Back to top

$1.55m support for Hawke’s Bay three waters services review

mount sea


The Government is pleased to announce a $1.55 million funding contribution to assist Hawke’s Bay investigate voluntary changes to the region’s three waters service delivery arrangements.

“Over the last 18 months, the five Hawke’s Bay councils have been collaborating to identify opportunities for greater coordination in three waters service delivery across the region,’’ said Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta.

“We are greatly encouraged by this initiative, and I would like to acknowledge the Hawke’s Bay councils’ constructive approach towards reform.’’

The $1.55m for Hawke’s Bay comes following an application from Napier City Council, Hastings District Council, Central Hawke’s Bay District Council, Wairoa District Council and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council to support their joint three waters investigations. The Government is providing funding on a case-by-case basis to support such initiatives.

“This Government funding contribution to Hawke’s Bay councils has been granted following careful consideration of the relevant criteria,’’ Nanaia Mahuta said.

Eligible funding applications must show evidence that proposed new three waters arrangements:

  • have substantial support and commitment from multiple and/or most councils within a region, or across regions;
  • retain public ownership of existing three waters assets;
  • contribute towards Te Mana o te Wai; and
  • address current and future challenges for the delivery of three waters services.

Funding application proposals also need to show how any proposed new service arrangements will:

  • address regions’ current and future infrastructure investment needs;
  • significantly improve drinking water quality for the community;
  • move three waters related services onto a more financially sustainable footing; and,
  • increase their resilience and adaptability in face of future risks and climate change.

“We have seen some of the advantages of regional arrangements such as Wellington Water and Auckland’s Watercare in providing modern three waters service delivery.

“This funding contribution will progress the work already begun by the councils to increase Hawke’s Bay’s ability to address challenges facing three waters services.

“It’s encouraging to see that other New Zealand councils are also looking to see whether similar collaborative arrangements might work in their regions,’’ Nanaia Mahuta said.

Editor’s Note - For further information on funding applications, email:

16 April 2020

Back to Latest News and Announcements

Have Your Say Hawke's Bay - Copyright © 2024 Three Waters Hawke's Bay

Disclaimers and Copyright
While every endeavour has been taken by the Three Waters Hawke's Bay to ensure that the information on this website is accurate and up to date, Three Waters Hawke's Bay shall not be liable for any loss suffered through the use, directly or indirectly, of information on this website. Information contained has been assembled in good faith. Some of the information available in this site is from the New Zealand Public domain and supplied by relevant government agencies. Three Waters Hawke's Bay cannot accept any liability for its accuracy or content. Portions of the information and material on this site, including data, pages, documents, online graphics and images are protected by copyright, unless specifically notified to the contrary. Externally sourced information or material is copyright to the respective provider.

© Three Waters Hawke's Bay - / +64 6 000 0000 /