Wellington would have the biggest council in New Zealand if either one of a working party’s super-city options for the region goes ahead.
A local government reform working party is proposing two options: one with a mayor and 29 councillors, the other with 22 elected members including a mayor, plus community boards.
Is there a third option?
Councils need to be manageable sizes. 29 and 22 is not.
You need fewer Councillors and more decisions done at local board level.
One unitary authority for the Greater Wellington region.
One mayor for the region, and 21 councillors elected by wards.
The wards would be Lower Hutt (4 councillors), Kapiti (2), Porirua (3), Upper Hutt (2), Wairarapa (2), North-Central Wellington (5), South Wellington (3).
Eight local community boards based on the seven wards, but with North-Central Wellington split into two.
One unitary authority.
One mayor for the region, and 29 councillors elected by wards.
The wards would be the same as the two-tier model, but with more representatives.
My preference is the first option but with fewer Councillors.