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The Water Services Entities Bill has been introduced to Parliament and is now with the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee for consideration.

Public submissions on the Water Services Entities Bill can be made until Friday 22 July

Read the four Hawke’s Bay Councils’ submission.

IMPORTANT: You can only submit on the details included in the Water Services Entities Bill. The Committee will not be considering any other matters related to the Government’s three waters reforms.

Water Services Entity Bill Process through ParliamentSource:

The Select Committee is a group of Members of Parliament (MPs) whose task is to consider proposed legislation in depth and invite submissions from the public, before recommending any changes back to the whole of Parliament.

Making a submission

Making a submission is easy. You can either use the online submission for the Select Committee will provide, or you can write to or email the Select Committee. Links to those details will be added here as soon as the submission period opens.

In your submission, you can comment on as much or as little of what’s proposed in the bill as you like. For example, if there’s one aspect of the bill you don’t agree with, you can just comment on that. You can tell the Committee what you like or don’t like about what is in the bill, and/or you can make any of your own suggestions about what you would prefer instead.

When you make a submission, you will be asked if you would like to also speak to your submission in person to the Select Committee. You can choose to, or not to. Either way, your submission is still taken into consideration by the Select Committee. The Select Committee decides how it will meet with people in person. Sometimes it might be online (e.g., zoom) and sometimes they might travel to meet submitters where they live.

Find out more about making a submission.

Water Services Entities Bill – an overview

The bill implements Government’s decision to establish four public entities to take on the delivery of drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services across New Zealand from July 2024. It sets out:

What is not included in the Water Services Entities Bill?

The bill does not deal with the transfer assets and liabilities from councils to the new water services entities or establish powers and functions for the entities. These matters will be addressed in a second bill. That bill will also integrate the entities into other regulatory systems such as resource management and economic regulatory regimes.

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