Submissions to individual councils are now closed

The choice of whether to proceed with Three Waters - despite most councils having to chosen to 'opt-out' or express concerns about Nanaia Mahuta's proposals - is now with the Minister and Cabinet.

If you share our concern about Wellington’s asset grab of local communities’ water assets, please take a moment to sign the official petition against Three Waters.

We'll be delivering the petition to Parliament in the coming weeks, so sign now before it is too late.
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Accountability
The compensation you would receive would be an extremely poor return on investment for the ratepayers who have poured money into this infrastructure over decades. The Entities, separated as they are by four layers of bureaucracy from ratepayers, would be unaccountable to the same people who would pay for water services.

Even worse, the sweetener the Government is using to incentivise Councils to join up to the scheme will ultimately be paid for by the new water entities – i.e. us ratepayers will effectively pay twice.
Councils will 'own' the new water companies - but in name only and with none of the rights
While councils have been reassured that they will own the new entities, ownership would be in name only. You as an elected Councillor would have no ability to directly influence the decisions of the Water Entity Board, receive no revenue from the infrastructure, and have no simple means of withdrawing from the Entity if you later deem this in the interests of our community.
Democratic deficit
On the proposed regional representative board, democratic representation is undermined by the allocation of seats according to race-based groups rather than population. Also, as certain iwi claim ownership interest in water, rivers and aquifers, and with the representative power the current model gives them, it is likely that the entities will be made to pay water royalties to iwi groups. This would bypass and potentially undermine normal Treaty settlement claim processes. As was explained recently by respected lawyer and commentator Gary Judd QC writing in the National Business Review, while water can be taonga for Māori, that does not mean that drinking water in a council dam, reservoir, or pipes necessarily is. Nor is wastewater in sewers and sewage ponds. That is especially the case when it is us, the ratepayers, who have paid for these assets.
Underlying data is unreliable
The data that has been provided by the Department of Internal Affairs has been proven to be flawed, even by both Local Government New Zealand’s expert advisers (Castalia) and the Government’s own peer reviewers (Farrier Swier). The reports show the predicted savings were based off implausible assumptions of efficiency and a deeply flawed methodology. No council should make commitments based on such faulty data.
Lack of consultation
The Government has made plans to make plans for nationwide community consultation. In the meantime, it is pressuring councils to provide feedback and indicate a stance before those councils have consulted their communities. The Government appears intent on ignoring the requirements of councils to consult on issues concerning significant changes to strategic assets.

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