What is the Wellington Regional Growth Framework?

The Framework is a spatial plan that describes a long-term vision for how the region will grow, change and respond to key urban development challenges and opportunities in a way that gets the best outcomes and maximises the benefits across the region.


The region is growing faster than it has done for many decades and is facing immediate and longer-term housing supply and affordability, urban development and infrastructure challenges.


This is a collaboration between local councils, central government and māna whenua.
We’ve talked to groups, business and organisations to help us build a framework for future planning and growth.


The Framework includes Masterton, Carterton, South Wairarapa, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, Wellington, Porirua, Kāpiti Coast and Horowhenua.

Challenges for accommodating new regional growth

Challenge 1

Sufficient and affordable housing and investment in infrastructure

The shortfall in housing across the region is leading to decreasing affordability for renters and homeowners and long waiting times for social and emergency housing.

It’s also contributing to homelessness, overcrowding and poor health and educational outcomes.

There are also significant challenges with regards to supporting infrastructure particularly water and transport infrastructure with billions of dollars of investment required to meet both current and future needs.

Challenge 2

Natural hazards, climate change and enhancing the region’s natural environment

One of the challenges for the region is how to balance the existing built up areas, a continuing demand to build in coastal and hazard prone areas, and the risks we’re facing with sea-level rise.

The region has a good base with regards to the natural environment but increasing pressures from development, coupled with higher expectations for better environmental outcomes and lower emissions from legislation like the Zero Carbon Bill and the proposed Natural Resources Plan, mean we will need to do better.

Challenge 3

Inequitable access to social, educational and economic opportunities

Whilst overall, we have a highly productive workforce and high average household incomes, this is not consistent across the region and can be an issue where wage levels are not keeping up as the cost of housing is increasing.

Access to social services including health and education is not consistent across the region.

Challenge 4

Poor access to affordable housing choices for Māori

Access to affordable housing is a significant issue for Māori.

Our Framework recognises the aspirations of mana whenua and seeks to build upon existing partnerships between central government, local government and mana whenua.

Next steps

Have your say! We’d love to know what you think about the draft Wellington Regional Growth Framework. You can make a submission online here, feedback closes on Monday 10 May 2021.











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