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What we Know...and What we Don't

Information on what we have so far

What We Know

  • 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.
  • How the new organisation board will be appointed.

 

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