The Greater Wellington region/ Te Upoko o te Ika is home to around 506,814 people. The Greater Wellington Regional Council is responsible for environmental management, flood protection and land management, provision of regional parks, public transport planning and funding, and metropolitan water supply.
The region consists of nine territorial authorities including Wellington City Council, Hutt City Council, Upper Hutt City Council, Porirua City Council, Kāpiti Coast District Council, South Wairarapa District Council, Carterton District Council and Masterton District Council. The Wellington Region produces 15% of the New Zealand’s GDP and is the home of central government.
There are a number of iwi/hapu within the Greater Wellington Region including, Muaūpoko, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa - Tāmaki Nui ā Rua, Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Rangitāne, Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o te Ika, Te Atiawa, and Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai.