Labour are determined to keep raining regulations on rural New Zealand.

Their latest hoop for farmers to jump through would expose tens of thousands of rural water schemes to disproportionate bureaucracy, compliance costs and administration.

As it currently stands, the Water Services Bill would require rural water schemes – around 70,000 of them throughout New Zealand – to be registered with the drinking water regulator, Taumata Arowai, and to prepare safety and risk management plans.

All so a farmer can connect a water supply between their house, their milking shed and their workers’ quarters, or supply a neighbour when their tank runs low.

Rural water schemes already have an excellent track record when it comes to safety and water quality.

The Water Services Bill is yet another regulatory hurdle for farmers who are already up to their eyeballs in costs, rules and regulations, from freshwater, to slope rules, to SNAs, to high country tenure review, to the Ute Tax.

National is asking other parties to support our amendment which would exempt water schemes that supply fewer than 30 endpoint users.

Sign our petition calling on Labour to support our change – and tell them to stop raining regs on rural New Zealand.


Sign our Water Services Bill petition today!

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