2022 Scorecard Questions

Our 2022 scorecard survey was sent out to candidates running for council seats in the Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington regions. Section 1-4 was the same for all regions. Section 5 is regional specific questions. The five categories are Environment, Transport, Te Tiriti, Equity/Social Welfare, and Housing/Liveable Cities.

We marked the questions based on how closely their answer matches Generation Zero's views and values. We also had questions that asked for commitments that we'd expect them to follow through with in office. Answers matching the closest were given a mark of 1, answers somewhat matching were given a mark between 0-1 (each answer had a predetermined mark), and no answer/answers that matched the least were given a mark of 0. Candidates were allowed to explain or clarify their choices at the end of each section. Questions were weighted based on how relevant they were to the region and council remit. The grades were calculated based on how many marks the candidate got after individual question weighting was taken into account. The final grades for respondents for each council were normalized. 

Candidates that were marked but did not respond were marked based on their voting history, their previous scorecard responses, policy.nz statements and other public information. Some candidates who acted contrary to the responses in scorecards had their grades modified. 

Section 1: How do you feel about the following statements?

Here are some prompts for when you read through these:

Could you hear yourself saying it?

What would you say if someone in a meeting said this?

 

All new housing developments should be required to meet universal design standards, and the building code should be reformed to enable it:

(Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, Strongly Disagree)

 

Aotearoa NZ is a racist society:

(Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, Strongly Disagree)

 

Benefits should not be raised:

(Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, Strongly Disagree)

 

Colonisation is a continuing problem in Aotearoa NZ:

(Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, Strongly Disagree)

 

Council-owned lands with identified biodiversity value should not be sold (except to tangata whenua), and should be protected and restored long-term as an investment for future generations:

(Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, Strongly Disagree)

 

Councils should not spend any more money on the maintenance of indigenous biodiversity and the environment (land and ocean):

(Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, Strongly Disagree)

 

Dedicated tenant advocacy services are required to balance the influence of landlords and rental agents:

(Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, Strongly Disagree)

 

I believe it should be a pre-requisite for all politicians to spend time considering their place in relation to others in society regarding power and experiences:

(Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, Strongly Disagree)

 

I believe that local grown foods should be prioritised over foods from overseas and further away in Aotearoa:

(Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, Strongly Disagree)

 

Increased Māori representation on council is a priority for me:

(Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, Strongly Disagree)

 

Managing climate exposed communities, such as those from frontline Pacific islands, should not be something councils help with:

(Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, Strongly Disagree)

 

Migrant communities should receive funding to support their languages and cultures:

(Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, Strongly Disagree)

 

Modern technologies (e.g. electric cars) should be made a priority as solutions to climate change problems:

(Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, Strongly Disagree)

 

There should be more permanent, separated (from the road) cycle and active transport lanes:

(Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, Strongly Disagree)

 

We need greater police presence to keep our communities safe:

(Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, Strongly Disagree)

 

We need more public spaces that reflect and honour the rich and diverse history and culture of our LGBTQIA+ and takatāpui community:

(Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, Strongly Disagree)



Is there anything you would like to add to this section?

 

Section 2: Multiple Choice

These are a range of different styles:

Which of these answers best suits your campaign?

Which of these answers do you most agree with?

Choose one option.

 

Should the local government enact COVID-19 (or other pandemic) regulations if the central government doesn't during high levels of cases?

(No - it is a central government responsibility, No - it is individual responsibility, Yes - local government should step in if central government does not)

 

Do you support increasing social housing stock and speeding up the regulation process to build social housing?

(No - I will not support this, Yes - I support both, Yes - I support increasing social housing stock, Yes - I support speeding up the process for social housing to be built)

 

Does Aotearoa New Zealand have a rape culture?

(I don't know, In some places/communities, No, Yes)


What do you think the voting age should be?

(<16, 16, 18, 19-21, >21)

What type of decision-making framework would you most like to see for local government working with mana whenua?

(Effective engagement during the decision making process, Ensuring co-design opportunities, Ensuring consultation opportunities, Make sure approval is made by all groups, Mana whenua have priority say over all decision-making, Mana whenua should have no say in council-made decisions)


Where do you stand on price costs for public transport? NB: current price refers to the price before the 50% discount was in place

(Government should not subsidise public transport costs (user pricing should pay), Current price (before the current 50% off), Free, Partially subsidise the current price for all, Targeted subsidy (more subsidised for targeted groups than current subsidies))

 

Which of these statements about improving congestion best fits your campaign?

