Single Wairarapa council being discussed

Last updated 11:22 05/12/2012
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The three Wairarapa district councils will begin joint public consultation on their preferred option of a single Wairarapa council next week.

It follows endorsement of a council working party report and recommendations by Masterton, Carterton and South Wairarapa district councils last month.

The Wairarapa Governance Review Working Party that has led the work on behalf of the three councils over the past 12 months will co-ordinate the consultation on their behalf.

"While local government reform is not a particularly exciting topic for many people, it will be one of the most important issues to face Wairarapa because it will affect everyone and it's about putting in place a local government structure for the coming decades," working party chairwoman Lyn Patterson said.

"Usually it's those with strong opinions - either way - that send feedback in these types of consultations. We'd like that to change and for people across all of our communities to give their view and have a hand in shaping their region's future.

"There has been a lot of work and community feedback over the last year which has resulted in agreement by councils on their future direction. Now we're saying to our communities - 'here's an idea, how does it look'?"

An alternative option for Wairarapa is to be part of a super-city style Wellington council that would see all major decisions made by a metropolitan council, Mrs Patterson says.

A summary leaflet and feedback form will be delivered to every Wairarapa household this week, followed by public meetings in each of the five Wairarapa towns between December 10 and 13.

Wairarapa residents will have until February 4 to provide their feedback by post, email, fax and online. .

Copies of the report are at www.wairarapasfuture.govt.nz, at council offices and libraries.

See page 14 for meeting details.

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