Three councils make legal challenge on Three Waters

Ian Llewellyn
Thu, 02 Jun 2022

Three councils make legal challenge on Three Waters
The government says rotting water infrastructure justifies reforms, as councils argue it breaches property rights. (Image: Getty)
Ian Llewellyn
Thu, 02 Jun 2022
Three councils have launched legal action against the government’s Three Waters reforms.The Timaru, Waimakariri and Whangarei district councils are asking the high court in Wellington to declare that councils own the water infrastructure assets for storm, rain and drinking water, and have “the exclusive ability to prevent others from interfering with such assets” and exclusive possession or control over them.In the hearing scheduled for June 7, they will argue the council’s infrastructure assets had “generally been...

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