Water Services Policy and Legislation

Last Updated: 12 February 2024

Local Water Done Well

In December 2023 the Minister of Local Government Simeon Brown confirmed a new direction for water services policy and legislation Local Water Done Well.

The Government announced a new direction for water services on 14 December 2023 (link to Beehive website).

Technical Advisory Group

On 12 February 2024 the Minister of Local Government Simeon Brown announced the establishment of a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to provide expert advice on the implementation of Local Water Done Well.

You can read the Minister’s press release here: Government advances Local Water Done Well - 12 February 2024 (link to Beehive website)

The TAG’s Terms of Reference is available here:

Terms of Reference - PDF version [PDF, 185KB]

Terms of Reference - Word version [DOCX, 59KB]

Background information on Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Members

Andreas Heuser (Chair), Managing Director at Castalia Limited. Andreas has a background in economic and policy projects specialising in energy sector strategy, water reform, and natural resource economics.

Raveen Jaduram, Director of the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission. Raveen has a background in water infrastructure, including six years as the Chief Executive of Watercare.

Wendy Walker, Chief Executive of Porirua City Council. Wendy has a background in local government, strategic planning, and public management.

Mark Reese, Partner at Chapman Tripp. Mark specialises in finance and infrastructure and has significant knowledge and experience across legal and financial aspects of project and asset financing.

Simon Weston, Chief Executive of Whang─ürei District Council. Simon has a strong background in infrastructure, construction and local government in the United Kingdom, Auckland and Northland.

Previous water services policy and content

Information about the previous Government’s water services policy and legislation is accessible here:
Archived Water Services Reform Programme information

Contact us

If you have any queries, please email: waterservices@dia.govt.nz.