The Local Government Commission recommends Wellington’s councils take joint action on the urban area’s transport and planning challenges.
These recommendations follow from work carried out by the Commission and councils in 2016 on whether there were alternatives to amalgamating the region’s councils that would provide some of the same benefits.
The Local Government Commission has issued a final proposal for a Wairarapa District Council combining the South Wairarapa, Carterton and Masterton district councils. This proposal was rejected by the community at a binding poll in December 2017. The process has now concluded.
The Local Government Commission is proposing a new combined district council for the Wairarapa. The Wairarapa District Council would replace the existing South Wairarapa, Carterton, and Masterton District Councils. The existing local government arrangements would remain in the rest of the Wellington region.
The Local Government Commission has collated feedback from the What do you want for the Wairarapa? engagement programme which ran from 6 June to 8 July 2016.
Applications for local government reorganisation from the Greater Wellington Regional Council and the Wairarapa district councils in mid-2013 led to a proposal from the Local Government Commission for a region-wide unitary authority. In June 2015, the Commission decided not to proceed with this proposal due to lack of public support. Instead, because about 40 per cent of submissions suggested alternatives to the status quo, the Commission decided work with councils and the community to achieve some consensus on the challenges it faced, and to collaborate in identifying possible options to address the challenges.
Since then the Commission has met with Wellington Region Mayoral Forum, chief executives and councils to look for opportunities to strengthen the region. Together the parties agreed to progress work in three main areas: