The incoming Auckland Mayor made his views clear in a letter sent to Watercare Chairwoman Margaret Devlin and Auckland Council CEO Jim Stabback.
In a statement released late this afternoon, Brown stated, ‘In more than 300 campaign events, I detected no support for it at all among Aucklanders. I promised in the election campaign to stop it.’
He also said Auckland households were heading into an economic and fiscal storm and Watercare and Auckland Council must keep water charges and rates as low as possible.
‘The proposal has not been passed by Parliament and after last weekend’s local government elections throughout the country has no chance of proceeding this side of next year’s general election.
‘It is not in the best interests of Watercare, its shareholder or its customers for it to spend any more money on the doomed proposal – and that is also true of Auckland Council.’