Hutt City Council sent a questionnaire to all households about possible reform of local government in the Wellington region.
SUBMISSIONS CLOSED ON FRIDAY 26 OCTOBER.
Those who elected to speak at a meeting in support of their submission will be contacted shortly. These meetings will be held in November by community boards and committees.
Message from Mayor Ray Wallace on local government reform
Possible amalgamation? Five thing you may wish to know
OPTION 1: KEEP THINGS LARGELY THE SAME
Existing councils and council boundaries would remain. The councils would be free to enter into more shared services arrangements. These could include combining administrative functions such as finance, information technology and human resources, or front-line services such as road maintenance, the running of libraries, parks and pools, and providing water and wastewater services. Nevertheless, each council would retain overall control of its own area.
OPTION 2: THREE COUNCILS
Under this option, the regional council would be abolished and the remaining eight councils divided into three geographically distinct areas: Hutt Valley (Upper Hutt and Hutt city councils), Wellington (Wellington and Porirua city councils and Kapiti Coast District Council) and Wairarapa (Carterton, Masterton and South Wairarapa district councils). These three new entities – Hutt Valley, Wellington and Wairarapa – would make arrangements to run some services jointly, such as public transport and the supply of water and wastewater services. Again, each council would retain control of its own geographic area.
OPTION 3: ONE COUNCIL
All nine councils would be abolished, and a single authority would govern the whole region – a super-city. Ten local boards would be set up to give a voice to individual communities, but their members would not formally sit around the council table, as elected councillors do, instead putting up recommendations based on residents’ views.
OPTION 4: YOUR OWN IDEA
You have your own suggestion about how local authorities could be structured to produce better results.
How are things now?
What are shared services?
What are council-controlled organisations?
Colmar Brunton survey
In July this year an independent telephone survey was carried out by Colmar Brunton to gauge how residents feel about local government in the region. Regionally 3,300 people were surveyed, including 400 people from Hutt City and 400 people from Upper Hutt. Read the full Colmar Brunton survey report.
Wellington Review Panel
This Panel has been established by the Porirua City and Greater Wellington Regional Councils to investigate local government reform in the Wellington region. Visit their website for more information.
Last year the Wellington Mayoral Forum commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers to produce a report that analysed governance in the Wellington region. Read the full report.