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.
The Council is responsible for ensuring the proper governance of the city to meet the community’s current and future needs. Our work includes:
- engaging with the public, Māori and stakeholder groups to get feedback on our services, policies, and projects
- producing accountability documents, such as annual plans and annual reports, to ensure our intentions and performance is transparent to residents
- providing information about our services and activities.
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 resident ($1.42 per resident per week).
- shared services – we will consider options to streamline our back-office functions. This will be done as part of a shared service programme with other councils in the region. The aim is to improve services and make savings. The approach will be appropriate regardless of whether amalgamation occurs
- advocacy – we will advance Wellington’s views on the Government’s legislative programme.
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).
- Our Capital Spaces – we will begin to implement the priorities outlined in our Open Space and Recreation Strategy, including developing a halo (or ecological buffer zone) around biodiversity hotspots, starting with Zealandia, and providing accessible walking and cycling tracks
- children’s garden – we will develop this garden at the Botanic Garden to provide a living classroom where children can explore, discover and connect with the natural world. This is dependent on raising additional funding
- emergency preparedness – we will implement a programme of activities that seeks to improve the city’s resilience to extreme weather events. This will include the removal of more old pine trees from areas where they pose a greater risk following storms.
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:
- creating an environment that supports businesses to innovate and thrive
- enhancing international links through sister-city relationships
- attracting major events that bring new spending to the city
- advocating for the city’s interests to central and regional government
- supporting tourism promotions and attractions such as Te Papa and conference venues.
(See On the Horizon page 18).
Proposed 2014/15 operational cost: $113 per resident ($2.18 per resident per week).
- Economic Development Fund – this plan includes $3 million towards initiatives that increase economic growth and create jobs
- Open for Business – we will continue to introduce this programme so businesses can transact and connect with the Council in an easy and cost-effective manner
- events – in 2014/15, we will host teams and matches as part of the FIFA under 20s World Cup and ICC Cricket World Cup. We will also support a major programme as part of the centenary of the start of the First World War and Gallipoli. These events will raise Wellington’s profile internationally and attract a significant number of visitors to the city. We also review and refresh our programme of events each year.
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:
- amalgamating the activities of Positively Wellington Tourism and Positively Wellington Venues within a single Council-controlled organisation
- bringing the activities of Wellington Cable Car Limited in-house
- bringing the activities of Wellington Waterfront Limited in-house.
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.
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:
- operating art centres and galleries (such as Toi Pōneke and the City Gallery)
- funding significant cultural events and organisations (such as the New Zealand Festival, and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra)
- providing cultural grants, and supporting community events and festivals.
Proposed 2014/15 operational cost: $92 per resident ($1.78 per resident per week).
- Regional Amenities Fund – we will continue to support this fund, which works as a ‘top-up’ funding mechanism for entities that provide regional benefits primarily in the arts, culture and environmental attractions and events sectors
- Cultural Grants Fund – we will provide $1.05 million in support to community-based arts and culture organisations and initiatives through this fund
- Artsplash! – the festival brings together 10,000 primary and intermediate students to engage in the performance of dance, drama, music, wearable art and a major visual art exhibition.
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:
- providing a wide range of public health activities, such as food and liquor licensing, animal control activity and public toilet provision
- supporting a city-wide network of community spaces, libraries and community organisations that enable people to access information as well as programmes and activities that meet and support their needs
- providing about 2300 social rental homes
- providing a wide range of high-quality sporting and recreation facilities throughout the city.
Proposed 2014/15 operational cost: $503 per resident ($9.67 per resident per week).
- Keith Spry Pool – we will complete the upgrade and renewal works at the pool which is scheduled to re-open early in 2015. The project includes the addition of a new teaching area, spray pool and changing rooms
- housing upgrade programme – in 2014/15 the upgrade work will continue on the Kotuku Apartments, Marshall Court and the Arlington flats in Mt Cook. These upgrades are part of a Crown-Council agreement, under which the Council will provide social housing, at roughly the same levels, for 30 years. The agreement took effect in 2007
- social housing polices and projects – we will review our Social Housing Policy and explore affordable housing and home ownership opportunities.
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).
- Civic Square Review – we will investigate options for the future of the Civic Square precinct. With a range of works being undertaken in this location – including the upgrade of the Town Hall - there is an opportunity to integrate activity to maximise the potential of the area
- earthquake strengthening of Council buildings – we will continue to strengthen the Council’s portfolio of properties. This programme is designed to ensure the safety of structures for users and the public.
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).
- cycleway improvements – we will start work on a cycling route from Island Bay to the CBD, and also begin work on safety upgrades on some of the other 19 cycling routes
- Johnsonville roading improvements – we will undertake road improvements in Johnsonville, in partnership with New Zealand Transport Agnecy (NZTA), that address long-standing deficiencies in the local roading network
- state highway projects – we will continue to work closely with NZTA on a range of state highway projects including the Basin Reserve, Memorial Park, Inner City Bypass capacity enhancements, and the Buckle Street to Cobham Drive project including Mt Victoria Tunnel duplication.