Wellington move on consultation welcomed by Lower Hutt Mayor
Mayoral Media Statement
Wellington move on consultation welcomed by
Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace
Mayor of Lower
Hutt Ray Wallace has welcomed a decision by the Wellington
City Council’s Strategy and Policy Committee to consult on
a modified status quo option for local government
reorganisation alongside two super city options.
community has consistently told us through two rounds of
consultation they would like to see existing boundaries
retained with more shared services.
“I am very pleased
to see Wellington has taken a pragmatic stance and
acknowledged the views of Lower Hutt
“Wellington city intends to confer with the
Great Wellington Regional Council working committee and
hopefully the working group will also support their
decision,” Mayor Wallace
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