Beginning in 2019, Central Hawke’s Bay District Council, Hastings District Council, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, Napier City Council and Wairoa District Council, worked together to review the current and potential three waters (drinking water, wastewater and stormwater) service delivery options for Hawke’s Bay, Te Matau-a-Māui. Guiding our review and assessment of the options were a set of agreed objectives and principles.
Key findings and recommendations of the Hawke’s Bay three waters review report:
There are also challenges in adopting a regionalised service delivery model, in particular:
Moving to a regional service delivery model means that costs for most ratepayers will be lower than the expected future costs, while for some, theirs will be higher. This will be a challenge for every region in New Zealand.
The importance of the cultural case
The Māori engagement process identified a cultural gap in the better business case framework for the Three Waters Review report. Initially the approach was to weave a cultural element through the business case but during the project it became clear that a separate cultural case was required. The rationale for a cultural case was that Māori cultural values and traditions associated with water have been well documented within council processes, however the operational implementation of cultural values was considered to be a gap.
The role of the cultural case is to highlight that within the regulatory framework relating to water, Te Ao Māori, through its language, genealogy, stories and traditions, requires a greater level of competency than usual. The cultural case is underpinned by the Treaty of Waitangi.
It identified a model that paves the pathway of Hawke’s Bay partnership and co-design with Māori underpinned by the Treaty of Waitangi. In doing so it recognised twenty-plus years of relationship growth between five Hawkes Bay councils, post-Treaty settled iwi and the Ngāti Kahungunu iwi Taiwhenua structure. The cultural case recognises iwi and hapū regional affiliations and their preparedness to act collectively which exists because of relationships, trust and confidence, born of time and kanohi ki te kanohi. This would not exist under a multi-regional approach.
You can read the full report or specific sections by clicking the links below:
In June 2021, the Government released its proposal to establish 4 regional water entities, where Hawke’s Bay three waters services would transfer to a regional entity comprising of 21 councils from the East Coast of the North Island to the top of the South Island and the Chatham Islands.
To help inform our assessment of the Government’s three waters reform proposal, the financial analysis completed for our review has been updated, and the Government’s own modelling (completed by the Water Industry Commission for Scotland (WICS) has been analysed.
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