27 Sep 2021

Deadline looms for local councils' feedback on 3 Waters reform

From Nine To Noon, 9:10 am on 27 September 2021

Local councils around the country have until Friday to have their say on the government's controversial Three Waters Reform proposal. The plan would see the country's 67 councils' drinking, waste and storm water assets taken over by four large regional entities. The government has sweetened the deal with $2.5 billion to be divvied up between the councils to ensure none is worse off as a result of the reforms.

Local Government New Zealand, which represents councils, has copped some flak for entering into a Heads of Agreement with the government over the proposal, with some calling for councils to quit their membership. Other councils have called for a pause on the process, and the Minister for Local Government, Nanaia Mahuta, has not ruled out ultimately making the scheme compulsory. Kathryn discusses the state of play with President of Local Government New Zealand, Stuart Crosby, and former Watercare Chief Executive Garry Law.

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