Help us provide Hamilton’s feedback on the Government’s water reform proposals

Closed 13 Sep 2021

Opened 20 Aug 2021

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Overview

Hamilton City Council supports the Government’s goals of ensuring safe, sustainable, and economically efficient delivery of three waters services. However, we have been clear any proposals or structural changes must be developed in full partnership with local government.

Right now we’re in an eight-week review period which ends on 1 October 2021. In this review period we are evaluating the latest information from Government and providing feedback on the proposals so far. On behalf of our community, we want more information on:

  • effective governance and representation option for Hamiltonians, 
  • a clear voice for local communities to influence entity decision-making, 
  • more clarity on iwi/Maaori engagement and participation, 
  • detail on treatment of potential asset transfers and other financial data
  • a clearer picture of the non-financial benefits for our communities through the proposed reform. This particularly applies to environmental outcomes and links to our overall disappointment with the way anticipated reform benefits have been communicated to the public and councils to date.

At this stage we don’t have a final proposal or details on any decision Council will be asked to make. We are not being asked to decide to opt in or out of the reform, but to help shape the Government’s developing proposals to ensure Hamiltonians get the best deal possible. We want to make sure community feedback is part of that picture.

We are building a full feedback document ahead of our Council meeting of 30 September. As we develop this, we’re keen to hear if there are other aspects of our future water services you would like us to raise with Government. Please let us know your thoughts before Monday 13 September 2021.