Technical reports

A range of reports in relation to the ongoing waters study, or the issues surrounding water in the sub-region, have already been publicly discussed or made available.

They include a number of independent reports provided to the Waikato Mayoral Forum, plus reports tabled by each of the three councils participating in this study.

Those reports are collected here and can be read online or downloaded.

Reports from the independant consultant

Business Case for Water Services - Waikato District Council: Expanded Watercare Relationship Option

Jun, 2015

This report, commissioned and paid for by Waikato District Council, investigates whether Waikato District Council would gain efficiencies by expanding its existing collaboration with Watercare Services Ltd.

Business Case for Water Services – Delivery Options: Part A Summary Report

May, 2015

This report summarises the results of the study undertaken by Cranleigh on behalf of Hamilton City, Waikato District and Waipa District Councils.

Business Case for Water Services – Delivery Options: Part B Detailed Report

May, 2015

This report is the full report of the study undertaken by Cranleigh on behalf of Hamilton City, Waikato District and Waipa District Councils.

Business Case Analysis for Water Services: Engineering Assessment and Evaluation

May, 2015

This report from Mott MacDonald assesses and evaluates the infrastructure within each council, in relation to the main Cranleigh report.  It was used to inform the main report.

Historical reports to the Waikato Mayoral Forum

Waikato Water: A Report to the Waikato Mayoral Forum on Future Delivery Options

Apr, 2014

This report was commissioned on behalf of the Waikato Mayoral Forum representing the 10 territorial local authorities in the Waikato Region – Hamilton, Hauraki, Matamata Piako, Otorohanga, South Waikato,Thames Coromandel, Taupo, Waikato, Waipa and Waitomo.

It was presented to the Waikato Mayoral Forum in April 2014 and made the following recommendations:

1) That the case for a sub-regional waters CCO be accepted in principle and the proposal be subjected to detailed business case analysis before the matter is considered further.

2) That a ‘Centre of Excellence’ be incorporated in the sub-regional waters cco concept as a vehicle to promote regional water initiatives and to support all waikato councils. 

3 Waters Shared Services High Level Assessment

Mar, 2013

Hamilton City Council, Waipa District Council and Waikato District Council wished to gain a broad understanding of the benefits of establishing a Three Waters shared services arrangement to deliver on the following objectives:

  • Create economies of scale
  • Develop strategic capacity (resilience) across the water network
  • Deliver operational excellence
  • Improve service delivery
  • Provide greater environmental, community and cultural focus.

It was agreed by the Councils that to expedite this understanding, a high level assessment of the benefits and costs of joint delivery was to be completed.This report is structured to present the high level findings of this review.

A Strategic Review of Opportunities Arising From ‘Shared Services’ Relating to the Water and Wastewater Activities of Territorial Authorities in the Waikato Region

Nov, 2012

This was a high level review commissioned by the Waikato Mayoral Forum to identify:

  • The  profile of water services delivered by territorial authorities in the Waikato.
  • Opportunities for joint provision of water service.
  • Potential for cost savings through the joint provision of service.
  • Barriers and challenges to the joint provision of service.

The two key conclusions of this review were:

  • There was significant opportunity for cost saving in the delivery of water/wastewater services in the Waikato.
  • It was highly desirable to improve organisational resilience in the water/wastewater activity - especially in the smaller councils.

Reports to each Council

Hamilton City Council - Waikato Sub-Regional Waters Study - Next Steps

Oct, 2015

This report to Hamilton City Council seeks approval for further analysis of decision-making, shareholding and other arrangements for any potential CCO. It also seeks approval for Hamilton City Council to appoint three new elected members to a Waters Governance Group.

Waipa District Council - Waikato Water Study: Next Steps

Oct, 2015

This report seeks approval from Waipa District Council to re-establish a Waters Governance Group (WGG) and to approve a budget to engage specialist advice as a number of key issues are worked through.

Waipa District Council - presentation based on Alternative Service Delivery Options for Local Government

Sep, 2015

This presentation from independent consultants Morrison Low was commissioned by and presented to Waipa District Council in September 2015. It looks at key issues for the Council for consideration around forming any CCO.

Waipa District Council - Decision making in relation to a CCO for waters

Sep, 2015

This report was prepared for Waipa District Council by Peter McKinlay, Executive Director McKinlay Douglas Ltd.  It looks specifically at decision-making in relation to a CCO for waters.

 

Waipa District Council - Waikato Sub-Regional Water Study

Aug, 2015

This report recommends that Waipa District Council further explore the formation of a CCO with Waikato District Council and Hamilton City Council. It raises the possibility of there being further investigation into specific issues, including the potential decision-making framework and shareholding arrangements of a CCO. This report includes an appendix from consultants MCGredy Winder which summarises further information provided to Waipa District Council. 

 

Hamilton City Council - Waikato-Sub-Regional Water Study 30 July

Jul, 2015

This report to Hamilton City Council recommends that the Council, 'in principle' support the formation of a three-Council waters CCO involving Hamilton City, Waipa District and Waikato District Councils. The report notes that, at the time of writing, Waipa District Council had not formally considered the recommendation to form a CCO. Until all three councils have made a decision, no further substantive progress can be made.

 

Waikato District Council - Waikato Water Study - Governance Group Membership

Jul, 2015

This brief report discusses the potential ongoing role, and membership of, the Governance Group that provided political oversight of the Waikato water study project. 

