Post by Kiwi Frontline on May 17, 2021 3:59:16 GMT 12
GOVT ADVANCES PLANS TO TRANSFER 50 PER CENT OF SOUTH ISLAND’S PUBLIC WATER ASSETS TO IWI OWNERSHIP – COLLINS.
National leader Judith Collins says several South Island mayors are concerned by the Government’s advanced plans to transfer 50 per cent of the island’s publicly-owned water assets to iwi ownership.
The Department of Internal Affairs presented the Government’s preferred option for water reform to 23 mayors and Ngāi Tahu, Collins said in a statement.
This new mainland water agency would assume ownership of all water assets and some council debt.
Collins said National was of the understanding that four mega-agencies will be set up across Aotearoa as part of the Three Waters proposal to manage water assets. The agencies would be similar to Auckland’s Watercare.
"This means councils that have invested ratepayer money in pipes, wastewater and drinking water facilities for decades would have these assets taken away," Collins said.....