Hard on the heels of Auckland's forthcoming formation into one regional city, the Chair of Wellington Regional Council is proposing changes to the governance of the Wellington region.
Fran Wilde is proposing a single regionally-based council responsible for all strategy, planning, infrastructure and network issues, and with the sole rating power in the region.
She wants to retain the current territorial local authorities as "community councils".
This differs from the Auckland model, which replaces the seven city and district councils with one super council and up to thirty community boards.
Ms Wilde, who was an MP for eleven years and a previous Mayor of Wellington, is now in her second term on the regional council, her first as chair.