A three-stage review investigating what local government arrangements were likely to provide the best long-term outcome for the communities of the Wairarapa.
The three-stage process began by working with the Councils to identify a shared vision, objectives and strategic initiatives for the Wairarapa. This included community engagement and workshops with all three Councils. The second phase investigated and analysed the advantages and disadvantages of a range of local government structures and options including shared services, CCOs, amalgamation into a District or Unitary Council, or amalgamation into a wider Wellington Unitary Authority. The vision and objectives from the first phase along with the legislative framework formed the basis for the criteria against which the options were assessed.
Stage three of the study investigated the likely operational revenue and expenditure requirements resulting from the formation of an amalgamated Wairarapa District Council and a Wairarapa Unitary Authority. The Wairarapa Councils have now submitted an application to the Local Government Commission to become a Wairarapa Unitary Authority.
Project Contact: Bruce Nicholson