|Kia ora me ngā mihi o te tau hōu Pākehā,
The Three Waters reform programme is one of the largest scale reforms that New Zealand has seen for many years. Through it, we will unlock the potential for significant additional investment in our three waters infrastructure, for thousands of additional jobs and new career pathways, and for an improved water services system that delivers safe and sustainable water services for everyone in Aotearoa.
We have produced a Transition Information Pack which will give you more detail about the work we’re planning as the Three Waters National Transition Unit, and how you can expect to engage with and be involved in it, with a focus on 2022. Throughout this year, we will continue to provide further detail, and you are always welcome to contact us as well with any questions.
We know this can’t happen alone. A successful transition will require a close and collaborative relationship with local authorities who are currently delivering water services and represent the voices of their communities. It will require a meaningful Treaty partnership with iwi/Māori, embedded across the new water services entities built through the transition. It will also require informed engagement with the thousands of staff working in water services across the country, whose input will be critical to our collective success.
I am confident that, through working together, we can deliver four water services entities that are ready to run on 1 July 2024. More than that, I know that we need to lay the groundwork for future transformation of the sector to unlock the opportunities that these reforms are creating.