Reform in the region -what do you think?
The discussion and debate on Local Government reform in the Wellington region is about to move to the next level.
Porirua City has been an active participant of this process for over two years, adhering to the principle that if change was inevitable, we wanted to be at the table to in uence it. We have attempted to keep the Porirua community aware of what was happening at all times, and I’m pleased to say we have had positive buy-in from residents on both sides of the argument.
The time for decisions is fast approaching. The Government, through legislative changes, has made amalgamations of councils easier and there are councils in other parts of New Zealand who are actively pursuing change.
Porirua City Council joined with the Greater Wellington Regional Council to commission an independent report led by Sir Geoffrey Palmer, to examine the case for change and make recommendations about how a transition might occur and what a new structure might look like. This is the most comprehensive information relating to the Wellington region that exists.
Since the end of 2012 Porirua City has been actively engaged with Wellington City, Kapiti Coast and the regional council in an informal working party, aiming to develop some clear options for change that the community can comment on - for or against - or make changes to. If the community gives us positive feedback we may adopt that as an application for change to the Local Government Commission along with other councils in the region.