Bay of Plenty is going through unprecedented growth. We are all feeling frustrated by the lack of transport options and communication. We are strangled by traffic jams and roadworks. It’s time for CHANGE and progressive FORWARD PLANNING. We cannot stay stuck in the past any longer. As a Registered Architect, I have a good understanding of what you and our beautiful region needs, I support a SAFE MULTI-MODAL transport network for the people that benefits local business, the environment and confronts congestion. A previous board member of Tauranga Art Gallery and Hamilton City Council Urban Design Panel, I have knowledge of innovative developments, managing budgets, decision making and clear communication. My family integrates SUSTAINABILITY into our daily lives. I believe that with my experience, creativity and passion we can make our region GREAT for businesses, our everyday lives and future generations.
TOGETHER WE CAN CREATE CHANGE. It’s time.
MARK’S VISION FOR BAY OF PLENTY REGION
I realise that the below VISION can’t be achieved in the immediate future, however we need to plan ahead for future generations and we need to preserve land and resources staged over 10 to 50 years in a logical and careful way. If they are lost there is no going back.
BAY OF PLENTY MASTERPLAN
I propose the commissioning and creation of a Bay of Plenty Regional MASTERPLAN projecting 10 to 50 years into the future that involves all stakeholders like the Port of Tauranga, Iwi, Councils and the Community. This could be a LIVE DIGITAL MODEL that everyone can view online. The MASTERPLAN could take inspiration from the Melbourne Plan that has been successful because they “stuck to the plan over 15 years” and it spanned beyond elected members terms, budget constraints and personalities.
INTEGRATED MULTI-MODAL TRANSPORTATION NETWORK
I would like to see an Integrated Transportation Network Design which takes into consideration Bus/Train/Ferry/Cycle/Trams and Walkway connectivity with park and rides to anticipate future growth across the region. Consideration should be given to train double tracking with a City Station and Coronation Park Station. I support a passenger train service connecting Tauranga, Hamilton and Auckland. I stand for more transport choices for the people that are fast-frequent-reliable-affordable-safe transport options like Light Rail, Heavy Rail, Ferries, Gondola and Buses. We already have the heavy rail network in place, we could look at stage 1 sidings so that freight trains have priority.
We could be New Zealand’s first SUSTAINABLE REGION. We can all take action through planting vegetable gardens/fruit trees/native trees, solar panels, rainwater harvesting/storage. I support the planting of thousands of native trees for carbon sequestration for future generations across the BOP Region. I would like to propose that all new subdivisions and buildings are required to achieve a minimum 4 green star rating. The positive results of this will be reduced pressure on the infrastructure requirements for our growing region and reduced power and water consumption. I support investigation into alternative power generation sources like waste-to-energy plant or water turbine on Turret Rd Bridge utilising the tides and solar panel farms.
A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT – CLEAN AIR & WATER
I have presented at EPA Hearings on the banning or full recapture of Methyl Bromide fumigant used on timber logs in the Tauranga Port which outgases to Blake Park and Whareroa Marae. Methyl Bromide is a colourless gas that is carcinogenic and ozone depleting. I support cleaning up of our rivers, streams, harbour, estuaries and sea. I support our 3 Waters infrastructure being kept Local and not being dictated by Central Government.
IT’S TIME FOR CHANGE
As a Registered Architect a key requirement is being a problem solver. I solve problems in building design and urban planning. Tauranga has problems that need solving. I have a key set of skills that have been developed over 25 years working with multiple people such as suppliers, builders, councils and clients to overcome these problems on a daily basis. These are the skills required for Regional Council. We need new blood, new ideas, innovation and change.
I WILL BE YOUR VOICE
I will stay in contact with my supporters by Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Your voice matters. We need to take action.
OVERHEAD TRUCK NETWORK TO PORT
Imagine separating Freight Trucks in and out of the Port from cars/bikes/pedestrians. This would reduce congestion and prevent deaths.
I support the protection of cultural and historic heritage, view shafts and the preservation of open areas, parks and unique natural landscapes that cannot be recreated if lost. An inclusive approach to all cultures in New Zealand by encouraging multi-cultural awareness across the region. I support improving Marae infrastructure.
YOUTH VOICE NEEDS TO BE HEARD
Tertiary Campuses bring youth and vitality to our region, activating cafés and small inner city businesses. I propose a walkable/cycleable city and region where the youth can live, work and play in the CBD without the need for a car. I propose the establishment of cycle stations throughout the city and region. The introduction of city related interaction would be digitized via social media trends Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook encouraging the youth to be heard.
SENIOR CITIZENS AND ACCESSIBLE REGION
Making sure that the region is designed to be ACCESSIBLE friendly so that every street allows wheelchairs, mobility scooters, prams and pedestrians to traverse the region without being hindered.
A SAFE REGION FOR ALL
Safe family amenities and activities across the region. Support for lifesaving, fire and ambulance services. This region is for our children/tamariki.
IDEAS FOR THE HARBOUR
Consider a Royal New Zealand Naval Base in Tauranga Harbour to increase the Navy activity, presence and security. Also, encourage better connectivity with the active COMMERCIAL PORT so that the Mauao – The Mount – Coronation Park and the CBD can be connected.
FUTURE SKYRAIL GONDOLA NETWORK
Can move 2 to 3 thousand people per hour as an Urban Transport Mode. Watch 3D Video Animation mark-wassung.com
FUTURE INLAND PORT RANGIURU – ROAD TO RAIL STATION
FUTURE OCEAN TERMINAL & CORONATION PARK MULTI-MODAL STATION
Authorised by Mark Wassung 11 Moiri Place Maungatapu
22 September 2022