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Our strategy and performance

Taumata Arowai became the new water services regulator for Aotearoa on 15 November 2021.

This is how we plan to deliver to meet the Minister of Local Government’s expectations, our legislative obligations and work with the water services sector to achieve our vision of ‘Tiakina te wai, hei oranga te katoa’ - ‘Safe water every day for everyone’.

Our Minister and Letter of Expectations

The responsible Minister for Taumata Arowai is the Minister of Local Government, Hon Nanaia Mahuta. The Department of Internal Affairs is the Government’s monitoring agency for Taumata Arowai. 

The role of the Minister is to oversee and manage the Crown's interest in, and relationship with, Taumata Arowai, and to exercise any statutory responsibilities.  

Each year, our responsible Minister sets out what Taumata Arowai is expected to deliver during the year and the way that delivery should be made. 

View the Minister’s Letter of Expectations for the 2021/22 year below, which was updated on 11 November 2021.

Taumata Arowai provided the following responses to the Minister's Letter of Expectations.

Acknowledgement of Letter of Expectation 23 August 2021.

Acknowledgement of updated Letter of Expectation 11 November 2021.

Our Strategic Framework and Plan to 30 June 2022

The Strategic Framework provides a visual overview of Taumata Arowai - our vision, purpose, role, regulatory approach, pillars, functions and what we value. 

The Taumata Arowai Plan to 30 June 2022 sets out our key focus areas and explains the Strategic Framework in greater detail. 

Statement of Intent and Statement of Performance Expectations 

  • The Statement of Intent is a four-year, medium-term strategic plan. 
  • The Statement of Performance Expectations is a detailed one-year plan, including performance indicators and budget projections. 

These accountability documents are required of all Crown entities. Taumata Arowai received a waiver from Minister of Local Government to provide these documents for our establishment phase and first period of operation from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022. 

Taumata Arowai will prepare its first Statement of Intent and Statement of Performance Expectations in early 2022, which will be submitted to Parliament and then published in July 2022.  

Annual Report

The Minister of Finance waived the requirement for Taumata Arowai to prepare an Annual Report on its first four months of its establishment (1 March to 30 June 2021).  

Taumata Arowai will instead report on this initial establishment period when we prepare our Annual Report at the end of the 2021/22 financial year. The Annual Report will be published by November 2022. 

The 2020/2021 Annual Report will be prepared by the Ministry of Health. Taumata Arowai will publish this when it becomes available. 

CE Expense Disclosure

Taumata Arowai is disclosing the Chief Executive's expenses, gifts and hospitality as part of our commitment to transparency and accountability.

CE expenses, gifts and benefits - 1 March 2021 to 30 June 2021.