Introduction

How we govern and engage with the community

The Council is a representative democracy. Our role is to determine the public interest and decide on areas of priority for the good of the city and its people.

Our legislative framework

Under the Local Government Act 2002, our statutory roles are:

Council elections are held every 3 years. The last election was held in October 2016 and the next will take place in October 2019.

Our governance structure consists of the Council and its committees, which are designed to enable elected members to perform their governance roles effectively and to ensure the democratic process operates smoothly. The committees are:

There are two joint committees:

And three subcommittees:

Our people

Wellington City Council is made up of 14 elected Councillors and a Mayor.

The Mayor is elected by the city’s residents. The Mayor’s responsibilities include:

The Councillors are elected by voters from the wards they represent. The wards and number of elected Councillors for each are:

Your Mayor and Councillors

Justin Lester.

Citywide
Justin Lester (Mayor)

Portfolio Leader:
Arts and Culture, Major City Projects, Governance

Justin Lester.

Southern Ward
Paul Eagle (Deputy Mayor)

Chair:
Long-term and Annual Plan Committee, CEO Performance Review Committee

Portfolio Leader:
Housing, Recreation, Events

Justin Lester.

Onslow-Western Ward
Diane Calvert

Portfolio Leader:
Community Planning and Engagement

Justin Lester.

Eastern Ward
Chris Calvi-Freeman

Portfolio Leader:
Transport Strategy and Operations

Justin Lester.

Lambton Ward
Brian Dawson

Portfolio Leader:
Social Development, Living Wage

Justin Lester.

Northern Ward
Jill Day

Portfolio Leader:
Partnerships, Children and Young People

Justin Lester.

Eastern Ward
Sarah Free

Portfolio Leader:
Public Transport, Cycling and Walking

Justin Lester.

Onslow-Western Ward
Andy Foster

Chair:
Finance, Audit and Risk Management Subcommittee

Portfolio Leader:
Finance, Urban Development, Karori Framework, Predator Free Wellington

Justin Lester.

Northern Ward
Peter Gilberd

Portfolio Leader:
Natural Environment, City Scientist

Justin Lester.

Southern Ward
David Lee

Portfolio Leader:
Technology, Innovation & Enterprise, Climate Change

Justin Lester.

Eastern Ward
Simon Marsh

Portfolio Leader:
Economic Development, Small Business (joint)

Justin Lester.

Lambton Ward
Iona Pannett

Chair:
City Strategy Committee

Portfolio Leader:
Infrastructure, Sustainability

Justin Lester.

Northern Ward
Malcolm Sparrow

Chair:
Regulatory Process Committee

Portfolio Leader:
Community Resilience

Justin Lester.

Onslow-Western Ward
Simon Woolf

Chair:
Council Controlled Organisations Subcommittee

Portfolio Leader:
Wellington Ambassador, Tourism, Small Business (joint), Sport

Justin Lester.

Lambton Ward
Nicola Young

Portfolio Leader:
Central City Projects, Education Partnerships

 

Executive team and structureTop

The Chief Executive leads the implementation of Council decisions and effective delivery of Council services, activities and key projects.

The Chief Executive is supported by more than 1500 staff members. See page 12 for a breakdown of personnel.

The skills required to manage a city are hugely varied. The Council employs policy advisers and park rangers, architects and business analysts, among others. They all help ensure Wellington is a good place to visit, live, and work.

Community engagement

Wellington City Council works for the city and its people. We need to understand the needs and aspirations of the people we represent. This is why we seek input from everyone affected by the decisions we make. The feedback we get from Wellingtonians informs our decisions on plans, policies, and budgets.

Active and ongoing engagement helps the Council make better decisions that reflect the needs and expectations of the community.

The way we consult depends on the decision being made. All Wellingtonians can have input on our budgets and priorities for each year, decisions about bylaws, and other significant decisions that affect the city and its people.

In 2016/17, we consulted and engaged with others on a number of plans and initiatives. The following are examples:

The Council aims to do more in this area and has committed to an additional $75,000 in funding for engagement in the Annual Plan 2017/18.

Partnership with Māori and mana whenua

The Council works to ensure the role of Māori in the city is valued and reflected in all aspects of our work, from resource management and economic development to social wellbeing and the arts.

The Council is subject to a range of legal obligations and Te Tiriti o Waitangi considerations. On 29 March 2017, the Council and its iwi partners signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that replaced previous MoUs and acknowledged the partnership between the two groups.

The new MoU reinforces the relationship with iwi and further acknowledges the leading role Māori have to play in Wellington’s development. It reflects a joint commitment to work closely together on decisions relating to the city’s economic growth and prosperity.

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As part of the MoU, a senior leaders’ forum was formed between the Council and its iwi partners that consists of both elected members and senior Council managers, and iwi mandated entities. (See the Governance section for more information).

Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs)

These are organisations that undertake activities on behalf of the Council and are managed by an independent board. CCOs enable the Council to manage Council assets or deliver Council services, using specialist expertise.

There are eight CCOs:

Reporting our performance

We make ourselves accountable in many ways, including elections, reports, and plans. This Annual Report is one.

We also produce quarterly reports. All these reports are available to the public and provide detailed accounts of the Council’s work and objectives.

Long-term Plan 2015–2025

In this Annual Report, we are reporting against year two of the Long-term Plan 2015–25. This Long-term Plan is based on a strong investment programme to rejuvenate the economy and transform Wellington to achieve its vision. The next Long-term Plan update will be in 2018.



Team Structure