Re­form in the re­gion -what do you think?

Kapi-Mana News - - CITY FOCUS -

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.

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