A watery end to Hipkins' policy bonfire

A watery end to Hipkins' policy bonfire
Chris Hipkins and Kieran McAnulty launch the new, improved not-three waters policy. (Image: Getty)
Pattrick Smellie
There were two big news developments on the policy-formerly-known-as-three-waters this week.One was the rebranding of this political canker as “affordable water” along with a minor capitulation to require the country’s 67 local councils to amalgamate their water services into 10 rather than just four new water infrastructure delivery agencies.At an event in Wairarapa’s Greytown next to a municipal swimming pool, the prime minister, Chris Hipkins blew on the damp embers of his early term “policy bonfire”, rena...

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