Part A: Introduction

Message from the Mayor

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown.

He pai te tirohanga ki ngā mahara mō ngā rā pahemo engari ka puta te māramatanga i runga i te titiro whakamua.

It's fine to have recollections of the past but wisdom comes from being able to prepare opportunities for the future.

Wellington City plan looks to the future

This is a bold plan unlike any other in the history of Wellington City Council. We are building on our strengths as a city, our stunning natural environment, our quirky, built heritage and welcoming attitude, our creativity, business innovation, a shared delight in success, and support for the most vulnerable.

We will contribute more to the Council’s core services while also investing hundreds of millions of dollars in new projects that will cement our place as the ‘coolest little capital in the world'.

We have kept our promise of no more than a 4.5 percent annual average rates increase for the first three years, and less than 3.9 percent annual average rates increase over the whole decade.

Wellington stands at the heart of the Pacific and is the southern-most capital city in the world. We are the ‘place of the possible,’ a Smart Capital, the Capital of the Arts and the walkable Capital.

This ambitious city plan sets out actions that will shape the future of our city, build economic success, and implement the recently agreed plans for urban growth and biodiversity.

We are investing in the ongoing prosperity of our communities and their wellbeing. This plan builds on the many actions taken in the last few years toward creating a smart, resilient and inclusive Capital.

The Council will work with many partners including other councils and local authorities, business, central government, NGOs, education, international institutes and our marvellous volunteers who are so important to the functioning of our city.

We have read and listened to hundreds of submissions, heard staff advice and debated the best way for Wellington to reach its full potential. Several changes, such as further increases to arts and community facilities, have been made in response.

This is a plan for all Wellingtonians. Thank you for your input! Let’s get on with it!

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown signature.