Local Government Reform PUBLIC CONSULTATION
This web page provides information on opportunities for the public to have input to the process of change in local government at the regional and local level.
Local and regional change
Local government is a dynamic environment. It is changing at the national, regional and local levels. Porirua is part of the Wellington region and we need to make sure that we operate effectively locally and regionally.
See our latest video about Wellington Regional Reform (1.25 mins)
See a short video from Porirua City's Mayor Nick Leggett introducing some of the local and regional governance issues and how Porirua is involved (4.47 mins).
The Mayor has commented on the local government debate. See the Mayor's comments on our Local Government Reform Information and Resources page.
Over the last few years the region's nine councils and Wellington Mayoral Forum have been considering proposals for improving the way we work together. More recently, there has been a clearer picture of the likely options for reform and the views of different councils.
Porirua City Council is part of the joint Local Government Working Party with Greater Wellington Regional Council, Kapiti Coast District Council and Wellington City Council (including the Mayors, Councillors and Chief Executives). Some of the information from the last few years and the latest views are described on our Local Government Reform Information and Resources page and the shared website, www.regionalreform.org.nz.
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Porirua residents and interest groups have made submissions to previous consultation processes. Summaries are included on our Local Government Reform Information and Resources page. Porirua City Council wants to continue to strongly represent local views in any discussions and decisions on regional change.
The four councils of the Working Party agreed to consult on the two options proposed:
1) one council with a single-tier of decision making
2) one council with two-tiers of decision making - a governing council and local boards
The report leaves open the question of whether or not Wairarapa could be included in a new council.
Regional events and information
A shared website, www.regionalreform.org.nz, provides a wide range of information on the Working Party's models and factsheets on a range of topics, links to other councils' websites and some of the reports and investigations across the region that have led up to this point.
There will be more opportunities for information on the proposals and processes through the website, Facebook, newspapers and public forums.
Porirua events and information
In Porirua, there have been opportunities to comment on local government reform alongside consultation on the Draft Annual Plan 2013/14 in April. The formal submission period for both the regional reform and Draft Annual Plan have now closed.
Survey of Porirua residents in May
Porirua City Council has also commissioned a survey of residents by Versus Research Limited (Hamilton). The survey results will supplement the information from the consultation process and inform Council's decision-making in May/June 2013.
Information about other local opportunities for information and comment on local government reform will be included on this page.
If you have any queries or ideas about what you would like to see on these pages, email email@example.com - Subject: Local Government Reform.