Porirua will be lone voice

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Porirua is Greater Welling­ton’s only city to wel­come an in­de­pen­dent su­per- city panel, af­ter seven fel­low coun­cils re­fused to en­gage with the ini­tia­tive.

Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil is be­hind the In­de­pen­dent Re­view Panel, which will gauge public opin­ion on a Welling­ton su­per city and cre­ate a fea­si­bil­ity study for amal­ga­ma­tion in com­ing months.

GWRC chair­woman Fran Wilde wrote to mayor Nick Leggett on March 27 invit­ing Porirua City Coun­cil to help cre­ate terms of ref­er­ence for the panel and help se­lect its mem­bers. Porirua will con­trib­ute $ 18,000 of the $ 150,000 panel cost, plus con­sid­er­able staff time, Mr Leggett said.

Ms Wilde’s in­vi­ta­tion was unan­i­mously ac­cepted by the coun­cil last Wed­nes­day.

The coun­cil’s decision was not a vote for amal­ga­ma­tion, merely a vote for clar­ity and dis­cus­sion, Mr Leggett said.

‘‘To not be at the ta­ble when there’s dis­cus­sion on re­gional amal­ga­ma­tion will only be to the detri­ment of Porirua res­i­dents. We have to be at the front of this de­bate,’’ he said.

The panel will cre­ate a case for amal­ga­ma­tion which can then be de­bated, Mr Leggett said.

‘‘It’s the crit­i­cal de­tail we lack in this de­bate so far.’’

Welling­ton, Hutt City, Up­per Hutt, Kapiti, and the Wairarapa coun­cils have re­jected Ms Wilde’s in­vi­ta­tion, which Mr Leggett said was un­re­al­is­tic.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.