A report into the Havelock North water contamination was due this month. Not any more, here’s RNZ:
Report into Havelock North water crisis delayed
More than 5000 people in Havelock North became sick with gastrointestinal illness in August last year after the Hawke’s Bay town’s drinking water became contaminated.
An independent inquiry was tasked with looking at how the water became contaminated, how well authorities responded, and providing recommendations for managing water supply throughout New Zealand. The panel, which began proceedings in October last year, was supposed to report back by the end of March.
However, at the panel’s request, Attorney-General Chris Finlayson said it would now report back to the government in two stages.
The first stage, investigating how the water became contaminated and how well authorities responded, was now due by 12 May.
The second stage – which will address systemic issues and provide recommendations about managing water supply throughout New Zealand – was pushed back to early December. …
Various reasons for the delay are cited. They may well be valid. But as many people pointed out yesterday, the delay is also awfully convenient to the Nats, who really really really don’t want ‘systemic issues’ around water quality to be highlighted during the run-up to the election. Report or not, I’m pretty sure they’re going to be disappointed on that one.