(The current system is good as it is, We need to reallocate funding away from public transport and cycleways to improve roading, We need to reallocate funding away from roading towards public transport and cycleways)

 

Which of these statements about local renewable energy best fits your campaign?

(Councils should not play a role in funding community energy projects, I am happy with the current trajectory to meet the central government-mandated goal of net carbon zero by 2030, and do not need to change the current energy system, We do not need to further support local renewable energy projects, and can rely on the national gentailers to meet the 100% renewable energy goals, We need to fund and support community energy projects to increase the supply of local renewable energy, and break the reliance on large national energy gentailers (Meridian, Genesis, etc.))

 

Which of these statements about parking fits your campaign best?

(We need more general parking in central locations, We need to decrease central parking but not significantly, We need to keep the same amount of parking, We need to remove all general parking to make way for active and public transport but keep loading zones and accessible parking, We need to remove all parking in the city and prioritise active transport modes)

 

Within your political career, you will protect the right for people to access abortions and gender affirming surgeries.

(I can support neither, I support abortion rights only, I support trans people's rights to gender affirming surgeries only, I will do all I can to protect both)

 

Is there anything you would like to add to this section?

 

Section 3: Explain Your Answer

These questions give you a little more space for you to add nuance, and to provide you with more open questions to state what you will be standing for.

 

During urban design processes, access should be prioritised for (please choose 2 options maximum):

(Emergency services and mobility vehicles, Faster modes of active transport (cyclists, e-scooters, e-skateboards...), Public transport users, Slower modes of active transport (mobility scooters, walking, wheelchairs, pushchairs...), The average driver)

Please explain your answer to the above question in a few sentences. Why should these people be prioritised? (500 character limit)



How would you fix the current housing shortage? Please check all that would apply.

(Increased density (Closer, taller buildings), It's a Central Government issue, Limiting city populations, More 1/4 acre single family homes, Split current housing blocks into smaller sections)

Please explain your answer to the above question in a few sentences. Why is fixing a housing shortage best done in these ways? (500 character limit)



Under He Whakaputanga and Te Tiriti o Waitangi, how much power in decision-making should councils hold?

(I don't know, Less power than current, More power than current, No power, The amount of power the people give it, The current amount of power)

Please explain your answer to the above question in a few sentences. Why should councils hold this amount of power? (500 character limit)



Which of these actions should be used to support engagement with those who might be less heard within governance spaces? Below you will describe the groups that you think need more input into local government in your answer.

(Building relationships, Current processes work best, Ensuring co-design opportunities, Ensuring consultation opportunities, Make sure approval is made by all groups)

Please explain your answer to the above question in a few sentences. Why did you choose this option? Quickly describe or list some of the groups that you think need more input. (500 character limit)

 

Which of these groups should have the most say over changes to the environment in a particular area? Example: A coastal duneland with houses is getting washed out and has a limited lifespan without mitigation such as a seawall. Please check all that apply.

(Individual councillors, Expert scientists, Locals, those living in the closest communities, Mana whenua, Wider community (suburbs, towns, cities))

Please explain your answer to the above question in a few sentences. Describe the groups that you think need more input in your answer. (500 character limit)

 

Is there anything you would like to add to this section?

 

Section 4: Yes or No?

We expect you to stand by these answers, where relevant, if your campaign is successful.


Do you support vaccination mandates?

(Yes, No)

 

Will you commit to collaborating with central government and disability activists to resolve disability equity issues in transport?

(Yes, No)

 

Will you commit to increasing funding for sexual violence prevention?

(Yes, No)

 

Will you commit to providing greater taxi discounts for total mobility card holders?

(Yes, No)

 

Will you commit to returning council-owned land to mana whenua? This includes giving a first right of sale; returning for free all land gifted by Māori (for education, churches, hospitals, etc.); and creating co-ownership agreements.

(Yes, No)

 

Will you commit to working with communities to develop a network of Zero Waste Hubs for reuse, repair, recycling, composting, product stewardship takeback, behaviour change, and community engagement?

