Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta has released Cabinet’s Three Waters Review paper which looks at reshaping drinking water regulations and explores different water service delivery options. “One of these delivery options is mandatory aggregation, something which has not gone down well with a significant number of councils across the country,” Ka¯piti mayor K Gurunathan said.
“I join our national representative Local Government New Zealand in flatly opposing any attempt to impose a one-size-fits-all approach, which will lead to mandatory aggregation.
“Such an approach fails to recognise that councils across the country are a diverse bunch, which needs a tailored policy making approach to manage the many challenges we face.
“The Ka¯piti Coast District, for instance, was recently commended by the Auditor General’s Office. “An audit report held Ka¯piti up as a good example in demand managing drinking water supply. “While we recognise that each district is facing different challenges around demand and supply, we do have something to contribute to these discussions having successfully developed and implemented an approach that works.
“Central government has recognised the funding constraints faced by councils so if central government is committed to discussions with local government they have to come to the table with some serious funding options.”