Wellington supercity proposed by 2016

Proposed new structure for the council
Proposed ward structure

Should Wellington councils amalgamate into a supercity?

Yes
53%
No
47%
Total votes: 213

The Local Government Commission’s report on Wellington’s supercity proposes a new council and mayor by November 2016.

The report was released at noon today, despite Wellington city councillor Helene Ritchie already spilling the news.

The commission has suggested the establishment of one Wellington council with eight local boards.

This would mean one mayor, 21 councillors, and 60 local board members.

It forecasts financial savings of just over $30 million a year through amalgamation.

The commission says in its report it expects the Wellington local boards will have greater power than Auckland local boards for non-regulatory functions such as development consents. It also says councillors will be appointed to boards unlike Auckland, to improve communication.

The report acknowledges the case for change is not as compelling as it was in Auckland due to population figures. The proposed Great Wellington Council will serve a population comparable to Auckland City Council before the 2010 amalgamation, it says.

“Wellington does not face the growth pressures of Auckland.

“Nor does it have the level of dysfunction between current councils that was evident in Auckland prior to amalgamation,” the report says.

The report notes that, in the 10 years to 2013, the Wellington region performed worse than the national economy on all indicators except employment growth and business unit growth.

“The Wellington economy is dominated by the government sector. To perform better it needs to diversify and significantly lift its national and international competitiveness.

“Leadership and the ability to deliver a single plan for the region will be critical to improved competitiveness and better economic outcomes.

The proposal is now open for submissions.

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Hey Supercity doesn't that refer to Auckland - City of Sales.

Come on Wellywood get your own slur.

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Wellington - whatever you do, make sure you get a decent mayor. One who understands borrowing money means it has to be paid back and who controls urges around young attractive associates.

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Saving of $30m even if real will vanish when they spend $170m on a new computer as Auckland did to replace working paid off computers in the existing councils. Watch your rates soar like a bird regardless of who is mayor.

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This is a warning to all Wellington ratepayers. The Auckland supercity has created continual rates increases as the demands from the larger organisation become ceaseless. Councils are inherently un-commerical bodies handling a lot of money and monopolisation only cements their spending base. Auckland has been a financial disaster, hiring over 10,000 staff, with over 1700 earning more than $100,000 at the expense of ratepayers. You have been warned.

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Whatever happens there must be no Maori Board imposed on the ratepayers !!

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Whatever blow out figure nominated at present ( Dec 2014) for completion of the computer system at Super City Auckland is well under what will finally show up. ( There are major problems there)
I would suggest Wellington waits until Auckland demonstrates it has capable leadership in its Supercity structure by actually making savings, before they embark on a similar Supercity venture to achieve "savings".

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The smug beltway types and bureaucrats won't like this proposal. They'll finally pay their fair share of rates because the greater region will benefit from rates from the CBD.

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Supercities are bollocks. Auckland has gone from bad to worse under poor egotistical leadership and is in danger of drowning in debt. Wellington, don't go there. Nothing good has come from amalgamation in Auckland.

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Supercity = bureaucrats which = $$$$$$ [eyes lighting up yet]!
But wait - if the "100 year earthquake" occurs, many experts say that Wellington could be cut off. Glory be, all towns outside Wellington will have to look after themselves.
Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace says "We're already doing those things that they're telling us the super-city is going to achieve" so why do we need a supercity.
Auckland's problems are enough to put you off!!

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Wellington, dont do it!

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If Wellingtonians elect another Len Brown, then we witness the end of western civilisation as we know - and love - it.
Please, keep the drongos caged.

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Welly - time to open your eyes...in Akl, Super city has meant:
1) Masive growth in rates
2) Massive erosion of services to ratepayers
3) massive borrowing on lunatic projects
4) massive growth in counil overhead & contractors
5) Massive IT project c**k-up
6)Coucil worker culture adversarial towards ratepayers
7) Crazy mayor
8) Gutless councillors, worried about snouts in troughs
9) Grid-locked city

Be warned...its coming your way !

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The big error Auckland has to cope with is the inclusion of what are essentially rural areas with entirely different needs and culture from the big city ( which is of course not big by world standards). Looks as if the same mistake is proposed for Wellington.

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We're currently "enjoying" our Supercity economy-of-scale "dividend".

Sorry, meant to say that Auckland Supercity is raising cash as fast as possible to cover its new found shortfall, by the simple expedient of revaluing every property and sticking us with a nice big rates bill.

Rural Wellington Supercity dwellers, you have been warned! Your property will suddenly be "worth" twice as much as it was previously.

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