Labour’s Three Waters plans would see the Government steal your local water assets and strip control from your community.

National will keep local assets in local control, and we will protect community decision-making.

Right now, your drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services are controlled by your elected council. Your local water assets have been paid for by ratepayers over decades.

Labour’s plan would bundle your assets into regional mega-entities and put community control at arm’s length.

These new water entities would be ivory towers spread over hundreds of kilometres, made up of a complex smorgasbord of appointees and bureaucrats. Councils would have token representation, alongside iwi, in appointing decision-makers. 

Councils’ ownership rights would be confused and unclear, and water services will no longer be accessible to you, their customers.

On top of that, the touted scale benefits are unrealistic, and communities with good water services will end up subsidising their poorer-performing neighbours. Your water bill might be funding water infrastructure in a totally different region.

Councils have been given until 1 October to provide feedback to the Government. A majority of councils don’t support the reforms and many have called for a pause. Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta has completely ignored their pleas and has now ruled out halting the reforms. After spending $4 million on a negative ad campaign and throwing even more money at councils to try to secure their support, it’s clear the Government will do whatever it takes to forge ahead with their plans.

It’s now inevitable that the Three Waters Reforms will be forced on councils, and communities will be compelled to surrender their water assets.

National wholly supports smart solutions to tackle our long-term infrastructure challenges, and we’ve set out some of the policy ideas that we think could be explored. But Labour’s plan is anything but a smart solution – it is a total takeover of community assets, and it must be abandoned.

National will keep local assets in local control, and we will protect community decision-making. We can’t afford to lose the ‘local’ from local government.

New Zealanders must reject this brazen asset grab. Sign our petition to stop Three Waters today.

PETITION: Stop the Three Waters Asset Grab

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