Consultation: Economic regulation and consumer protection for Three Waters

A consultation on the design of the economic regulation and consumer protection for the future Three Waters system closes on Monday 20 December.

A joint submission by Wellington Region Councils was put to Carterton Councillors for endorsement in their December 15 meeting [Ordinary Meeting Agenda: Item 7.3]

The community is encouraged to read and make submissions on the Government’s Three Waters proposals, including through the select committee process.

The consultation closes on Monday 20 December.

More information is available on the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment website.


Working Groups

The Government has established three independent working groups to refine elements of the Three Waters Reform programme, following feedback from Councils published in October.

They are:

  • Working Group on Representation, Governance and Accountability
  • Planning Technical Working Group
  • Rural Supplies Technical Working Group

Masterton Mayor Lyn Patterson represents the Rural/Provincial sector on the Representation, Governance and Accountability Working Group.

Mayor Campbell Barry of Lower Hutt and Mayor Rachel Reese of Nelson represent Entity C – the entity Carterton would be part of, should the reforms pass as designed.

Individual members may have individual local authority or iwi interests, but they will represent the interests of those facing similar issues and circumstances and consider national as well as local interests.

The Working Group held its first meeting on 26 November and is due to report back by 28 February 2022.

The Planning Technical and Rural Supplies Technical Working Groups meet monthly.

Visit the Department of Internal Affairs website for more information.


Water Services Entities Bill: Exposure draft

The Department of Internal Affairs has published an exposure draft of the Water Services Entities Bill (Download/View )

An exposure draft is a version of a draft Bill that is released by a government agency, in whole or in part, outside of the Crown before the Bill is introduced.

The Bill is expected to go to Select Committee next year, and people can make submissions on the Bill at that time.