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Sparks flying in
The opposing sides in the
debate are well entrenched.
Fran Wilde and several other
regional councillors have revealed
their plans for a super-city
They say it could be functioning
within two years and would com-
prise just 11 members.
A paper they have issued
suggests the Wellington region is
no longer well served by the cur-
rent council setup.
It contends that with the speed
of change, the region needs more
responsive and efficient decision-
making from its leadership.
The release of the paper has
sparked a flurry of critical
Sue Kedgley, the Green Party
local government spokeswoman,
said a Wellington super-city was a
flawed proposal that would
destroy local democracy.
It would wipe out eight
democratically elected councils,
get rid of 87 per cent of local
councils and replace them with an
11-member super-city and some
local boards, she said.
There was no evidence that cut-
ting the number of local represen-
tatives, as proposed, would add to
the quality of services or to the
local representation offered to
Mayors from around the Wel-
lington region have been luke-
Porirua mayor Nick Leggett
said he was open to the idea .
Lower Hutt mayor Ray Wallace
said he was not convinced a
super-city for Wellington was the
way to go.
Wellington mayor Celia Wade-
Brown has spoken of the need for
regional co-operation , but won t
go as far as supporting a super-
It is ridiculous to think the Wel-
lington region could be served by
one super council.
The problems facing Carterton
differ immensely from those
confronting Lyall Bay. Kapiti and
Eastbourne have their own
It requires council representa-
tives working closely with their
local communities to deal with
On the other hand, shutting the
door on some sort of super-city
setup would be ignorant.
At present, there are 87 coun-
cillors, eight mayors and 13
regional councillors in the Wel-
Are they all necessary?
Is the region really getting the
best value for the money spent
paying councillors salaries?
It is surely desirable if issues
such as roading, water and refuse
can be considered on a more
regional basis, rather than area
It s all very well for some
mayors to say the answer is to
maintain good communication
with neighbouring councils, but
the system would be a lot
smoother if there was one council.
Decision-making would surely
be more cohesive and planned.
The feeling at present is that
many councillors (and mayors)
are keen to hold onto their pay,
which ranges from a handy top-up
in some of the smaller areas to
$100,000-plus for several Welling-
ton city councillors.
Auckland has gone the super-
city way and these days speaks
with a very loud voice. Wellington
needs to respond in some way.
The Mayoral Forum, chaired by
Upper Hutt mayor Wayne Guppy,
has been examining the issue, but
seems to be struggling to reach a
Perhaps the paper issued by the
group of regional councillors will
stir the forum.
Certainly the super-city issue
should be discussed seriously, not
dismissed out of hand by people
desperate to retain the status
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
One vote goes
Having seen pictures (November
3) of the contenders for the sign
designated to be placed above
the airport, I cannot understand
how the designers of the
proposed signs could possibly
consider the Wellywood sign to
be tacky. I believe Wellywood
shows a pithy point and gets my
support above all others.
I m amazed that the final five
submissions chosen as an
alternative to the proposed
Wellywood sign are so
unimaginative and awful.
If that s all there is to choose
from then Wellywood wins
hands down. At least it invokes a
bit of thought, fun and a laugh.
I would just like to put forward
an idea about how to make the
new airport hanger (November
3) more attractive.
Having six interesting
submissions already awaiting
public approval for the
Wellywood sign, I thought it
would be nice to display them all
on the walls and roof of the new
building, thus making both
flight paths more eye-catching.
Our talented Wellington
artists would do a great job I m
to front up
Why does council spokesman
Richard Maclean again have to
try to justify something when
surely an elected councillor
should front up?
The latest example is the
monstrosity at the airport
which your front-page headline
described so accurately as Big,
grey and very ugly (November
3).A parallel case is the Mitre 10
Mega store proposed to be built
in the middle of the quiet and
verdant valley which lies
immediately below the Karori
This has been described as an
ugly orange building , which
will be four storeys high and
cover even more land than the
monstrosity at the airport.
Why did the council break its
promise to local residents to
notify them about any change in
the district plan that would
allow this to happen?
Why have councillors been so
strangely silent? Please, would
one of the Western Ward
councillors give an explanation
instead of leaving it to a council
spokesperson? MICHAEL GIBSON
The announcement of the
protection of the Miramar
Defence land as reserve is
fantastic for Wellington and the
country, with opportunities for
green space, recreation, historic
and cultural features.
I hope that now the land is
locked away adequate
consultation can occur for this
It s been more than four years
since we first promoted a vision
for the whole area and we are
very proud and satisfied with the
Thanks to those who have
helped and shown support along
the way: Allan Jenkins, Peter
Love, Phil Sprey, Stan Andis,
Peter Cooke, Colin Ryder and
The minister, Chris Finlayson,
is to be congratulated for his
vision and enthusiasm for this
Enterprise Miramar Peninsula
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