The place of the possible

Our role and direction

Enabling the city to thrive.


Who we are

The Wellington City Council is made up of 15 elected representatives – the Mayor and 14 Councillors. It’s their job to make bylaws, set the city’s overall strategic direction, and approve budgets, policies and plans aimed at achieving that direction. Part of their role is to listen and take the pulse of the community before making decisions. They are supported in their governance role by two Community Boards.

The elected representatives are supported by the Council’s Chief Executive and 1550 staff, who provide advice, implement Council decisions, and look after the city’s day-to-day operations.

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Our aims


In June 2013, the Council adopted an Annual Plan for the period 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014, which outlined the services we planned to deliver during that period. This Annual Report explains how we’ve delivered on that plan.

The Annual Plan also confirmed our ongoing commitment to achieving our vision for the city – Towards Wellington 2040: Smart Capital. This vision contains four community outcomes, which guide our decisions about our services and what we plan to do: to be people centred; connected; an eco-city; and have a dynamic central city. The plan also confirmed our three priorities: an inclusive place where talent wants to live; a resilient city; and a well-managed city. 

Our outcomes and priorities are structured around seven activity areas against which we measure our performance. They are:

Governance – delivering trust and confidence in decision-making.

Environment – protecting and enhancing Wellington’s environment.

Economic Development – promoting the city’s competitive advantages to enhance quality of life.

Cultural Wellbeing – reflecting and shaping Wellington’s unique cultural identity.

Social and Recreation – sustaining safe, resilient and healthy communities.

Urban Development – preserving Wellington as a compact, vibrant and attractive city, now and into the future.

Transport – delivering an efficient and safe transport system that connects people and places.