"Miramar to Masterton" was too far for real local democracy, says Wellington mayor Celia Wade-Brown.

She said the decision of the LGC to withdraw their recommendations for a single "uber-council" reflected the views of the vast majority.

"I've consistently said that Miramar to Masterton was too far for effective local democracy. The proposed two-tier system model separated the decision-making from the citizens of the region. Local boards were rightly regarded as toothless.

"The decision of the Local Government Commission opens the way for a more pragmatic solution that keeps the people close to the decision-making process while offering some streamlining of the current structure. The region's councils already collaborate on emergency management, water and economic development.

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"We can still work with other councils in the region to achieve a simpler, more streamlined approach.

"One possible example is three councils along the lines of district health boards in the region."