Draft Terms of Reference for Havelock North water contamination inquiry releasedAttorney-General
Attorney General Christopher Finlayson has today released the draft terms of reference for the Government inquiry into the Havelock North water contamination issue.
“It is important that New Zealanders have confidence in the quality of our drinking water, and the independent inquiry will ensure we have a clear understanding of what happened in Havelock North,” says Mr Finlayson.
“Cabinet has today agreed to initiate a Government inquiry which will report to me as Attorney General.
“The inquiry will look into how the Havelock North water supply became contaminated, how this was subsequently addressed and how local and central government agencies responded to the public health threat that occurred as a result of the contamination.
“The terms of reference are very wide and will include any lessons and improvements that can be made in the management of the water supply network in Havelock North and, more broadly, across New Zealand.”
Cabinet will consider over the coming weeks who will lead the Government inquiry.
The inquiry will be undertaken under the Inquiries Act 2013. This will ensure it follows a clear statutory process and will have a range of powers such as the ability to call witnesses.