If you currently receive your three waters services from your local council, from mid-2024 those services would be provided by a new water entity - currently known as ‘Entity C’. ‘Entity C’ organisation would be providing services for the entire area shown here.
From 1 July 2024. Until then, your council would continue to provide your three waters services as they do now.
Yes. The new entity would bill you directly.
Under the new system, Government has projected that over the next 30 years the costs would look like this.
|COSTS FOR THREE WATERS SERVCICES WITH AND WITHOUT REFORM (per household)|
|Council||Without reform (2051)||With reform (2051)|
|Central Hawke's Bay District Council||$7260||$1260|
|Hastings District Council||$4530||$1260|
|Napier City Council||$2540||$1260|
|Wairoa District Council||$8690||$1260|
However, there is currently no indication of what your three waters services would cost from 1 July 2024.
If you receive water and/or wastewater services from your council, then you should expect that your council rates would reduce when three waters services were no longer the responsibility of the Council.
Not necessarily, because:
The water services entity’s Regional Representative Group (RRG) would have responsibility for representing the views of local communities.
For the Water Services ‘Entity C’ RRG, there would be 6 to 7 council representatives representing 21 councils and 6 to 7 mana whenua representatives representing all iwi across the East Coast of the North Island, the top of the South Island and the Chatham Islands. This means it is possible that Hawke’s Bay’s councils and mana whenua could have no direct representation on Entity C’s RRG.
The water entities would be required to directly consult with their customers, residents and businesses on their investment priorities, prices and charges through their council and through other consumer and community interest forums.
Once the new water services entity is operating, it would be responsible for service calls, in the same way that your local council currently is.
Your council would continue providing all of the other services it currently delivers. This includes things like roading, parks, housing, libraries, pools, alcohol licensing, dog control, building consents, resource consents, environment health, support for business, and so forth.
It is important to note that the Government has initiated a Review into the Future of Local Government which could see changes to the way local government operates in future.
Government has announced a funding package to support councils through the transition to the new arrangements and to cover the costs and financial impacts that councils would incur because of the reforms.
Government’s $2 billion package has been pre-allocated to councils and is available in two tranches. The first $500 million of Crown Funding is available from 1 July 2022 and the remaining $1.5 billion is available from 1 July 2024.
The ‘Better Off’ financial support package to councils will be funded through:
The support package is made up of two key components:
|SUPPORT PACKAGE FUNDING|
|Council||Better-off component||No-worse-off component|
|Central Hawke's Bay District Council||$11m||$1m|
|Hastings District Council||$35m||$5m|
|Napier City Council||$26m||$4m|
|Wairoa District Council||$19m||$1m|
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