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There is a significant amount of information on the Department of Internal Affairs website: Three Waters Reform Programme - dia.govt.nz, 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.

Also read our Frequently Asked Questions for more information or email us at info@rangitikei.govt.nz.

Latest Information and Updates


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]