Greater Wellington's role and functions
Greater Wellington Regional Council promotes Quality for Life by ensuring our environment is protected while meeting the economic, cultural and social needs of the community.
Our specific responsibilities include environment management, flood protection and land management, provision of regional parks, public transport planning and funding, and metropolitan water supply.
The Council is responsible for developing policies that direct the activities of the Greater Wellington. Various Acts of Parliament, such as the Local Government Act and the Resource Management Act state what activities the Council should, or may, be involved with. It is the Councillors' role to decide how the activities should be carried out.
Biosecurity (pest animals and pest plants) is about protecting our environment, economy and way of life from the harmful impacts of pests and diseases. Greater Wellington works with landowners to target regional pest plants and animals and helps the rural economy by controlling possums to stop the spread of bovine Tb.
We co-ordinate the Civil Defence Emergency Management Group for the region. We work together to minimise the potential effects of emergencies, prepare ourselves and the community, respond to emergencies and help the community to recover.
The region's natural resources - land, water, air, energy - sustain our lives. We help people to use these resources appropriately and sustainably.
The region's many rivers mean homes, farmland, jobs, livelihoods and property can be at risk from flooding. We help communities protect themselves from the effects of flooding.
We look after the navigational safety of all vessels in the harbours of Wellington and Porirua and around the regional coastline. We encourage safe boating behaviour and are ready to respond in case of a marine oil spill.
About 40 per cent of the Wellington region is erosion-prone hill country. Soil erosion can be prevented or reduced by improving the way the land is used, perhaps by planting trees, by changing management systems, or by allowing native bush to grow in areas that are at risk from erosion. We work with landowners to control soil erosion.
We maintain a network of regional parks and forests, enjoyed by thousands of people every year. We also look after their environmental and historical features.
We maintain a 24-hour incident response service, conduct environmental assessments of industrial and commercial sites, and maintain a register of sites with hazardous industries or activities. To report a pollution incident, phone 04-384 5708, or freephone 0800 4WN REG.
Greater Wellington collects and treats all the drinking water used in Wellington, Hutt, Upper Hutt and Porirua. We are the region's 'wholesale' water supplier, delivering high-quality treated water to the main reservoirs in each city, from where the four city councils supply homes and businesses.
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