Local Government Legislation
The Act that sets the parameters for how Councils and the LGC operate, their responsibilities and powers.
The Local Government Commission
Includes links to survey documents, meetings, assessment of options etc
Vision: Carterton a welcoming and vibrant community where people enjoy living.
Vision: We want Masterton to be a great place to live, visit and do business, providing the best of rural provincial living
Our vision is to be ‘the best little Council in New Zealand'.
Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) promotes Quality for Life by ensuring our environment is protected while meeting the economic, cultural and social needs of the community.
Other Wairarapa Sites
Website set up the the three Wairarapa Councils prior to the Super City proposal that argued for Wairarapa to have a signle unitary authority.
Not directly tied in to the amalgamation issue, but this project is overseen by GWRC.
The New Zealand Initiative’s mission is to help create a competitive, open and dynamic economy and a free, prosperous, fair, and cohesive society. It is a research based think tank that consults widely and injects new ideas into New Zealand's political debates.
They have found that highly centralised governance arrangements are not necessary for local, regional and national economic efficiency and the track record on amalgamations suggests amalgamations do not necessarily deliver cost or operating efficiencies, and often increase running costs.
They have produced two key reports:
Maxim Institute is an independent think tank, working to promote the dignity of every person in New Zealand characterised by freedom, justice, and compassion. They have done a report on regional development that highlights the challenges facing rural/provincial New Zealand.
Rebooting the Regions (Massey University Press) is a collection of insightful, research-based expert perspectives on prospects for provincial towns struggling with economic decline, a loss of jobs and young people, an increasing ageing population alongside impacts such as globalisation and digitisation.