25 June 2022

Three Waters Reforms: Council seeks community feedback as consultation opens

Nationwide public consultation on the draft Water Services Entities Bill is now open, and Hamilton City Council is asking for community feedback as it develops its own submission to Parliament’s Finance and Expenditure Committee.

Hamilton Council has ‘consistently and strongly’ opposed the Government’s current model, and believes some change is required.

As community’s feedback is valuable in helping shaping these reforms, Hamiltonians can formally give their views to their council on draft Government legislation which will change the way water services are delivered in New Zealand.

Three Waters reforms
“Everyone wants high quality, safe water supplies…”, says Hamilton Mayor

Council’s consultation is open between 22 June and 7 July 2022. Submissions to the select committee – by councils, other organisations, or individuals – are open until 22 July.

Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate said the reforms are complex and wide-ranging and Council’s submission will look at every area of the reform – so community views are vital.

“Three Waters Reform is the biggest change for local government in a generation, and it’s about services which are critical to public health, our environment and economic growth.

“Our Council is opposed to the Government’s current model – we have said that consistently and strongly – but we also recognise that across New Zealand, some change is required…

“I think we would all agree that we want high quality, safe water supplies, we want better environmental outcomes, and we want our services delivered in the most cost-effective and sustainable way…Now we have another opportunity to look at what’s best for our city and we want our community to be part of that conversation,” Mayor Southgate said.

People who want to help shape Council’s view on the reform legislation can read the consultation material and make an online submission by 7 July 2022 at https://haveyoursay.hamilton.govt.nz/

Also read: www.newsviews.co.nz/hamilton-council-needs-your-support-to-shape-three-waters-reforms/