The case for change involves a deficit in funding across the whole of New Zealand, of at least $120 billion over the next 30 years to meet rising quality and environmental standards along with growth, renewals and depreciation.
The wider Hawke’s Bay Region began its own collaborative review of three Waters service delivery in 2019 and is well positioned nationally with a good understanding of how water services are delivered and what opportunities exist to improve.
Central Hawke’s Bay participated in the non-binding aspects of the reform process through 2020/2021,and has contributed a significant amount of data and has been analysed and compared nationally.
The proposed structure is premised to deliver cost savings to all ‘connected’ waters users in New Zealand over a 30-year horizon.
The proposed structure will not result in mass job losses, instead it will require more skilled people in the workforce with the creation of several thousand jobs nationally.
Council could receive $11.3 million as a grant to support transitional costs and other wellbeing initiatives.
Only residents connected will pay for services under the proposal. Rural residents not connected will not pay.
The next eight weeks are critical in developing further understanding.
No Local or Central Government decisions are being made yet.
What We Don't Know
Exactly when a decision will be made.
When, how or even if communities will be able to formally consulted in the process.
The full impacts of the review on the Council business and the wider community as a whole i.e: what stranded costs and services may communities be left with.
The full understanding of the detail that sits behind the current proposal, particularly the numbers for current and future costs.
The detail of the accountability mechanisms including >consumer panels, zoning and direction of growth, role in emergencies and requirements for delivery of local priorities.
The full extent of confidence in the proposed cost saving to the District over the 30 years by the entity.
Whether or not Central Government will simply ‘mandate' this process, thereby removing Council’s ability to partake in further decision making.
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