By Peter Petterson
Christchurch born and raised and proud of the fact:
Any parochial nonsense as suggested by Phil Dickson, Boulcott, in the Dompost recently has emanated from Wellington interests as they have for years. Wellington just hasn’t a population base to match its dreams and desires. Christchurch simply is a bigger city by population basis and will remain that way.
There was a poll last year to gauge readers opinions. People in the Hutt Valley, Porirua and the Kapiti Coast simply were not interested and had no desire to be part of Wellington City. Wellington City interests have not supported those outside the city for decades. I have lived in the Hutt Valley since 1968, and spent a few months in Wellington City in 1967. Any amalgamation should be between Upper and Lower Hutt cities. Local parochialism has probably prevented that.
The region is a different scenario.It involves different cities and districts in transport, fresh water, waste water and sewerage etc. It is not hard to define the population difference between cities and the regions.
So the capital city will remain the third biggest city in New Zealand.