Three Waters Reform

Feedback closes 5pm Sunday 19th SeptemberClick here to provide feedback online. 

In July 2020, the Government launched the Three Waters Reform programme – a three-year programme to reform local government three waters service delivery arrangements. The Three Waters Reform could potentially significantly change the way water infrastructure and services are delivered in our District.

Currently 67 different councils own and operate the majority of the drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services across New Zealand. Options for new service delivery arrangements are still being considered, however, the Government’s preference is for four larger water entities. Click here to view a map of the proposed boundaries and more information about the proposed entities. 

At this stage central government has indicated to councils that they will be given a choice as to whether or not they opt in or out of the Three Waters Reform. Such a choice could potentially have consequences that extend beyond just the delivery of Three Waters services, and as such this is undoubtedly the biggest decision that has faced NZ Councils and their communities in a generation.

Whilst Kaikōura District Council is not yet at a stage where we have to make this difficult decision, the Government has given councils until the end of September to provide some initial feedback on the proposed reform. 

You can find out what other Council's think about the Three Waters Reform proposals here.

You can also read more information on the reform programme on the DIA and LGNZ websites. 

 

What does this mean for Kaikōura


We want to hear from you....What do you think?


Feedback closes 5pm Sunday 19th SeptemberClick here to provide feedback online. 

Currently central government has indicated to councils that they will be given a choice as to whether or not they opt in or out of the Three Waters Reform. Whilst Kaikōura District Council is not yet at a stage where we have to make this difficult decision, the Government has given councils until the end of September to provide some initial feedback on the proposed reform. Before we report back to central government, we are asking for your feedback. 

You can also email your views to CEO@kaikoura.govt.nz or post to PO Box 6, Kaikōura, 7340.

Central government will be determining the timeline for reform going forward in October 2021. The Canterbury Mayoral Forum has formally requested a pause to the current timeline. We believe this is essential in order to properly understand the implications and gather all the details so we can properly engage with our communities on this incredibly important decision. Read the full media release here.

Kaikōura District Council will not agree to transfer any water, wastewater or storm water assets to any other entity without first undertaking a full consultative or referendum process with the Kaikōura community.

It is stressed that the Council is not yet consulting with you on whether our district should or should not be part of the proposed new large water entity. We will be undertaking that at some stage in the future. We will continue to keep you informed as these important reforms develop through our website, Facebook page and monthly newsletter, sign up here for our monthly newsletter.