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The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai , introduced to Parliament today, is a milestone for drinking water safety in New Zealand and will help improve environmental outcomes for urban waterways, rivers and lakes.

The Minister of Local Government, Hon Nanaia Mahuta says the Government will consider making changes to local electoral legislation before the 2022 elections to fix the problems that have arisen where elections are settled by a coin toss.

The Minister of Local Government, Hon Nanaia Mahuta, has cautiously acknowledged the steps the Westland District Council is taking in response to her signalling her intention to install a Crown Observer.

This is the first opportunity I’ve had to speak to an LGNZ meeting since the local elections, and I’m delighted to see the fresh faces of newly elected mayors.

The Government will create a standalone Crown entity to regulate drinking water in New Zealand. This decision by Cabinet signals the Government’s determination that the new regulator responsible for ensuring supplies of safe, clean drinking water for all New Zealand households and communities should operate with a high level of independence.

I want to thank the Water New Zealand board and staff for assembling such a comprehensive list of domestic and international three waters experts.

Thank you for the invitation to take part in this symposium about building our regions and the future of infrastructure in New Zealand.

Minister of Local Government Hon Nanaia Mahuta has announced a far-reaching programme to support New Zealand communities realise their ambitions, goals and potential.

Thank you for the invitation to attend your water reform pre-conference workshop this afternoon.

All New Zealanders expect their drinking water to be safe and now the Government has approved a dedicated watchdog and new water regulations to ensure this happens.

In 2005 a debris flow devastated the Matatā community and now 14 years later some residents are still exposed to an unacceptably high level of risk to their lives, the Minister of Local Government Hon Nanaia Mahuta says.

I would like to thank you for the invitation to speak to you this afternoon.

I am pleased to contribute to your conference on community empowerment and collaboration today. Like you, I have been thinking a lot about what smart collaboration and partnering between our two layers of government looks like, and where it can lead us.

The Minister of Local Government, Hon Nanaia Mahuta has today announced an increase to the Rates Rebate Scheme which will help ensure many low-income New Zealanders are able to pay their rates demands this coming financial year.

The Minister of Local Government Hon Nanaia Mahuta is pleased to welcome legislation that confirms the role local government plays in promoting community wellbeing and gives councils more flexibility to respond to the needs of their communities.

Minister of Local Government Hon Nanaia Mahuta has welcomed the decision by South Wairarapa District Council to have Wellington Water provide its water management services.  

SOLGM Awards keynote address

The Minister of Local Government, Hon Nanaia Mahuta, today announced interim measures to reform the local government reorganisation process to provide greater stability and certainty for local authorities and communities.