On Thursday 2 June, Government introduced the Water Services Entities Bill to Parliament.
It is the first of the legislation needed for four public entities to take on the delivery of drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services across New Zealand from July 2024.
There will be another bill introduced to Parliament to establish the powers and functions of the new water services entities. The timing of the second bill is not known yet, but it is likely within the next 3 to 4 months.
Over the next few months, it will be up to the whole of Parliament to consider both bills and decide whether the changes become law or not. As part of this process, they have called on New Zealanders for their views.
This diagram shows the steps the Water Services Entities Bill will go through to become law. The public now have their chance to give their views on what is proposed to the Select Committee, 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.
Here’s more about the purpose of the Select Committee and how they invite the public to have their say on legislation.
Check out Have your say to find out how you can make a submission to the Select Committee.
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