Buller District Council

Three Waters reform announcement

1st July, 2021

In response to the government’s announcement about Three Waters reform, Buller District Council Mayor says Council will carefully consider the large amount of information that was released today.

“We’ve received a large amount of information from the government and it needs close consideration.

This is a big decision for our council and community. We need to understand the data and our position, including the impact on our community and what’s best for our ratepayers.”

The proposed reforms to manage the country’s waste, storm, and drinking waters include dividing the country into four zones governed by four publicly owned water services entities. Local authorities will be joint owners in their area on behalf of communities. An elected board will govern each of the entities.

The governing bodies will have an obligation to consult with communities and to work in partnership with mana whenua and embrace the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Local territorial authorities have until September to respond to the proposal which includes a large amount of data outlining cost implications for each Council.

Cost figures were calculated via modelling commissioned by the government.

“The data dashboard we now have access to gives a set of numbers – but there’s a bigger picture we need to understand in terms of the impact on our communities.”

We’ll dive in and scrutinise the proposal and plan the way forward.”

For information about Buller District Council please contact:


Jamie Cleine



For information about the mechanics of the proposal please contact New Zealand Government

For information about cost figures were calculated please contact Department of Internal Affairs




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