Stop Three Waters

The Taxpayers’ Union has launched a campaign to stop the government’s three waters reform:

The campaign launch comes on the same day that Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta has announced a working group to tweak the reforms with an eye to forcing them on all local councils.

  • The Union has prepared a 30-second television ad and is crowd-funding to air this on prime time television and online. This ad is available to journalists upon request.
  • A campaign hub has been launched at that presents key reasons to oppose the reforms. This site is supported with Google ads so it appears alongside the Government’s taxpayer-funded campaign site.
  • More than 65,000 New Zealanders have signed the Union’s petition against the reforms. The Union is updating these individuals and is ready to deploy them during any consultation period.
  • More than 20,000 New Zealanders used the Union’s email tool to contact their local councillors about the reforms. The Union will be launching a new email drive in the coming weeks, targeting Government MPs.
  • The Union has commissioned Curia polling showing 56% of New Zealanders oppose the proposed reform, versus just 19% in support and 24% unsure.

Taxpayers’ Union Campaigns Manager Louis Houlbrooke says, “Opposition to Nanaia Mahuta’s multi-billion dollar asset grab is already broad, energised, and well-resourced. With the Government now forcing these changes on local councils, the backlash will only intensify. We are calling on the Prime Minister to read the room and announce a CGT-style captain’s call to eject her Local Government Minister’s reforms entirely.”

New Zealanders concerned about the reforms can chip in to the campaign fund at

The government’s proposals for three waters will add costs and bureaucracy, steal local assets and remove local control.

There are far better and less expensive ways to ensure that we have clean water.

One Response to Stop Three Waters

  1. adamsmith1922 says:

    Reblogged this on The Inquiring Mind and commented:
    Another step by the regime to erode democracy, spearheaded by Mahuta, again


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