The Working Group on Representation, Governance and Accountability of new Water Services Entities reported back to the Minister for Local Government Nanaia Mahuta yesterday with 47 recommendations. Taituarā welcomes the Report and would like to offer some commentary on its contents.

The Working Group's full report is available here. (Opens best in Chrome rather the Microsoft Edge).

Visit the Three Waters Reform programme Working Groups webpage.  

We thank the Working Group for its commitment to keeping safe drinking water and healthy waterways, throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, front and centre as they considered the governance, accountability and local voice concerns. The report is an extremely helpful contribution to the reform process.

Taituarā response

As readers work through the Taituarā commentary and recommendations, they should keep the Government’s so-called bottom lines in mind. These are: 

  • the entities remain in public ownership, 
  • the entities have balance sheet separation from their local authority owners, 
  • good governance, 
  • and that any new model should protect/promote iwi/Māori rights and interests.

Read our commentary (PDF opens in same window).

Get in touch

If you have any questions regarding the work Taituarā is conducting regarding Three Waters Reform, please contact Raymond Horan, our Chief Advisor.