Num­bers for change

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JIM CHIPP

A re­gional sur­vey of opin­ions on pos­si­ble coun­cil amal­ga­ma­tions or a su­per-city re­veals some in­ter­est­ing de­tails on who wants what.

Ter­ri­to­rial au­thor­i­ties com­mis­sioned the Col­mar Brun­ton sur­vey.

A to­tal of 500 peo­ple were polled in Kapiti and 400 in each of the other coun­cil ar­eas.

Across the whole re­gion a slight ma­jor­ity of 58 per cent favoured ex­ist­ing coun­cils and bound­aries.

But fe­males aged un­der 35, peo­ple who do not own their homes, Asians and those on low to mid­dle in­comes were most likely to pre­fer no change.

Fifty-two per cent of fe­males wanted things to stay the same, as did 61 per cent of those younger than 35, 59 per cent of non­ratepay­ers, 67 per cent of Asians, 60 per cent of those in house­holds with an­nual in­come be­tween $30,000 and $50,000, and 57 per cent of peo­ple in house­holds with in­come be­tween $ 50,000 and $80,000.

Over 55-year-olds were most likely to like the idea of amal­ga­mat­ing into three coun­cils, one for Wairarapa, one in the Hutt Val­ley and a third for Welling­ton, Porirua and Kapiti.

A two-coun­cil op­tion was also pop­u­lar with the over-55s, as well as those on higher house­hold in­comes of $80,000 or more.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.