Taupō District Council’s views
Taupō District Council has invested heavily in our three waters infrastructure, and we have nearly $550 million water-related assets.
Our Long Term Plan has a further $211 million allocated to three waters investment. This is over 50% of our total capital expenditure over the next ten years. However, more could be done. Taupō District Council agrees that the way three waters infrastructure investment is funded needs to change; we have concerns about our communities’ ability to fund future improvements.
Council's submissions on the Three Waters Reform legislation and media statements about the Government’s reform model are shown in the sections below.
- 17 February 2023: Taupō District Council says no to the latest Three Waters legislation
- 7 February 2023: Central government continues to drive forward three waters reform
- 30 August 2022: Taupō District Council representatives speak to Three Waters submissions
- 19 July 2022: Taupō District Council’s strong Three Waters submission to Parliament endorsed
- 5 July 2022: Taupō District Council strongly opposed to Three Waters reforms
- 29 October 2021: Three Waters process hugely flawed
- 28 September 2021: Council urges slower, more considered approach to Three Waters reforms
Submissions on Three Waters Reform Legislation
Council's submissions on the Three Waters Reform legislation, along with community feedback from the Taupo District, and our letter to the Minister of Local Government are shown in the sections below.
Water Services Entities Amendment Bill
The Water Services Entities Act establishes the new water services entities so they are ready to provide services from their ‘go live’ dates.
On 5 July 2023 we lodged our submission on the Amendment Bill:
Water Services Legislation Bill and the Water Services Economic Efficiency and Consumer Protection Bill
Submissions on both bills closed to the public on 12 February 2023. Council met on Friday 17 February 2023 and approved our three waters submissions, as below.
Water Services Entities Legislation
Taupō District Council submitted, along with 88,000 others, on the Water Services Entities Bill, which is now the Water Services Entities Act. The bill and all submissions can be read on the government portal.
The Water Services Entity Act focuses on the establishment of the entities; how they will be owned, and who will have influence and oversight.
Taupō District Council submitted against the Water Services Entities Bill. You can read a full copy of Taupō District Council's submission on the Water Entities Bill in the pdf document or view a summary of the key points in the drop-down sections below.
In September 2021 we asked the Taupo District community to share their thoughts on the Three Waters Reform, with 587 people responding to a survey. The survey responses helped to form part of our feedback to the Government on the reform programme.
Find out more about the community feedback received.
Letter to the Minister for Local Government
In September 2021 Council reviewed the Government’s reform model and concluded that it is insufficient to manage water services, or ensure these are delivered in a manner that enables our communities to provide for their own growth and development.