Local Government Reform

A conversation is underway on whether we should have a single Council for the Wellington region.

Under this single city option, there are two possible structures - one with a single tier and one with a second tier of elected local boards.  A single tier of representation consists of a mayor and up to 29 councillors.  A second tier of represenation consists of a mayor with fewer councillors (up to 21) in the first tier and a second tier of up to eight local boards.  The alternative would be the status quo. 

For more information and updates please go to www.regionalreform.org.nz 

Governance Reform Poll

A telephone poll was commissioned by Council and undertaken between 6 - 25 May by SIL Research. It involved 1,500 residents across the four wards randomly selected and the scores weighted according to age and gender spread across the district. 

Summary of results 
Based on Council's area population projections of 38,120 residents 20yrs and over and a region wide weighted sample, poll results are reported at a 95% confidence level +/-2-2.5%.

  • Status quo vs. single city option
    54.7% preferred the 'status quo'
    42.9% the 'single city'
  • Single city options - of those respondents (42.9%) who preferred a 'single city option'
    51% preferred a 'two-tier' council
    44.5% preferred a 'single tier' council
    4.5% stated 'other'
  • Importance of community boards - across all respondents
    65.4% stated community boards are 'very or somewhat important'

A copy of the Governance Reform Poll is available for download or print from the link below:

Financial investigation of a Kāpiti Coast Unitary

Kāpiti Coast District Council commissioned Morrison Low and Associates to undertake an initial, high-level, financial investigation into the formation of a Kāpiti Coast Unitary Authority.

It now seems likely that there will be some change in the governance of the Wellington Region and because of this Kāpiti Coast District Council has investigated the financial implications of the formation of a Unitary Council for the Kāpiti Coast. As a unitary authority, the Kāpiti Coast Unitary Authority would have the responsibilities a territorial local authority and a regional council under the Local Government Act 2002. 

A copy of the Morrison Low and Associates report is available for download or print from the link below:

Background documents

The following documents give more background information to the local government reform:

Reorganisation Application for a Wairarapa Unitary Authority - 21 May 2013 (PDF, 116 pages, 5Mb)

Future Wellington - An Issues Paper on local government reform in the Wellington region (PDF, 88 pages, 1Mb)

Wairarapa Governance Review - 15 May 2012: South Wairarapa District Council website

Local Government Reform - Wellington City Council website

PricewaterhouseCoopers Wellington Region Governance Review Report (PDF, 70 pages, 1Mb)

Kāpiti Coast District Council Resolutions list from Council Meeting - 12 April 2012 (PDF, 1 page, 47Kb) 

Further general information is available from these websites:

Related links

Local Government Commission website 
Media Release, 31 May 2013: Feedback on Local Government Reform  
Media release, 8 March 2013: Two reform options for Wellington region unveiled (PDF, 4 pages, 13Kb)
Greater Wellington Regional Council - Regional Governance
Wellington Region - Local Government Review Panel website 
Media Release, 26 September 2012: Successful hui on local government reform 
Auditor General's overview - Auckland Council: Transition and emerging challenges
Options for Kapiti 
Mayoral Forum

Kāpiti Coast District Council Contact Details

Kāpiti Coast District Council
175 Rimu Road
Private Bag 60601
Paraparaumu 5254

Phone: (04) 296 4700
Toll free: 0800 486 486
Fax: (04) 296 4830 
Email: kapiti.council@kapiticoast.govt.nz

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