Su­per City op­tions

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Edi­tor,

I read with in­ter­est re­cently that the Welling­ton May­oral Fo­rum has re­ceived a re­port on op­tions for lo­cal govern­ment re­form in the Welling­ton re­gion. What could this mean for Porirua?

Well, fol­low­ing the ma­jor re­form in Auck­land which has re­sulted in one city coun­cil rep­re­sent­ing 1.4 mil­lion peo­ple, I sus­pect that it will be quickly con­cluded that the sta­tus quo in Welling­ton with nine coun­cils rep­re­sent­ing a lit­tle over 400,000 peo­ple is not an op­tion.

One step down from a su­per city in Welling­ton is an op­tion that sees Porirua join­ing Welling­ton City.

Think­ing on what this will likely mean for Porirua will, I imag­ine, vary from per­son to per­son.

Bear­ing in mind that Karori, John­sonville and more re­cently Tawa were in­de­pen­dent units of lo­cal govern­ment, cer­tainly it will re­sult in some loss of iden­tity. If we don’t want im­por­tant de­ci­sions such as these made for us then this is an

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