New Zealand supports the Government’s decision to progress the Three
Waters Reform Programme given the status quo isn’t working and cannot continue.
New Zealand General Manager Claire Edmondson says, “The case for change is too strong
to ignore, and it is disappointing the Government has had to mandate
states standalone entities owned by local government would result in better
outcomes for New Zealand and New Zealanders.
She adds the
Government has committed to include safeguards ensuring that communities will
be the ultimate guardians of public ownership with any future proposal for
privatisation requiring 75 percent of votes in favour in a public
“Over 20% of water supplies
didn’t achieve full compliance with drinking water standards in the 2019-20
year, and over 34,000 New Zealanders are estimated to get sick from consuming
substandard drinking water annually.
“There’s a massive existing
Three Waters infrastructure deficit running into billions of dollars which shows
the current system is failing New Zealanders.”
Ms Edmondson says Infrastructure
New Zealand looks forward to the introduction of the Water Services
Entities Bill to Parliament this December.
“The devil will be in the
detail and Infrastructure New Zealand will be particularly interested in
the entity design, especially the governance and accountability arrangements.”
Ms Edmondson says the
select committee process will enable New Zealanders to voice their opinion
on what they think of the four entities proposal and what changes need to be
“The proposed reforms
anticipate reducing the burden on households which is always a good outcome,
with the average cost being within a range of between $800 and $1640 depending
on location, as compared to being between $1900 and $9000 over the next 30 years
without reform,” says Ms Edmondson.
New Zealand’s peak industry body for the infrastructure sector,
Infrastructure New Zealand looks forward to partnering with the
Government, local government, iwi and water experts to work through the next
stages of the reform programme.
simply cannot run the
risk of having events like the 2016 Havelock North water contamination
event which made 5500 ill and hospitalised 45, with at least
three New Zealanders likely losing their lives,” says Ms Edmondson.
queries, please contact Claire Edmondson at firstname.lastname@example.org
or on 021 272 7879.