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Local Government (Water Services Preliminary Arrangements) Bill

Introduced on May 30 under Urgency. The bill lays the foundation for a new framework of water services management, including a new water services delivery arrangement for Auckland. Councils will be able to use the provisions to start planning future water services delivery and undertake steps to establish, join, or amend council-controlled organisations. It requires councils to submit water services delivery plans within 12 months of the bill’s enactment. These plans can be done jointly between councils. The bill also requires councils to provide information for economic regulation. A further bill is planned. First reading under Urgency and sent to the Finance and Expenditure Committee with the support of National, Act and NZ First to be reported back by July 18.

 

Local Government (Water Services Preliminary Arrangements) Bill