Why it matters

We live in one of the most liveable cities in the World. Ko Pōneke he taone tino arohaina, he taone taurikura.

You have already told us you want a city that is compact, greener, resilient, inclusive and connected, vibrant and prosperous. As our population grows, we need to think about how we make our communities safe from earthquakes and rising sea-levels, while holding on to the things we love.

The Council is responsible for making sure planning rules take care of demand over the next 30 years, and there is a whole range of housing for all people.

The issues

Our population is moving

50,000 to 80,000 more people will move to Wellington over the next 30 years. In the last decade most of our new apartments have gone into Te Aro, and there is room for more. These inner city suburbs are close to the heart, meaning that people are less reliant on cars. They also have a good share of our older homes, so we need to think about how building in these areas might change their character in the long-term, and whether that is something we want for the city. Or we could build new suburbs in rural areas, and that would mean more cars and travel, and being further from the heart of the city centre.

Our earth is moving

In November 2016 Wellington was hit with a 7.8 magnitude earthquake centred off Kaikoura. In a civil emergency we need buildings that are strong, and places to gather that are safe. Resilience goes beyond buildings and roads. We need good food supplies, fresh water, and neighbours looking out for each other. For many, living out of town in a single storey house feels safer than being in high-rise apartments.

Our sea and climate are moving

The reality of climate change has us thinking about where we should build. With sea-level rise and more frequent storm events becoming a reality. Our natural environment will help us cope if we look after it, and are careful about where and how we build. Heading to higher ground means moving away from the beach, and those spectacular views, but brings more resilience to our future communities.