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The Proposal

The Government proposes to establish four publicly owned water services entities across New Zealand.

Rangitīkei is included in 'Entity B' involving 22 councils including our neighbours Whanganui and Ruapehu, as well as others in Waikato, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty and Taranaki.

The proposed structure would see the 22 councils represented by six elected members and six iwi representatives in a Regional Representative Group.

The Regional Representative Group would appoint an independent selection panel, which would appoint the water entity's board members. The board members would independently govern the entity.

Councils would be the 'owners' of the entities, on behalf of their communities, in a 'no shareholding' ownership model, with no financial recognition of ownership.

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2016Havelock North campylobacter outbreak in which thousands of people were infected by drinking water from contaminated bores – four people died, and others were left permanently disabled.
2017Central Government inquiry into the Havelock North drinking-water contamination.
2017-2019Central Government’s Three Waters Review.
Dec 2019-March 2021Taumata Arowai is set up as a Crown Entity to regulate drinking water from late 2021.
May 2020Three Waters Steering Committee set up to oversee the Three Waters Reform Programme.
July 2020
  • Water Services Bill introduced, containing details of a new regulatory system. The Bill is expected to pass into law in late 2021.
  • Government financial package announced to improve water services delivery and to explore water reform in partnership with councils as part of a memorandum of understanding.
Aug 2020Rangitīkei District Council signs the MoU with Central Government to supply detailed information on our current 3 waters infrastructure and operations to allow Central Government to explore water reform options.
Apr-June 2021Central Government makes more detailed decisions about the Three Waters Reform proposal including:
Jun-ongoingCentral Government nationwide education campaign underway.
Aug-Sept 2021
  • Eight-week engagement period with Central Government to better understand the implications of reform for councils and communities.
  • Council workshops held and meets to discuss its response.
  • Resident survey SURVEY LINK
Oct-Dec 2021Further information expected about next steps for the reform programme and the new timeframe for decision-making.
2022Preparation for forming the new water services entities.
2024New entities are expected to start providing three water services.