Part B: Summary of
Our 10-Year Plan

Our priorities in this 10-year plan

We want our city to continue to thrive. To achieve this, we need to understand and address the challenges we face and deliver our core services efficiently and effectively. With these challenges in mind, we identified five priority areas for Our 10-Year Plan. The key projects to deliver on these priorities are summarised here, and in more detail in part D of this document (the statements of service provision) – including budgets and timings.

Resilience and environment

Resilience and environment

We have obligations as kaitiaki (guardians) of this city. Preparing the city to better cope with shocks and making our infrastructure and communities more resilient is at the heart of this.

Investing in our environment – whether we’re dealing with predator species or coastal erosion, reducing waste, or strengthening core infrastructure such as pipes and heritage buildings – helps create stronger communities and a more resilient city. Consideration of the city’s carbon emissions and how they can be reduced sits across a number of our activities. When we make decisions on transport, the landfill, and how and where our city grows, climate change impacts are considered. The Low Carbon Capital Plan outlines how we will deliver on our emission reduction goals over time. More information can be found at

Key projects over the next 10 years:



Our population has been growing steadily. Up to 280,000 people are expected to call Wellington home by 2043. This means we will need up to 30,000 more housing units to accommodate new arrivals.

We want people to have good housing choices and be able to afford to buy homes in our city. To make this possible, we propose to be more actively involved in making sure there is enough high-quality housing stock in the city in the future.

Key projects over the next 10 years:



A good transport system should do more than just move people and goods efficiently. It should benefit people’s overall quality of life, support economic productivity, help create healthy urban neighbourhoods that are people focused, and reduce the city’s carbon emissions.

Wellington is starting from a reasonably strong position. We already have high public transport use and more people walk and cycle to work here than in any other city in New Zealand. Our low carbon use per person is in part due to how compact the city is and a high uptake of public and active transport modes.

But all of these transport modes rely on a network that is already significantly congested at peak times. As our population grows and more people start living in the inner city, the pressure will increase. Commuters and inner-city residents are already experiencing this, and public satisfaction with peak-hour traffic congestion is declining.

In the face of population growth and increasing transport demand, we need a joined-up solution that makes our network more efficient while also allowing for regeneration in parts of the inner city for more people to live in high-quality urban environments.

Key projects over the next 10 years:

Sustainable growth

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Up to 280,000 people are expected to call Wellington home by 2043. As the population grows, the commercial sector will also expand. We expect an extra 28,000 people to work here by 2047.

With much of the population growth predicted to be in the inner city, and the city centre being the economic hub of the region, good planning that accommodates for both while also taking into account the effects of climate change will be crucial.

We also need a sustainable economy to support our quality of life and provide jobs for our growing population. Our economy is generally doing well, but our growth is still behind that of the New Zealand average and other major cities in the country. We’ve started a programme to boost economic growth and need to continue building a resilient, sustainable and more diverse economy as a base to support our high quality of life.

Key projects over the next 10 years:

Arts and culture

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Wellington is known as the cultural capital of New Zealand, reflecting the local presence of national arts organisations and vibrant arts and events. It is a city of unique cultural experiences for residents and visitors alike. This did not happen by accident. It is the result of deliberate investment over recent years by the Council and other partners.

But we can’t stand still. Other cities are investing and Wellington is now facing increased competition to its reputation. To secure it, we need to build on our strengths and improve our offering.

Key projects over the next 10 years:

These projects and their associated costs are discussed in more detail in part D (the statements of service provision) from page 22.