Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Watercare’s latest 23.5% fee hike set to scare the horses

Media release

Auckland Councillor Cameron Brewer

Monday, 30 June 2014

Watercare’s latest 23.5% fee hike set to scare the horses

From tomorrow Watercare’s connection fee for new Auckland urban dwellings will rise by 23.5% from $9,775 to $12,075, which has already spooked the Minister for Housing, Property Council, and development sector.

“Watercare has done very well on residential water prices since 2010’s council amalgamation. However, when it comes to this latest massive increase in the metropolitan infrastructure growth charge the condemnation has been swift and widespread,” says Auckland Councillor for Orakei, Cameron Brewer

“We’ve got the Property Council savagely criticising the price hike, saying it would feed directly into housing inflation at a time when both the Government and Auckland Council have been promoting efforts to improve housing affordability.

“The Housing Minister Nick Smith has labelled the new water connection fee a significant increase and contrary to broader objectives. While one of council’s more favourite developers, Mark Todd, has claimed that such charges are one reason there is no affordable housing in Auckland.

"Watercare's one of the success stories from amalgamation. However this significant increase in the new water connection costs for new urban dwellings directly adds to the cost of building a house in urban Auckland.

“It’s not necessarily a biggie for a flash new four-bedroom house in the whole scheme of construction costs. However it will have a measureable impact on the cost of buying a modest apartment – which goes completely against what the draft Unitary Plan is trying to encourage.”

"The Government's busy trying to cut consenting and construction costs, yet this jump in new water connection fees will wipe out some of the good work and gains made lately.

“Overall, 1 July is a bad day for housing affordability in Auckland with residential property rates and many regulatory fees increasing well above the rate of inflation,” says Cameron Brewer.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Inquiry Into One Case Of Dirty Politics

Suddenly, we’re awash in inquiries and reviews. (It feels almost as if the Greens won the last election.) Caught out by the damning inquiry by SIS Inspector-General Cheryl Gwyn, the government’s response yesterday was utterly in character – it released two other major reports at the same time to try and distract public attention...

Inquiries are supposed to re-assure the public. What these inquiry outcomes share in common is a government culture of zero responsibility. More>>

IGIS: Statement On Early Report Release

As the Inspector-General stated at the release of the report yesterday morning, she is examining what steps to take over the early disclosure of information from the report... Ms Gwyn said that she was aware of Mr Goff's subsequent statements that he had disclosed some information concerning findings in the report. She will be seeking further information from Mr Goff and others. More>>

ALSO:

IGIS ON SIS:

 
 

Parliament Today:

Temporary Release Crackdown Continues: Corrections Review Of Phillip Smith Case

“The review by Corrections’ Chief Custodial Officer reveals that the plan for Smith’s series of temporary releases was overly ambitious and misinformed. He’s a highly manipulative and deceptive person who although technically eligible, should not have been considered for temporary release." More>>

ALSO:

White Ribbon Day: Govt Resumes Sexual Violence Trial Proceedings Work

Justice Minister Amy Adams has asked the Law Commission to resume work on proposals for better supporting victims of sexual violence through the criminal process. The Law Commission will revisit its previous work on alternative pre-trial and trial processes to identify options for improving complainants’ experience in court. More>>

ALSO:

"New Faces, Wise Heads": Andrew Little Announces New Labour Line Up

Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Rick Ellis As Te Papa’s New CEO

The recent appointment of former TVNZ boss Rick Ellis to head Te Papa has copped a fair bit of criticism. Much of it has been inspired by the suspicion that Ellis has been hired to pursue the same purely commercial goals as he did at TVNZ, while similarly neglecting the serious cultural side of his mandate. More>>

Passport Cancellation, Surveillance: Draft 'Foreign Fighters Legislation' Released

The final draft of the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill contains proposals previously announced by Mr Key in a major national security speech earlier this month. More>>

ALSO:

Related

Joint Statement: Establishment Of NZ-China Strategic Partnership

At the invitation of Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Key of New Zealand, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China made a state visit to New Zealand from 19 to 21 November 2014... More>>

ALSO:

Savings Targets: Health Procurement Plan Changes Direction

Next steps in implementing DHB shared services programme Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has agreed to explore a proposal put forward by DHBs to move implementation of the shared services programme to a DHB-owned vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

More on Health Policy:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news