a great drawcard for the region and has my full support- Jay Webb

 

 

Kirstyn Barnett -Just a quick answer as I am away for the weekend.

Q1 Are you aware of WDC cycling strategy?

no answer 

Q2 On a scale of 1-10 (1 = Extremely Low, 10 = Extremely High) Recreational cycling/Mountain biking in North Canterbury could be a drawcard for local businesses/commerce if developed properly?

no answer 

Q3 If you are elected would you facilitate the development of more recreation cycling areas?

I definitely support recreational cycling and appreciate the benefits. My family often make use of the Rakahuri track and other loop tracks in the district. 

Council, through ENC, are supporting the development of a Waimakariri to Waipara cycle trail, similar to the rail trails around the country.  We also have a Walking and Cycling Strategy which is due for review in 2020.

 Q4 Over 3 years what level of funding would you support for development of cycling area’s in the Long Term Plan from 2021?

Funding is tight for the next two years so I would agree this needs to be part of the Long Term Plan discussion, so we can manage our current capital programme prudently. 

Q5 If elected would you be prepared to work with Rayonier Matariki to assist in developing Ashley Forest as a destination for Mountain Biking?

I would welcome a conversation with North Canterbury Cycling about the potential for projects in our area, with a view to community/council partnerships similar to the model for the Woodend to Woodend Beach Trail.

Q6 What is your vision for recreational cycling in 100 words or less?

No answer- Kirstyn Barnett

Response on facebook from Kirstyn:

Kirstyn Barnett Please note that I received this request on Friday 4 Oct when I was out of town and not able to access the specific funding information asked, so sent a quick reply only. My understanding of the $500K is that some is tagged for improving cycling routes in towns - so it might pay to check the truth of some answers with council Roading Manager Joanne McBride.

Paul Williams

 Q1 Are you aware of WDC cycling strategy?

Yes I am aware of WDC cycling strategy.

Q2 On a scale of 1-10 (1 = Extremely Low, 10 = Extremely High) Recreational cycling/Mountain biking in North Canterbury could be a drawcard for local businesses/commerce if developed properly?

Extremely high ten, I already have been pushing for recreational cycling/mountain biking in north Canterbury.  i.e. The recreational track along the stop banks of Waimakariri in which enterprise north Canterbury are promoting.

Q3 If you are elected would you facilitate the development of more recreation cycling areas?

I am very much for the development of more recreational cycling areas.  e.g. I am currently on the working group to have a recreational and walking tracks all through the district following some of our stream reserves.

Q4 Over 3 years what level of funding would you support for development of cycling area’s in the Long Term Plan from 2021?

The council has already $500,000.00 per year for cycling in Waimakariri.  This amount should mainly be used for the development of recreational cycling.

Q5 If elected would you be prepared to work with Rayonier Matariki to assist in developing Ashley Forest as a destination for Mountain Biking?

Yes I would be prepared to developing Ashley Forest as a destination for mountain biking.

Q6 What is your vision for recreational cycling in 100 words or less?

 My vision for recreational cycling is to promote and enhance and build tracks in Waimakariri.  I would like to see a maize of interconnecting tracks around and throughout Waimakariri which would enhance the health and wellbeing of young and old in our district.  We have such a wonderful outdoor playground in which to do this.- Paul Williams

 

Oliver Sanderson

 

 Q1 Are you aware of WDC cycling strategy?

no I am not aware of the WDC cycling strategy

Q2 On a scale of 1-10 (1 = Extremely Low, 10 = Extremely High) Recreational cycling/Mountain biking in North Canterbury could be a drawcard for local businesses/commerce if developed properly?

Recreational cycling would bring a lot of business to the area, if it is done properly.

Q3 If you are elected would you facilitate the development of more recreation cycling areas?

If I am elected, yes absolutely I would help facilitate the development of recreational cycling in any way that I reasonably can.

Q4 Over 3 years what level of funding would you support for development of cycling area’s in the Long Term Plan from 2021?

Funding is an area where I won't make any promises yet - I'm concerned about the council's spending habits and debt levels and would need a bit of time to get my head around it all once in the job before making any decisions to support funding.

Q5 If elected would you be prepared to work with Rayonier Matariki to assist in developing Ashley Forest as a destination for Mountain Biking?

