The chair of Wellington’s Regional Council, Fran Wilde, has replied to charges by Chris Turver (see story below) that the public is being kept in the dark about plans for a Super Council to run the region.
Ms Wilde has told the Kapiti Independent that she and a group of local politicians have published a paper that “we hope will get people thinking and talking about the future of our region.
“Ideas are welcome but we recommend that people read the discussion paper before jumping to conclusions!”
Ms Wilde adds:”I am not sure what Chris Turver’s agenda is but there is no “plan” for anything.
“As you know, the Mayoral Forum engaged PWC (PricewaterhouseCoopers ) two years ago to undertake a review of governance in the region.
“More recently the forum also commissioned Martin Jenkins to put together some material that could be used for public consultation.”
Ms Wilde also explained the present position on the proposals: “The Mayoral Form recently decided not to take the issue any further so a group of Wellington local government reps (actually more than just regional councillors) decided that there needed to be a public discussion on the issue.”
And she says they hope this will now get people thinking and discussing the region’s future.
(Editor’s note: If you want a copy of the discussion paper, email us and we will tell you how to get one)