On Wednesday the Government announced its next steps in the Three Waters Reform. Mayor Toby Adams was disappointed with the Government’s decision not to undertake community consultation before announcing the step to make the Reform mandatory.
“I am disappointed as we were given assurances that throughout the process we would be given time to consult, the Government’s announcement to mandate the reform took that away from us. To our communities it looks like we have done nothing to advocate on our communities behalf,” said Mayor Adams.
“The decision not to consult has taken away our communities voice. I hope that our council will have an opportunity to input and influence the working party that the Government is proposing.”
“The Havelock North water issues highlighted that the status-quo needed to change, while the announcement was disappointing, the challenges in the water space do need to be addressed.”
“This is the Government’s reform and although we have some information there is still a lot we don’t know,” said Mayor Adams.
“Naturally there will be strong views in our district as there are nationally and I want to reassure our district that I will always advocate for the best outcomes for our communities.”
Government Working Party
The Government is setting up a working group to specifically work through governance, representation and accountability, which are at the heart of Hauraki District Council’s concerns. Other technical reference groups will look at the interface with resource management reform and rural water supplier.