A pity that all the energy going into looking for symbols and unity does not go into finding ways to get the existing Councils out of the way of people who want to build, replace, create, experiment and develop.
It could have filled gaps left in the government's timid attack on the RMA tyranny. For example more would be acheived by making unsuccesful objectors (and Councils that block projects) liable for the losses they cause, and all costs of proceedings, than all the handwringing and tinkering with Council authority.
Still, Sir Geoffrey was asked to think about structural issues. He has. The token community councils and figurehead mayors without rating authority will not be able to protect their people from funding transfers to pet constituencies and causes. So we get a Super City in effect, though with a smaller Council.
I look forward to reading the detail, though it could be wasted time..
Unless I completely misjudge the republican temper of political Wellington, and the feelings of the rest of the country toward us, a push for our own Lord Mayor will sink the whole project in scorn.