Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Water NZ - Papakura To Buy Back United Franchise?

Water NZ - Papakura To Buy Back United Franchise? Community Defeats Waitakere Wastewater Charge.

Date: 8 Dec 2000 14:44:44 -0000 Subject: Water New Zealand news

News Subscribers - http://www.waternz.co.nz

Lots of stories this week - sludgegate - Papakura de-franchising, New LATE legislation.

Also an opiniton piece on Sandra Lee's LATE bill.

All at http://www.waternz.co.nz/

Papakura to consider buying back United Water franchise

Papakura District councillors are looking at the possibility of buying back the water franchise from United Water. But councillors who are against the recommendation want to see more discussion on the issue. At a council monitoring committee meeting, councillor Allan Bell stunned his colleagues by asking that the chief executive officer, Tom McLean, start negotiations with United Water to buy back the water franchise. Waitakere flat fee charge lost on Mayor's vote

Community Defeats Waitakere Wastewater Charge C.A.P's campaign against the charge which has involved numerous pickets of council meetings, public rallies, a public meeting attended by 150 people (which passed a resolution threatening civil disobedience if the charge had been passed at the 29th Nov meeting) and the collection of over 4400 individual submissions has been instrumental in defeating the proposed wastewater charge.

Watercare argues with its owners - again Auckland's water supplier has launched a scathing attack on Metrowater over rising water prices. The broadside follows comments by Metrowater chief executive Graham Coxhead in which he said the public is using less water and this is likely to push prices up. Watercare communications manager Owen Cook says Metrowater is issuing a clear warning to the residents of Auckland City: Conserve water and we will punish you with higher prices. Mr Coxhead last week blamed Watercare for an inflexible stance, which is adding to the cost of water to the city. "They see their costs as totally fixed and they have a legislative monopoly position," he said.

Auckland City exceeds conservation expectation Metrowater may need to set higher prices next year because Auckland City residents are using less water than expected. Graham Coxhead, chief executive of the council-owned water and wastewater company, says water conservation measures are working extremely well.

Water reorganisation in Auckland North Shore City Council could lose half its work and several hundred staff if reforms planned for Auckland's water services go ahead. The possibility was revealed this week at the council's strategy and finance committee discussion of a regional water review, which suggests new ways of providing water, wastewater and stormwater services for the Auckland region.

Lee Introduces Local Govt Bill on LATEs The Minister of Local Government has introduced a publicly long-awaited Bill into Parliament today that provides for councils' local authority trading enterprises (LATES) to be able to operate beyond a narrow commercial focus and also be able to take into account non-commercial considerations, including social and environmental consequences.

Wellington Sewage Spill Anglian Water and Wellington City Council have admitted their response to the massive sewage spill at Owhiro Bay was too slow. The two organisations fronted up to a community meeting attended by about 60 at the bay on Thursday night to explain their actions to irate residents. Consultation On Fluoride For Onehunga Auckland City has been asked by members of the Onehunga community to consider adding fluoride to the water supplied from the Onehunga bores and treatment facility.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election