NZ's water infrastructure is broken

30 May 2018

NZ's water infrastructure is broken but Cabinet yet to decide how to fix it.

The Government isn't ruling out taking over the management and operation of the country's water infrastructure from local authorities.

The so-called 'Three Waters' (freshwater, wastewater and stormwater) is under "increasing pressure due to multiple issues, and many local authorities are struggling to respond," according to a report commissioned by the Government last month.

On Wednesday Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta addressed a water summit in Wellington where she told stakeholders a Three Waters Review, led by the Department of Internal Affairs, has found that all three waters services to New Zealanders are inconsistent and patchy. Read more