(Yes, No)

 

Will you support a rental warrant of fitness or similar mechanism for council to inspect properties for healthy homes compliance? This includes supporting the funding towards making this enforceable.

(Yes, No)

 

Will you support changing planning regulations and guidelines to support more development of community housing and non-regular housing designs including papakāinga and co-housing?

(Yes, No)

 

Will you support increasing the waste levy beyond $60 by 2024?

(Yes, No)

 

Will you support the phasing out of synthetic nitrogen fertiliser by 2030?

(Yes, No)

 

Is there anything you would like to add to this section?

 

Section 5: Regional Questions

These questions have been written to understand how you will act on particular local issues.

 

Canterbury Regional Questions

Do you think owners of multiple properties should be allowed to vote in each council district, local board area and community board area they own property in?

(Yes, No)

 

Will you commit to supporting more streets in Central Christchurch being turned into streets for people? Such as Colombo Street (between Lichfield St and Gloucester St), Hereford Street (between Durham St North and Colombo St). An example of an existing car free or car light street is Cashel St.

(Yes, No)



Will you commit to building a mass rapid transit system in Greater Christchurch? If you do, what mode would you commit to building?

(Heavy rail, Light rail, Bus Rapid Transit, None)

Please explain your reasoning for the selected answer to the preferred mass rapid transit mode question above.

 

Will you commit to supporting the creation of intra-regional passenger railway services in Canterbury? For example, services between Christchurch and Ashburton, Waipara and Darfield with stops in between?

(Yes, No)

 

Will you commit to supporting the creation of inter-city passenger railway services in Canterbury? For example, services between Christchurch and Dunedin, with stops in Ashburton and Timaru?

(Yes, No)

 

Will you commit to building more flood management infrastructure (such as stormwater basins, dams, etc) in areas of high flood risk?

(Yes, No)



Will you commit to changing the council election voting system to Single Transferable Vote (STV)?

(Yes, No)

 

Auckland Regional Questions

Where do you stand on the following statement: Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland's climate plan, and declaration of a climate emergency, are aspirational and should not decide policy settings e.g. regional land transport plans.

(Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, Strongly Disagree)

 

Te-Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri should drive Auckland Council's Sustainable Procurement.

(Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, Strongly Disagree)

 

How did you/would you have voted on the Transport Emissions Reduction Pathway (TERP)?

(Support, Against, Abstained / don't know what it is)

 

How did you / would you have voted on the Climate Action Targeted Rate?

(Support, Against, Abstained / don't know what it is)

 

Choose one of the following statements.

(Auckland Transport must balance emissions reductions with other competing objectives, such as maintaining existing transport assets, improving safety, improving freight corridors, and supporting growth., Emissions reduction is not one of many priorities to trade-off, but a chance to also deliver numerous co-benefits across other objectives such as improving safety, supporting growth, etc.)

 

In future, how should Auckland Council manage its urban land currently used as golf courses?

(Retain and improve quality of the golf courses, Re-develop some into housing and the rest into green spaces with higher biodiversity values that more Aucklanders can use, Reduce size of golf courses to allow for other public green space uses)

 

Will you commit to taking the lead of tangata whenua in environmental protection such as by standing with Protect Pūtiki?

(Yes, No)

 

Should the second Waitemata harbour crossing include a vehicle lane?

(Yes, No)

 

Do you support repurposing lanes of the Harbour Bridge specifically for public transport and active modes?

(Yes, No)

 

Will you take action or show your support for the protection of mature native trees in Tāmaki Makaurau.

(Yes, No)

 

Do you support special character areas?

(Yes, No)

 

Wellington Regional Questions:

GWRC:

Do you support the 3 Waters reform?

(Yes, No)

 

Do you support the introduction of a container return scheme and other regulated product stewardship?

(Yes, No)

 

Will you commit to decarbonising all of Wellington's transport?

(Yes, No)

 

Will you commit to improving the accessibility of public transport through funding measures such as more visual and audio cues of information about routes and stops both inside public transport and at public transport stops; more frequent services; and other measures that are designed with the disabled community?

(Yes, No)

 

How do you feel about the following statement: The protection of heritage housing in communities should be the priority in conversations around long-term planning.

(Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, Strongly Disagree)

 

How do you feel about the following statement: Oceans need to be as heavily protected as similar land ecosystems such as forests.

(Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, Strongly Disagree)

 

How do you feel about the following statement: Urban streams should be healthy and seen (not underground).

(Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, Strongly Disagree)

KCDC:

How do you feel about the following statement: creating diversity in available housing types makes stronger communities

(Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, Strongly Disagree)

 

Do you support creating a new school at Waikanae Beach with the increasing populations of the region?

(Yes, No)

 

Do you support the 3 Waters reform?

(Yes, No)

 

Do you support the ongoing viable use of the Paraparaumu airport for public flights?

 

Will you commit to meaningfully supporting families who will need to relocate away from flood- and coastal erosion-prone areas, particularly low income and vulnerable neighbourhoods?

(Yes, No)

 

Will you commit to investing in adaptation projects that protect Kāpiti from the rising sea levels?

(Yes, No)

HCC:

Do you support the 3 Waters reform?

(Yes, No)

 

Will you commit to centering accessibility to local services (i.e.doctors, schools being within walking distance of residences) in decision making around the urban environment?

(Yes, No)

 

Will you commit to investing in adaptation projects that protect the Hutt from the rising sea levels?

(Yes, No)

 

Will you commit to meaningfully supporting families who will need to relocate away from flood-prone areas, particularly low income and vulnerable neighbourhoods?

(Yes, No)

 

Will you commit to meaningfully supporting marae and their associated communities relocate to protect from future flooding?

(Yes, No)

 

Will you support the establishment of more community gardens in the Hutt?

(Yes, No)

 

Will you support the introduction of a container return scheme and other regulated product stewardship?

(Yes, No)

PCC:

How do you feel about the following statement: the current wastewater management systems in Porirua result in ongoing harm to the environment?

(Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, Strongly Disagree)

 

How do you feel about the following statement: The protection of heritage housing in communities should be the priority in conversations around long-term planning.

(Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, Strongly Disagree)

 

Will you attempt to continue to create and implement the visioning framework created by the imagining decolonised cities study of Porirua? This is the study found here between Ngāti Toa and Victoria University of Wellington.

(Yes, No)

 

Do you support the 3 Waters reform?

(Yes, No)

 

Will you commit to putting in place systems for households to divert food waste from landfill for composting in your council area?

(Yes, No)

 

Will you commit to establishing a council-provided rubbish collection?

(Yes, No)

 

Will you commit to providing more cycling infrastructure in Porirua?

(Yes, No)

 

Will you support an ambitious zero waste ambition for the city that will ensure no more landfill expansions?

(Yes, No)

 

Will you support funding alternative wastewater management projects that aim to lower environmental damage and support te Tiriti justice for mana whenua?

(Yes, No)

UHCC:

How do you feel about the following statement: The protection of heritage housing in communities should be the priority in conversations around long-term planning.

(Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, Strongly Disagree)

 

Do you commit to meaningfully supporting families who will need to relocate away from flood-prone areas, particularly low income and vulnerable neighbourhoods?

(Yes, No)

 

Do you support empowering local groups to increase provision of community housing initiatives?

(Yes, No)

 

Do you support the 3 Waters reform?

(Yes, No)

 

Will you commit to increasing public transport options that connect Upper Hutt residents to Wellington city, hospitals and essential social services?

(Yes, No)

 

Will you commit to putting in place systems for households to divert food waste from landfill for composting in your council area?

(Yes, No)

WCC:

How do you feel about the following statement: The protection of heritage housing in communities should be the priority in conversations around long-term planning.

(Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, Strongly Disagree)

 

Do you support the 3 Waters reform?

(Yes, No)

 

Do you support the Wellington Airport expansion?

(Yes, No)

 

How many car lanes in tunnels do you want between the city and Kilbirnie/Hataitai?

(0, 2, 4)

 

Will you commit to putting in place systems for households to divert food waste from landfill for composting in your council area?

(Yes, No)

 

Will you support an ambitious zero waste ambition for the city that will ensure the most recent landfill expansion is the last?

(Yes, No)

 

Will you support walking catchments (which enable building heights of 6 storeys (21 metres)) of 20mins around the city centre and public transport lines?

(Yes, No)