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We want to hear how you and your whānau use and value water, where the problems are and how you want to deal with these issues to improve the health of our freshwater.

Shape the future of water in Wellington and the Hutt Valley

Broken pipes and major leaks from ageing water infrastructure signals an urgent need for our councils and community to solve water quality issues. Our urban and rural streams are not meeting good water quality standards.

The Whaitua Te Whanganui-a-Tara Committee is a group of local residents, mana whenua, and council representatives, from the Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt and Wellington working together to plan for a better future for water.

Committee members are out in person and virtually having open and frank conversations with communities about what they believe the

Shape the future of water in Wellington and the Hutt Valley

Broken pipes and major leaks from ageing water infrastructure signals an urgent need for our councils and community to solve water quality issues. Our urban and rural streams are not meeting good water quality standards.

The Whaitua Te Whanganui-a-Tara Committee is a group of local residents, mana whenua, and council representatives, from the Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt and Wellington working together to plan for a better future for water.

Committee members are out in person and virtually having open and frank conversations with communities about what they believe the future of water quality should look like and to help design the tools and solutions that the committee will recommend to Greater Wellington.

Now is the time

Now is your once in a generation opportunity to shape the decisions the committee makes. Share your ideas about what the committee should do to address the issues of water quality and its use. There are several ways you can get involved:

  • Have your say online: The committee is eager to hear your concerns and ideas. Share your thoughts below.
  • Let’s chat (virtually or in person): Invite a committee member to speak at one of your events.
  • Be kept in the loop of project updates and future events: Click on the Recieve Project Updates button to be kept informed.
  • Wellington region is set to experience unprecedented population growth, with 35,000 people expected to join our community within the next decade. A growing population means a higher demand for water. But resources are limited. Many of our region’s water bodies are at capacity in terms of how much water we can take from them. 

    On top of this, as our climate changes we can expect to see longer and dryer summers - meaning less water available to take from our rivers. 

    So we have a huge challenge ahead of us: How do we care for our environment while at the same time ensuring there is enough water for everyone?

    The Whaitua committee will make recommendations to councils about the types of solutions that could be implemented, and who could pay for it. We’d like your help making sure our recommendations are fair and equitable - please take our survey to tell us your thoughts. 

    If you'd like to learn more about the future of Wellington's water supply network, have a read through a recent report prepared for the Committee by Greater Wellington and Wellington Water here.


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