Water Treatment Plant Upgrade a Step Forward

Wednesday, 1 March 2023

Media Statement

Waikato Tainui Executive Chair Tukoroirangi Morgan is hailing the $128m upgrade to the Pukekohe Wastewater treatment Plant as a significant step in the right direction in addressing water quality in our tupuna awa.

The new upgraded plant will be formally opened on Friday (3 March 2023) and it will treat wastewater from Pukekohe, Buckland, Pokeno and Patumahoe which flow into Parker Lane stream and eventually into Waikato river.

Tuku says Waikato-Tainui has been assured this upgrade will be able to meet the growing demands of a community that is expected to double in the not-too-distant future.

“Our position has always been the restoration of our taiao especially our water sources which have sustained our tribal members for millennia.”

“Conversations began in 2014 and while we are celebrating this milestone, we would like more urgency applied to key infrastructure projects like this.

“The connections that have been made and maintained have opened the way for Watercare to engage directly with our people and we are confident that these relationships will endure.”

“Climate change is going to place ongoing pressure on our waterways and catchments, and it’s critically important our infrastructure has the resilience to be able to cope with these related which have been well signalled,” says Tuku Morgan. 

Jason Ake