Upper Hutt wants merger with Lower Hutt

COLIN WILLIAMS
Last updated 09:58 13/12/2012

Relevant offers

Upper Hutt Leader

Upper Hutt sixers hit out for house dream Long-time Leicester fan dressed in fox onesie for Main St walk of triumph The 66-year-old mystery of an Englishman and his 'secret family' in Upper Hutt Demolition of damaged Akatarawa bridge delayed until September Family violence 'Judge's Packs' to inform more judges making bail decisions Upper Hutt's 22nd annual giant charity book sale returns this weekend Hutt Valley couple enjoy two-wheel trek from London to Wellington Damage to Upper Hutt library windows leads to Youth Court date Upper Hutt quiz master put to the test in Sunday's Mastermind NZ opener Police urging residents to protect properties as Hutt Valley burglaries rise

A single combined Hutt Valley authority was formally recognised as the favoured option by Upper Hutt city councillors last night.

The 11-person council voted to work with their Lower Hutt neighbours in a Hutt Valley unitary working group, an expected decision that follows the two councils having engaged a law firm to investigate the merits of the ''model''.

Mayor Wayne Guppy, deputy Peter McCardle and policy chair John Gwilliam will be part of the working group, which will report back to the two councils on February.

The Upper Hutt council voted down one recommendation last night in the report from its chief executive Chris Upton.

It voted against joining the working party formed by the Greater Wellington Regional Council and Porirua City (and latterly Kapiti) to prepare an agreed region-wide amalgamation proposal for the Local Government Commission.

However, the majority of councillors argued against joining, saying it would play into the aspirant role of the regional council and particularly its chair, Fran Wilde.

Mr Guppy argued to ''leave it in (because) we need to have a voice at that table. We don't have to agree.''

Not joining would not be in the best interest of the Upper Hutt community, he said, before a 9-2 vote showed he was, along with councillor Nick Thomas, in the minority.

Ad Feedback

- Upper Hutt Leader

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content