Angela was elected to the Hamilton City Council as a West ward councillor in 2007.
Extra roles and responsibilities
Chairperson of Regulatory & Hearings Committee
Running as: Independent
If there was one thing you could change about Council, what is it and why is it important?
It’s hard to choose just one thing but one thing I WILL change if elected as Mayor is the way we engage with the people we represent. Council is a big business and residents have told me they feel disengaged. I have a number of ideas to improve things to make it easier for residents to have their say. As Mayor I will ensure Council listens first, and then acts.
My priority this term was to speak up for the residents and ratepayers of Hamilton. It is public knowledge that what I see is right for the city, is in stark contrast with the current Mayor. I put up strong arguments and successfully defeated a number of large unnecessary spending proposals like $4m on Garden Place. I led arguments that reinstated a priority to build playgrounds, led the new Central City Safety Strategy, got the plans for Hamilton Zoo back on track, fought to keep an incentive so new development in the CBD could continue, supported Rototuna Town Centre and was the Founder and creator of Waikato125 that celebrated 125 Waikato women to mark 125 years of New Zealand suffrage.
The budget and the resulting 9.7% rates increase to Hamilton residents. Budgets are about priorities and there are many things that made it into the budget, that the public said they didn’t want. Elected members aren’t there to make decisions FOR others, they are there to REPRESENT. How can you claim to represent when the public say Council doesn’t listen.