Water plays a unique and vital role in all our daily lives. Without exception it is critical to our communities, homes, schools, businesses and environment.
Currently, in New Zealand, the water industry suffers from a fragmented governance structure with no single ministry responsible for all water sectors. Guidance for the local and regional councils is provided by the Ministry of Health, Ministry for the Environment, Ministry for Primary Industries and the Resource Management Act. The regulation of the industry is undertaken by the Drinking Water Assessors and the 10 Regional Councils.
New Zealand water quality information suggests that the current governance structure in NZ is not delivering the outcomes we would expect.
In the 1990s the UK water industry went through a significant rationalisation and reform journey. What can New Zealand learn from this experience? Could consolidation of the governance and regulatory framework enable water providers in New Zealand to make better long term and affordable investment decisions?
Infrastructure NZ is delighted to present David Smith, Senior Vice President of Stantec who will share with us, over a working breakfast session, lessons from the reform journey undertaken in the UK.
Please register below to join us for this informative breakfast thought leadership session.