Greens: water levy for councils and iwi

The Green Party announced water policy today that includes a levy on bottled water, to be distributed to local councils and iwi.

1 News:  Greens promise 10% water levy, playing to public uproar over companies using cheap water consents

The Green Party are promising a 10 cent levy on the sale and export of water, as they kick off their election campaign today.

Co-leader James Shaw announced the new water pricing policy, playing to a public uproar over bottling companies exploiting cheap water consents.

Mr Shaw said it was “unfair” companies can profit. The Greens’ levy would be divided between local councils and iwi.

That could be complicated. Which councils and which iwi?

There would also be an interim ban on new consents.

In the longer term, the Greens want to develop a “fair price” for commercial users, including farmers. They would establish a working group to do that.

The proposal also includes new standards on clean drinking water and greater protection for groundwater. And it wants to re-introduced a $100m subsidy to help communities of less than 500 people get better access to clean water.

The Green Party policy information:

Protecting drinking water

New Zealanders can’t take clean drinking water for granted anymore, but the Green Party will fix that. No one should have to worry that the water coming from their taps isn’t safe to drink.

Water bottling companies profit from some of our purest and cleanest water, but pay only minimal administration fees for the privilege, while some communities around the country have to boil water before they drink it.

The Green Party will put an immediate 10 cent/litre levy on water bottling and exports. Revenue will go to mana whenua and the wider community through local councils. Local councils will be expected to use it to clean up waterways, and protect drinking water sources and infrastructure.

In government we will develop a new way of allocating and pricing all commercial uses of water, based on shared values of protecting fresh water, honouring te Tirirti o Waitangi, and upholding mana whenua rights. This will involve nationwide meetings and hui to involve all New Zealanders in the process. We expect tangata whenua will play a critical role in this process.

New water bottling consents will be banned until we have the regulation in place to ensure priority is given to good supplies of clean drinking water for all New Zealanders. We will protect drinking water sources from the activities that pollute them with pathogens, sediment, run off and nitrates.

And, we’ll reinstate funding for programmes that help small communities and marae upgrade their drinking water systems, so everyone has access to clean, drinkable water.

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  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  July 9, 2017

    Hell yes. Why should companies make a profit? If they do, let’s take it away even if they don’t harm the environment in any way. What a bunch of fat heads.

  2. Zedd

     /  July 9, 2017

    “Stop making sense Metiria”.. you might upset the radical Tories.. whose only policy is; MONEY, MONEY, MONEY.. avoid tax & reduce costs to zero (if possible) regardless of the damage/harm it does to OUR environment. 😦 😦

    • Corky

       /  July 9, 2017

      What damage? The dumb Greens have just lost themselves some votes and gained others. The result is they stay on the same level of support. You need to take your shades off and smell the communism.

      • Corky

         /  July 9, 2017

        Now, Metiria has called Winston racist. Like I’ve said ad nauseam, Metiria….@%^&8!!!
        Winston has told her there will be consequences post election. Yep, you really know how to pick em, Zedd%.

  3. • Water, air and unpolluted soil are given and basic needs not wants. We should treasure and protect these three elements. They should not be sold, exported or have value attributed. They should remain eternally free for human household use.