List of Council organisations

Find out what each Council Controlled Organisation does on behalf of Wellington residents.

The Council has established several companies and trusts to help it achieve its goals for Wellington. These organisations were set up to independently manage Council facilities, or deliver specific services and developments on behalf of Wellington residents.

Cricket Wellington's website.

Basin Reserve Trust

The Trust:

  • manages, develops and promotes the Basin Reserve for recreation, leisure and cricket games
  • preserves the heritage value of the Basin Reserve and its assets
  • organises fundraising to help promote and further develop the Basin Reserve

It was set up as a Council Controlled Organisation in 2002, then as a trust in 2005. See 

Cricket Wellington manages the day-to-day operations of the grounds.

Capacity's website.

Wellington Water

Manages all Wellington, Hutt, Upper Hutt and Porirua councils' drainage and water services. Wellington Water:

  • provides water services to customers in Wellington, Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt and Porirua
  • maintains the water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure for the Wellington, Hutt, Upper Hutt and Porirua city councils
  • is jointly owned by the four city councils and Greater Wellington Regional Council
  • was formed by the merger of Capacity Infrastructure Services and Greater Wellington Regional Council’s water supply group in September 2014.

Screenshot of website

Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA)

As Wellington’s official tourism organisation, WREDA markets Wellington as New Zealand’s ultimate urban destination. The organisation:

  • promotes Wellington as a domestic and international visitor destination
  • markets Wellington as a convention and conference destination
  • provides visitor information services through
  • supports retail growth initiatives
  • facilitates new tourism and event products and services.
Screenshot of Venues Wellington website.

Venues Wellington

Venues Wellington manages Wellington's premiere events and performance venues "where grow business meets show business", including the Michael Fowler Centre, Town Hall, St James Theatre, Opera House and TSB Events Centre. The organisation:

  • provides live entertainment and performing arts experiences
  • hosts special government, education, business and industry occasions
  • supports business and industry networking and development opportunities through conferences and exhibitions
  • provides facilities for regional, national and international sports teams to compete
  • enables civic and community performances and celebrations

Wellington Cablecar website.

Wellington Cable Car Ltd

Wellington Cable Car maintains and operates the cable car, and maintains the trolley-bus over-head electrical system. It:

  • maintains the cable cars and associated facilities, to NZ Transport Agency standards
  • manages the contract for operation of the Cable Car
  • manages contracts for maintenance of the trolley bus overhead wires
  • ensures the trolley bus wire system is in good, safe, working order.

The company was formed after 1991 legislation stopped local authorities running passenger transport services.

Wellington Museums Trust website.

Experience Wellington – Wellington Museums Trust

Provides seven educational and cultural facilities:

The trust:

  • manages Trust facilities
  • acquires museum collections
  • sets up exhibition programmes and educational policies for Trust facilities
  • ensures Trust facilities compliment those provided by Te Papa, the Museum of NZ
  • cooperates with related facilities in the Wellington region.

Westpac Stadium website.

Wellington Regional Stadium Trust

Owns, operates and maintains the Westpac Stadium. This Trust is not a Council Controlled Organisation, but is a charitable trust jointly settled by Wellington City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council. The Trust:

  • operates and manages the Westpac Stadium
  • originally established by Greater Wellington and this Council to develop and build the Westpac Stadium
  • provides high quality facilities for use by rugby, cricket and other sports, musical, cultural and sponsored events
  • administers the stadium and Trust assets
  • is a charitable trust and is not a Council Controlled Organisation.

Wellington Zoo website.

Wellington Zoo Trust

Manages the Wellington Zoo, educates the community about zoology and supports conservation initiatives. 

The Trust:

  • runs an education centre to educate the community on zoology and conservation
  • supports conservation initiatives
  • was established as a charitable trust in 2003.

Picture of a bridge and a building over a lake, with bush in the background.

Karori Sanctuary Trust

Manages ongoing conservation and restoration work at Zealandia, works with local organisations and community groups to support local biodiversity, provides educational experiences, and connects people to New Zealand's unique natural heritage. The Trust:

  • manages a 225ha conservation estate home, to dozens of native species
  • promotes conservation and advocates for New Zealand’s native wildlife
  • works with local groups to improve biodiversity across the Wellington region
  • partners with leading educational institutions to facilitate world-class environmental research
  • facilitates educational programmes and resources to thousands of young people around the Wellington region.