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Local government reform

Updated 29 January 2015 10:41am

The Local Government Commission has presented its draft proposal for one council for the whole of the Wellington region (to be known as the Greater Wellington Council) and eight Local Boards.

The draft proposal is for 21 councillors, plus a mayor elected at large, on the council. Local Boards would be set up in Wairarapa, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, Kapiti, Porirua/Tawa, Ohairu, Lambton, and Rongotai.

The draft proposal is similar to the application made by GWRC to the Local Government Commission in June last year.

You can visit the Local Government Commission’s website to find out more about the draft proposal, or read the Questions and Answers.

Consultation on the Commission’s draft proposal is now open and will close on 2 March 2015.

A new information brochure has been produced by the Local Government Commission to encourage and assist public submissions on the proposal for local government reorganisation in the Wellington region. 

Please view the media release and reorganisation guide


Read GWRC's Application for Local Government Organisation submitted to the Commission in June last year, below.

Application for Local Government Organisation (PDF, 1.68MB)

Appendices to the application

Appendix 1: Suggested Ward Boundaries

Appendix 2: Public Feedback on Possible Models, May 2013

Appendix 3: Greater Wellington Socio-Demographic Profile 1986-2031

Appendix 4: Martin Jenkins Report, March 2013

Appendix 5: Legal advice, 2013

Appendix 6: Joint Working Party Report, March 2013

Appendix 7: Wellington Region Economic Profile -  Infometrics Report, 2013

Appendix 8: Submissions Analysis Wellington Region Governance Review, August 2011

Appendix 9: Manawhenua Iwi Views on Local Government Reorganisation in the Wellington Region

Appendix 10: Letter re Financial Allocation, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, February 2013

Appendix 11: Martin Jenkins Wairarapa Report and GWRC Response

Appendix 12: Letters in support of application to LGC

Appendix 13: NZ Transport Agency letter on local government reform

Appendix 14: Report of the Wellington Region Local Government Review Panel, October 2012