What we’ve done so far

October 2010    - Took part in the Wellington Mayoral Forum's commissioning of a governance review of Wellington and Wairarapa councils by PricewaterhouseCoopers

July 2011 - Wairarapa councils jointly consulted the public on the PricewaterhouseCoopers report.  View the summary of submissions to all three Wairarapa councils here and summary of all submissions here

  “Some commonly held views are evident in the submissions. Wairarapa and Wellington are seen by people across the region as distinctly different, predominantly rural and urban areas respectively, separated by geography and lifestyle – they are understood as different communities of interest. This leads most submitters to the view that Wellington and Wairarapa’s local government should remain separate to a large degree. Wairarapa submitters are most in favour of a change to the status quo in local governance arrangements, compared to the other council areas.”
– report on submissions by MartinJenkins

February 2012
- commissioned high-level report by Morrison Low on future governance options for Wairarapa. After this report was commissioned, the Government released its Better Local Government plan.

May 2012 – received and publicly released the report by Morrison Low

June/July 2012
- the working party met with a wide range of people including local iwi, interest groups, local Wellington councils, the regional council, the NZTransport Agency and the Local Government Commission.  Feedback and questions were invited from the general public through the working party, councilllors, council offices, this website and facebook.

July 2012 - work began on financial implications of becoming a single council through talks with the regional council and an independent analysis that will build on an initial study of options for Wairarapa by local government experts Morrison Low.

August 2012

  • work began on investigating the possible governance structure and representation arrangements for a single Wairarapa council.
  • results of a Wellington-region wide public opinion survey were released.  The survey aimed to gain an understanding of whether electors wanted local government reform; if they wish to see change, preferred options for reorganisation, and the key reasons for choices.

September 2012

Phase three of an independent study on Wairarapa governance options identified the assumed short-term operational costs of a Wairarapa district council and those of a Wairarapa council with regional council responsibilities (a unitary authority). Drawing on data supplied by Greater Wellington Regional Council, Wairarapa councils and other councils, the costs of a Wairarapa unitary council were then compared with those for existing unitary authorities with similar populations. The report can be found here.

November 2012
The three Wairarapa district councils agreed on a preferred governance option for a single Wairarapa council. 
It outlines how communities of interest within Wairarapa would be represented. The Wairarapa council that is suggested would have:

  • A Wairarapa mayor (elected at large)
  • 12 councillors elected from 7 wards
  • 5 community boards – one each for Martinborough, Featherston, Greytown, Carterton and Masterton
  • A Rural Advisory Committee
  • Participation by Maori – through a partnership to be decided in consultation with local iwi

More information can be found here