Our work


Our services touch the lives of all Wellingtonians – at work, home and play. The following section provides an outline of the nature and scope of our work and key projects planned in 2014/15.

Governance

The Council is responsible for ensuring the proper governance of the city to meet the community’s current and future needs. Our work includes:

We also run a 24/7 call centre to ensure the city’s networks function day and night. We scrutinise the performance of Council-controlled organisations. And we offer an issues resolution service to ensure complaints and privacy matters are properly addressed.

Proposed 2014/15 operational cost: $74 per resident1  ($1.42 per resident per week).

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EnvironmentTop

We provide a range of services that enable people to enjoy and make use of the city’s natural environment, and seek to provide these services in ways that impact minimally on the environment.

These include the provision of core services – such as managing water supply, stormwater and waste disposal – that are fundamental to retaining a healthy population.

We also look after a variety of attractions that give people opportunities for enjoyment and recreation. The city’s many parks and reserves, the Zoo and the Botanic Garden are just some examples of the many resources the Council manages and which serve as key attractions in Wellington.

Proposed 2014/15 operational cost: $732 per resident ($14.07 per resident per week).

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Economic developmentTop

The economic prosperity of the city is closely linked to residents’ quality of life. We actively seek to undertake activities that contribute to the city’s economic wellbeing and shape Wellington’s future prosperity. We do this by:

(See On the Horizon page 18).

Proposed 2014/15 operational cost: $113 per resident ($2.18 per resident per week).

Key projects:

At its meeting on 19 December 2013, the Council agreed to changes in the governance arrangements for some of its Council-controlled organisations. These will be introduced from 1 April 2014 and include:

These changes will collectively provide a number of strategic benefits and free up resources involved in governance and monitoring, so they can be directed at delivering priorities. For more information on how these changes will be implemented, please see the Council-controlled organisations section of this draft plan on pages 123 to 131.

Cultural wellbeingTop

A strong arts and culture sector contributes to a diverse economy, healthy and connected communities, and high quality of life. Wellingtonians tell us that creativity is an important part of Wellington’s identity and an important reason for why they choose to live here.

We operate and support a range of activities that enhance the city’s identity as a creative centre. Our work includes:

Proposed 2014/15 operational cost: $92 per resident ($1.78 per resident per week).

Key projects:

Social and recreationTop

Our work in this area recognises the importance of building local community resilience by supporting partnerships and programmes that connect communities and neighbourhoods as well as enhancing community and city safety. We also seek to protect public health and encourage people of all ages to engage in social and recreational activities. We do this through:

Proposed 2014/15 operational cost: $503 per resident ($9.67 per resident per week).

Key projects:

Urban developmentTop

Our urban development work includes enhancing the waterfront and city and suburban centres, developing public spaces such as urban parks and squares, looking after heritage sites, assessing and issuing building and resource consents, and planning for the city’s future development.

Proposed 2014/15 operational cost: $155 per resident ($2.98 per resident per week).

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TransportTop

Our work in transport seeks to enable people to effectively and efficiently move through and around the city. We look after hundreds of kilometres of streets and roads, as well as footpaths, cycle lanes, traffic signals, car parks and accessways. We also take steps to improve traffic safety and support public transport through bus priority measures and provide bus shelters. Our planning aims to ensure the city’s transport network meets future needs.

Our focus in the coming year will be on maintaining and operating the transport network, and improving the city’s cycleways.

Proposed 2014/15 operational cost: $276 per resident ($5.31 per resident per week).

Key projects:

1Based on a resident population estimate of 205,345.