Announcement on amalgamation due soon
The Local Government Commission is expected to make an announcement before the end of the year on whether changes should be made to the Wellington region’s local government structure.
If change is recommended, a draft proposal will be released for consultation and the people of the region will be asked to provide their feedback. This is likely to be followed by a referendum on the Commission’s final determination sometime next year.
Greater Wellington Regional Council has submitted a proposal for a shared decision-making structure. This model sees locally elected boards deciding and delivering a large part of what is currently delivered locally by councils. Local areas also elect representatives onto a regionwide body with responsibility for major networks and infrastructure, planning and economic development – and that would also provide a united voice for the region.
“Recent changes to the local government legislation mean that in a two-tier system, community decision making is now anchored into the law with guaranteed funding,” says regional council chair Fran Wilde. “The benefit of this partnership approach is that local issues are dealt with locally but Wellington would achieve the scale and unity to deal with the bigger, more difficult issues in a united way and with the backing of adequate resources.
“This is an important decision for our region and I encourage everyone to find out the details of the Commission’s proposal before coming to a view on whether it is the best way to future-proof Wellington.”