Te Kaunihera o Tai Tokerau ki te Raki
Ordinary Council Meeting
Thursday, 4 November 2021
Virtually via Microsoft Teams
Mayor John Carter - Chairperson
Cr Ann Court
Cr David Clendon
Cr Dave Collard
Cr Felicity Foy
Cr Mate Radich
Cr Rachel Smith
Cr Kelly Stratford
Cr Moko Tepania
Cr John Vujcich
Ordinary Council Meeting Agenda
4 November 2021
4 November 2021
File Number: A3445060
Author: Richard Edmondson, Manager - Communications
Authoriser: Andy Finch, General Manager - Infrastructure and Asset Management
TAKE PŪRONGO / Purpose of the Report
To provide Council with the results of the Council’s three waters reform consultation.
WHAKARĀPOPOTO MATUA / Executive SummarY
· At the Council meeting held on 12 August 2021, Council resolved to undertake public consultation on the Government’s proposed three waters reform proposals.
· The results of this consultation do not support Council opting into the proposals.
That the Council receive the report Three Waters Reform - Resident Survey.
tĀHUHU KŌRERO / Background
On 12 August 2021, Council considered an information report on the Three Waters Reforms, detailing the position as of July 2021. This report contained substantial background information prepared by the Government outlining their case for change.
At the meeting Elected Members tabled an alternative resolution:
This paper reports on the findings of the residents’ survey forming part d) of the above resolution.
MATAPAKI ME NGĀ KŌWHIRINGA / Discussion and Next Steps
Independent research company, Key Research, was commissioned by Far North District Council to survey residents on whether they thought the Council should Opt in or Opt out of the Government’s Three Waters Reform Programme.
Key Research contacted Far North residents by post randomly selected from the General and Māori Electoral Rolls and invited them directly to take part in an online survey. The Council also invited anyone via its Facebook page, email contact list, and newspaper and radio advertisements to participate in the survey. Responses from the two groups were recorded separately.
The postal invitation to take the survey received 168 responses. The public online survey received 879 responses.
The link to the online survey was: https://www.fndc.govt.nz/Our-Services/Water/Three-Waters-Reform-Programme?BestBetMatch=three%20waters|28911163-c80a-4343-938d-d968e3ae9015|fc9462bd-8413-4be1-a1a5-6a79217d0b98|en-AU
The surveys closed on 22 October 2021.
· 85% of respondents to the public online survey think the Council should opt out.
· 68% of the postal survey respondents say the Council should opt out.
· 82% (postal) and 80% (public) of those who want the Council to opt out do not believe the reforms will deliver efficiencies or lower costs.
The full results are included in Attachment 1.
On 27 October 2021 the Government announced that participation in the three waters reforms would be mandatory.
PĀNGA PŪTEA ME NGĀ WĀHANGA TAHUA / Financial Implications and Budgetary Provision
There are no financial implications arising directly from the residents’ survey.
1. Far North DC Three Waters Survey 2021 (Postal to online) - A3462129 ⇩
2. Far North DC Three Waters Survey 2021 (Public) - A3462130 ⇩
3. Attachment 1 - FNDC Three Waters Programme Survey Results 2021 - A3455458 ⇩
4. Far North DC 2021 Three Waters Survey - Verbatim Report page 1 - A3462131 ⇩
5. Far North DC 2021 Three Waters Survey - Verbatim Report page 2 - A3462132 ⇩
6. Far North DC 2021 Three Waters Survey - Verbatim Report page 3 - A3462133 ⇩
7. Far North DC 2021 Three Waters Survey - Verbatim Report page 4 - A3462134 ⇩
4 November 2021
RESOLUTION TO EXCLUDE THE PUBLIC
That the public be excluded from the following parts of the proceedings of this meeting.
The general subject matter of each matter to be considered while the public is excluded, the reason for passing this resolution in relation to each matter, and the specific grounds under section 48 of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 for the passing of this resolution are as follows: