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Government responds to working group recommendations

Last year the Government set up a working group of local government, iwi and water industry experts to look at the proposed governance, representation and accountability arrangements of the proposed new water services entities.

This group was also tasked with answering the questions raised by councils and communities across the country and providing recommendations on a draft Water Services Entities Bill which is expected to go to Select Committee later this year.

The working group provided recommendations to Minister of Local Government Nanaia Mahuta earlier this year.

On Friday 29 April, the Government accepted the vast majority of the recommendations. Read the full announcement here.

Tauranga City Council Commissioners will be reviewing the modified proposal in detail this month and looking closely to see how the concerns expressed by Tauranga communities and mana whenua have been accommodated.

Following the review process, an update will be provided on what this means for Tauranga Moana, and the next steps required to maintain our dialogue with Government and ensure the best outcomes for our people. 
The Government is expected to introduce legislation into the House in mid-2022, with the bill being subject to public consultation through the select committee process, which will provide an opportunity for Council and interested parties to have further input.

Commission Chair Anne Tolley says “it is encouraging to see that the government has accepted most of the three waters working group recommendations, but there are still some significant issues to deal with around entity formation and governance”.

“The intent of the reforms is not in question - all New Zealanders should have access to safe and affordable drinking water and the health of our streams and rivers is paramount. To achieve that, it will be important for Government and Local Government to work collaboratively”.
 

Posted: May 11, 2022,
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