Part B: Our work in detail
Our strategic areas
Most of the work we do and the services we provide sit in seven strategic areas. While the five priority areas for Our 10-Year Plan drive a structured effort in areas that need work, the seven strategic areas represent how we work.
In this section we outline each strategic area, including an overview of the groups of activities, what’s changing since we released Our 10-Year Plan, other key projects, performance information and what it costs. The Annual Plan 2019/20 focuses on changes to year two of Our 10-Year Plan, with some updates on other key projects. For details of our ‘Business-As-Usual’ services, see Our 10-Year Plan 2018–28 on our website, wellington.govt.nz
Our seven strategic areas are:
- Governance: We seek to build confidence in our decisions by being as transparent as possible, clearly communicating the reasons for the things we do and encouraging public participation in the decision-making process.
- Environment: The Council’s environment portfolio is large and diverse, encompassing beaches and green spaces, waste reduction and energy conservation, as well as water services (drinking and tap water, wastewater and stormwater), and conservation activities.
- Economic development: We support Wellington’s economic growth by supporting high-quality events and promoting tourism, attracting and supporting business activity, and delivering major economic development initiatives.
- Cultural wellbeing: We provide opportunities to develop the city’s cultural scene and build engaged and curious communities. We provide support for galleries and museums, community arts and cultural support, and arts partnerships.
- Social and recreation: We encourage active and healthy lifestyles, deliver quality recreation and social services, provide access to housing for those in need, and carry out public health functions.
- Urban development: We ensure the city remains liveable even as our population grows and challenges around seismic risk and climate change increase. We set urban policy, protect the city’s unique character and heritage, provide building and development control and facilitation services, and mitigate earthquake risk.
- Transport: We manage, maintain and improve the city’s transport network so that people can access places easily and safely. We look after hundreds of kilometres of city accessways, footpaths, cycleways and roads, including parking facilities, traffic signs and signals, street lighting and pedestrian crossings. Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) is responsible for the public transport system. We support GWRC by maintaining and providing space on the road network for public transport to operate.