Mayoral Taskforce – Three Waters

Our city is facing multiple challenges and opportunities in the way we manage the three waters.

Wellington City as viewed from the top of Mount Victoria, including the CBD, Oriental Bay and the harbour.

The Council has set up a Mayoral Water Taskforce (MTF) which will investigate what has led to the issues in the three waters network, and come up with an action plan to put to the Council by the end of June.

Further information on the Task Force and all things water related at Wellington City Council is available below.

Committee Meeting agreeing Terms of Reference for Taskforce 

Membership of MTF

Taskforce members are: 

  • Mayor Andy Foster (Chair)
  • Councillor Jenny Condie
  • Councillor Sean Rush
  • Geoff Dangerfield (Board, Wellington Water)
  • John Milford (CEO, Wellington Chamber of Commerce)
  • David Bassett (Chair, Wellington Water Committee)
  • Kara Puketapu-Dentice (Taranaki Whānui)
  • Eugene Doyle (Community Representative)
  • Carl Blanchard (Independent subject matter expert, PWC)
  • Peter Leslie (Independent subject matter expert, PDL Consulting)
  • Martyn Dunne (Independent subject matter expert)
  • Hikitia Ropata (Ngāti Toa) 
  • Stu Farrant (Community representative)

MTF principles of engagement (300KB PDF)

The Mayoral Taskforce on the Three Waters Report (3MB PDF)



Information tabled at meeting on Monday 20 July 2020

Information tabled at meeting on Thursday 11 June 2020

Information tabled at meeting on Tuesday 26 May 2020

Information tabled at meeting on 13 May 2020

Information tabled at meeting on 18 March 2020

Media releases by the Mayor


The Council needs to make confident, long-lasting, sustainable decisions that will ensure Wellingtonians can continue to access safe and reliable drinking water, wastewater and stormwater networks.

There have been high profile issues recently and we want to have an open conversation to test if we have our settings right.

While Wellington City Council owns its assets, the operation and maintenance of the system is undertaken by Wellington Water, which is owned jointly by six councils in the greater Wellington region (Hutt City, Greater Wellington Regional, Porirua City, Wellington City, South Wairarapa District and Upper Hutt City).

We have an obligation to ratepayers to ensure that our networks are:

  • Well managed
  • Well maintained
  • Value for money
  • Appropriately prioritised
  • Fit for future needs / expectations with regards to growth, climate change and water quality

Long term plans
Annual Plans
Annual reports
All things water
Wellington Water Limited

Wellington City has an ageing infrastructure for the three waters: drinking water, wastewater and stormwater. Currently we are experiencing a number of premature failures throughout the city, which are coinciding with rising public expectations around the level of service delivery despite the fact the Council is investing hundreds of millions of dollars in three waters infrastructure. 

We are also facing a number of challenges that will influence the decisions we make around the three waters network, including climate change, increased demand, natural hazards, rising costs, design and regulatory changes.

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