WATER TALKS

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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.”

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