Councils' future a big issue
Packed public meetings are not the only evidence that discussion on the future look of local government in Wairarapa is attracting wide interest.
More than 1000 completed feedback forms have been received by the district's three councils on the proposed governance changes.
Wairarapa Governance Review Working Party chairwoman Lyn Patterson says the response is from a wide range of residents covering every area of Wairarapa.
The majority is from individuals, but there are also a number from community groups and other local organisations.
"This is as big a response as we have had to any issue in Wairarapa in my time on [the] council and probably for many years before that," Ms Patterson says.
"The next stage is to analyse the responses and that process is currently under way. In some cases the feedback runs to several pages and many people have put a great deal of time and thought into this issue.
"Once the analysis is completed later this month, a report will go to the three Wairarapa councils.
"It will then be made public."