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Councils representing more than a million New Zealanders are calling on the new Prime Minister to take a fresh look at a model for water reform that works.
Westland District Council has been a member of C4LD since its fruition, with former Mayor Bruce Smith having been an active member of the Mayors group. Current Mayor Helen Lash took over from Bruce in this work with C4LD and is continuing in Westland's stance against the 3 Water Reforms.
The member councils of Communities 4 Local Democracy He hapori mō te Manapori (C4LD) said that with Prime Minister Hipkins signalling a review of the policy agenda, he has an opportunity to deliver on Government aims for three waters, in a manner that would bring communities with him.
Manawatu District Mayor and C4LD Chair Helen Worboys said that councils had been trying to work for positive reform over the past few years to no avail. But new leadership offers the Government the chance to re-engage with the sector and work together towards successful water reform.
“The detailed proposals we’ve brought to the table enable the Government to deliver on all its aims, create opportunities for strong and lasting partnerships and deliver safe, sustainable and affordable water services for all New Zealand,” she said.
“They enable us build on existing partnerships and forge new relationships with Mana Whenua at a local level. They also provide for the continuation of local influence and community property rights.
“We’re confident that our plans are in line with what the majority of New Zealanders want. We’ve presented a reform framework that is directly supported by nearly half of councils in New Zealand and is aligned with the views of the majority of others.
“It is not too late to rescue this reform, all that needs to happen is for the Government to place some trust in Local Government.
“We should be given the opportunity to use our wealth of local knowledge to deliver better alternatives to the current proposal, which independent analysis shows has a significant number of flaws and in many areas will deliver worse outcomes than the current system.
“There is little to no public support for this plan, repeated surveys show the public is against it and most political parties voted against it, so the Government has no mandate to force it through.
“The whole sector is eager to partner and work with the Government to turn this around and find a lasting solution that we can all support.”
C4LD’s 10 point proposal for compromise - supported by all members - reads:
For more information on Communities 4 Local Democracy He hapori mō te Manapori (C4LD) visit https://www.communities4localdemocracy.co.nz/