Dr Peter Davis, Emeritus Professor in Population Health and Social Science at the University of Auckland, says local government must be future-proofed against further failure of the magnitude of the waste overflows and gastro outbreaks that have sickened ratepayers. “85% of the population receive their water services from their local council, and yet: • A fifth are supplied with drinking water that does not meet New Zealand standards; • A quarter of wastewater treatment services are operating on expired consents,” he told Newsroom.