Greater Wellington Regional Council

Pōneke/Wellington Constituency
The Greater Wellington Regional Council makes decisions about managing resources in the region, such as air, water, soil and the coastline. It also carries out plant and pest control, helps prepare for natural disasters, and is involved in regional transport. The council is made up of 13 councillors. Councillors are elected to represent constituencies (areas in the region). Five councillors will be elected from the Pōneke/Wellington constituency. This is a single transferable vote (STV) election, so you vote by ranking the candidates on your ballot paper. Compare the candidates and their policies to decide who to vote for in the Greater Wellington Regional Council election.

Climate change and resilience

Climate change poses a huge challenge for communities as more frequent extreme weather events require us to rethink how we live and where. Local authorities are at the forefront of efforts to respond, with responsibilities for environmental planning and regulation, as well as civil defence. Many councils have plans to reduce emissions in their area and are working to help their communities adapt to a warming world.

Climate change and resilience

Climate change poses a huge challenge for communities as more frequent extreme weather events require us to rethink how we live and where. Local authorities are at the forefront of efforts to respond, with responsibilities for environmental planning and regulation, as well as civil defence. Many councils have plans to reduce emissions in their area and are working to help their communities adapt to a warming world.

  • Work to ensure the disaster and climate resilience of essential infrastructure, such as water and sewage supply.

    Collaborate with government to ensure its Climate Adaptation plan meets the needs of the Wellington region.

    Prevent dead zones in the city from earthquake or disaster-related building or shop closures.

  • Reducing greenhouse gase emissions: 100% public transport fleet – buses, trains, ferries.

    Urban form: containing housing and industrial development within our existing urban footprint. Up, not out!

    Climate adaptation: put in place an active agenda for protecting or moving or vacating communities in danger of coast inundation.

  • Continue to accelerate the electrification of our public transport fleet (buses and trains).

    Make public transport super sexy! Cheaper fares, more accessible, improved connections, snapper on rail, and OnDemand services.

    Develop a climate adaption framework. Coastal erosion, flood protection, and water hydrology.

  • Set an emissions reduction target for Wellington that is fit for purpose, with clear plans to become zero carbon by 2040, instead of 2050.

    Reduce emissions by improving our transport and urban form to encourage higher density housing, better public transport, walking and biking.

    Establish a Tiriti-based mayoral taskforce on climate adaptation led by mana whenua and directly affected communities.

  • Support the Greater Wellington Regional Council policy and commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    Prioritise and support changes that will bring about overall changes to address the impact of climate change.

  • Concentrate on practical urban residential climate change adaptation programmes, including resilience to flooding, slips and drought.

    Build a better public transport service by understanding the impact Covid-19 and working from home has had on public transport use.

    Demand better security and signage at street level in the city to protect walkways and walkers.

  • Set a more ambitious emissions reduction target for Wellington to be a zero carbon capital by 2040, a decade earlier than the current goal.

    Establish a Tiriti-based mayoral taskforce on climate adaptation led by mana whenua and directly affected communities.

    Reduce emissions using our transport system and urban forms. Encourage higher density housing, better public transport, walking and biking.

  • Ensure the region's resilience issues are addressed, especially regarding mitigating the dangers of natural disasters.

    Commit to resourcing the Wellington Regional Emergency Management Centre with funding to ensure the region can cope when issues arise.

    Ensure public transport is reliable and energy efficient, therefore reducing congestion and emissions.

  • Commit to implement Greater Wellington Regional Council's recent decision that Regional Policy Statement Change 1 will require a 50% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030.

    Commit to restoring our regional parks to their natural state eg natural wetlands for ecological benefits and absorption of green-house emissions.

    Support National Adaptation Plan including vulnerability of region's coast to rising sea level and community-led process for managed retreat.

  • Acknowledge that some people and communities will be more severely affected by climate change than others, and plan for just transitions.

    Share knowledge from projects funded by the Low-Carbon Acceleration Fund so more organisations can reduce their carbon footprint.

    Build stronger communities through the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office model so that there are existing connections in emergencies.

  • Work to ensure the disaster and climate resilience of essential infrastructure, such as water and sewage supply.

    Collaborate with government to ensure its Climate Adaptation plan meets the needs of the Wellington region.

    Prevent dead zones in the city from earthquake or disaster-related building or shop closures.

  • Reducing greenhouse gase emissions: 100% public transport fleet – buses, trains, ferries.

    Urban form: containing housing and industrial development within our existing urban footprint. Up, not out!

    Climate adaptation: put in place an active agenda for protecting or moving or vacating communities in danger of coast inundation.

  • Continue to accelerate the electrification of our public transport fleet (buses and trains).

    Make public transport super sexy! Cheaper fares, more accessible, improved connections, snapper on rail, and OnDemand services.

    Develop a climate adaption framework. Coastal erosion, flood protection, and water hydrology.

  • Set an emissions reduction target for Wellington that is fit for purpose, with clear plans to become zero carbon by 2040, instead of 2050.

    Reduce emissions by improving our transport and urban form to encourage higher density housing, better public transport, walking and biking.

    Establish a Tiriti-based mayoral taskforce on climate adaptation led by mana whenua and directly affected communities.

  • Support the Greater Wellington Regional Council policy and commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    Prioritise and support changes that will bring about overall changes to address the impact of climate change.

  • Concentrate on practical urban residential climate change adaptation programmes, including resilience to flooding, slips and drought.

    Build a better public transport service by understanding the impact Covid-19 and working from home has had on public transport use.

    Demand better security and signage at street level in the city to protect walkways and walkers.

  • Set a more ambitious emissions reduction target for Wellington to be a zero carbon capital by 2040, a decade earlier than the current goal.

    Establish a Tiriti-based mayoral taskforce on climate adaptation led by mana whenua and directly affected communities.

    Reduce emissions using our transport system and urban forms. Encourage higher density housing, better public transport, walking and biking.

  • Ensure the region's resilience issues are addressed, especially regarding mitigating the dangers of natural disasters.

    Commit to resourcing the Wellington Regional Emergency Management Centre with funding to ensure the region can cope when issues arise.

    Ensure public transport is reliable and energy efficient, therefore reducing congestion and emissions.

  • Commit to implement Greater Wellington Regional Council's recent decision that Regional Policy Statement Change 1 will require a 50% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030.

    Commit to restoring our regional parks to their natural state eg natural wetlands for ecological benefits and absorption of green-house emissions.

    Support National Adaptation Plan including vulnerability of region's coast to rising sea level and community-led process for managed retreat.

  • Acknowledge that some people and communities will be more severely affected by climate change than others, and plan for just transitions.

    Share knowledge from projects funded by the Low-Carbon Acceleration Fund so more organisations can reduce their carbon footprint.

    Build stronger communities through the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office model so that there are existing connections in emergencies.