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Local Government in New Zealand - Local Councils


Wellington Regional Council

Council mapCarterton District South Wairarapa District Tararua District Masterton District Upper Hutt City Hutt City Porirua City Kapiti Coast District Wellington City Manawatu-Wanganui Region

Phone: (04) 384 5708
Web site:

Chair: Chris Laidlaw
Councillors in 2016: 12 (excluding Chair)
Council employees in 2018: 516

Key financial statistics 2018

$ (in thousands)Wellington RegionalMedian for all REGIONAL councilsNew Zealand
Public Equity 1,107,412 545,448 123,568,227
Operating Revenue 300,793 52,522 9,879,372
Operating Expenditure 313,189 55,532 10,292,961
Capital Expenditure 59,333 11,570 4,887,998
Rates Revenue 122,788 20,915 5,815,327

Source: Local Authority Financial Statistics, Statistics New Zealand

The financial profile pages for this council contains more detailed information.

The Council's current long-term plan and annual report may be available from its website:

Community statistics as at the 2013 census

Usually resident population - 2013 Census 471,315
Usually resident population - 2006 Census 448,956
Change from 2006 to 2013 (All NZ: 5.3%)5.0%
Land Area km2 (not incl. inland waters or oceanic areas) - 2014 8,049
People per km2 (All NZ: 15.9)58.6
Median personal income - 2013 Census (All NZ: $28,500) 32,700

Census, Statistics New Zealand

View more QuickStats about the Wellington Region on the Statistics New Zealand website.

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