Michelle Houghton

Michelle Houghton

Michelle Houghton

Dinsdale Lions' first female president, Michelle's community work shows people are struggling.


My principal place of residence is Hamilton West.

“Hamilton City Council does not have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem”  I agree with the sitting councilor who said this.  Food on residents’ tables are set to reduce as rates are set to rise dramatically. As a Hamilton city ratepayer  I see what the council’s excessive spending does to everyday Hamiltonian's . I will work towards introducing systems to improve transparency and accountability around how your money is spent.

I have lived and worked in the Hamilton community for over thirty years. I was Dinsdale Lions’ Club first woman member and president, Hamilton Fish and Game secretary for 23 years, and a member of Dinsdale Toastmasters. I am currently Lions’ Club District Youth Chairperson.  I will continue to use my experience, relationships, and knowledge, to bring positive change.

As a member of Team Integrity, I will work to express your voice on council spending proposals. Let’s be active to make positive change.


What’s your vision for Hamilton?

My vision for Hamilton is a great, affordable place to live. A city where people can pay their rates and where debt repayment costs are not eating away at our ability to pay for everyday council services. Our council  must be accountable and transparent around how our money is spent.

What do you think is key for managing our city’s growth?

Currently according to statistics NZ figures, HCC spending on non-core services has been almost 40% of total rate income, against a NZ average of 17%.  Given the massive growth in debt levels and rates, it is crucial that council focuses on core spending first, the must haves, such as improving our services infrastructure and roading. If we want to continue to be a great, livable and affordable city, but to be able to maintain our basic services we must get our spending and debt under control.

What’s the one thing you’d do differently that would make Hamilton an even better place to live?

We must have more open communication between the council and the ratepayers. We want people talking and being able to express their views so that they can be part of the process. With just a third of Hamiltonians’ surveyed in the quality of life survey indicating confidence in council decision making, positive change is needed. I enjoy living, volunteering and leading in our community. I will listen to what the people of Hamilton have to say and make a difference.

What’s the biggest technology opportunity Hamilton is missing and how can we make it happen?

The growth in digital media is providing new opportunities to engage with our future leaders. Hamilton City Council must be more proactive with social media, and engage with those who will inherit this great city. The decisions the council are making today, especially given dramatically rising debt, will be with us for generations. Young people need to understand the importance of those decisions and be active both in voting and having their say.

How do you think we can get more people interested and engaged in Council ?

Simply listen and respond to residents and ratepayers. There must be improved communication between the council and all Hamiltonians. Residents and ratepayers must be well informed and their opinions must drive council processes. We are the one paying for HCC decisions. What you have to say matters.

Social media: https://www.facebook.com/TeamIntegrityForHamilton/

Email: hmichelle503@gmail.com 


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