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Political and legal pressure may have led the Waipa District Council to revisit its decision not to go into an agreement to form a shared waters management company with neighbours Hamilton City Council. By the time this editorial is published, Waipa council would have met to go over its options about the proposal. In December, in a close vote, Waipa council decided ‘‘no’’ to the proposal which would have seen it go into a partnership with Hamilton, but still retain ownership of its own assets. Since then, the threat of a judicial review has come into play, questioning the process in which Waipa made its decision and the outcome of the ‘‘no’’ vote. Also, at a recent presentation, new Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta hinted the Government may be looking at water reform and it wanted councils to form bigger entities to manage water services. Waipa council may have to decide whether it forms such an entity on its own terms with Hamilton, or be forced to do so by the Government in the near future.
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