Our city, who we are, what we do

Under the Local Government Act 2002, Wellington City Council is tasked with meeting the current and future needs of communities for good-quality local infrastructure, local public services, and performance of regulatory functions.

From mowing lawns and building seawalls to installing street lights and fixing potholes, we work around the clock for the city and its population.

We manage many areas – from parks and cemeteries to parking and pools, from water supply and waste management to cycleways and animal control. We also actively support the city’s economic growth and cultural development through a range of projects and initiatives.

Residents pay an average of $6.52 per day for these services. That roughly equates to what residents pay per day individually for petrol, power, phone, or internet. Given the breadth of our services, this is good value for money.

We have seven key operating areas:

Governance – We manage local elections, inform residents, and engage with them about the city and the issues it faces, and work with mana whenua to make decisions in the best interests of the city and its people.

Environment – We manage services such as water supply, and waste reduction and disposal, as well as wastewater and stormwater. We fund conservation attractions and manage 355 kilometres of tracks and walkways.

Economic development – We attract and support business activity, market Wellington to tourists from New Zealand and overseas, and own and operate performance venues and conference facilities. We also help promote business, education, and cultural links with sister cities such as Sakai in Japan and Sydney in Australia.

Cultural wellbeing – We fund city events and festivals such as the New Zealand Festival and CubaDupa. We also support attractions, galleries, and museums, as well as community art and cultural activities.

Social and recreation – We provide a wide variety of community facilities throughout the city. This includes swimming pools, sportsfields, recreation centres, and playgrounds, as well as two marinas and a golf course.

Urban development – We manage urban planning and design, control building activity and land use, and assess risks from earthquake-prone buildings. We also develop and enhance public spaces.

Transport – We provide and maintain 700 kilometres of road, 92 bridges, five tunnels, 3207 walls, nearly 30 kilometres of cycleways, and 885 kilometres of pedestrian paths. We also provide bus shelters, bus stops, and bus lanes, and signs and traffic signals.