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Water Reform

The New Zealand Government is reforming how drinking water, wastewater and stormwater (three waters) services are delivered across New Zealand (https://www.dia.govt.nz/Three-Waters-Reform-Programme) .

Morrison Low is at the forefront of this. We have supported groups of councils’ and individual councils to understand the risk, issues and opportunities available and have worked alongside the Department of Internal Affairs.


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In 2019 Morrison Low partnered with WSP and the five Councils of Hawke’s Bay to develop a business case on options for three waters service delivery.

The business case was the first to provide councils with a true picture of the future challenges of delivering three waters services and also set itself apart by introducing a cultural case to the Better Business Case model which set the basis for co-governance with Iwi/Māori (https://www.hb3waters.nz/about/).


Hawke's Bay faces overwhelming rates and debt without water solution - report


This work helped secure the region $50M in three waters stimulus funding. Since then, the Morrison Low three waters reform team has advised and supported councils across New Zealand including major projects in Otago and Southland, the South Island and Waikato.

We have been appointed to the DIA AMOS Panel.

How Morrison Low can assist you with water reform:

  • Our three waters reform team has the best depth of experience in three waters and local government reform in New Zealand. 
  • The team is structured with Dan Bonifant as programme director overseeing all three waters work, with experienced project managers leading different projects.
  • The team has workstream specialists who then guide the delivery of each workstream across the various three waters projects being undertaken.
  • Our unique blend of engineers, financial analysts and reform specialists means we already understand the issues.
  • We can quickly and efficiently get to the important issues, risks and challenges for your community.
  • Most importantly we communicate the complicated information simply and effectively.

This programme team approach means that we can allocate resources to your project while maintaining a cohesive approach that will allow sharing of new information and insight that may arise through the various reform work that we are undertaking.


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