Vital for your say on new changes

By Heather McCracken

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The three local councils have put forward a proposal for Wairarapa's governance - a Wairarapa unitary authority that would see the region break away entirely from Wellington.

This plan has been put forward by a working party with representatives from the three councils and regional councillor Gary McPhee.

It follows the report from the independent Wellington Review panel, which recommended Wairarapa become an "area council" under the management of a Wellington supercouncil.

The proposals are just that - plans that will need to undergo a great deal of detailed scrutiny and development.

It may seem hard to make sense of all this, but it is important Wairarapa residents play a part in this discussion, and have a look at what's being talked about.

There is little doubt the make-up of local governance here will change.

Plans being tossed around now may seem like hypothetical possibilities, but changes will become real, and there's no better time than now to have your say.

The working party's plan is on the website wairarapasfuture.govt.nz, and the panel's plan can be found at: wellingtonreviewpanel.org.nz.

Our website is changing too.

From next week, it will still provide all your local and national news updated throughout the day, but will also make it a lot easier to connect with our community, and share stories that matter to you.

The home page will deliver the best local stories, photos, videos, comments from readers as well as national news.

There will be easy links to local and regional news, sport, business, rural and entertainment sections - and the new life section, where you'll find gardening, fashion, recipes, travel and more.

New sections include Things To Do and Your Community.

Things To Do will feature local events and you'll be able to place a local event free to spread the word to the community.

Your Community, with your help, will become an information for hub Wairarapa.

Here you'll find all things local, plus you can share your story or opinion with our readers.

Make sure you have a look at times-age.co.nz next week, and let us know what you think.

- WAIRARAPA TIMES-AGE

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