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2017: Wellington Region reorganisation

Application overview:

Draft proposals and Submissions

 

On 22 May 2013 the Local Government Commission received an application from Masterton, Carterton and South Wairarapa District Councils (herein the Wairarapa councils), under clause 3 of Schedule 3 of the Local Government Act 2002 (the Act), for reorganisation of local government in the Wairarapa.

Specifically the application is for the three Wairarapa councils to be united and to assume the powers of a regional council i.e. to become a unitary authority.

The application proposes that the unitary authority comprise a mayor and twelve councillors elected from seven wards to ensure good geographical distribution and local participation with no councillors elected at large. It also proposes the use of committees to address matters of special interest, such as Māori issues and rural issues.

On 21 June 2013 the Local Government Commission received an application from the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC), under clause 3 of Schedule 3 of the Local Government Act 2002 (the Act), for reorganisation of local government in Wellington Region.

The application is for the constitution of a unitary authority, that is a territorial authority also responsible for carrying out regional council functions, covering the area of the existing Wellington Region with the exception of a small area of Tararua District which would be transferred to Manawatū-Whanganui Region.

The proposed authority would comprise two tiers. The first tier would be a governing body comprising 21 councillors elected from eight wards and a mayor elected at large. A second tier would comprise eight local boards, each with up to nine elected members, with a chairperson elected by the members of each board.

Alternative application overview:

A summary of the alternative ideas raised by individuals and organisations who want to reorganise local authorities in the Wellington region has been released by the Local Government Commission.
The nineteen responses propose a variety of changes in governance structures as well as retention of status quo arrangements.

Wairarapa and Wellington reorganisation - alternatives