Thursday, 02 June 2022 09:27

Feds relieved by rural water recommendations

Written by  Staff Reporters
Federated Farmers National President Andrew Hoggard. Federated Farmers National President Andrew Hoggard.

Findings of a Rural Supplies Technical Working Group report on rural water supplies have pleased Federated Farmers.

The report, released on Tuesday, details a number of concerns from users of mixed-use rural water supplies in relation to the Three Waters reforms.

The report found some users of council-owned mixed-use rural supplies are concerned about the implications of the transfer of their schemes, as well as concerns about costs for rural communities.

It also states that some owners of private schemes mistakenly believed their mixed-use rural supplies will be taken by government and water services entities or transferred to Māori ownership.

The report recommends that all council owned water-use rural supplies be transferred to the water services entities because these entities “will have the people, resources and expertise to operate these schemes into the future”.

It also recommends a risk-based approach to drinking water regulatory compliance and rural users be consulted on pricing and funding plans for water services entities.

“Many of the findings raised by the group look sound,” says Federated Farmers national president Andrew Hoggard.

He says the report represents a sliver of common sense amongst the water policy decision-making that Feds is struggling to explain to its members.

However, Hoggard says Federated Farmers still concerns about the set up of the water services entities themselves.

“But we like the recommendation that there should be the opportunity for rural community to take back water assets with shared ownership or maintenance agreements,” he says.

"It would depend on capacity, finances and capability, the predominant use of the scheme and other factors. But the community should decide."

Hoggard says Federated Farmers agree with the reports recommendation that rural users should be consulted on the water entities’ funding and that the consultation should begin before the new entities go live.

“Sadly, this is just a small piece in the much larger puzzle we are trying to put together properly for our members right now.”

More like this

Rural drinking water schemes critical

The Rural Supplies Technical Working Group (RSTWG) has made 30 recommendations in a recent report to Department of Internal Affairs (DIA), including that the country's 100 or so council-owned rural water supply schemes be transferred to the four new co-governed water entities.

Biodiversity budget support falls short - Feds

Federated Farmers say that while the latest draft of the National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity (NPS-IB) is a significant improvement, its success is undermined by a lack of funding on Budget 2022 to assist private landowners.


Machinery & Products

Making life easier

Many temporary sheep fencing systems can be troublesome, with reels jamming or breaking and the bugbear of silly hooks on…

Valtra's following grows

With the release of its N5 and T5 series of tractors, Valtra continues to expand its presence in the Australia-New…

» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

The Hound

No free ride!

OPINION: This old mutt is getting somewhat tired of multi-national, tax-dodging, fund-raising group Greenpeace always given front and centre mainstream…

How come?

OPINION: A mate of yours truly is questioning exactly why the Māori ag sector have been given special budget funding by…

» Connect with Rural News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter