One of the very few dividing lines between the two Mayoral frontrunners, Kerry Prendergast and Celia Wade-Brown, is the issue of local government amalgamation.
Unsurprisingly, Celia is dead against the idea…
Celia says “I am sceptical whether wholesale amalgamation would improve local character, costs to ratepayers or democracy.”
She believes that there may be some room for improvement in regional governance. With the new regional Environmental Protection Agency arriving soon, the regulatory functions of Regional Council may need some changes.
While incumbent Kerry Prendergast is keen to see amalgamation happen in Wellington, and soon.
Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast has said Wellington could have its own super-city, or cities, by 2013.
Eight territorial authorities and a regional council were too many for a population of half a million people, she said.
What do you think?