The Government has been slammed by the Opposition, with Labour local government spokesperson Kieran McAnulty saying it was “certain” Kiwis would pay higher rates under this plan.
McAnulty accused Coalition leaders National of ignoring New Zealand’s water infrastructure issues.
“Instead of helping councils deal with water infrastructure, they’re kicking it back on residents and homeowners and washing their hands of a problem that needs a long-term solution,” he said in a statement.
“Councils can’t do this by themselves but this is exactly where the Government has left them – without any support.”
But Prime Minister Christopher Luxon stood by his Government’s plan, saying he wouldn’t take “economic lessons from Labour”.
“All I’d just say to you is, this is the most efficient way of doing it when you compare the status quo – which is leaving it to councils to fund within their existing arrangements and balance sheets – that doesn’t work,” Luxon told AM on Wednesday. “Equally, when you’ve actually got these 10 mega, highly bureaucratic co-government entities – which is what the previous Government was proposing – that doesn’t work.”