Wellington

Report 

The

a Voice for Business

The Wellington Report represents the views of over 50 of Wellington’s leading businesses and their leaders. 

It offers a pragmatic and constructive policy platform – drawing directly on the experience of businesses, and outlining the priorities they need to make a thriving Wellington. 

When business does well, Wellington does well. This is a contribution to a better Wellington.

Our Recommendations

The first 100 days of the Council term should prioritise key infrastructure investment, with restraint shown toward new projects until existing challenges in water, transport and waste management are being remediated.

 
From the next rating review forward, Council should signal rates rises which are sustainable for businesses to offer them certainty around cost pressures.

 
Within the next term, Council should move to divest responsibility for transport infrastructure and operations from GWRC to a separate entity, whose mandate is to prioritise the reliability of transport.

 
Within its first 100 days, Council should outline a plan to prioritise and incentivise rapid CBD densification, in partnership with Central Government and industry. This should include rates rebates, targeted rates on underutilised properties, joint Government funding and the use of innovative funding mechanisms.

 
Within its first 100 days, Council should work with business to create a precinct plan for the city — linking the stadium, Lambton Quay, waterfront, and Courtenay Entertainment Precinct.

 
Council should position Wellington as the national home of Māori and Pasifika business success and cultural celebration through a commitment to hosting events, showcasing performances, and partnering with Māori and Pasifika business groups.

 
Council should transition towards the phased amalgamation of public services and Wellington, Porirua, and Hutt Councils over time.

 
Council should clarify WellingtonNZ’s mandate by introducing KPIs based on economic growth and business success.

 
Council should establish a dedicated business representative that acts as the link between Council and business with the position funded directly out of commercial rates. To ensure independence and accountability, the business representative should be appointed by a wider business advisory council, comprised of leading members of the Wellington business community.

 
Council should report quarterly on the additional value received by business from the higher rates differential.

 
Council and Central Government should urgently address rampant homelessness and antisocial behaviour in Central Wellington. This should include an increased police presence in the central city, improved protections for CBD businesses and employees, and efforts to find appropriate, long-term accommodation for rough sleepers.

 
Council should provide incentives to develop derelict sites and underutilised properties in the CBD.

 
Council, in partnership with WellingtonNZ, should engage in a targeted campaign showcasing the wide range of careers that can be started and fostered in Wellington.

 
The Council should produce an independent “State of Business” report annually. This report should outline its progress against these recommendations and the city’s business growth.

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Our recommendations

From the next rating review forward, Council should signal rates rises which are sustainable for businesses to offer them certainty around cost pressures.

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The first 100 days of the Council term should prioritise key infrastructure investment, with restraint shown toward new projects until existing challenges in water, transport and waste management are being remediated.

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Within the next term, Council should move to divest responsibility for transport infrastructure and operations from GWRC to a separate entity, whose mandate is to prioritise the reliability of transport.

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Within its first 100 days, Council should outline a plan to prioritise and incentivise rapid CBD densification, in partnership with Central Government and industry. This should include rates rebates, targeted rates on underutilised properties, joint Government funding and the use of innovative funding mechanisms.

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Within its first 100 days, Council should work with business to create a precinct plan for the city — linking the stadium, Lambton Quay, waterfront, and Courtenay Entertainment Precinct.

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Council should position Wellington as the national home of Māori and Pasifika business success and cultural celebration through a commitment to hosting events, showcasing performances, and partnering with Māori and Pasifika business groups.

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Council should transition towards the phased amalgamation of public services and Wellington, Porirua, and Hutt Councils over time.

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Council should clarify WellingtonNZ’s mandate by introducing KPIs based on economic growth and business success.

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Council should establish a dedicated business representative that acts as the link between Council and business with the position funded directly out of commercial rates. To ensure independence and accountability, the business representative should be appointed by a wider business advisory council, comprised of leading members of the Wellington business community.

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Council should report quarterly on the additional value received by business from the higher rates differential.

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Council and Central Government should urgently address rampant homelessness and antisocial behaviour in Central Wellington. This should include an increased police presence in the central city, improved protections for CBD businesses and employees, and efforts to find appropriate, long-term accommodation for rough sleepers.

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Council should provide incentives to develop derelict sites and underutilised properties in the CBD.

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Council, in partnership with WellingtonNZ, should engage in a targeted campaign showcasing the wide range of careers that can be started and fostered in Wellington.

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The Council should produce an independent “State of Business” report annually. This report should outline its progress against these recommendations and the city’s business growth.

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