Long Term Plan 2021-31: help us create a greater Wellington Region

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Photo of a chalk drawing of the Wellington Region with "What Matters" in the centre, with a family around it drawing what matters to them around it.

Greater Wellington is responsible for a wide range of activities that contribute to the overall wellbeing of the Wellington Region.

In particular, Greater Wellington’s role is to protect the environment while enabling sustainable economic activity.

We provide leadership, infrastructure and services to help connect and grow our region, through activities such as flood protection, public transport services, regional parks, safe and clean harbours, pest control, and sustainable management of our natural resources. Along with our mana whenua partners, we protect our region’s waterways and land.

In June 2018, we adopted the Long Term Plan 2018–28 for the Wellington Region, which charts a course for the next decade to keep our extraordinary region thriving, connected, and resilient. We're now reviewing our Long Term Plan to update it for 2021-31. The work we do to progress these priorities will affect you and your community, so it’s important we understand what you think.

To help us to create the greater Wellington regional story we are keen to hear your views on what you see as priorities for our region across the next ten years.

This first round of early engagement in the development of our Long Term Plan is open now and will close at 4pm on 2nd September 2020.

How to have your say

Answer the short form questions below - we'll use your response to feed into our Long Term Planning process.

Greater Wellington is responsible for a wide range of activities that contribute to the overall wellbeing of the Wellington Region.

In particular, Greater Wellington’s role is to protect the environment while enabling sustainable economic activity.

We provide leadership, infrastructure and services to help connect and grow our region, through activities such as flood protection, public transport services, regional parks, safe and clean harbours, pest control, and sustainable management of our natural resources. Along with our mana whenua partners, we protect our region’s waterways and land.

In June 2018, we adopted the Long Term Plan 2018–28 for the Wellington Region, which charts a course for the next decade to keep our extraordinary region thriving, connected, and resilient. We're now reviewing our Long Term Plan to update it for 2021-31. The work we do to progress these priorities will affect you and your community, so it’s important we understand what you think.

To help us to create the greater Wellington regional story we are keen to hear your views on what you see as priorities for our region across the next ten years.

This first round of early engagement in the development of our Long Term Plan is open now and will close at 4pm on 2nd September 2020.

How to have your say

Answer the short form questions below - we'll use your response to feed into our Long Term Planning process.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

Do you have any questions about the 2021-31 Long Term Plan? Ask them here and we will be back in touch with you as soon as we can. 


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    Given the world is in the middle of a worldwide pandemic and people's livelihoods are at risk what is the council doing in order to reduce expenditure on current and future projects?.

    Jpm asked 2 months ago

    Thanks for your question. 

    Yes the world has changed which makes it even more important for us to hear what the community thinks about the priorities we should be focussing on as they also guide the budgets over the next 10 years. The process we are going through now is to review what we do against a set of forecast assumptions (economic, financial, population, environmental, legislation, technology etc) and actively consider how we can reduce expenditure while still delivering to our communities. 

    It is important for us to hear from as many people as possible in the region to help us determine where investment is needed and what are the best outcomes to aim for. This 'have your say' survey is one of multiple public engagement activities we will go through before finalising the Greater Wellington LTP in June 2021. Please keep letting us know what you have to say.

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    Is there currently provision in the 2021-31 Long Term Plan for a regular international faith-based interfaith cultural festival? That such an activity were inspired, instituted and maintained under secular governmental authority is most appropriate. Festival organisation would fall to those institutions with the closest interest among the faith-based community therefore governmental involvement in inspiration and oversight is not to be confused with financial support. Within the last few years I have witnessed one international delegation (from Kenya) and heard tell of another (from France) and of a third visitation from Asia, so there is measurable benefit to our region. These, only among those Christian groups my ear was open to. But other flavours of faith-based culture, significant in numbers and affiliation also may be brought together under civil authority. Such a festival might be held entirely online if circumstances require but surely if held in tandem with a food festival or even in partnership with an existing cultural festival it must be an interesting event and a signal event declaring NZ cultural values of religious tolerance, affording a platform of dialogue, and raising NZ's profile from the Capital as a tolerant society abroad. Thank you Danielle? for receiving, reviewing and forwarding my three separate questions each with their explanatory reasoning today.

    Paul Sayers asked 2 months ago

    Hi Paul,

    This would be a question for Wellington City Council. This is not in the scope for funding here at the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

    The Wellington City Council is also developing their LTP 2021-31, please contact them to share your ideas and questions.

    Thanks

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    Is there currently provision in the 2021-31 Long Term Plan for a regular international film and television collaborative production workshop and exhibition? Wellington of course features first when contemplating the industry in New Zealand. The new facility in Hutt City has just been announced. There is the Miramar Creative Centre and many other businesses and institutions. The Miramar Creative Centre is founded on principles of international collaboration. To those who believe that NZ's industry competes with the world let me say that our industry is unique for its inter-operative potential. There is firm interest from abroad already just for the idea of the hope. Collaboration affords some reciprocal influence, builds bridges to the future for many other industries. Starting small, and likely staying small - personable, relaxing and empowering, invigorating - perhaps divided into tiers with some mixing, or all out in support of tomorrow's emerging talent, a sensible forum fixed in the calendar becomes an event to aspire to. Masterton is suggested as an ideal quiet hub for such an event. Facilities sufficient for boutique style close networking events are available in beautiful surroundings near to Wellington, close to other already significant cultural art festivals, close to the new film facility in Hutt City. In the event of border closure or even general lockdown a quorum of a few key participants and organisers working out of Masterton and the region might seed an online event that may proliferate through social media. As recently as a couple of years ago professional contacts were offering to throw money at the proposal from China - but passing this surely most welcome message along in a timely manner to those most empowered to act on it through such as leading educational institutions most well positioned to gain has been a perplexing difficulty leading me to recognise that professional intercession from far sighted career diplomats, regional managers and their surveyors who are tall enough to see over hedgerows is the best hope for tomorrow.

    Paul Sayers asked 2 months ago

    Hi Paul,

    This would be a question for Wellington City Council. This is not in the scope for funding here at the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

    The Wellington City Council is also developing their LTP 2021-31, please contact them to share your ideas and questions.

    Thanks

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    Is there currently provision in the 2021-31 Long Term Plan for a regular international trade exposition? I Remember, there was once a Russian one that was canned (sad loss IMHO) --- so it is reasonable to assume that there may be enhanced levels of interest now and in the future internationally, given also that Wellington's population is becoming more ethnically diverse. Wellington has excellent facilities, a wonderful environment, and such events might be fronted entirely by local residents in the event of untimely closure of borders, and may be maintained permanently online. If "themed expositions" are what are now considered international expos then a vigorous expansion of any one of them might service pre-existing policy requirements? A general international trade exposition has more fuel for the imagination however I do feel, particularly for family groups and for students or professionals contemplating establishing a wider range of potentials abroad. Surely there are manifold economic and social benefits for all the peoples of our region which will accrue from firm fair non-partisan guidance in trying times in our Capital.

    Paul Sayers asked 2 months ago

    Hi Paul,

    This would be a question for Wellington City Council. This is not in the scope for funding here at the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

    The Wellington City Council is also developing their LTP 2021-31, please contact them to share your ideas and questions.

    Thanks 

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    When will engagement with Mana Whenua / Iwi Organisations on the LTP take place?

    Naomi Solomon asked 2 months ago

    Kia ora Naomi,

    Our engagement with Mana Whenua partners is already in progress.

    Please send us an email: corporate.planning@gw.govt.nz if you would like to know more.

    Thank you