Under the Local Government Act 2002, Wellington City Council is tasked with meeting the current and future needs of communities for good-quality local infrastructure, local public services, and the effective administration of regulations, plans and bylaws.
The Council manages many services and assets – from parks and cemeteries to parking and pools, from water supply and waste management to cycleways and animal control. We also have projects and initiatives that actively support the city’s economic growth and cultural development.
We group our work into seven activity areas:
Governance – We manage local elections, inform residents, and engage with them about the city and the issues it faces, and work with mana whenua to make decisions in the best interests of the city and its people.
Environment – We provide water, stormwater and wastewater services and look after waste reduction and disposal. We fund conservation attractions, look after parks, reserves, tracks and walkways.
Economic development – We attract and support business activity, market Wellington to tourists from New Zealand and overseas, and own and operate performance venues and conference facilities. We also help promote links with sister cities such as Sakai in Japan and Sydney in Australia.
Cultural wellbeing – We fund city events and festivals such as the New Zealand Festival and CubaDupa. We also support attractions, galleries, and museums, as well as community art and cultural activities.
Social and recreation – We provide community facilities throughout the city. This includes swimming pools, sportsfields, recreation centres, and playgrounds, as well as two marinas and a golf course.
Urban development – We manage urban planning and design, control building activity and land use, and assess risks from earthquake-prone buildings. We also develop and enhance public spaces.
Transport – We provide and maintain roads, bridges, tunnels, walls, cycleways, and pedestrian paths. We also provide bus shelters, bus stops, and bus lanes, and signs and traffic signals.