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  1. Curtis Nixon, 29. September 2015, 21:20

    Disestablish and dispose of the Greater Wellington Regional Council and councillors: divide its responsibilities, assets, and staff amongst the existing City and District Councils.

  2. James, 29. September 2015, 23:40

    I can’t understand how the Local Government Commission is getting involved in this at all. According to the legislation as I understand it, the Commission can only respond to proposals put to it. It does not have a role in developing new schemes for reorganisation.

  3. Esjay, 30. September 2015, 8:15

    Here we go again. Since when has the Mayoral Forum had the status to dictate what the public can be consulted on? Seems as if they committed funding to the Airport Runway extension without prior consultation. Now they are at it again, working behind closed doors to make a decision without public consultation. Just who do they think they are?

  4. Chris Gray, 1. October 2015, 10:29

    Curtis obviously has not considered what the regional council actually does. Does he think splitting public transport in to 8 parts would result in an effective network wide approach to this service? No, individual TAs don’t have the framework or mandate to make sensible decisions on services that cut across these arbitrary borders? Does he think that Upper Hutt or Hutt city would invest in providing bulk water to WCC and Porirua if they didn’t have the legal mandate to do so? and if they did would the price of water be different? Would the flood protection measures be effective on the Hutt river if Upper Hutt and Hutt city decided on different levels of investment and protection? As a regional entity, GWRC can consider the whole river so the whole solution is effective and not compromised because one TA chooses to or can’t afford to provide an appropriate design standard.

    Whereas the regional council has mostly separate activities that are delivered for the region’s benefit, it’s the TAs that provide the same services as each other.

  5. City Lad, 2. October 2015, 7:44

    Mayors have a limited shelf life. Some have a used-by date of October next year. Voters don’t like arrogance and cull accordingly.

  6. Wellington Commuter, 2. October 2015, 11:28

    Chris, its interesting that you use water supply as one example justifying the existence of the Regional Council … because Wellington doesn’t get its water from them. Wellington gets it water service (and sewage service) from Wellington Water Ltd which is a Council Owned Organisation (COO). This is co-owned by city councils and the regional council but with its own board (http://wellingtonwater.co.nz/about-us/history-of-wellington-water/). So we get our water because the individual city councils can and have combined to cooperate separately from the GWRC.

    A COO for transport that is co-owned by the city councils IS a viable alternative to having the GWRC run PT. In theory the GWRC “can consider the whole” but in practice they operate almost independently from the cities to its own agenda. This is a key reason why our PT service, especially the bus service, doesn’t work properly with little prospect of getting better.