Part A: Introduction
Message from the Chief Executive
Wellington is now in a period of forecast growth.
The annual plan is the Council’s budget. It outlines all the services and projects the Council will deliver over the coming year, what they will cost and how they will be paid for.
The residents and ratepayers of Wellington benefit every day from the Council’s services.
I’m often asked “what exactly does the Council do?”. Some people probably wonder what the Council does for them. The answer is compelling and comprehensive. We deliver an enormous range of important services, for example:
- clean water and sanitation for businesses and households
- libraries, swimming pools, sportsfields and playgrounds
- roads, footpaths and cycleways
- caring for vulnerable people
- rubbish and recycling services
- social and affordable housing
- processing resource and building consents
- recreational and community facilities
- parks, gardens, public spaces and bush trails
- arts and cultural events so that Wellingtonians have lots to do every day of the year.
The Council will continue to deliver all these services in the next 12 months at an average cost of $6.08 per resident per day. By any measure, that is excellent value for money.
The Council also helps to create and maintain a city that people want to come to from overseas and around New Zealand. That’s why the goal of the Long-term Plan 2015–25 was to put Wellington on a path to strong, sustainable growth – and that is what has happened.
The focus on the economy matters because rates from the business sector fund almost half the cost of providing Council services. A growing rates base means more funding to improve the essential services we deliver, as well as more investment in infrastructure and economic development.
The Kaikoura earthquake in November resulted in a heightened focus on resilience. For this reason the Council has pushed out some major capital projects, which has helped to keep downward pressure on rates.
The good news is that the Council has managed to keep a lid on rates – the average rates increase this year is 3.3 percent – down from the 5.1 percent forecast 3 years ago.
Wellington is in good shape as the city continues to grow.