Let the people have their say on Three Waters

by Dr Tatjana Buklijas and Campbell Guy
Aerial view of a Sunrise over Waimakariri River, South Island, New Zealand.

This article was first published in Newsroom on 27 December 2021

Three Waters, a large reform programme moving management of storm, drinking and wastewater infrastructure from local government to independently appointed governing boards, will go ahead despite protests of many councils.

Alongside questions around ownership of water-related assets, the key stumbling block for those opposing the move was the potential “democratic deficit” that would result. Read more…

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