Yes I would be prepared to work with Rayonier Matairiki.

Q6 What is your vision for recreational cycling in 100 words or less?

My vision is simply to see the development of a world class recreational mountain bike track in the Waimakariri District - it's a great idea and has my support.-Oliver Sanderson

 

As of 8 October 2019 we are waiting for a response from:

Michael Joseph Bate

Robbie Brine

Below is the email that was sent to Candidates:

Hi xxxxxxxx,

I am on the committee for the North Canterbury Cycling Club. We are contacting all the Waimakariri mayoral candidates for their views and comments on cycling in the district.

We welcome you to submit your answers to the questions which are at the end of this letter.

But first some information about our club;

North Canterbury Cycling Club is located in Rangiora with members drawn from all over North Canterbury. We are a vibrant club with around 500 members catering for both mountain bikers and road cyclists.

NCCC has a strong emphasis on supporting junior riders and has assisted many in achieving their goals and dreams! Riders who have been part of this program includes Commonwealth Games Gold Medal rider, Anton Cooper, 4th placed rider Ben Oliver and many more youngsters coming up through the ranks.

Currently NCCC club members enjoy exclusive access to the private forest lands of Ashley, Mt Thomas and Okuku. Fantastic riding on dirt roads with no traffic, great scenery and great mates to ride with.  Locally Rakauri trails around Rangiora are managed by ECan with support from NCCC, Taggarts and the North Canterbury Sports Trust.

 

Many districts around New Zealand are developing riding areas for the benefit of recreational cycling including mountain biking. Examples of these include Nelson, Rotorua, Queenstown and the west coast of the South Island.

Health benefits of regular cycling

Cycling is mainly an aerobic activity, which means that your heart, blood vessels and lungs all get a workout. You will breathe deeper, perspire and experience increased body temperature, which will improve your overall fitness level.

The health benefits of regular cycling include:

  • increased cardiovascular fitness
  • increased muscle strength and flexibility
  • improved joint mobility
  • decreased stress levels
  • improved posture and coordination
  • decreased body fat levels
  • prevention or management of disease
  • reduced anxiety and depression.

Mental illness and cycling

  • Mental health conditions such as depression, stress and anxiety can be reduced by regular bike riding. This is due to the effects of the exercise itself and because of the enjoyment that riding a bike can bring.

Financial benefits to the local community

  • Cyclists spend money in their community. To the best of our knowledge there has not been a study of the financial benefits to Waimakariri district.

 

A study completed by the Nelson City Council in 2018 said :

In total $17.1 million of new and retained spending will occur annually as a result of the mountain bike trails in the Nelson-Tasman region.

The total annual economic impact in ten years’ time will be $39.5 million in GDP and the total employment of 538 Full time employees.

These are just two of the headline statements from an economic impact study released by Nelson City Council, which it commissioned BERYL to prepare so the council can better understand the benefits mountain biking brings to our region. This information will help guide future financial decisions Nelson City Council makes on relevant maintenance and infrastructure projects.

 

Currently in our view WDC doesn’t have in place a strong plan to develop recreational cycling in the district.

We would like to ask you six questions based around cycling in the district.

Q1 Are you aware of WDC cycling strategy?

Q2 On a scale of 1-10 (1 = Extremely Low, 10 = Extremely High) Recreational cycling/Mountain biking in North Canterbury could be a drawcard for local businesses/commerce if developed properly?

Q3 If you are elected would you facilitate the development of more recreation cycling areas?

Q4 Over 3 years what level of funding would you support for development of cycling area’s in the Long Term Plan from 2021?

Q5 If elected would you be prepared to work with Rayonier Matariki to assist in developing Ashley Forest as a destination for Mountain Biking?

Q6 What is your vision for recreational cycling in 100 words or less?

Our intention is to let our members know your answers So far, we have had three responses from candidates

Thanks for your time

Darryn Giles

North Canterbury Cycling Club

 

 

 

 


1 comment

  • I am standing for Council in the Kaiapoi Woodend Ward, which while not encompassing Ashley Forest does include the coastal areas and trails. I would be keen to be part of the conversation if elected. I am also standing for re election to the Kaiapoi Tuahiwi Community Board. . Kind regards Philip Redmond.

    Philip Redmond

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