Lessons not learned from Auckland

Yay! Wellington will follow my lead

Yay! Wellington will follow my lead

Wellingtonians appear to be dumber than a bag of hammers, at least the idiots at the Local Government Commission who have issued a report suggesting that Wellington could benefit from a Super City arrangement.

Have they not learned a thing from Auckland?

Goodbye Wellington, hello Greater Wellington – the capital is set to become a super-city.

The long-awaited draft recommendation from the Local Government Commission has found that the Wellington’s nine councils should unite into one council named Greater Wellington Council.

Key points of the proposed model are:

* One mayor elected at large heading a council made up of 21 members from eight wards – Rongotai, Lambton, Ohariu, Porirua-Tawa, Kapiti Coast, Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt and Wairarapa.

That council would be responsible for high-level, region-wide matters.

* Each ward would then also have a local board with between six to 10 elected members which would be responsible for local decisions.

* Two councillors would also be appointed to each board.    

* There would also be a Maori board and a Natural Resources Management Committee.

* The first Greater Wellington Council would be elected at the next local body elections in 2016.

* It would establish a new integrated rating system, which would come into force in 2019. In the interim existing separate rates schemes would remain in place.

*  Rates would be decided on a property’s capital, not land, value.

* The main council office would be in Wellington.

* There would be area offices in Porirua, Paraparaumu, Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt and Masterton. Smaller service centres would be in Waikanae, Otaki, Martinborough, Greytown, Featherston and Carterton.

* A small section of Tararua District that is currently within the regional council boundary which transfer to the Manawatu-Wanganui region.

Today’s decision marks a significant step after years of debate about whether or not Wellington should, or need to, amalgamate.

The issue came to a head last year when the three Wairarapa councils put in a bid to break free from the region and form a separate unitary authority.

Heard it all before…for Auckland and how has that worked out for us all?

Ever increasing rates, out of control Mayor, rapacious council bureaurats and no solutions as promised.

If Wellingtonians were smart they’d kick this to touch.

Interestingly Fiji did away with local councils and no one wants them back.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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