“We are going to engage in a joint, independent survey run by a leading national research company, to ensure the true views of the community are revealed.
“And we will do it with Wellington City, Upper Hutt, and other councils who are working together to ensure residents in our region get a full say in shaping their future.
“This survey will provide an informed view from the region and our community that will guide our council in any submissions made to the Local Government Commission,” he said.
“We will work with Wellington City and other councils to achieve the best outcome for Lower Hutt and the region
“Many of our residents have indicated to me they support the idea of a collaborative model involving shared services. Our view is that all options should be put in front of the community.
“Efforts by the Greater Wellington Regional Councils to court our council have been declined – they have previously indicated a preferred option similar to the Auckland Super City model,” he said.