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Govt announces wide-ranging inquiry

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 22/08/2016

The government has announced its own inquiry into Havelock North's contaminated water, with wide-ranging terms of reference.

Attorney-General Chris Finlayson released the draft terms of reference on Monday.

"The inquiry will look into how the Havelock North water supply became contaminated, how this was subsequently addressed and how local and central government agencies responded to the public health threat that occured," he said.

""The terms of reference are very wide and will include any lessons and improvements that can be made in the management of the water supply network in Havelock North and, more broadly, across New Zealand."

The inquiry will be carried out under the Inquiries Act, and will have powers that include the ability to call witnesses.

"It is important that New Zealanders have confidence in the quality of our drinking water, and the independent inquiry will ensure we have a clear understanding of what happened," Mr Finlayson said.

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