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Options for Kāpiti

Kāpiti Coast District Council canvassed the community's views on how you wanted your district and region to be governed in the future.

Submission Results

The submission results on the four suggested options for Kāpiti were presented to Council on Thursday, 23 August 2012.  To view the report on those results, go here.

Background Information

The Government announced a proposed series of reforms in the local government sector as part of its broader agenda for public sector reform in New Zealand.  The last time any major changes were made to the structure of local government across New Zealand was 1989. 

Like several other councils in the Wellington region, Kāpiti Coast District Council released a discussion document to help find out how local residents wanted their district to be governed in the future.  This document aimed to stimulate discussion and identify whether changes to how local government operated in Kāpiti were wanted.

Proposed Documents

4 optionsThe four suggested options were as follows:

  1. 1A: Keep the existing councils in place, but make formal arrangements to share services across councils in the region
    1B: Kāpiti Coast becomes a stand alone authority, called a unitary authority.  A Unitary Authority has a single tier and is responsible for all local governement functions within its area - i.e. both regional council and local council roles are combined into one authority.
  2. Merge all existing councils into three unitary councils - Wellington Capital and Coast, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa
  3. Merge all existing councils into two unitary councils - Wellington Council and Wairarapa Council
  4. Amalgamate all nine councils in the region into one big council - an Auckland-style 'super city'.

Discussion Document: Local Government Reform in Kāpiti - what do you think? 

Summary Document


The submissions on the four potential options for change closed 31 July 2012.

Background Documents

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

Future Wellington - An Issues Paper on local government reform in the Wellington region

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

Local Government Reform - Wellington City Council website

PricewaterhouseCoopers Wellington Region Governance Review Report

Kāpiti Coast District Council Resolutions list from Council Meeting - 12 April 2012

Further general information is available from these websites:

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