6 December 2014

Geater Wellington Council

A Local Government Commission has recommended that the Wellington's nine councils should unite into one council named Greater Wellington Council, similar to the creation of the super city in Auckland

Key points of the proposed model are:
* One mayor to be elected heading a council made up of 21 members from eight wards – Rongotai, Lambton, Ohariu, Porirua-Tawa, Kapiti Coast, Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt and Wairarapa.
That council would be responsible for high-level, region-wide matters.
* Each ward would then also have a local board with between six to 10 elected members which would be responsible for local decisions.
The main council office would be in Wellington.

Economies would arise by having one mayor, 21 councillors and 60 local board members instead of eight mayors, one regional chair, 95 councillors and 57 community board members.  One of the most important benefits is the improved decision making that would result which would be made for the benefit of the region as a whole rather than in the interest of the local level only.