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$1.55m support for Hawke’s Bay three waters services review

Published: Mon 27 Jan 2020 02:09 PM
27th January
Hon Nanaia Mahuta
Minister of Local Government
27 January 2020
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MEDIA STATEMENT
The Government is pleased to announce a $1.55 million funding contribution to assist Hawke’s Bay investigate voluntary changes to the region’s three waters service delivery arrangements.
“Over the last 18 months, the five Hawke’s Bay councils have been collaborating to identify opportunities for greater coordination in three waters service delivery across the region,’’ said Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta.
“We are greatly encouraged by this initiative, and I would like to acknowledge the Hawke’s Bay councils’ constructive approach towards reform.’’
The $1.55m for Hawke’s Bay comes following an application from Napier City Council, Hastings District Council, Central Hawke’s Bay District Council, Wairoa District Council and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council to support their joint three waters investigations. The Government is providing funding on a case-by-case basis to support such initiatives.
“This Government funding contribution to Hawke’s Bay councils has been granted following careful consideration of the relevant criteria,’’ Nanaia Mahuta said.
Eligible funding applications must show evidence that proposed new three waters arrangements:
• have substantial support and commitment from multiple and/or most councils within a region, or across regions;
• retain public ownership of existing three waters assets;
• contribute towards Te Mana o te Wai; and
• address current and future challenges for the delivery of three waters services.
Funding application proposals also need to show how any proposed new service arrangements will:
• address regions’ current and future infrastructure investment needs;
• significantly improve drinking water quality for the community;
• move three waters related services onto a more financially sustainable footing; and,
• increase their resilience and adaptability in face of future risks and climate change.
“We have seen some of the advantages of regional arrangements such as Wellington Water and Auckland’s Watercare in providing modern three waters service delivery.
“This funding contribution will progress the work already begun by the councils to increase Hawke’s Bay’s ability to address challenges facing three waters services.
“It’s encouraging to see that other New Zealand councils are also looking to see whether similar collaborative arrangements might work in their regions,’’ Nanaia Mahuta said.

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