New Zealand’s water and wastewater industry is substantially owned, managed and operated by local government with minimal private sector involvement aside from asset construction and maintenance. In 1999 the government initiated a review of these industries to determine an appropriate regulatory regime to encourage efficient investment, optimal resource allocation, sound operational and demand practices, innovation, service improvement, transparency and accountability. This review was subsequently not progressed.
Although there is a range of separate governance and funding arrangements for water and wastewater, stormwater is generally delivered through council departments directly and funded through rates rather than user charges.
Solid waste is dominated by local government for domestic collections, the industry tends to dominate the commercial collection market. Landfills are provided by local government and the commercial sector.
PwC has extensive global capabilities in the water, wastewater and solid waste industries.
In New Zealand PwC has undertaken assignments for most of New Zealand’s large local authorities and water utilities. PwC has also undertaken a comprehensive annual value-based benchmarking study in partnership with industry managers.
These assignments incorporate a wide range of activities incorporating governance, funding, performance measurement and assurance.
Analysis of strategic options