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Water privatisation a no-go, says minister

Advocates of a property rights model for water will be lobbying for some time yet, based on statements delivered in the House today.

Associate Local Government Minister John Carter continued government attempts to distance the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill from the spectre of water privatisation.

Labour MP Phil Twyford tried to extract an admission from Mr Carter that allowing councils to contract out water services for up to 35 years was tantamount to water privatisation.

Mr Carter denied that a proposal existed to privatise water anywhere in New Zealand.

“We are talking about private-public partnerships for the management of water. Councils will always own the water supply, that’s what the law requires to have happen,” he said.

“There is no way that that’s privatising the actual asset.”

The bill passed first reading on Tuesday night.
 

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Sorry folks - but don't get sucked in with the 'weasel words'.

“We are talking about private-public partnerships for the management of water. Councils will always own the water supply, that’s what the law requires to have happen,” he said.

“There is no way that that’s privatising the actual asset.”

Whatever..................

As always - just ask two simple questions:

1) Where is the money going?
2) Who is benefitting?

Why should shareholders of multinational water companies (like United Water - owned by Veolia - the biggest water company in the world) get the income stream flowing from pipes we the public have paid for?

Where's the 'cost-benefit' analysis which conclusively proves the cost-effectiveness of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model for the public majority?

Just got a letter from Treasury today, confirming they never 'prepared a cost-benefit analysis of the Council Controlled Organisation model as part of the Auckland Governance Reforms'.

Where is the 'prudent stewardship' / 'fiscal responsibility' being exercised over our arguably most essential of all essential public services - water services?

Wake up folks!

The 'corporate raider'/ 'smiling assassin' John Key, is conveniently HIDEing behind Rodney, while he murders democracy to help achieve a long-term corporate agenda.

Why else is the former Managing Director of United Water South Australia, Graham Wood, currently 'Programme Manager' - leading the integration of Auckland regional water services at the ATA?

Haven't yet met a Councillor in the Auckland region who knew Graham Wood's privatising background.

How 'transparent' was that Mark Ford?

Appointing the ex-Managing Director of United Water South Australia, Graham Wood, as the General Manager for Operations at Watercare, in or about 2007?

NZ is the 'least corrupt country in the world'.

yeah right.

Penny Bright
Media Spokesperson
Water Pressure Group
Judicially recognised Public Watchdog on Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance matters.
"Anti-corruption campaigner"

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