LGNZ Water Summit 2018

Local Government New Zealand, in conjunction with Water NZ and IPWEA, hosted a Water Summit which explored the key issues of drinking water regulation, infrastructure funding, freshwater management and allocation.


The Water Summit explored:

  • possible changes to the regulatory framework for drinking water;
  • funding options on how to meet the challenges facing water services;
  • alternative options for the delivery of water services;
  • responses to challenges of freshwater management; and
  • options for allocation.

We heard from speakers on options around the above, including international perspectives.

To view the full programme click here.



To view the slides for each presentation please click the relevant links below.

Day one

Welcome and introduction - Dave Cull, President, LGNZ

Address by Minister of Local Government - Hon Nanaia Mahuta (click here to read the speech)

The Havelock North Inquiry recommendations and scene setting -  Hon Lyn Stevens QC, Chair, Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry

Havelock North Inquiry Q&A

Funding pressures for three waters infrastructure -  Helen Wyn, Deputy Chief Executive Central/Local Government Partnerships, DIA and  Malcolm Alexander, Chief Executive, LGNZ

Regulatory approaches and entities for Three Waters delivery -  Dukessa Blackburn Huettner, President, Water NZ

Co-regulatory model - Malcolm Alexander, Chief Executive, LGNZ

Regulatory approaches: Regulatory arrangements for drinking water in UK and Europe - Marcus Rink, Chief Inspector for Water Supplies with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (United Kingdom)

The Wellington Water Model - Colin Crampton, Chief Executive, Wellington Water

The Watercare Model - Raveen Jaduram, Chief Executive, Watercare

Tasmanian Water Model - Mike Brewster, Chief Executive, TasWater Tasmania, (Australia)

Economic regulation: Learnings from other sectors and application to the water sector - Anton Murashev, Managing Director, Castalia

Panel Session - Malcolm Alexander (Chair), Marcus Rink, Colin Crampton, Raveen Jaduram, Mike Brewster and Anton Murashev

Day two

Welcome to day two: Focus on freshwater management - Doug Leeder, Chair, Regional Sector

Getting the water quality outcomes we want – freshwater management – sharing good
practice and looking to the future: Getting the balance right between regulation and non-regulatory
approaches - Alan Livingston, Chairperson, Waikato Regional Council | Community-led freshwater reform: a tale of two catchments - James Palmer, Chief Executive, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

Getting the water quality outcomes we want – drinking water: Drinking water and health outcomes - Jim Graham, Principal Advisor Water Quality, Water New Zealand

OAG’s thoughts on freshwater challenges: Based on our work on monitoring how water is used for irrigation, and managing impacts to freshwater quality - Gary Emery, Manager, Office of the Auditor General

Priorities for freshwater reform - Panel Doug Leeder (Chair), Cheryl Barnes, Deputy Secretary Water, Ministry for the Environment with Alan Livingston, James Palmer

Wrap up