What’s Council’s role and its view on the Government’s reform?

If the Government meets its planned timelines, Council will not be delivering water services after July 2024. Hamilton’s water services would be delivered by a new entity covering Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, and parts of Manawatu-Whanganui.  

Council’s most recent submissions on the reform have been to a Working Party on governance aspects of the reform (February 2022), and to the Minister of Local Government and Government (October 2021). Council will also be making a submission to the select committee on the Water Services Entities Bill in July 2022. 

Hamilton City Council is opposed to the Government’s model for reform.

We do, however, recognise that at a national level some change is required.

Council has been advocating on behalf of its
community, providing feedback to Government at every opportunity, and ensuring the organisation is prepared for any change. 

Broadly, Council’s recent submissions state:  

  • Council is opposed to the Government’s four-entity model. 

  • A smaller regional entity would be more reflective of the needs and community of Waikato/Bay of Plenty. 

  • Asset ownership is not clear in the Government’s model. Council would prefer a CCO (Council-controlled organisation) with clearer ownership rights.  

  • Governance arrangements as proposed are complex and could reduce our ability to address key strategic needs for Hamilton.  

  • A Metro Advisory group should be established to advocate for the special needs of high growth metropolitan councils such as Hamilton. 

  • Voting arrangements in the Regional Representative Groups do not reflect Hamilton’s population size, or the value of its assets. As a consequence, Hamilton’s opportunity to adequately voice the views and needs of its community is reduced. 

  • We strongly believe Councils must retain planning and financial control over the new entities, to support the comprehensive strategic and planning frameworks in place for growth, development and placemaking (local and cross boundary).  

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