Busting the Patch Protection Racket
Rotary Club of Plimmerton
Category: Club Events
Category: Club Events
Bryan lists his interests as his family, reading, sailing, walking, music, the theatre, and (lastly) business. But when you realise that he is a life member of the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Motor Trade Association, a board member of the Motor Trade Association Guild, a member of the NZ Institute of Directors, and that he holds eight directorships, you do wonder when he finds the time.
Bryan is a longstanding resident of our region. He sat on the Wellington Region Local Government Review Panel which felt that the Wellington region needed a revised local government structure that provided stronger regional leadership and a more inclusive local democracy. In its final report in October 2012, the independent Panel recommended a new Greater Wellington Council be established, led by a Lord Mayor elected by the region and six Local Area Councils to manage local issues and maintain strong democracy at a community level.
Bryan will be talking about the composition of the Panel and how it worked and the drivers for change. He’ll give us some examples of issues facing the region including ‘patch protection’. He’ll tell us about the Auckland experience and give us a case study of savings that have been achieved. And before he elaborates on the Panel’s conclusions, he’ll tell us a nice, human story about ‘handling’ Sir Geoffrey Palmer who was Chair of the Panel.
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By David Pine
Achieving buy-in from local bodies to reform Local Government in the Wellington region will not be easy. This is because each local body is intent on protecting its own patch, according to Bryan Jackson, who was a member of the Independent Panel convened last year by Porirua City and Wellington Regional Councils to consider the options for our region.
Speaking at Plimmerton Rotary on 20th August, Mr Jackson noted that the panel was chaired by Sir Geoffrey Palmer, whose knowledge of legal matters was invaluable; and included Sue Driver, with her passion for achieving the best outcome for the community; Sir Wira Gardiner, contributing his expertise from the perspective of local iwi and the business community; while Bryan Jackson brought his wide knowledge of local infrastructure to the table.
The panel attended 9 public meetings. The one held in Porirua was very well attended with 300 local people coming along. In addition the panel received more than 200 written submissions.
The main findings were included in the panel’s report presented in November 2012. It was clear that local people wanted strong regional leadership for the greater Wellington area, and to feel included in the decision making process. They did not want the eventual outcome to be known as a “super city”. The Panel recommended that there be one Mayor for the region, with 11 regional councillors and 6 regional bodies - one each in Kapiti, Porirua, Wairarapa, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt and Wellington. The panel recommended that each regional councillor should serve for no more than three four-year terms.
The panel noted that the Wellington CBD should receive special recognition for being the employment hub of the whole region.
An interesting fact that arose from the Panel’s work was that for the Wairarapa area, 34% of rates notices for properties in this region are in fact mailed to addresses outside of the Wairarapa. This served to suggest that Wairarapa should be part of the new structure.
The next step is for the Local Government Commission to consider the Panel’s submissions, as well as those from other interested parties. The Commission’s final report will be binding. Mr Jackson was cautiously optimistic that a majority of the Panel’s recommendations would find their way into the Commission’s report.