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Wellington’s new 30-year vision

Last night Wellington City Council unanimously agreed on a long term vision for the city, one that will have sustainability, digital saviness and innovation at its core.

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said the strategy, called Wellington Towards 2040: Smart Capital , would underpin and guide all Council strategies across economic, environmental, social, technology, transport and other key issues.

The four goals identified by the council are:

* People-centred city - the aim is to be healthy, vibrant, affordable, resilient, have a strong sense of identity, and strong and healthy communities.

* Connected city - this is connectedness in every sense: physical, virtual or social. Strategies like the Digital Strategy fall under this

* Eco-city - this is a response to all the environmental challenges the city faces over the coming decades, and the Council is confident we can lead the country by example.

* Dynamic central city - this section largely deals with urban design aspects of the central city - making sure it's still a great place to be where new ideas happen - and maintaining its role as the creative and innovative force to drive the regional economy.

The strategy points to Wellington’s key strengths as its compact form, its harbour setting and connections to the natural environment, outstanding quality of life and highly skilled population with the highest incomes in the country.

Proposals to take the strategy forward include an economic plan to secure direct long-haul flights to Asia by 2013, ambitious plans to attract talent and business investment, and advancing moves to position Wellington as a digital city.

"This was a major consultation exercise for the Council...This strategy reflects the overwhelming response from Wellingtonians who agreed on a smart and sustainable future as the obvious way forward," said Wade-Brown.