Cabinet decisions and reform proposals

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Reform proposals

Cabinet papers and minutes and Regulatory Impact Analysis (updated 5 September 2022)

Reform proposals

The section below provides information to support councils, and communities, to understanding the reform proposals.

Media releases from the Minister of Local Government Hon Nanaia Mahuta

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta confirmed the Government will create four publicly owned water entities to ensure every New Zealander has access to affordable, long-lasting drinking, waste and storm water infrastructure without ballooning costs to households and families. Read more below.


Request for Information – Local Dashboard release

The local dashboard provides a series of indicator that users can interact with to see information relevant to their councils. The dashboards draw on information that was supplied by councils in February 2021 and as such may not reflect what is in councils’ final Long-Term Plans. 

Cabinet papers and minutes and Regulatory Impact Analysis

Cabinet paper and minute – Policy proposals for three waters service delivery legislative settings

In June 2022 Cabinet took decisions on policy matters to ensure the new Water Services Entities will have the necessary legislative functions, duties, and powers to be fully operational from their ‘go live’ date on 1 July 2024.

These decisions include that, consistent with a recommendation from the Rural Supplies Technical Working Group, users of council-owned mixed use rural water can choose to directly own and operate their schemes, independent of a Water Services Entity.

These decisions will feed into a second piece of legislation enacting the three waters reform, which will be introduced later this year.

Earlier cabinet papers and minutes

In 2021 Cabinet took decisions on the key design features of the reform proposals including, size, boundaries, ownership, and protections of iwi/Māori rights and interests. The Department’s Regulatory Impact Analysis provides a comprehensive analysis of alternate options for reform that were considered through the reform programme. 

In October 2021, Cabinet took decisions to progress with the reforms to ensure all New Zealand communities can benefit from the reforms.

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