Sensible proposal for Wairarapa

Stuff reports:

After the fizzer that was the Wellington super-city proposal, the three councils that make up the look set to become one.

The Local Government Commission has published a draft proposal to combine Masterton, Carterton and South Wairarapa district councils, after its inquiries found there was a public mandate for change.

The new council would be made up of a mayor, elected by Wairarapa district voters, and 12 councillors elected from seven wards, including two rural ones.

Five community boards will also be created for Featherston, Martinborough, Greytown, Carterton and Masterton, comprising 21 members in total.

Sounds sensible to me – one Council for Wairarapa but community boards for the major urban areas.

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