Local Govt Commission must listen to Wellingtonians

“The Local Government Commission needs to pay attention to the vast majority of submitters who opposed the super-city idea,” said Green Party local government spokesperson Eugenie Sage.

Plans to create a super-city for Wellington and Wairarapa look to be on hold – for now.

 

People in the Wellington region have sent a clear message that they do not want an Auckland type super-city, the Green Party said today.

Plans to create a super-city for Wellington and Wairarapa look to be on hold – for now.

“The Local Government Commission needs to pay attention to the vast majority of submitters who opposed the super-city idea,” said Green Party local government spokesperson Eugenie Sage.

“While the Supercity isn’t necessarily a going concern, the Green Party is not opposed to some form of change from the current local government settings in Wellington. 

“It is important that any change is driven by the community rather than imposed on the community,” said Ms Sage.

“It is also important that any change strengthens rather than reduces local democracy as the super-city and local boards would have done.

“It is good news that the Commission seems to be ready to begin working with councils and communities on alternative options on a collaborative basis.

“It may be possible that some form of amalgamation occurs in the future.

“It is quite clear however, from the submissions received, that this will not be an Auckland type super-city,” Ms Sage said.

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