Written by on September 30, 2021

We have been providing updates and interviews on this topic for sometime now. During this period we have been seeing a national tsunami of concern mounting as each day goes by. Locally the calls for this reform to be stopped have gathered momentum.

However Christopher Luxon, National Party spokesperson for Local Government has issued a post today at 4:30pm saying that “Minister Nanaia Mahuta has confirmed today what we’ve been saying for months that she would do. She is going to mandate and legislate the “all-in” option to unilaterally take over all local council-owned water assets and put them into four mega water entities.

She is not interested in the good faith feedback provided to her by local mayors, councils and communities or consideration of any alternative models.”
This comes on top of the news that Covid Response Minister Chris Hipkins has this week introduced a Bill that has the power to suspend Local Body elections for up to 1 year. No explanation as to the reason for this Legislation has yet been provided.
The Three waters proposal has been rejected by 63 of 67 Councils citing the need for more consultation and more detail on the benefits to local ratepayers. Councils have also been concerned with the advertising campaign paid for by the Government depicting green sludgy water, suggesting the quality of water provided by Councils was not up to standard. This is not supported by the Ministry of Health testing that indicated 96.7% of water was up to the published standards.

Reader's opinions
  1. Jill Hines   On   September 30, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    We live in Whitianga have for 5 years I drink water from the tap have done this all my life never got Guardia or any bugs it’s a pack of lies

    • Jenny Hoffman   On   October 3, 2021 at 4:09 am

      So Mahuta is going ahead with this 3 Waters S gene even though a huge majority is against it??
      Surely not!
      Can we really be having this totally undemocratic bullying in our beautiful country of New Zealand?

      • Elwyn Jones   On   October 5, 2021 at 5:37 pm

        Yup we are and I am appalled that the opposition parties haven’t stopped this shit changing the name of our country and other cities is treason and TV Muppets thar think they are better than the audience by forcing it on us is wrong in so many ways sack the lot no one watches any more any way

  2. Maree   On   September 30, 2021 at 6:50 pm

    You bloody pack of money crabbing sods. May you never rest easy. You have stolen rate payers assets to line your pockets. Shame on you you should be ashamed of your actions. Disgusting from a government that says it’s transparent. More lies on lies on lies. Jacinda hang your head in shame you manipulative woman you should be charged fir theft. You make me sick

    • Terry Coxon   On   October 3, 2021 at 12:01 am

      Legislation, please!!!!! We’re re the legal brains to challenge this under Local Govt law!! Electors put Councils there& ratepayers own assets, so must have legal writes????!!

  3. June   On   September 30, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    I agree and so much for democracy and consultation under the Local Government Act. 2002. Quote: section 78. Community views in relation to decisions.
    A local authority must, in the course of its decision-making process in relation to a matter,give consideration to the views and preferences of persons likely to be affected by, or to have sn interest in the matter. This Minister has arrogantly ignored this and the views of Councils throughout NZ

  4. Christine Hobern   On   September 30, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    So much for democracy, we are going to be fleeced for the rest our life. This will be sold off to big money overseas companies. We are buggered

  5. Liz   On   September 30, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    So much for democracy!!!
    This has set a very dangerous precedent and I fear for our future under this devious and manipulative government.

  6. Terehia Thompson   On   September 30, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    About Time!!! Yes!!!! Councils favour the “ Monied” Ugh!!! For close to 50years we’ve paid rates to improve everyone else’s area … very little has been done on the west coast of the peninsula “ Water “ being the most precious resource !!! Most relying on tank water!!! Ugh!!!!

    • Concerned taxpayer   On   October 2, 2021 at 3:57 pm

      Nothing wrong with tank water…. owners just have to look after their own water supply. The government is wrong on so many fronts here. Don’t think that having central government take over the water will improve your chances at anything else other than tank water.

      • Colin   On   October 9, 2021 at 8:45 pm

        A national MP said at a public meeting in Whitianga that they plan to charge for tank water by calculating our roof area. We need to get rid of these muppets.

  7. Brian   On   September 30, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    An absolute disgrace. We as citizens are now forced to borrow billions for an asset we have already paid for, all to line the pockets of Maori. This is a natural disaster.

