I respond to Kath Johnson’s letter regarding amalgamation. Some people have got the wrong end of the stick and I think it’s important to put things in perspective.
Porirua City Council is committed to a binding referendum on amalgamation.
In my view change shouldn’t happen unless a majority of Wellingtonians want it.
Such a referendum should take place in the next 18 months or so.
The three Wairarapa councils have triggered a process that will examine the need for change in the Wellington region.
Instead of ignoring the issue, Porirua City Council has chosen to look at options and consult closely with residents over the last two years. We know there are strong feelings on both sides of the argument as to whether amalgamation is a good thing.
We don’t believe that a hollow defence of status-quo is good enough. Any public organisation should always try and do things better.
Whether change happens and what it looks like is now in the hands of the Local Government Commission and it will again come back to communities to ask our views on amalgamation.