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Two Hutt cities launch joint survey – three options for local government reform

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Lower Hutt Mayor, Ray Wallace, today announced a survey seeking the views of residents on the future of regional governance was available at www.yourvoiceyourchoice.org.nz. The website is a joint initiative with Upper Hutt City Council.

Mayor Wallace says now the Wairarapa councils have submitted a proposal for change with the Local Government Commission, it is imperative Hutt City residents have their say about any future local government reform.

“The Wairarapa proposal is for an independent unitary authority which we think is a robust, balanced approach. However, our survey provides three options for residents to consider: an enhanced status quo, a united Hutt Valley Council or a single council for the Wellington region.

“Our view is we will listen to our community and then decide whether to make a submission or not.

“I strongly encourage all residents and ratepayers to complete the survey either online or by picking up a form from their local library as we need a strong, clear direction from them.”

A public meeting on the issue will be held on 6 June at The Angus Inn, the Woburn Room, starting at 6.30 pm.

1 comment:

  1. Chris, 28. May 2013, 11:56

    once again, as with the Greater Wellington survey, the body that has put out the questionnaire has limited the scope to favour what it is pushing for.
    Now that the Wairarapa Councils are looking to ‘break away’ and form what would be a sensible single body, the 2 Hutts have given the following options: 1/status quo (but enhanced!) 2/ Single Hutt 3/Supercity, including Wairarapa and Kapiti.
    Why is there not the following options, and not just from this survey:
    1/ Super City
    2/ Combined Hutts and/or Wairarapa – with or without the others combining to form a Super City
    3/ Wellington and Porirua
    4/ Kapiti looking to merge with an authority much more like itself and joining Horowhenua (the rubgy team has already)
    Kapiti is distinct in its position and make-up from the rest of the region, and has much more in common with Horowhenua. It is a similar position to the Wairarapa authorities – over the hill and more rural.