The Wellington Local Government Review Panel has released an issues paper seeking public feedback on the core issues facing the Wellington region.  The independent panel, established in late May by Greater Wellington Regional Council and Porirua City Council, aims to identify an optimal governance model for the Wellington region.  Its members are Sir Geoffrey Palmer (chair), Sir Wira Gardiner, Sue Driver and Bryan Jackson.  The panel will report back to the Councils with a recommended option in late October 2012. 

The following factors stimulated the review:

  • The introduction of the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill in the House earlier this year: The Bill proposes to reform local government and facilitate amalgamation of local government units.
  • The Government's Better Public Services Programme: The Government has indicated that over the next five years it will be focusing on increasing the cost effectiveness of the delivery of public services, to contribute to building a more competitive and productive economy. 
  • The creation of the Auckland super city: This has altered the local government landscape in New Zealand and provides an alternative model for Wellington to consider. 

The deadline for public submissions and feedback is Friday 7 September 2012.  The issues paper can be accessed here.