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Hauraki-Coromandel Post - 2021-10-14

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Many will be aware of central government’s intention to remove all the assets of (and rights to) the provision of drinking water, wastewater and stormwater from our local authorities, giving them instead to each of four newly created regional entities. The problematic aspects of this proposal are: 1) Not enough financial or other information has been provided by the Government to understand the consequences of implementing it. 2) The residents and ratepayers within all of New Zealand’s different communities have not had the opportunity to be consulted about what is proposed. Provision of full information and of full community consultation is legally provided for under the Local Government Act 2002 with regard to the disposal of strategic council assets. However, the Government has bypassed this requirement wishing to proceed at pace in implementing what is proposed. This petition seeks to ensure that local councils have the ability to obtain all the information required to make an informed decision on this new government proposal and to then undertake a fair community consultation process about whether or not it should be implemented. Please note that this petition is community inspired and is not related to any political party or local government authority. Time is running out on this matter, so could you please distribute this petition widely within your community ASAP. As a community member working from home, I do not personally have the time or the contacts to do more than ensure its distribution to all local body mayors and councillors. The petition is online at www.parliament.nz/en/pb/ petitions/document/pet_ 115975/petition-of-dal-minogue-haltthe-three-waters-reforms Dal Minogue Mercury Bay

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