Three Waters Reform

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Kaikōura District Council's submission on the Water Services Entities Bill

Kaikōura District Council has provided its submission on the Water Services Entities Bill to the Select Committee earlier.  The submission clearly outlines the reasons for Council opposing some aspects of the Bill.  

For further information click on the KDC submission in the link above or visit

Community 4 Local Democracy submission on the Water Services Entities Bill 

Some frequently asked questions

Some helpful information

Update: 07 June 2022

Water Services Entity Bill Enters Parliament

On 7 June 2022 the Government introduced the Water Services Entities Bill into Parliament.  This is the first of two Bills giving effect to the Government’s water services proposals. It establishes the four multi-regional entities, their purpose and objectives, and their representation and governance arrangements. The Bill also covers the accountability arrangements for the entities and other levers communities have to influence the direction of the entities.   Some formative transition provisions are also included. The Bill can be downloaded here

The second Bill is expected in September/October and will cover economic regulation, rural supplies, links to planning, the more detailed powers and the flow-on effects for other obligations (such as LTP’24).  

To accompany the introduction of the Bill into Parliament, The Department of Public Affairs has also published a Three Waters Regulatory Impact Assessment and a disclosure Statement for the Bill.  The disclosure statement aims to bring together in one place information to support Parliamentary and public scrutiny of the Bill.

It identifies:

  • the general policy intent of the Bill and other background policy material
  • some of the key quality assurance products and processes used to develop and test the content of the Bill
  • the presence of certain significant powers or features in the Bill that might be of particular Parliamentary or public interest and warrant an explanation

Previous updates and more information

06/07/2022   Kaikōura District Council media release encouraging submissions to Water Services Entities Bill

31/05/2022   Rural Supplies Technical Working Group Final Report Published, full report available here, FAQ's here and summary presentation slides here

02/05/2022   Media Release Kaikōura District Council Mayor Craig Mackle is disappointed with the Government’s latest 3 Waters changes

19/04/2022   Communities for Local Democracy (C4LD) meetings in Wellington

                           Castalia Report to C4LD-Alternative Options for Water Reform Jan 2022
                           Presentation to Minister of Local Government 4 April 2022
                           Letter to Helen Worboys 8 April 2022
                           Letter to Minister of Local Govt 10 April 2022
                           C4LD Position on Iwi Māori Partnership April 2022

04/04/2022   Letter from Government on 'Better off' funding package, Kaikōura District Council will consider the implications before making any decisions

09/03/2022   Media Release Communities 4 Local Democracy,  Predictably disappointing feedback from hamstrung working group

07/03/2022   Letter from Department of Internal Affairs, Responding to Kaikōura District Council feedback and questions

10/02/2022   Media Release Communities 4 Local Democracy, Group Offers Better Alternative for Three Waters Delivery

14/01/2022   Media Release Communities 4 Local Democracy, New Zealanders will pay more and receive less under Three Waters 

22/12/2021   Memorandum of Understanding C4LD, MOU Between Partner Councils in relation to their Three Waters Campaign

16/12/2021   Media Release Kaikōura District Council, C4LD - the voice of more than a million New Zealanders

03/12/2021   Web Update Kaikōura District Council, Government announced Three Waters Reform would be mandatory for all councils

27/10/2021   Summary of Local Council Feedback on Three Waters Reform proposals

27/10/2021   Web Update Kaikōura District Council, Kaikōura District Council's response to Government media release

You can sign up to the Kaikōura District Council Newsletter to keep up to date on the Three Waters Reforms by following this link

For more information on the Communities 4 Local Democracy Campaign (C4LD) He hapori mō te Manapori and its models for better water services, visit or their Media Contact: Stephen Doran - 027 202 7784

You can also find more information on the Department of Internal Affairs and the Local Government NZ websites