Super-regions or a special tax - how the Government plans to fix New Zealand's broken water systems

20 Aug 2018

Fixing New Zealand's water infrastructure will cost billions of dollars. Could new super-regions or even a special tax be the answer? Dominic Harris speaks to those charged with finding a solution.

The image of a wastewater pipe spewing filthy green water onto a West Coast beach this winter was a sight that would have turned the stomachs of many Kiwis.

At times tinged red with animal blood from local meatworks, the water poured freely onto the sand and stone foreshore, carrying with it everything from condoms to wipes.

The stench left residents prisoners in their own homes and caused a political stink in the Westland district town of Hokitika.  Read more