‘Very funny. I know what I want….but I do not presume that that is the same that the rest of the community wants. And, as a Labour Councillor, sometimes what I personally want is hardly the point.
What I would prefer to see is greater consolidation of regional functions in the Regional Council (including vertically integrated water supply, all transport and responsibility for economic development and regional promotion). But the Local Government Act does not provide for this.
I think that the three Wairarapa Councils combining as a single T/A is common sense, and any moves for T/A amalgamation in the Hutt Valley and between WCC and the Porirua should be welcomed. The Local Government Act does provide for this.
And actually no, for the vast bulk of the community we have actually done a very poor job at educating and consulting on potential options for change. Yes, there have been a lot of reports and noise, but the structural options really started flying around before the robust rationale…..and even that I would suggest, that the rationale is still being formed on the hoof – the same type of approach that led to the sale of Capital Power.
I have no difficulty choosing my clothes combinations in the morning thanks.
‘So after a couple of years of discussion you want change… but you don’t know what that change should be, and any poll that supports a particular type of change should be taken with a grain of salt. But you also think the needed change is definitely not any option that is on currently the table…
Um. If this is the sort of decisiveness we can expect from a Shearer/Robertson/Norman/Turei administration then I wouldn’t hold your breath for any reform in the first term!!
How on earth do you decide what socks and tie combo to wear each day? Must be torture.
‘I have no difficulty with that. My concern is that the alternative options were effectively and expertly stifled at the outset. The SuperCity is a single mission for some people whereas mine is change, which could include amalgamation in any number of forms.
The people who talk to me about local government reform generally see a need for change….but a SuperCity might just be a bridge too far. Perhaps the biggest issue here is how the Local Government Commission responds to a Wellington-Wairarapa SuperCity proposal, and how they endeavour to temper their model to reflect the types of concerns that have particularly being coming through from the Wairarapa and the Hutt Valley, and which are also felt across many parts of Wellington City.
Of course, if we held off this mad rush for an Auckland style Super City, we could well negotiate a more customised solution with the Labour-Green Government in 2014 – a model that might better suit the Wellington-Wairarapa region.
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‘Not sure you would call saying the City risks becoming Canberra and that most of the current Councillors are just ‘gliding on’, fluffy. Seems to be highlighting the same issues of the shrinking local economy that Key did… but using pleasant language. Interesting that the Greens have realized Young is a threat though – a friend who attended the Oriental Bay Residents Assn meeting last night noted how sour Iona Pannett looked as Young worked the room. Lambton could be a lot of fun this year.
‘If Nicola Young’s first press release was a coffee (which I’m sure she loves since she’s a quintessential Wellingtonian), it’s be a fluffy.