The proposal for a Wellington Council
by a panel lead by Sir Geoffrey Palmer, captures major
concerns with regional functionality, while keeping full
local representation at the local level", commented Regional
councillor Paul Bruce. He also welcomed the Panel's view
that Councils play an important role in facilitating
programmes and assisting organisations that contribute
directly to the wellbeing of their communities.
Cr Bruce said removing direct elections for the local mayor
would be a backward step. Cr Bruce also suggested that a
larger Council of 20 membership plus a Lord Mayor, would
provide better representation of the diverse communities in
the Wellington regions, than 11, as proposed by the Panel
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