  8. Kaytee   On   September 30, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    We need ACTION!!!
    We the people elected these CLOWNS.
    What the heck can we do about it!
    I’m ALL IN, I just don’t have any legal background, but there are millions of people living here…
    This government are bunch of sell out mongrels

  9. Phyll Pascoe   On   October 1, 2021 at 7:04 am

    This is not only a disgrace and a travesty. It is also very frightening that a so called democratic Government will ignore the overwhelming majority of its people. I think that is otherwise called communism isn’t it…
    Very sad that our country has come to this.
    What’s next..? Ok yes. I forgot. They’re also wanting to be able to suspend local body elections. How can they be getting away with this? Where were they given a mandate to do these things?

  10. Suzanne   On   October 1, 2021 at 7:15 am

    This is unacceptable. What has happened to ensure that the people have the right to have a say in how our community operate..

  11. Jason Flower   On   October 1, 2021 at 8:08 am

    While I don’t like the method of this government, I can’t say I won’t be disappointed with the outcome if we get a better supply of water over the busy summer period. Here in Matarangi without fail we have water restrictions, not because we don’t have enough supply but not enough consent to use the water we need for the population explosion. As rate payers fo we really see the benefit of owning this asset? Our council has failed this little community maybe it will be better under this new scheme….couldn’t be worse.

  12. Judy WIlliams   On   October 1, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    Time for change – time to get rid of MMP and go back to a Government that is fully for all of New Zealanders. This government is a sham, from the top to the bottom, it is no longer a democracy. This is a dictatorship in it’s worse shape. Most have been fooled by the very smooth talker – time for a vote of no confidence – actually well past time – As you say Colleen Clark wake up KIWIS!!!

  13. John frederick Spencer   On   October 1, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    The “Tooth Fairy” has long lost her magic stick and is been trampled upon by her Maori and communist leaning friends. What a disgusting state of affairs. Is this New Zealand ? or have we being vaccinated by some evil mob of self seeking racists bent on the take over of all that we all have worked for and cherish. If this is democracy catch the next boat to China who will purchase the country outright.

  14. Richard Treadgold   On   October 2, 2021 at 6:17 am

    Mahuta is also ignoring the procedure laid down in her own He Puapua report that the next stage is to consult with Maori groups around the country. That’s not been done.

  15. John Newfield   On   October 2, 2021 at 8:19 am

    How many more assets will be stripped off new zealanders to pay for the vaccine, we don’t know what was signed away do we?

  16. Wayne Michael Hawker   On   October 2, 2021 at 8:43 am

    This Govt just show they are nothing but dictators by stealing what they do not own they are trying to control us by way of fear tactics over covid and now plan to steal away the control of water sounds just like something communists do and ironic Labour’s colour is Red

  17. Shane Culham   On   October 2, 2021 at 9:29 am

    This is a disgrace and total disrespect to the people of New Zealand.
    She is pure evil as well of the rest of the liars!

  18. Des Morgan   On   October 2, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    They may have introduced the bill doesn’t mean it will pass and if it does that will be the kiss of death for the Labour Party in the next election. It’s time for Kiwis to stand up and be counted for democracy

  19. Denny   On   October 2, 2021 at 2:41 pm

    Time for all New Zealanders to stand UP AS A COUNTRY and give this Weak Government
    the message that we will not accept this 3 Waters Proposal in any way, shape, or form.
    And collectively show this Commie led Government that New Zealand as a country do not want them as our Government in any way, shape, or form.

  20. Carol   On   October 2, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    Well at the moment we are the silent majority, the gang of 61 are holding the “team” of 5 million to ransom. Join Groundswell on 21st November to show your voice, coming to somewhere near you. Check their website.

  21. Des   On   October 3, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    It a set up to pass all water rights to Maori under the treaty settlement. It’s easier to hand it over as one bulk settlement than to force each council to hand over

  22. MIKE ROBERTSHAWE   On   October 19, 2021 at 8:33 am

    Whilst the country voted in the current administration, it most certainly did not vote in the dictatorship that has resulted. Ardern is ramming through un democratic legislation at warp speed. the country under her watch is running scared due to Covid and she has grasped the opportunity with both hands to introduce legislation that can only be described as totalitarian, aka communism. we need to oppose this abuse of power with all our might.

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