Councils consult public on reform options
Four councils in the region are seeking public feedback on a plan for local government reform.
Greater Wellington Regional Council, Kapiti Coast District Council, Porirua City Council and Wellington City Council have produced a report that sets out options for change – a single-tier council for the whole region, a two-tier council for the whole region or the status quo.
Find out more – and have your say – at the website set up by the councils. Or go straight to the report.
The report was produced after the Government last year passed the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Act 2012, which greatly streamlines the process of council amalgamations. The act also allows any individual or organisation to make an application to the Local Government Commission to reorganise local government in an area.
A series of public meetings is under way to explain the options and to get feedback. You can make a submission online or complete a submission form, obtainable from council and library buildings.
The options outlined in the report will form the basis of a possible application to the Local Government Commission. They were developed by the Local Government Reform Working Party, a joint initiative by Greater Wellington Regional Council and the Kapiti Coast, Porirua and Wellington councils.