New com­pany will run wa­ter mat­ters

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JIM CHIPP

A joint-coun­cil-owned com­pany will man­age Welling­ton’s wa­ter sup­ply and dis­tri­bu­tion.

Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil has agreed to be­come a share­holder in a new com­pany re­plac­ing Ca­pac­ity and also tak­ing over man­age­ment of the re­gion’s bulk wa­ter sup­ply.

Ca­pac­ity is owned by Welling­ton, Porirua, Lower Hutt and Up­per Hutt coun­cils. It man­ages re­tail wa­ter, storm wa­ter and waste­water in the Welling­ton met­ro­pol­i­tan area.

The re­gional coun­cil unan­i­mously ac­cepted the pro­posal at its meet­ing on Thurs­day.

A joint com­mit­tee of the five coun­cils will ap­point a board of di­rec­tors and over­see it. The com­mit­tee will also de­cide the new com­pany’s name.

Porirua re­gional coun­cil­lor Jenny Brash said she had qualms about Ca­pac­ity’s past per­for­mance, but thought it had be­come a dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Her fel­low Porirua rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Bar­bara Don­ald­son, said she was dis­ap­pointed the over­sight com­mit­tee wouldn’t be a Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil one, but she was pleased a Welling­ton City Coun­cil de­mand for coun­cil-ap­pointed di­rec­tors had been re­jected.

Don­ald­son was ‘‘fear­ful’’ about los­ing re­gional coun­cil tech­ni­cal staff to the new com­pany.

Coun­cil chair­woman Fran Wilde said it should be viewed as a new com­pany.

‘‘There is a new chief ex­ec­u­tive, a new struc­ture. There will be a new cul­ture,’’ she said.

Colin Cramp­ton, for­merly of the New Zealand Trans­port Agency, was ap­pointed chief ex­ec­u­tive of Ca­pac­ity last Novem­ber.

Wilde will rep­re­sent the re­gional coun­cil on the over­sight com­mit­tee, with Brash as her al­ter­nate.

The four share­hold­ing coun­cils will be asked to give their for­mal ap­proval to the re­gional coun­cil be­com­ing a share­holder in the new com­pany.

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