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There is a significant amount of information on the Department of Internal Affairs website: Three Waters Reform Programme -, and information is added regularly.

We are committed to keeping our communities informed and we will share with you what we know when this has been released by Central Government.

In the meantime, please check our Three Waters Reform pages as we will be regularly adding more information to it throughout the next few months.

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Latest Information and Updates

29 APRIL 2022

Councils to be shareholders as government accepts recommendations

Today it was confirmed that local councils will take non-financial shareholdings in four new public water entities.

Cabinet has agreed to the bulk of 47 working group recommendations for the planned overhaul of the country's three waters – drinking, waste, and storm water systems – which it hopes to complete by July 2024. The proposed co-governance of regional groups which will appoint the new entities’ governance boards and provide public accountability for the entities is set to remain.

Watch the announcement and read the full article here.

12 MARCH 2022

Letter to All Residents and Ratepayers

From Mayor Andy Watson - Read full letter.

Good Morning, Today the 9th of March 2022 the Three Waters Working Group of Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) released their recommendations back to Government concerning the set-up of the proposed legislation for the future delivery of Three Waters (drinking water, wastewater and stormwater). I deliberately included today’s date because what is proposed now may well be out of date by next week.As a recap, in October 2021 Government introduced legislation to establish four new entities or businesses to deliver the Three Waters services. This would mean that Councils would no longer be involved with these core responsibilities and users would be charged and supplied by the new entities. In the case of the Rangitīkei we would be part of Entity B including Taranaki, Bay of Plenty and the western side of the North Island through to, but excluding Auckland. Read more >

10 MARCH 2022

This letter acknowledges Council's feedback on the Three Waters Reform proposals and provides updates where feedback has resulted in changes to the Government’s proposals.

Feedback Response letter from Three Waters Reform Programme

28 OCTOBER 2021

Here is a link to a media release in which the Government announces that the reforms will be compulsory.


This is a copy of the letter sent to Minister Nanaia Mahuta on 1 October 2021 outlining Rangitīkei District Council’s position on the Three Waters proposed reform.

Feedback Rangitīkei District Council on Proposed Three Waters Reform


Three Water Reform funding In the first Three Water Reform funding round, Rangitikei received $4.8M to support existing Three Water Projects.

The money has been allocated to the following projects:

Marton to Bulls Wastewater Centralisation Project Potable water rising main from Bulls Water Treatment Plant to new Bulls Reservoir Renewal of a wastewater pump station rising main in Taihape. Central Government has also agreed to provide Council with $13,317,834 to support local well-being outcomes associated with climate change and resilience, housing and local placemaking.

Council has not made any decisions about how this funding might be used. Further to that, Central Government is proposing to pay costs associated with Three Waters Reform. At this stage, we do not know how much that will be.


Letter to All Residents and Ratepayers

From Mayor Andy Watson - Read full letter

Dear residents and ratepayers,
Central Government is proposing to reform the delivery of Three Waters across New Zealand. Three Waters includes drinking water, waste water and storm water. Here in Rangitīkei, these services are delivered by Manawatū District Council under a shared services agreement with Rangitīkei District Council. The services provided are funded through rates. Central Government has given councils until the end of September to provide feedback on the proposed reform. Before we provide feedback, we would like to hear from our community about what you think. The proposal is to move Three Water services from the 67 councils of New Zealand into four large publicly owned entities. Read more >


Mayor Andy Watson and Chief Executive Peter Beggs held a Facebook live session on Friday, 17 September.

Watch as Mayor Andy and Mr Beggs answer questions from the community.


Copies of 3 Waters Reform slides presented by the Department of Internal Affairs, on 5 August 2021, to Councils proposed by Central Government to be in Entity B (which includes Rangitīkei District Council)

Entity B meeting – 5 August 2021 [PDF]