Waikato District Council - Outcomes of the Sub-Regional Water Study Report

Jun, 2015

This report considers the recommendations of the independent report into sub-regional water services as well as a further independent report considering an expansion of Waikato District Council's current relationship with Watercare Services Ltd.

Waipa District Council - Future Delivery Model of Water Services

Jun, 2015

This presentation was made to Waipa District Council in June 2015 and focuses on a number of Waipa-specific issues raised in the wider context of the total Cranleigh report released in May 2015.

Waikato District Council - Waikato Water Study Update

May, 2015

This report discusses a proposal to modify the previously recommended approach in regards to investigating a "consolidation" approach for the expansion of services between the council and WaterCare Services. It makes three recommendations to Waikato District Councillors. 

Waikato District Council - Waikato Water Study: Watercare Option Selection

Feb, 2015

The purpose of this report is to include in the Waikato Water Study assessment an option to expand the current relationship with Watercare Services Limited (WSL) in the Waikato District. Waikato District Council staff were tasked to determine the best form of relationship to be put forward for this assessment, and report back to Council for approval. In late January a workshop was held with participants from WSL, Council, Cranleigh and Participate to determine the nature of any expanded arrangement.Following the workshop, the Consolidation option was selected as the most suitable model to carry forward into the study.

 

Hamilton City Council - Sub-Regional Waters Detailed Business Case - Project Timetable

Dec, 2014

The purpose of this report is to outline the most likely timetable for the Waters project.

Hamilton City Council - Sub-regional Waters Detailed Business Case

Oct, 2014

To seek approval for the consultant, project scope, cost allocation and governance arrangements for the business case analysis of collaboration in waters activities which is proposed as a joint project between Hamilton, Waikato and Waipa Council.

Waipa District Council - Sub-regional Waters Detailed Business Case

Oct, 2014

The purpose of this report is to report back to Waipa District Council on matters related to the outcome of a competitive process to select a provider to undertake a detailed business case examination, including details of the proposed final scope (both financial and non-financial factors), contract terms, timeframes, cost, cost apportionment and terms of reference, for project governance for water and waste water activities as a joint project in Hamilton City, Waikato District and Waipa District; and confirm Council’s approval to undertake the detailed business case.

Waikato District Council - Sub-Regional Waters Detailed Business Case

Oct, 2014

The purpose of this report is to report back to Waikato District Council on matters related to the outcome of a competitive process to select a provider to undertake a detailed business case examination, including details of the proposed final scope (both financial and non-financial factors), contract terms, timeframes, cost, cost apportionment and terms of reference, for project governance for water and waste water activities as a joint project in Hamilton City, Waikato District and Waipa District; and confirm Council’s approval to undertake the detailed business case.

Waikato District Council - Proposal to Investigate Alternative Options for the Provision of Water Services

Jul, 2014

The purpose of this report is to seek Council approval to undertake a detailed business case analysis of the most appropriate means of service delivery for water and wastewater services for Hamilton City Council, Waikato District Council and Waipa District Council. 

Waipa District Council - Proposal to Investigate Alternative Options for the Provision of Water Services

Jul, 2014

The purpose of this report is to seek Council approval to undertake a detailed business case analysis of the most appropriate means of service delivery for water and wastewater services for Hamilton City Council, Waikato District Council and Waipa District Council. 

Hamilton City Council - Business Case for a Council-Controlled Organisation (CCO) for Water and Wastewater

Jun, 2014

To seek Council approval to undertake a detailed business case analysis of a proposal to establish a Council Controlled Organisation (CCO), between Hamilton City Council, Waikato District Council and Waipa District Council for water and wastewater services.

Reports from other agencies

WRC Outcomes of the Sub-regional Three Waters Business Case

Jul, 2015

This report updates elected members at Waikato Regional Council on the recommendation to form a three council CCO. The report notes that an organisation of scale dedicated to three waters management is more likely to attract and retain talented staff and says this may lead to an increase in plant performance and environmental outcomes. It notes that a CCO will protect resourcing for three waters activities as they will not be weighed against other broader council priorities. The report says "this targeting of resources may lead to improved environmental performance".

Office of the Auditor General report. Water and roads: funding and management challenges

Nov, 2014

The Office of the Auditor General has released a report entitled Water and roads: funding and management challenges. This examines current issues for infrastructure, asset management and associated financial strategies in local government from the OAG’s perspective.

Exploring the issues facing New Zealand's water, wastewater and stormwater sector

Oct, 2014

GNZ established the 3 Waters project to respond to the lack of information on the state and performance of the three waters assets and services. The first deliverable in the project was to develop a National Information Survey, which collected detailed data on the three waters assets and services from a total of 70 councils. The evidence from the survey results is used in this issues paper, together with the expertise of stakeholder workshop participants, to identify and describe the major issues facing the provision of the three waters in New Zealand. This paper presents an analysis and interpretation of the survey results. 

 

The Thirty Year New Zealand Infrastructure Plan 2015

Aug, 2015

This National Thirty Year Infrastructure Plan was released by the government on August 20, 2015. It outlines the state of New Zealand's infrastructure and advises what actions are in place to address infrastructural issues, including issues around water.

 

National Infrastructure Plan 2011

Jul, 2011

The National Infrastructure Plan is a strategic, future focused document that places infrastructure in the context of economic and population growth. It seeks to provide common direction for how we plan, fund, build and use all economic and social infrastructure. It covers the transport, telecommunications, energy, water and social infrastructure sectors.