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Final proposal for a new Wairarapa District Council

The Local Government Commission issued a final proposal for a Wairarapa District Council in July 2017. This would have replaced the existing Masterton District Council, the Carterton District Council, and the South Wairarapa District Council. A three-week postal ballot held during November and December 2017 asked whether people supported or opposed the proposal. The majority of votes opposed the proposal.

The result is binding and brings to an end the Local Government Commission’s process. South Wairarapa, Carterton and Masterton district councils will continue to represent the local government interests of the residents and ratepayers of their respective districts. Further information on the conduct of the poll should be addressed to: Warwick Lampp Electoral Officer – Wairarapa Reorganisation Poll PO Box 3138, Christchurch 8140 iro@electionz.com 0800 666 046

Our media releases section also has recent news about the poll.

Summary of key features

(More details can be found in the final proposal document and the Commission’s decision paper)

  • The Wairarapa District Council would be a territorial authority.
  • Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) would continue to be the regional council for the Wairarapa. GWRC would continue to carry out its current roles and responsibilities.
  • There would be a new Wairarapa Committee of the GWRC to strengthen Wairarapa input into regional council issues affecting the district.
  • The Wairarapa District Council would have a mayor and 12 councillors. The mayor would be elected by voters from across the combined district. The councillors would be elected by voters of each of seven wards.
  • There would be five community boards centred on each Wairarapa town. There would be a total of 21 elected community board members.
  • There would also be a Māori standing committee and a rural standing committee.

The ward boundaries, councillor and community board representation is shown on the map below:

Wards and boundaries for proposed new Wairarapa District Council

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  • The first elections would be held in October 2018 at the earliest. The new council would come into existence on 1 November 2018 at the earliest.
  • The Wairarapa District Council would retain area offices in Masterton, Carterton and Martinborough for at least five years.
  • It is proposed that the address for service (the principal public office) would be in Masterton.
  • The Commission proposes that the current rating arrangements remain in place until 30 June 2024.
  • Any rates changes due to the proposed amalgamation would be capped at five per cent up or down per year. (This cap would not apply to rates changes as a result of normal council activities, such as changes to services or revised rating valuations.)
  • Wastewater rates would be ring-fenced so people only pay for the wastewater scheme they are currently part of.

Map - Proposed structure and representation

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