From Friday 3 December, Porirua City is at the orange setting of the traffic lights protection framework. This means some changes to the way we work and live, protections are in place to help minimise the spread of Covid-19 in the community. Find out more
At the moment 67 different councils, including Porirua, own and operate the majority of the country’s water services. However, councils face a number of challenges to deliver these in an affordable way into the future, including ageing infrastructure, growth and the impacts of climate change.
The Government’s reform proposes putting all water services into four larger public entities. Porirua would be in entity C with 22 other councils from the top of the South Island, the Wellington region and the east coast of the North Island.
This is a big issue for all Councils and one we are taking very seriously to ensure a good outcome for Porirua. It is clear things cannot continue as they are, but the way forward has not been decided yet.
Changes will not come into place until 2024 and in the meantime, we will continue to deliver water services through Wellington Water, the region’s joint Council controlled organisation. Porirua, Wellington, Hutt, Upper Hutt, Greater Wellington and South Wairarapa Councils are all owners in Wellington Water
It’s early days and there is a lot to work though. We will keep this page updated as things evolve, and there is extensive information on the Department of Internal Affairs’ website and on the Local Government New Zealand website.
Porirua City Council sent a letter to Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister of Local Government, on 1 October 2021, to provide feedback and seek clarification on various aspects of the three waters reform programme. Download it here.
Council officers gave the following presentation to elected members at a workshop on 9 September 2021. Download it here.