The controversial Three Waters Entities Bill has not even received Royal Assent.
The Three Waters Bill passed its final reading in parliament on 8 December. However within hours of that happening, Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta introduced two new Bills, including the Water Services Legislation Bill. This Bill contained over 130 pages of amendments to the Three Waters Bill.
National’s local government spokesman Simon Watts called the move ‘mischievous’. While it was expected the Three Waters regime would require a series of administrative Bills to implement, Watts told media the government had not been transparent about the process, in that one of the new Bills introduced contained major substantive amendments to the Three Waters Bill already passed.
Watts also said that councils would be ‘hard-pressed’ to digest the proposed amendments and provide submissions within the time-frame, given the time of year.