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What we will deliver

On this page you’ll find information on what each of our Key Activity Groups plan to do over the next 10 years. Activity Groups describe what types of projects and services Greater Wellington delivers to the community.

Greater Wellington also has separate organisations that deliver services to our region - Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) and they operate through a variety of structures which are explained below.  

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In partnership with mana whenua, and working with the wider community, we are putting our collective effort towards the vision of a flourishing taiao (natural environment).

We support the mauri (vital life-force energy) of our region’s unique taiao, and support recreation opportunities within it. This includes protecting and restoring our freshwater quality, wetlands, coasts, native biodiversity, harbours and marine areas, air quality, soil and ecosystem health. We carry out restoration planting and control pests in regional parks, important ecological sites, and across the wider landscape with positive outcomes for native biodiversity, climate resilience and community connection.

We monitor the state of our regional taiao, create and enforce rules to protect it from the harmful effects of development. We educate and advocate for its restoration, promote safe recreation and use of our regional parks and harbours, and protect significant parts of the region from flooding events. Much of our work is done alongside others, including mana whenua partners, territorial authorities, conservation organisations, volunteers, and private landowners.

Rain falling on a seedlingYou can find more about our full progamme of work including:

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Metlink Public Transport 

Our public transport network, Metlink, supports more than 37 million journeys a year on bus, rail and harbour ferry and total mobility services. Every day we have thousands of people travelling with Metlink and every one of those journeys matters to us.

We work with our transport operators to deliver a connected, integrated network. We have five rail lines, 90 public bus routes, more than 80 school bus services and a harbour ferry service. This network connects the wider Wellington Region, including Wellington City, Hutt Valley, Porirua, Kapiti Coast and the Wairarapa. We are also responsible for developing and maintaining public transport infrastructure, including railway stations, train maintenance depot, bus and ferry shelters, signs, and Park & Ride facilities. We are focused on becoming a smarter, cleaner region by encouraging more people to travel by bus, train and ferry.

Metlink’s activities comprise public transport service design and delivery, public transport commercial, strategy and investments, and assets and infrastructure management. KiwiRail, a state-owned enterprise, owns and maintains the Wellington Metropolitan Rail Network, and is responsible for providing and maintaining rail network infrastructure such as track, overhead power supply, signals and platforms.

Metlink metro mapYou can find more about our full progamme of work including:

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Regional Strategy and Partnerships

We are responsible for addressing the complex issues faced by communities and responding with a region-wide approach.

We develop strategy, work in partnership with mana whenua and territorial authorities and coordinate across climate change, business resilience and emergency management, democratic services, spatial planning, regional transport planning, and regional economic development. Our partnerships with mana whenua and engagement with mātāwaka Māori are critical when we are considering how to respond and deliver meaningfully across our region.

Woman in a high-vis vest holding a megaphoneLearn more about our areas of work below. 

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Water Supply 

Water is a fundamental need for our communities, so we will continue supplying a sustainable, clean, and safe drinking water supply. Respecting the environment and tackling climate change are a key consideration in how this is achieved.

Learn more about our areas of work below.

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Tā te kaunihera rōpu me ngā mahi haumi | Council controlled organisations and investments

Greater Wellington has separate organisations that deliver services to our region and they operate through a variety of structures which are explained here. These organisations are “council organisations” as defined in the Local Government Act 2002 (section 6).

A council controlled organisation (CCO) is an organisation in which the council (or councils) either controls, directly or indirectly, 50 percent or more of the shareholding votes or has the right, directly or indirectly, to appoint 50 percent or more of the directors, trustees or managers. A CCO can be a company, trust, partnership, incorporated society or joint-venture, for example Creative HQ Limited.

A council controlled trading organisation (CCTO) is a CCO that operates to make a profit, for example WRC Holdings Limited.

A council organisation (CO) is any organisation in which the council has a voting interest or the right to appoint a director, trustee or manager (however described). This is a wide-ranging definition, covering several bodies including CCOs and CCTOs, for example Predator Free Wellington.

An investment is an asset or item purchased by Greater Wellington to generate income or appreciate.

Read more about CCOs (PDF 494 KB)

Updated 3 July 2024 at 14:58