Central Government is reforming the way the Three Waters (drinking water, stormwater and wastewater) are delivered to New Zealanders. Taituarā is committed to working with councils to support the transition, and ensure councils can deliver well-being outcomes for their communities.

Latest information from the Government

You can find the latest news and details about the Three Waters Reform Programme on the Department of Internal Affairs website. 

There is also this website designed for a wider public audience.

Updates from Taituarā

27 October 2021 media release: Taituarā Executive Board welcomes certainty created by Three Waters decision - Today the Minister of Local Government announced the future direction for the Three Waters service delivery component of the Three Waters Reform Programme – to introduce legislation to create four publicly-owned water entities.

20 August 2021 media release: Three waters: Local Authority Indicative Financial Impact Tool - In support of the Three Waters Reform process, the Department of Internal Affairs has developed a high-level financial impact tool to give individual councils an indication of how the proposed transfer of water-related debt, assets and revenues may affect their financial position, credit ratings and/or financial covenants.

10 August 2021 media releaseThree waters Model Report available - Last month the Government announced a $2.5 billion package to support councils as part of the three waters reform programme. The Model Report has been released and is available in this article.

4 August 2020 media releaseThree Waters Reform Programme Investment Package - On 8 July, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Local Government announced a three-year programme for reforming three waters service delivery arrangements, to be delivered in parallel with an economic stimulus package of Crown investment