Taituarā notes the Government’s Three Waters announcement and thanks the Working Group for their report and recommendations.

Watch the announcement on RNZ here.

The recommendations, if enacted, represent the furthest that the current Parliament could go to prevent the privatisation of three waters. The recommendations are also a step forward to protect and support Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles and interests.

We will study the report further, but at first glance it seems to strike an appropriate balance between community input and good governance. Much will depend on getting the right skills onto the Boards of these entities.

We note that there is still much work do be done on important issues such as consumer protection, the interface with planning, and the detailed powers that these entities will have. The decisions today confirm the importance of public ownership, the promotion of Te Tiriti interests, and responsiveness to community concerns.

Sanchia Jacobs
Taituarā President