Time counting down for a smarter, greener Wellington

Time counting down for a smarter, greener Wellington

Wellingtonians have just two weeks left to guide their city to 2040 and beyond as part of the council’s Toward 2040: Smart Green Wellington consultation. 

“We want to hear ideas about how we align our economy with our environment – it’s not about trade-offs or compromises, but seizing the opportunity for a smart, green and prosperous future,” Wellington city mayor Celias Wade-Brown said. 

The Council has identified four goals to make Wellington a smart green city: 

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. 

So what does being a green and smart city mean for Wellington? Here what the 2040 website has to say:

This is about building Wellington’s resilience for the future, and will influence the investments we make, how we build and create things, and how we go about our daily lives.  It is about understanding the relationship between a strong environment and a strong economy.  We need to find ways to do things more efficiently if we want to sustain our quality of life and support a strong economy. 
Wellington has the potential to build on its significant green assets to make a green approach an opportunity. This can create economic advantage and will be a strong statement of the values that underpin the city’s strategic positioning. 

The strategy can be downloaded at, you can pick up a copy from the council service centre on Wakefield Street, or phone 499 4444 to have a copy posted. 

You can also have your say via the 2040 website, by posting on the Toward2040: Smart Green Wellington Facebook page, by emailing or by writing to the Council at PO Box 2199. Consultation closes at 

Public consulation closes at 5pm, Friday 19 August.

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