Opinion

Red Herrings ahead in the Three-Waters debate

Pattrick Smellie
Mon, 14 Dec 2020

Pattrick Smellie
Mon, 14 Dec 2020
Over the next couple of years, New Zealand local bodies will have the best opportunity they will probably ever get to fix their ageing, failing water infrastructure.Or will parochialism, lazy slogans and incompetence mean they flub it?The temptation of local leaders to grandstand on maintaining the failing status quo will be strong.The seeds of the problem can be seen already in letters to the editor and social media commentary on the issue.It seems that a substantial number of ratepayers are simultaneously:Angry that water infrastructure has b...

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