Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The super-city debate is creating less confidence amongst Wellingtonians...

Sir Geoffrey Palmer
Sir Geoffrey Palmer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The super-city debate appears to be one of the reasons Wellingtonians are less confident their city is heading in the right direction.
Just over half of the 516 Dominion Post readers questioned in a readers' survey said they thought Wellington was heading in the right direction, compared with 70 per cent at the same time last year. And of those who were "definite" the city was going the right way, the number had dropped from 19 to 9 per cent.
The proposed super-city appeared to be one of the bigger drivers of the change. The future of the Wellington region's governance was under the spotlight for much of last year.
An independent review panel chaired by Sir Geoffrey Palmer suggested two tiers, with six local boards working under a region-wide Greater Wellington Council.
There are other suggestions on the table too, such as a Hutt Valley's two councils becoming one, Wairarapa's three becoming one, and a single Wellington council reaching as far north as Kapiti. A single-tier council covering the whole region is also being suggested.
"We seem to be moving towards a super-city, without anyone bothering to ask the people of Wellington what they want," one person wrote in the survey, while another said: "Not interested in one large council." But others seemed more willing to move towards greater ties, or even amalgamation.
"We probably need to combine some of the services between the cities in the Wellington area," one said. Another said: "Needs to move to consolidation of existing local authorities."

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