Last Day for Submissions on Regional Options

5 July 2012

Tomorrow (Friday 6 July) is the deadline for Wellingtonians wanting to have their say on options put forward by Wellington City Council for the possible future shape of local government in the region.

Almost 1,200 submissions have been received by the City Council on four governance options for the city and the region - ranging from the 'status quo' with more regionally-shared council services, to a two-council and three-council proposal - to a single 'super city'-style council for the whole region including the Wairarapa, with subsidiary local boards.

Cr Paul Eagle, the City Council's Community Engagement Portfolio Leader, says some of the options could lead to the "biggest change to local government in greater Wellington in over 100 years. Tell us what you think as it's the only chance you'll have to say anything you like."

The eight local councils in the region have also agreed to jointly engage Colmar Brunton to survey about 3,400 residents across the region this month, based on the governance options. 

The results of the survey will be available in early August, and will inform the councils' views on the next steps in the process.

For those wanting to make a last-minute submission - here's how (make sure you send the submission by 5pm tomorrow):

  • Fill in the submission form at Public Input - Local Government Reform Options.
  • Get a copy of the Local Government Reform in Wellington booklet from city libraries, from the City Council service centre at 101 Wakefield Street, or by calling the Council on 499 4444 and asking for a copy to be sent to you. The booklet contains a Freepost submission form - you won't need a postage stamp.
  • Email your views to reform@wcc.govt.nz.  
  • Write to us at Wellington City Council, PO Box 2199, 101 Wakefield Street, Wellington City - Attention: Governance Reform.
  • There will also be an opportunity for submitters to have their say to Councillors in person.