Every 3 years, we set our focus for the decade ahead by reviewing our long-term plan. As part of this, we talk to Wellingtonians to make sure we’re making the best choices for the city.

Our vision is for Wellington to be a dynamic, sustainable and connected city, with people at its heart. This draft long-term plan identifies the areas we think need the most attention in order for us to achieve this goal.

We can’t do everything, because we want to keep our budget healthy and your rates manageable. Help us shape Our 10-Year Plan by telling us if you think we’ve got it right.


Our priorities

Transport | Ngā waka haere

We need a balanced, efficient and reliable transport system. It must work well with our natural and built environment, reduce congestion and pollution, and cope with rising numbers of commuters.


Resilience and environment | Te manahau me te taiao

The November 2016 earthquake highlighted the importance of resilience. We are also vulnerable to the effects of climate change, in particular rising sea levels. We need to be stronger and better prepared.


Arts and culture | Ngā toi me te ahurea

We need to secure our reputation as a centre of arts and culture. Cities compete globally for talent, and to continue to attract and support the best creative people and businesses, we must build on our strengths and improve on what we offer. 


Sustainable growth | Te kauneke tauwhiro

While our economy is in better shape than it was 3 years ago, we are still behind the New Zealand average and other major cities. We need to keep investing in areas that boost our economy, while also managing the impact of this growth. We must plan for a bigger population without losing the city’s special character.


Housing | Ngā kāinga

We want everyone to have access to quality affordable housing. With 50,000 to 80,000 more people expected to move here over the next 30 years, we need to find ways to increase and improve Wellington’s housing stock.


Our business

In 2016, Wellington City Council spent $494.5 million on investing in our people, our resources and our city. We will continue to invest in our maintaining our core business. 

For details, read our 2016/17 Annual Report.