Amalgamation survey not delivered

JOEL MAXWELL
Last updated 10:35 09/07/2012

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An apparent delivery glitch with Kapiti's council amalgamation survey has seen even the mayor, councillors and staff miss out on copies of the document.

Mayor Jenny Rowan said the "What do you think?" survey was to be hand-delivered to 21,500 Kapiti households from June 22, with submissions closing July 20.

She said several households had not received the document so Kapiti Coast District Council extended the deadline till July 31, and will include copies of the document in print, including in today's Kapiti Observer.

The survey was a modified version of Wellington City Council's survey, with some design work done by Wellington City staff as part of a shared-services arrangement.

However, the 'amalgamated' effort on the amalgamation survey appears to have struck problems with its delivery.

Council strategic communications manager Roger Foley said the hand delivery started on June 19 but many residents have since said they have not seen the summary.

He said the council is using two companies to circulate the summary document - one to hand deliver to 21,500 properties and another to post the summary to 4300 property owners who own property in the district but live elsewhere.

The eight-page document contains a survey form, and background material on four local government reform options.

Ms Rowan said it is a chance for residents to have their say on how the region could be governed in the future, "so it is very important we make the document as accessible as we can".

The council launched the survey as the Government pushes through changes to legislation that would make amalgamation easier - and possible before the next council elections.

Greater Wellington Regional Council has created an expert panel to devise an amalgamation proposal for the region.

Copies of the Kapiti document are available at kapiticoast.govt.nz/reform, at the council's customer service centres, or at local libraries. Completed surveys can be sent to the council at Private Bag 60601, Paraparaumu 5254, or by email to reform@kapiti coast.govt.nz.

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