Part A: Introduction

Consultation results – what people said

The following summarises how we consulted on Our 10-Year Plan 2018–28, the feedback we received and the decisions made by the Council following consultation.

How the Council engaged and consulted

The Council’s audited consultation document detailed Our 10-Year Plan's strategic priorities, proposals, options and key projects for which the Council sought public feedback. A detailed analysis of the consultation feedback received on the plan’s proposals and projects is available on our website page at

Supporting information relating to the consultation document was also made available to the public to enable informed feedback to the Council. This information included financial statements, key strategies, development plans, Council services and performance measures.

The engagement and consultation programme occurred in three phases.

The responseTop

In phase one (building awareness), 393 people completed the series of questions and 97 signed up to receive information on the formal consultation.

In phase two (formal consultation), there were 16,553 visits to the consultation website from 12,174 users, 1481 consultation document downloads and 2051 submissions received (157 from organisations, 1894 from individuals and excluding any duplicate submissions).

Total submission volumes, comments and the submitter age (for example) indicate that a cross section of the city’s population participated in the consultation. Encouraging feedback from younger people was an objective of the consultation programme. While 19 to 30-year-olds make up 19 percent of Wellington's population, they accounted for 25 percent of submissions.

The consultation was promoted through a range of broadcast media, social media channels, events and campaigns.

What people saidTop

The strategic priorities

Overall, 72 percent (1473) of submitters agreed with spending more on the five Council priority areas, 7 percent (134) disagreed, 8 percent (166) were not sure and 13 percent (277) did not answer the question. There is a similar pattern of support when the feedback analysed is in relation to gender, age, ethnicity, individuals or organisations. In addition, 35 percent of submitters indicated that resilience and environment was the strategic priority they would tackle first, while 30 percent said they would place transport as the highest of the five priorities. A further 24 percent ranked housing first, sustainable growth came in forth with 7 percent of submitters ranking it first and arts and culture had 5 percent of submitters placing it as their top priority.

The consultation proposals

The consultation proposals for each of the priorities comprised two options.

* Option 1 – increase levels of service by investing in the proposed key projects

* Option 2 – keep current levels of service

The Council also indicated its preferred option in the consultation document. The preferred option for each of the proposals was option 1.

Each proposal included between 1 and 3 key projects. Overall, a clear majority of respondents supported the preferred option for each priority area proposal, as the following statistics show:

Feedback on other initiatives

In addition to feedback on the proposals, the Council also sought feedback on other related initiatives for each priority. Overall, most initiatives were supported by a majority of submissions although some received somewhat less support than others, for example the conservation upgrades for Wellington Zoo and extending the life of Kiwi Point Quarry.

What was decidedTop

The Council considered all of the consultation feedback at the June 2018 deliberations on Our 10-Year Plan 2018-28. In summary, the Council decided that the final plan should include timing changes to some initiatives, should mention climate change and also include a review of some key strategies.

a) Changes to initiatives:

b) Changes to the narrative of the plan and reviewing strategies:

The Council also reviewed requests from the community to fund various projects or activities and committed to continue working with each organisation on their request. Some requests could be considered as part of the grants funding round or existing grants, and some were better considered in conjunction with key decisions or plans currently being developed.