Project Description

Maxine Van Oosten

If elected, 2019 will be Maxine’s first term with the Hamilton City Council.

Why you?
Fresh Ideas – Wise Head. You deserve better value for money from Council and that’s what I offer. I’ll vote against any increase to the CEO’s $440k salary. I’d rather see those on low incomes get a living wage. Affordable housing, better transport that reduces carbon emissions and booming businesses offering great jobs – that’s my vision for Hamilton. We’re growing fast and we must have a plan that halts climate change, takes care of business and delivers the best lifestyles to Hamiltonians. I work as an advocate for teachers and education staff at NZEI Te Riu Roa. I will listen before I make decisions. I’ve 20 years’ experience in the finance sector and that makes me a valuable asset in financial debates. We need to change the makeup of our Council to better reflect our diverse City. Let’s start with more women representatives. I would value your vote.
Running as: Independent
What has the current council (2016-19) done well?
I love our local parks and destination parks, Council have really done well to build new ones & renovate some of the older ones. Victoria on the River is beautiful, it’s won awards, our Hamilton Gardens are a world beater. Shared public places are important to me. I think they are also doing well with transport solutions, support for a commuter train from Hamilton to Auckland and free buses for the disabled and youth. $2M seed funding for the establishment of a Land Trust is a creative way to begin to address the housing inequality in our City.
What has the current council done that you weren’t happy with?
Accountability for spending is a concern for me. The murky Council property transactions involving 4 Victoria Street buildings is an ongoing worry, that’s why I referred it to the Auditor General and now to the Serious Fraud Office. The current Council paid 1 1/2 times the properties market value while the nature of the dealings with Council was also called into question . There can be no blurring of the lines between Governance and individual business interests. What other questionable financial decisions are being made that we are not aware of. Hamilton City Council must become a Living Wage employer, And staying on the money theme I disapprove of the steep increase in rates. It has placed a strain on ratepayers, especially those on fixed incomes and renters.
If elected, what are your priorities?
Affordable housing, better transport that reduces carbon emissions and booming businesses offering great jobs – that’s my vision for Hamilton.