|A photo of Wellington taken from the lookout point at Mount Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
It is becoming increasingly obvious that folk in the Hutt Valley are not interested in becoming part of a Wellington Super-city. And here is an extra reason why they would want a super-city like a hole in the head.
The Hutt and Wellington would take on significantly more debt if the region was combined as a super-city: Looking ahead the prospects are expected to be even more dire for ratepayers. Over the next decade Wellington City borrowing is expected to increase by 42% and the regional council's would double. However, Hutt City Council debt is expected to decline by 18%.
So on this factor alone, there would be no interest at all. The Wairarapa is expected to go it alone as well, creating a United Wairarapa Council. So it is beginning to look more likely a United Hutt Valley Council is the preferred option. A good idea in my book!