Kia ora and welcome to the May edition of our monthly eNews. This edition features:

  • WRLC May Committee Papers
  • Iwi Capacity and Capability Report released
  • Regional Economic Development Plan – directions
  • CDO’s – Complex Development Opportunities Update
  • Project Lead role – Future Development Strategy
  • 2022 Housing & Business Capacity Assessment Report released

We have exciting news on the horizon as more projects enter the implementation phase, and working relationships across the region continue to strengthen.

The committee’s formation is an exciting step forward for our region, from individual to more collective decision-making. This is proving to be both rewarding and beneficial for all partners, bringing more diverse views together in the room, reducing duplicated efforts, and building more collective awareness of the interdependencies between projects where further benefits from the region can emerge.

WRLC May Committee Papers 

The Wellington Regional Leadership Committee meets every two months to monitor, activate and support the work programme. You can view their May meeting papers (and past papers) here.

Iwi Capacity & Capability Project – Opportunities Shortlist published

 This report scopes three opportunities approved for further work by the committee in November 2021.

The three opportunities are in the areas of formal career pathways, reciprocal work placements and short-term secondments to provide technical input.

All regional partners involved in this project to date, share a strong view that iwi capacity and capability in our region is incredibly important, and is an area in which we can all work together.

The Iwi Capacity & Capability project’s three deliverables are:

1. Issues and opportunities paper – read here

2. Scoping report of short-listed opportunities – read here

3. High level business case for each opportunity on the “go” list

Regional Economic Development Plan – Update

Following 12 months of work by multiple organisations and stakeholders, this update document presents key components of the REDP in closer detail, which will inform the next phase and final REDP.

Key components expanded upon include a positioning diagram of the existing economic plans at a local, regional, and supra-regional level, an economic snapshot showing our regions industries and their contribution to GDP, insights on our region’s sectors and enablers, and stakeholder workshop feedback.

The ultimate goal is to create more jobs and for the region to be more productive, resilient, inclusive, sustainable and Māori-enabling (PRISM).

View the REDP Update here.


CDOs – Complex Development Opportunities Identified

The Wellington Regional Leadership Committee has identified a number of Complex Development Opportunities (CDOs) to provide a set of urban development projects for the region consistent with the Wellington Regional Growth Framework spatial plan.

CDOs are urban development projects that offer opportunities for accelerated and/or significant development to accommodate projected future growth; are complex: so partnership is required to deliver at the desired pace and scale, and are in a key location.

Read the full article and list of CDO’s here.


12-month Contract: Regional Emissions Reduction Plan – Project Lead

Join our team and contribute to making a positive difference the the region’s future.

The purpose of the role is to deliver the Regional Emissions Reduction Plan – a collectively-owned emissions reduction plan which directs the transition to a low-no carbon region.

View the job description here.

To find out more about this opportunity please contact WRLC Programme Director Kim Kelly via email at:

Project Lead – Future Development Strategy

We have an exciting role for a Project Lead who brings significant experience of Strategy Development and leading Strategy Development projects.  It’s an opportunity to lead work and influence change, working with key partners to make a real difference as we shape the Wellington-Wairarapa-Horowhenua Region to be a place people want to live and work.

This is an 18-month fixed term role, primarily based in Central Wellington, with work across the region.

Find out more and apply here.

2022 Housing & Business Capacity Assessment Report Released

The 2022 Wellington Regional Housing and Business Capacity Assessment Update (HBA) has been completed by the six councils of Wellington’s major urban areas: Wellington City, Porirua City, Kāpiti Coast, Upper Hutt City, Hutt City and Greater Wellington Regional Council.

The HBA takes a 30-year look from 2021-2051 at demand for housing, and compares it against land that is available or identified for future growth. It also analyses capacity for the necessary infrastructure to support this growth, such as three waters (drinking, storm and waste) and transport.

You can view and download the full HBA, regional summary, and individual council chapters here.

About the Wellington Regional Leadership Committee

WRLC is a joint regional partnership which brings together Iwi leaders, Mayors, Ministers of Government, and an independent chair, to join forces and work collaboratively on the cross-boundary, growth-related challenges in the Wellington-Wairarapa-Horowhenua region.

WRLC brings a solution-focused approach to finding better ways of working together to positively shape our region’s future, ensuring it is a place where people want to live and work.  

Our work covers five key areas: Iwi capacity, housing, climate change, transport and economic development and recovery. You can find out more about our projects on our project page.

If you have any questions or are interested in getting involved, you can contact us at

Wellington Regional Leadership Committee

100 Cuba Street, Wellington
New Zealand

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