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From: Alex Harris

Dear Watercare Services Limited,

The New Zealand Initiative is described by the media as a "libertarian think-tank" ("Ratepayers pay $92,000 for membership of libertarian think-tank", Stuff, 22 December 2020). According to its website, your agency is a member. I would like to request the following information under the LGOIMA:

* When did your agency join the New Zealand Initiative? Is it still a member?
* Who approved joining? Was there any formal analysis of the compatibility of membership with your agency's purposes and functions? (if so, I would like a copy)
* How much membership has cost your agency since joining.

I would prefer to receive an electronic response. Queries about this request will be automatically forwarded to me by the fyi.org.nz website.

With regards to s12 of the OIA, I am an NZ citizen and in NZ.

Yours faithfully,

Alex Harris

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Thank you for contacting us. We will respond to your message within four
working days. 

If you have a billing enquiry such as making a payment, setting up
e-billing, or updating your contact details, you can do this online via

If you have applied for a refund, applications are processed within 10
working days.

For other billing enquiries:
If you have received an estimated bill which is higher or lower than
expected, the balance will be adjusted accordingly on your next bill, or
when we can safely carry out an actual reading.

If you have applied for a leak allowance, applications are processed
within 15 working days and are granted at our discretion.

For urgent leaks or wastewater issues:
Please call us on 09 442 2222 (press 1) or [6]report a fault online. All
leaks are attended to in order of priority and safety. If you have already
reported a leak and it appears to be getting worse, please call us so we
can keep our crew updated. 

Auckland is still facing a water shortage.
While [7]restrictions apply to outdoor water use, we ask that you also
reduce your water use indoors by at least 20 litres per day, every day.
For information on how to become a water-saving hero, visit

If we all save a little, together we can save a lot.

Kind regards, 

Watercare Services Limited 





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Good morning Alex


On behalf of David Hawkins, please see the attached letter in response to
your request for information.




Debbie Hickson  

Executive Assistant to Chief Executive

Watercare Services Limited


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