22 Jan 2024

Simeon Brown on Wellington and Upper Hutt water issues

From Morning Report, 8:24 am on 22 January 2024

The mayors of Wellington and Upper Hutt want to meet urgently with the Local Government Minister to discuss their water woes.

Both regions are currently at level 2 water restrictions, and it's possible they will rise further later this summer.

The minister, Simeon Brown, late on Friday wrote to the mayors demanding more information on how the councils are addressing water leaks and shortages.

Upper Hutt mayor Wayne Guppy and Wellington mayor Tory Whanau say they were unaware of the additional information the minister required, and their councils are working to get that to him.

Neither was available to talk to join us on Morning Report.

Local Government Minister Simeon Brown spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss.