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South Canterbury DHB urges people to monitor their private wells following report on nitrates, E.Coli

Fears of nitrates potentially causing "blue baby syndrome" have prompted the South Canterbury District Health board to tell families, and particularly pregnant women, to check their water is safe if they are using a private bore.

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Auckland Council plans an extra $600m to clean up Waitemata Harbour

Auckland Council is looking to spend a further $600 million to reduce diluted sewage pouring into Waitemata Harbour and onto inner city beaches nearly every time it rains.

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Concerns raised over nitrates' effects on babies

Increased irrigation in Canterbury is putting newborn babies at increased risk from water contamination, a medical officer of health says.

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Pipe Renewals Guidance Programme Update

This is a general update to keep interested parties abreast of progress with the Pipe Renewals Guidance Programme

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Conference Papers and September Journal available online

Water New Zealand's recent conference papers, presentations and journals are now available online.

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NZ Pure cans its plan to take 6.9 million litres of water a day from Blue Spring

A water bottling company has withdrawn its application to take 6.9 million litres of water a day from Putaruru's Blue Spring to send overseas.

NZ Pure Blue Springs Limited told the Waikato Regional Council it would withdraw its resource consent application on Tuesday morning, a Waikato Regional Council spokesman said.

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$11 million pipeline required to fix Lower Hutt drinking water

The cost of treating Lower Hutt's contaminated water supply has escalated to $11 million, with a 1.5-kilometre pipeline needed to divert water away from the Waterloo treatment plant.

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Next Government has powerful mandate to tackle water quality challenge

As negotiations continue over which parties will form the next government, it is clear the environment – particularly water quality - has become one of the major policy issues to tackle.

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Denitrificaton wall could be answer to nitrate problems

Farmers trying to lift the water quality of rivers might get help from a nitrate wall proposed to go into Silverstream Reserve near Kaiapoi to lower the steam's high nitrate levels.

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Fencing of waterways an effective tool to combat pollution

Fencing of waterways has proven very effective where it has been used to combat the risks of contamination from agriculture, AgResearch says.

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Most river pollution comes from streams that don't need fencing, research shows

Most of New Zealand's river pollution comes from streams that would be exempt from waterway fencing rules, new research shows.

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New Zealand Lifelines Infrastructure Vulnerability Assessment

The New Zealand Lifelines Council has now completed the attached report ‘New Zealand Lifelines Infrastructure Vulnerability Assessment: Stage 1 September 2017’ which provides a summary of New Zealand’s national lifelines infrastructure and vulnerability to hazards.

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Climate change - gaining traction on intractable issues

Water New Zealand has been working with the Deep South Challenge to help facilitate better understanding in our communities around the potential impacts of climate change on New Zealand’s water infrastructure.

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Leadership, not fear-mongering, needed over waterways

Fish & Game NZ's chief executive Bryce Johnson says politicians should take note of Water New Zealand's survey which found that 73 percent of New Zealanders are concerned about water quality.

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Havelock North report shows economic value of water treatment

A report revealing that Havelock North’s water contamination outbreak has cost around $21million shows that effective water treatment makes economic sense.

Water New Zealand CEO John Pfahlert says it cost just $1million to install a water treatment plant for the Havelock North community following the outbreak.

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World Rivers Day heralds boost for water quality data

Understanding and improving our waterways requires high quality information and communities can now access the latest on their rivers, lakes and streams thanks to fresh data available today.

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NZ 'rolling dice' with untreated water - Canadian expert

A visiting Canadian water scientist says he is at a loss to understand why all drinking water in New Zealand is not treated to avoid the risk of illness.

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​Survey reveals New Zealanders have major concerns about water quality

A nationwide survey has revealed that the majority of New Zealanders are concerned about pollution and the impacts of climate change and intensive agriculture on water quality.

The survey, undertaken by Water New Zealand, also found that most New Zealanders want to see charging for water extraction, particularly by water bottlers and other commercial interests as well as the agricultural sector.

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Untreated drinking water poses huge health risk – Drinking Water Workshop

Drinking water suppliers have been told they are taking a big risk with the health of their communities if they do not treat drinking water for possible contamination.

Visiting water contamination expert, Dr Steve Hrudey from the University of Alberta told an audience at the Water New Zealand Drinking Water Workshop in Hamilton that the Havelock North contamination was caused by a number of systemic failures.

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Water New Zealand Annual General Meeting - Important Information

Important information for the upcoming Annual General Meeting.

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International Drinking Water Expert and Conference Keynote : Steve Hrudey Radio interview this week – “Chlorine: not agent of the devil”

One of the world's leading water contamination experts says New Zealand is vulnerable to another drinking water crisis because of a lack of chlorination.

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Association Updates

Find out more about the latest news from the Association.

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Expression of Interest - Twinning Partnership with Solomon Water Water and Waste Water Expertise Technical Coaching and Mentoring

To facilitate our vision of “Safe Water for a Healthy Nation”, we are looking to form an agreement with a water utility partner to work in collaboration with us to support our staff in building capacity and increasing technical skills and competencies, contributing to the creation of a sustainable organization that can deliver on its full range of commitments and projects.

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Water front and centre

Water is one of the hot topics this election, and is becoming one of the issues of our time.

From quantity to quality, rights to royalties, seldom it seems has this substance — that is fundamental to life and leisure in New Zealand — been so fiercely debated.

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Farmers need support to improve water quality

Good publicity, collaboration and support are vital for farmer involvement in cleaning up waterways, a report on the Rere water quality project has found.

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Four Otago waterways decried as 'lost rivers'

Four Otago rivers have been described as ''lost rivers'' by a national fishing group, which says they are now unable to be fished because of water quality and flow issues.

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Metadata Standards Released

This is an update on the development of Metadata Standards for the three waters network.

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Govt coastal erosion efforts 'too little, too late'

It's too little, too late from the government on rising sea levels, an expert says after a leaked report, and councils are having to bear the brunt.

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Havelock North - the way forward

International evidence can help provide lessons from last year's water contamination at Havelock North, writes John Pfahlert.

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Election policy series: The battle over our rivers

What to do about the alarming state of New Zealand's lakes and rivers has predictably dominated the environment space in the run-up to this election.

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Additional Conference Presentation by Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health have been allocated an additional slot at the Water New Zealand Conference to cover a range of topics arising out of the Havelock North Inquiry.

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Waikato region technical documents – members may wish to provide feedback

Members who operate in the Waikato region may be interested in a series of technical specifications currently out for comment, and others in the pipeline.

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Land and Information New Zealand update you on national elevation data

This is an important dataset for New Zealand, and through a pilot project where they worked with several regional councils to make data for their regions freely available from the LINZ Data Service for reuse.

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National rainfall and runoff guidelines - We'd like you to get involved

This article provides an update on work to progress national rainfall and runoff guidelines for New Zealand and seeks feedback on a proposed steering group to drive the work.

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Understanding Industry Changes

Researchers at BRANZ are currently exploring the human factors behind the construction and infrastructure industry's willingness or otherwise to adopt new practices.

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Herald water tax survey backs earlier Water New Zealand findings

A poll by the NZ Herald newspaper supports earlier findings of a survey by Water New Zealand showing that the majority of New Zealanders are in favour of charging for water extraction.

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Insight: How Safe is Your Drinking Water?

Safe, clean drinking water is essential to public health and a core service of local authorities, but not all parts of New Zealand enjoy the luxury of being certain their water won't make them sick.

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Without changes, gastro crisis will happen again - Water NZ boss

A new Ministry of Health report shows more than 80,000 New Zealanders are receiving publicly-supplied water that has failed bacteria standards.

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NZ's drinking water compliance totally inadequate - Water NZ

Publicly supplied water for more than 80,000 people in New Zealand has failed on bacteria standards, an official review shows.

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A good start, but water charge plan flawed

Labour’s water charge plan isn’t perfect, say commentators, but it’s an important step down the road to equitable use of a public asset. Dave Hansford reports.

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Council decides bottling Waihou River requires iwi consent

An application to pump water from a Waikato spring for bottling will require consent from Raukawa iwi, the Waikato District Council (WDC) has decided.

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Survey reveals overwhelming support for water charging

Nine out of ten New Zealanders believe that there should be a charge for extracting water from the environment for bottled water and similar industries, according to a recent survey by Water New Zealand.

The New Zealand Water Consumer Survey 2017 received nearly 5000 respondents and is the first nationwide examination of New Zealanders’ attitudes to a wide range of issues associated with water.

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Calling for nominations for Water New Zealand 2017 awards - Deadline Extended

“Every year we run these awards because the conference provides a great opportunity for our members to show our appreciation of the work of our colleagues and the professionalism of the water sector,” says Water New Zealand Chief Executive John Pfahlert.

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Chinese company seeks consent to draw 580 million litres of pristine spring water

A Chinese-owned company has applied to draw up to 580 million litres of water a year from the pristine Otakiri Springs, near Whakatane, to bottle and ship overseas.

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Editorial: What lessons can we take from the gastro crisis?

Access to clean drinking water is a basic right. Most of us have taken it for granted most of our lives. We expect to be able to turn on the tap and have pure, drinkable water flow out.

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Water crisis damages New Zealand's clean green image

New Zealand's clean, green brand may have taken a hit internationally after the Havelock North water crisis last year.

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Years of work ahead on Hawke's Bay water from gastro fallout

As well as striking down more than 5000 residents, and being New Zealand's largest outbreak of water-borne disease, the Havelock North gastro outbreak raised questions, and threw doubt on the security of drinking water - not just in Hastings, but across the country.

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Experts slam debate

Water chlorination has saved hundreds of thousands of lives globally and should not be a debate in New Zealand, scientists say.

Chlorine has been used to disinfect water supplies around the world for more than 100 years but is not mandatory in New Zealand and many water supplies are untreated.

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Operation Oxfam

Oxfam has taken the popular water challenge to another level - experience Operation Oxfam! Disasters don't discriminate. They can happen at any time, to anyone. Would you be prepared?

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Revised Freshwater Policy Will Help Improve New Zealand’s Freshwater Management

PRESS RELEASE

9 August 2017

Revised Freshwater Policy Will Help Improve New Zealand’s Freshwater Management

The government has taken an important step in improving New Zealand’s freshwater management in the revised National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management (NPS-FM).

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NZ trailing other countries in drinking water compliance

New Zealand's compliance with drinking water standards is poor compared with the UK and European countries, and an independent regulator would assist in improving water quality, the Havelock North water inquiry has heard.

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Labour’s water policy raises many questions

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Water New Zealand says the Labour Party’s proposal to fund regional councils to improve water quality through a royalty on commercial users could help provide local communities with better resources needed to restore waterways.

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Water experts weigh in on chlorination for NZ water

The majority of experts giving evidence at the Havelock North water contamination inquiry say drinking water needs to be treated to avoid contamination.

The group of five were asked to give their opinion on a range of issues at the second stage of the inquiry, which began in the Hastings District Court.

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Havelock North Inquiry - Expert calls for water prosecution

A water expert has told the Government inquiry into New Zealand's drinking water that
councils should be prosecuted for contaminations.

The outbreak last year made some 5500 of the Village's 14000 residents ill with campylobacteriosis, while putting 45 in hospital and has been linked to three deaths.

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Levy for water needed - Jacinda Ardern

Labour party leader Jacinda Ardern says there needs to be consistency about how natural resources are treated ahead of an expected water bottling levy announcement.

Ms Ardern told the AM Show that there needs to be remuneration for water used for profit.

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​Labour set to announce water bottling levy, as bottlers fight back

Bottling companies are hitting back at what it they call "unfair targeting of individual industries", as Labour gears up to announce it'll charge a levy to water bottling companies.

Newshub has learned Jacinda Ardern will announce her first major environmental policy on Wednesday, which will include a levy on water bottlers.

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Lack of mandatory training and qualifications causes gap in drinking water safety

Water New Zealand is recommending to the Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry that the Government establishes a mandatory system of qualifications, competency assessment and continuing professional development for operators, supervisors and managers who operate water treatment plants.

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Government 3 Waters Inquiry

The Government has announced an inquiry into 3 waters lead by the Department of Internal Affairs.

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Change of legislation needed if bottling companies charged for water

Most New Zealanders want to see a levy placed on water extracted by water bottling companies. Water New Zealand CEO, John Pfahlert says this would require a change in the legislation, raising the question of who owns the water.

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New infrastructure jobsite coming in September

Connexis is launching an Infrastructure Workforce Jobsite!

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The Rivers Group Public Project Grant and Student Research Grant

The IPENZ/Water New Zealand Rivers Group has new contestable funding opportunities available.

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Drinking water needs fundamental reform - engineer

A top water engineer says Havelock North's water contamination inquiry should lead to fundamental reform of New Zealand's drinking water regulation. A central question the inquiry is seeking to answer is whether groundwater can ever be considered safe for drinking without some form of treatment.

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Napier's water to remain chlorinated as safety standards shift

Napier’s previously untreated drinking water will remain chlorinated for at least the next three months as the city loses its "secure bore" status.

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First tick for safe drinking-water group in Hawke's Bay

A regionwide plan to protect Hawke's Bay's drinking water received its first tick yesterday.

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Authorities discuss possibility that Christchurch drinking water could become contaminated

Authorities have privately discussed the possibility that aquifers supplying Christchurch's pure drinking water may become contaminated with nitrates from intensive agriculture.

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Amplify our Innovation: Consider Nominating a Paper for the Ronald Hicks Memorial Award

Water New Zealand members are encouraged to consider nominations for the Ronald Hicks Memorial Award.

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Special report: World comes to Tauranga to stop sewage polluting harbour

A specialist workforce from 14 countries is racing against the clock on a project to stop sewage polluting Tauranga Harbour in big storms.

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Ministerial Review - Better Responses to Natural Disasters and Other Emergencies in New Zealand Submission by the Engineering Leadership Forum

This submission is from the Engineering Leadership Forum providing comment to the Civil Defence Emergency Management Review.

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Big push for clean water

DairyNZ boss Tim Mackle believes the industry can lift its game, remain confident and maintain the country’s clean, green image, writes We don’t want to see more dairy in New Zealand if it harms the environment.

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Submission for Water New Zealand on the Proposed National Planning Standards - draft for comment

Water New Zealand is seeking feedback on the draft submission for Water New Zealand on the proposed National Planning Standards.

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Water Metering of Customers on Reticulated Supplies Good Practice Guide Completion

Water New Zealand has recently completed the Water Metering of Customers on Reticulated Supplies Good Practice Guide

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National Guidelines for Occupational Health and Safety in the NZ Water Industry documents

Water New Zealand has recently completed the National Guidelines for Occupational Health and Safety in the NZ Water Industry document.

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Taxing water not as crystal clear as it seems

OPINION: The latest calls from Greens and Labour for a water tax acknowledge it would need to be applied in a 'fair' way, but I wonder if they understand just how difficult to nigh on impossible that would be to achieve.

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Council appoints independent chair to lead water services change programme

Hastings District Council has appointed Napier Port chief executive Garth Cowie as external chairperson to lead the change programme for water services operations within Council.

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Water quality riles residents

Seven months on from last year’s earthquake, many Kaikoura residents are still without clean drinking water.

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Groundwater pesticide survey of interest to water suppliers

A total of 165 wells were sampled as part of the 2014 national survey of pesticides in groundwater, a survey that is conducted on a four-yearly basis.

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Engineering e2e employer

Engineering e2e is undertaking research to understand more about potential barriers to recruiting engineers.

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All NZ councils urged to treat drinking water

Leaving Christchurch's water untreated is a "high-risk strategy" that could lead to tens of thousands of people quickly becoming sick, the Havelock North water investigation has been told.

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Feng shui blocks stormwater pipe plan

A Chinese couple trying to stop a new stormwater connection running under their property say the pipeline is bad Feng shui.

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Hazardous Substances Regulations changes coming

The Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017 have been finalised and made publicly available on the Legislation website. They will come into force on 1 December.

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Proposed Operator Certification Scheme - Consultation Document

The Board of Water New Zealand proposes the development of the system of Certification as described in this paper for those involved in the water treatment and wastewater sectors.

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Council strategy for water availability

A new Waikato Regional Council freshwater strategy designed to tackle significant pressures on water availability and quality in the region has been signed off by councillors.

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Water problems push up rates

Napier residents face an average rates hike of 5 per cent from July with a fifth of the increase earmarked to improve the city’s drinking water supply.

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'Lake Snot' spreading in South Canterbury

An algae that produces a brown, snot-like slime has been found in at least a dozen South Island lakes, including some of the country’s most pristine.

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Geraldine Water Solutions group put alpine water proposal before ECan, community representatives

A group of Geraldine farmers are asking a water zone committee to consider bringing in alpine water to farms in the area, to help both agriculture and the region's waterways

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Could Westport move to escape rising sea level?

‘If you take the view that in 100 years Westport is more likely to be located to the south side of the Buller River then our water supply . . . would not meet that need.’’ Cr Phil Rutherford

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Fight to charge water bottlers heats up

Parties across the political spectrum agree bottling companies should pay for the water they take but the Government is sitting on the fence.

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Nats at odds on bottled water charge

Parties across the political spectrum agree bottling companies should pay for the water they take but the Government is sitting on the fence.

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Gareth Morgan wants to charge water bottlers

Gareth Morgan wants to charge commercial users of water for every litre they use - even farmers.

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Greens question government over water bottling - Parliament

5. JAMES SHAW (Co-Leader—Green) to the Prime Minister: Why did he say that “we accept there is growing public concern” over bottling and exporting water for profit, and when will he address that concern by putting a charge on water bottling?

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Built Environment Leaders Forum – Summary of Findings

This Summary of Findings document outlines a series of areas where forum attendees identified there was a need for further work according to the five main themes of the forum – strategic directions, economics of resilience, smarter land use, resilient buildings, and resilient infrastructure.

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NZ Pure Blue wants to send millions of litres of Waikato water offshore

Millions of litres of crystal clear spring water could be bottled and shipped overseas in a proposal backed by the local council.

NZ Pure Blue Springs Limited wants to take from Putaruru's Blue Spring in the Waihou River more than the amount of water currently being pulled from the Waikato for bottling.

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Formal collaboration needed to help ensure safe drinking water

Water New Zealand is calling for formal collaboration in the drinking water sector to help avoid another contamination crisis.

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Time to ban glitter - it's just as bad as microbeads, experts say

Microbeads might be on their way out – but have you thought about glitter?

Environment Minister Nick Smith announced earlier this year that cosmetic products containing tiny plastic pieces, known as microbeads, will be banned in July next year.

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Concern about adverse effects of increased irrigation

Irrigation is increasing on Rangitikei's coastal sand country and Horizons Regional Council has measures in place to pull it back if there are adverse effects.

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Targeted approach wanted for water

Federated Farmers is seeking a ''targeted catchment approach'' to addressing water quality, where sustainable economic growth could be achieved alongside environmental goals.

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Ofwat calls on water companies to have robust data strategy

Water companies must be ambitious in the way they use data to benefit customers, and ensure they have a robust data strategy in place, the economic regulator of the water sector in England and Wales has insisted.

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Otago farmers search for advice to reduce their water impact

More Otago farmers are looking for advice to reduce their operation's impact on water quality and comply with rules in the Otago Water Plan.

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Future-focused plan for NZ's infrastructure needed - LGNZ

New Zealand’s infrastructure is at a crossroads and needs to be a key focus in the upcoming election, Local Government New Zealand says.

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Great support for water survey

Water New Zealand’s customer survey closed last week with response numbers significantly above expectation thanks to the support from councils and our members around the country.

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Survey reveals UK water firms trailing on value for money

The UK water industry is in danger of slipping behind other utilities when it comes to providing value for money to customers, the Consumer Council for Water (CCWater) has warned.

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UK water utility facing prosecution for 2015 cryptosporidium outbreak

United Utilities (UU) is facing charges over a cryptosporidium outbreak which affected approximately 700,000 people in Lancashire in 2015. The company has received a summons from the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI), and a full court case will be heard, commencing June 30.

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Building National Infrastructure Capacity: Lessons from Scotland

This latest report from Infrastructure NZ reports on a recent study tour to Scotland by Infrastructure NZ and lessons for NZ.

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Time for national conversation about water pricing

The overwhelming public support for royalty charges to companies bottling and selling water offshore is a signal that a national conversation over water pricing is long overdue.

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INDUSTRY UPDATE Watercare reviews compliance and connection processes

Changes are in the pipeline for anyone working on or connecting to Auckland’s public water and wastewater infrastructure.

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Under-resourced water unit still ‘in crisis’

Hastings District Council’s water services unit remains ‘‘in crisis’’ as it continues to grapple with the aftermath of last year’s Havelock North gastro outbreak, a report has found.

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Targetting urban stormwater to clean up waterways

Urban stormwater is likely to be the next target in efforts to clean up New Zealand’s waterways.

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Fish Passage 2018 – International conference to be held in Albury-Wodonga

We are excited to announce that the 2018 International Conference on Engineering & Ecohydrology for Fish Passage (Fish Passage 2018) will be hosted by Charles Sturt University and the NSW Department of Primary Industries in Albury-Wodonga, New South Wales, on December 10­­–14, 2018.

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Membership Renewals, Retired Membership

Members are reminded that their paid subscriptions will renew on 1 July.

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Hastings water review calls for 'overhaul'

A new review recommends a ‘‘comprehensive overhaul’’ of Hastings District Council’s water services to ensure there is no repeat of last year’s Havelock North gastro crisis.

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Seeking member feedback on the development of National Planning Standards

MfE is seeking input to the first set of National Planning Standards (the standards).

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Drinking water on councils’ minds

Both tap water and bottled water are high on the menu for Councils as they tussle with the Government over water quality standards and water allocation.

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Freshwater Symposium shows commitment to water improvement

A Freshwater Symposium hosted by Local Government New Zealand last week showed there is a strong platform for improving freshwater quality in New Zealand.

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Councils face flood of water infrastructure costs

Councils across the country are facing a flood of bills to replace ageing water pipes, sewers and drains put down in the 1960s and they are calling on the Government to help plan and pay for the replacement infrastructure, which Local Government New Zealand says will cost up to $100 billion.

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Good Practice Guide for the Beneficial Use of Organic Waste Products on Land - Progress Update

As most of you know submissions on the draft Good Practice Guide for the Beneficial Use of Organic Waste Products on Land have now closed and been considered by the Steering Group.

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Smith backs Waikoropupū conservation order

An application to give New Zealand's largest and clearest freshwater springs the equivalent of National Park status has gained the support of the Environment Minister.

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Government commits $12m to fluoridate water

The Government has set aside $12m in funding to help with the costs of fluoridation, following new legislation that places the power to put fluoride in town water supplies in the hands of District Health Boards.

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Select Committee reports back on fluoridation bill

The Health Committee report on the Health (Fluoridation of Drinking Water) Amendment Bill has been reported back to Parliament. The bill would empower district health boards (DHBs) to decide on fluoridation of drinking water supplies in their area.

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Want clean water? It’ll cost you

The Government, along with local government, is sending out a message that, if New Zealanders want improved water quality, they are going to have to accept higher Council rates – and even higher section and house prices.

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Opinion: Water, water everywhere

Two environmental issues have dominated the news this election year – and both have focused on our waterways. Serious storms and flooding – and the resulting economic costs – have focused attention on the impacts of climate change, while events like the Havelock North Water Inquiry have fuelled ongoing discussion about the state of our waterways.

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Battle for access to New Zealand's biggest water permit

An Auckland company is claiming to represent the owners of a huge water bottling permit on the West Coast – but the permit owners say they have nothing to do the company.

Alpine Pure, owned by Aucklanders Bruce Nisbett and John Malyon, has told potential overseas buyers it represents the company that owns the biggest water take right in New Zealand.

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Tasman Council Ordered to Reconsider Water Consent

“Errors” Made by Council Grant Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust Judicial Decision. Tasman Council Ordered to Reconsider Water Consent From Te Waikoropupū Springs.

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​Improving drinking water quality will place big costs on local communities

Local communities are likely to face significantly increased costs to meet water quality standards as a result of the Havelock North water contamination.

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Budget: Greens slam environment funding

New environment and conservation-related funding in the Budget includes $21.3 million for the Battle for Our Birds pest control programme, $4m for climate change policy work, and $1m for an iwi-based fresh water fund.

But the Green Party has slammed the Budget, arguing there is little included to stop pollution of waterways or combat climate change.

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Safe Drinking-water Supplies: Understanding Your Risks and Responsibilities - Workshop Update

This week, the final of the Safe Drinking-water Supplies: Understanding your Risks and Responsibilities workshops were presented by Jim Graham throughout the North Island. Water New Zealand has facilitated 11 workshops throughout the country, with close to 350 attending.

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Don’t treat your toilet as a rubbish bin – new video launched

There is a big problem lurking in sewers – one that’s becoming an expensive burden on householders, ratepayers and damaging our environment.

Putting wipes down the toilet can block pipes, which can lead to sewage overflows into homes or creeks. It's likely they can block your sewer pipes leading to a costly plumbing bill.

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Environment Southland faces blowtorch over declining freshwater quality

Farmer-dominated regional councils including Environment Southland have been "bloody useless" in fixing dirty waterways and must up their game or face the axe, Labour Party environment and water spokesman David Parker says.

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Ratepayers charged 500 times more for water than bottling companies

Water bottling companies are paying an average 500 times less than ratepayers for each litre of water they're allowed to use.

A Herald investigation into water fees set by every regional council around the country found bottlers were charged an average $0.003 - or one third of a cent - per cubic metre of water.

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Unsafe for swimming - Auckland's water crisis

Five milllimetres of rain in a day in Auckland is enough to cause parts of the city's wastewater network to overflow, spilling raw sewage into the sea and making beaches unsafe for swimming. NZ Geographic has delved into the water problems in Auckland and looks at some of the potential solutions being talked about.

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Bung the Bore dismayed after West Coast water export consents being granted

A New Zealand sustainable water group says the general public has been "completely ignored" in light of final consents being granted for a West Coast water export facility.

The West Coast Regional Council awarded resource consents for Okuru Enterprises to begin construction on a water export facility and pipeline from the edge of Mt Aspiring National Park to Jacksons Bay, south of Haast.

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Proposal for metered water to be discussed by Rotorua Lakes Council

Rotorua residents could begin paying for the water they use if the council considers a proposal put forward by a local associate professor.

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Dairy industry misses environmental goals

The dairy industry's year-three report on its commitment to mitigating the environmental impact of farming shows it has achieved six of 13 goals that were set out in 2013 but hasn't yet made a dent in nitrogen loss, underlining the long-term nature of the task of improving waterways.

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Tasman District Council to crack down on illegal wastewater infiltration

Illegal connections from the stormwater to the wastewater system at Mapua are in part to blame for sewage overflows in the growing seaside village, according to Tasman District Council.

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People need to understand that clean water is a complex issue, says Bill English

The prime minister says people have "high expectations" for clean waterways, but need to understand the complexity of the problem.

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Havelock North Inquiry findings - a wake-up call for water suppliers

Water New Zealand CEO John Pfahlert says the Havelock North contamination could have happened elsewhere and the inquiry points to lessons that water suppliers need to heed.

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​Water sector needs to embrace learnings from Havelock North Inquiry

The Havelock North Water Inquiry’s report into last August’s water contamination highlights a number of failures by all parties charged with the delivery of safe drinking water.

Water New Zealand Chief Executive John Pfahlert says the industry needs to learn from the findings so that a similar contamination event does not occur again.

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AC Pipe Manual publication and training expressions of interest

The Water Services Managers Group has recently commissioned the update of the AC Pipe Manuals. The manuals and associated lifetime prediction model, provide a process to assess the condition and likely remaining life of Asbestos Cement (AC) pressure pipelines, based on real life data from around New Zealand.

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Water New Zealand Welcomes New Staff

Water New Zealand has recently welcomed two new team members, Charlotte Cudby and Pip Donnelly.

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Report released on New Zealand’s freshwater environment: Our freshwater 2017

The Ministry of the Environment and Statistics NZ have released a national report on the state of New Zealand’s freshwater. Our fresh water 2017, measures the quality of our waterways; water quantity and flows; biodiversity in rivers and lakes; and the cultural health of fresh water.

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Drinking and stormwater educational material updates

Water New Zealand is refreshing the associations educational resources on drinking water supplies and stormwater management.

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Dame Anne Salmond: Let's make rights to pure water an election issue

Opinion: Dame Anne Salmond is the Patron of the Te Awaroa: 1000 Rivers project She was the 2013 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year.

As Herald correspondent Frances Dallas said, it's unbelievable that pristine water from springs and aquifers should be given to private companies for no return. She wrote, "The trouble is, who owns the water? Maori? The Government?"

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New stormwater solutions needed for NZ communities to remain resilient

Many communities in New Zealand need to start planning for the effects of more flash floods and seawater inundation as a result of climate change.

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Conference tackles big challenges over flooding and stormwater

The growing challenges of managing urban stormwater will be a key focus at a major conference in Auckland this week.

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Survey asks what value do we put on water

A survey gauging national opinion on water management is asking what value do we put on water?

The survey has been put together by industry group, Water New Zealand, which will use the results to plan for the future.

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National survey seeks New Zealanders’ view on water

Water New Zealand has just launched a major survey which it hopes will help the water sector grapple with the growing challenges around planning and managing the country’s water resources.

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'Serious pressures' facing rivers, Government report finds

Most of New Zealand's native freshwater species are at risk of extinction as water quality faces "serious pressures", a Government report says.

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Water metering code of practice updates

Water New Zealand is currently updating the industries “Water meter code of practice”.

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IPENZ expands membership pathway

IPENZ is changing its membership structure to create a simpler and stronger pathway for all types of engineers.

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When the river runs dry: The true cost of NZ water

The Government says nobody owns the water, but that hasn’t stopped people making hundreds of thousands of dollars selling it, reports Eloise Gibson from Newsroom

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2017 5th Biennial Symposium of the International Society for River Science (ISRS) Abstracts Closing

Abstract submissions for the 2017 5th Biennial Symposium of the International Society for River Science (ISRS) are closing on the 30th of April.

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IPENZ Engineering to Employment Campaign

Make the World illustrates the wide range of choices available within the engineering industry, and features engineers who have studied a Bachelor of Engineering Technology or a New Zealand Diploma in Engineering.

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Colour coding our rivers for quality

Dr Nick Smith, Minister for the Environment

FRESH water is one of New Zealand's key strategic assets. It is why we are so good at growing food.

It is pivotal to our clean green tourism brand. It is part of what makes for our great Kiwi lifestyle.

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Metadata Update

The documents housed within this link will be used as the basis for the upcoming workshops (1st, 2nd and 3rd of May). The aim of these workshops is to work through feedback to date, and propose any amendment/s required to enable public release of the standards.

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Drinking Water Quality Report

The Annual Report on Drinking-Water Quality 2015/16 was published on the Ministry of Health's website this afternoon 12 April 2017

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Water Fools? - Southern Lakes: a changing landscape

As a population explosion engulfs Queenstown and Wanaka, local councils and water scientists are fighting a race against time to protect the Southern Lakes' pristine waters from urban run-off.

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No simple fix to dirty waterways

OPINION by Pattrick Smellie: Much reporting of the prime minister's chief science advisor Sir Peter Gluckman's research into freshwater resources seemed to shred further the Government's tenuous credibility on this increasingly politicised issue.

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Water Fools? - Worry in Waihora

In another episode in RNZ's focus on water issues, reporter Kate Gudsell looks at the Canterbury region where 63 percent of the country's irrigated water comes from.

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Water fools? - Spray and pray

In the Rangitikei, it is known colloquially as 'spray and pray', a new practice of un-monitored intensive farming, stripping land of pasture and grazing stock in mobs.

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Waters of New Zealand: Inside the Bottle

Some time ago, l was buying mineral water at a supermarket in Wellington. Next to me, a woman was choosing water to buy, and l asked her to what she paid the most attention when making a purchase. She said first of all, it was the price, and also its appearance.

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Collaborative effort means better protection for Canterbury's braided rivers

The Rangitata River is the first focus for a group tasked with protecting the margins of Canterbury's braided rivers.

The group includes Environment Canterbury (ECan), Fish and Game, Land Information New Zealand, the Department of Conservation, Ngai Tahu, Forest and Bird, and Federated Farmers.

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Sir Michael Cullen to head review over Edgecumbe flood

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council is commissioning an independent review of the circumstances that led to the flooding at Edgecumbe.

The inquiry would be led by Sir Michael Cullen, council chairperson Doug Leeder said

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RMA Reforms Pass

The eagerly awaited Resource Legislation Amendment Bill ( Bill) passed its third reading 6 April 2017. The third reading comes 16 months after it was first introduced to Parliament in November 2015 and was the last hurdle to the National-led Government delivering changes to the Resource Management Act ( RMA), first discussed five years ago.

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Risks to low-lying South Dunedin revealed in sea-level rise maps

Digital maps have revealed the impacts of sea-level rise and flooding on South Dunedin.

The low-lying area was hit by flooding on June 3 2015, and later that year Environment Commissioner Dr Jan Wright released a report noting that in Dunedin there were more homes less than 50 centimetres above the high tide mark than any other New Zealand city.

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Dam scheme proposed to solve Christchurch's dwindling water supply

A new dam scheme could help protect Christchurch's dwindling water supply - but charging residents for the water they use is still being considered.

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Waste not wasted at sewage treatment plant

Palmerston North's wastewater treatment plant is powered by poo.

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Hawke's Bay Regional Council planning big rates hike to address water pollution

Hawke's Bay ratepayers may foot a 10 per cent rate increase to fund a clean up of the region's waterways, some of which have been labeled "a disgrace".

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Report on Havelock North water contamination delayed

The Havelock North drinking water inquiry panel's report on the township's water contamination in August last year has been delayed until May this year.

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Water contamination bill soars to $1.5m for regional council

Nearly $1.5 million has been spent by the Hawkes Bay Regional Council on the Havelock North water contamination.

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The longer game that will reach through the election

Political columnist Colin James looks at the Government's dilemma over water charging

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Better Urban Planning: Productivity Commission Reports

The final report of the Commission examining possible changes to the RMA was released 29 March

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Extension of report-back date for Havelock North Drinking-Water Inquiry

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today that the report-back date for the independent Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking-Water has been extended at the request of the Inquiry’s Panel.

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Project AF8 Earthquake Response Planning Workshop in April

Water New Zealand is looking for someone to represent industry at the Project AF8 Earthquake Response Planning Workshop in April.

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Data ‘like oil' for water companies

Data is an incredibly valuable resource for water companies, who must use it in the right way to harness it to the best advantage, experts told the WWT Smart Water Networks conference yesterday.

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Thames Water hit with record fine.

Thames Water has been hit with a record £20.3M fine, for polluting the River Thames with 1.4 billion litres of raw sewage.

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OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: New Zealand 2017

OECD Environmental Performance Reviews provide independent assessments of countries’ progress towards their environmental policy objectives.

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draft Water New Zealand Good Practice Guide for the Beneficial Use of Organic Waste Products on Land

The draft Water New Zealand Good Practice Guide for the Beneficial Use of Organic Waste Products on Land is now available for public review, consultation and comment

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SCIRT Learning Legacy website

A quick note to let you know that the SCIRT Learning Legacy website was launched.

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Pipe Renewals Guidance Programme Update

This is a general update to keep interested parties abreast of progress with the Pipe Renewals Guidance Programme.

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Last dates to enrol into the National Certificates and Diplomas in Water/Wastewater Treatment

Connexis/Opus ETC are offering the National Certificate and Diploma courses in Water and Wastewater Treatment for the final time in 2017.

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The cost of water - ODT editorial

The quality of New Zealand’s rivers has been a bone of contention recently, with dairy farmers getting much of the blame for a deterioration in water quality.

Now, the export of pristine New Zealand water to overseas companies has become another touch button for Kiwis.

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Labour acccuses PM of putting off water tax question

The government is "kicking the can down the road" on taxing water, and bottling companies should be paying a levy to regional councils, Labour leader Andrew Little says.

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Backflow Group at NZ Plumbing Conference

The Water New Zealand Backflow Group is holding a one day forum in conjunction with the NZ Plumbing conference on Monday 10 April in Nelson.

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Water exports to come under scrutiny

The Government will ask an advisory group that is part of the Ministry for the Environment to investigate the questions around exporting water.

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Why the bottled water debate is too politically hot to touch

Bernard Hickey discusses why Bill English is ducking the bottled water issue.

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Problems caused by flushing the unflushable

"Flushable" wet wipes that do not break down have hastened the demise of a couple of Palmerston North sewer pumps.

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Urban Development Authorities

Attached is a draft submission by Water New Zealand to proposals by the Government to establish Urban Development Authorities.

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Proposal for a Wairarapa District Council

The Local Government Commission has proposed a scheme to amalgamate the 3 Wairarapa Councils.

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Fire and Emergency Levy Regulations

The Minister of Internal Affairs has released a discussion document on proposed fire and emergency services levy regulations as part of the reform of the fire services sector.

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National conversation needed over water pricing

20 March 2017

Water New Zealand is calling for a national conversation over water pricing.

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New detection system revolutionises water quality tests

Students on an Environmental Health Monitoring course at Massey University in Wellington are the first in the country to use a new rapid automated microbiology detection system to monitor water quality.

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Consultation on safe work instrument prescribing training requirements for asbestos removal work

Consultation on safe work instrument prescribing training requirements for asbestos removal work

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New detection system revolutionises water quality tests

Students on an Environmental Health Monitoring course at Massey University in Wellington are the first in the country to use a new rapid automated microbiology detection system to monitor water quality.

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Water infrastructure needs billions in investment - RNZ

The deluge that flooded hundreds of Auckland homes shows the city's infrastructure is no longer fit for purpose, and it cannot even cope with smaller weather events, critics say.

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Questions over Government's water forum, as fourth group leaves

Four environmental groups have now left the Government's Land and Water Forum (LaWF), leading to claims the group is losing its legitimacy.

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Metadata Standards - Update

Just an update on where we are at with the development of Metadata Standards for the three waters network.

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Suez and CDPQ buys GE Water for 3.2bn euros

Suez and Canada's Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) are buying GE Water & Process Technologies from General Electric Company for €3.2bn in an all-cash transaction. The deal is subject to customary closing conditions such as regulatory approvals and appropriate consultation.

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New detection system revolutionises water quality tests

Students on an Environmental Health Monitoring course at Massey University in Wellington are the first in the country to use a new rapid automated microbiology detection system to monitor water quality.

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Australasian Association of Trenchless Technology – seeking speakers for NZ Forums

The Australasian Society for Trenchless Technology (ASTT) will be hosting a series of Technical Forums throughout 2017.

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Clean water: 90% of rivers and lakes swimmable by 2040

This document sets out the Government's further work in the ongoing programme of water reform.

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Resource Legislation Amendment Bill

The Local Government and Environment Committee has presented its report to the New Zealand House of Representatives.

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Can you survive 24 hours without turning on the tap?

Water New Zealand is supporting Taps Off Day on March 22.

Kiwis around the country are being challenged to go a whole day without turning on their taps – at home and at work – in a new project hoping to provide easy access to clean water for our Pacific neighbours. Go to Taps off Day for more information.

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Wadeable, swimmable, indecipherable: cutting through the crap in the Nick Smith water row

The government's Clean Water package quickly became bogged down in claim and counter-claim. What did it really amount to? See this report from Jenny Webster-Brown of the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management.

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DHB view on fluoride

A senior Hamilton politician has warned that putting water fluoridation decisions in the hands of health boards won't be a straight-forward process.

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New Customer Value Special Interest Group

Water New Zealand is inviting expressions of interest from members keen to be part of a newly-formed Special Interest Group (SIG) focussing on customers.

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Greenpages Directory

The 2017 New Zealand greenpages is now available online.

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Clean Water

The Government has released proposals to amend the National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management. Submissions close 28 April and Water New Zealand will be making a submission.

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Water New Zealand Stormwater Conference 2017 - Update

Updates on registration details and the conference programme.

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Water New Zealand Annual Conference & Expo - Update

Updates on the exhibition, call for abstracts and sponsorship opportunities.

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Feedback required for a WorkSafe guideline proposal on pipe jacking

WorkSafe High Hazard Unit are looking for input on a set of guidelines for pipe jacking pipes under 3 metre diameter with reference to the UK pipe jacking Association "guidance for designers".

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Greater protection for Hawke's Bay rivers considered

Environment Minister Nick Smith has appointed a special tribunal to consider an application for a water conservation order on Hawke's Bay's Ngaruroro and Clive rivers.

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Supreme court grants right for another appeal for New Zealand's fluoride "test case"

The controversial and costly legal battle to fluoridate the water supply in two small Taranaki towns is heading back to court again.

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Long lasting effects of gastro outbreak prompt council to consider assistance

The lingering health effects of the Havelock North gastro outbreak have prompted consideration of a fund to provide financial assistance to those affected.

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Havelock North contamination - New water structure needed

Opinion: Lawrence Yule, Mayor of Hastings - The Government Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking Water has completed its hearings phase and is about to receive submissions on failings and improvements.

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Submission: Microbeads Consultation - draft for members comment

Water New Zealand is seeking feedback on the draft submission on the proposal to ban the use of microbeads in personal care products in New Zealand.

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Economic Evaluation of Stock Water Reticulation on Hill Country

The report looks at eleven case study farms that changed from using natural water sources for stock water to reticulated systems of good quality, reliable water.

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Urban Development Authorities

Public consultation has opened on proposed legislation to fast track the redevelopment and regeneration of urban areas to better meet housing and commercial needs.

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Upcoming courses Water and Wastewater Treatment

Opus ETC is offering the National Certificate and Diploma courses in Water and Wastewater Treatment for the final time in its 2017 schedule.

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Preparing New Zealand for climate change

Preparing New Zealand's water stores for a warmer climate is a major focus of new research projects just awarded more than $2-million, as part of the Deep South National Science Challenge.

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Land and Water Forum Update

Over the past 8 years the Land and Water Forum has produced 4 reports, with a further report currently in preparation.

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RNZ Insight: Fighting for NZ's rivers and lakes

Is enough being done to improve the quality of our rivers and lakes?

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Sewage leak caused by wet wipes being flushed down toilet turns Glen Innes' Omaru Creek black, kills fish and eels

A sewage leak, which Watercare says was caused by someone flushing wet wipes down the toilet, has left the water in an east Auckland creek black and filled with dead fish and eels.

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Proposed Alternative Mechanisms to Award Works Contracts

FIDIC, the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (headed up by Kiwi, Enrico Vink), is seeking feedback on proposals for alternative mechanisms to award works contracts.

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Update on Metadata Standards

This is to provide you with an update on this work. As you may be aware, draft metadata standards were completed toward the end of 2016.

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Water leakage continues to be significant issue for suppliers

Enough water to fill more than 40,000 Olympic size swimming pools was lost last year because of leakages through pipes and infrastructure by suppliers participating in Water New Zealand's National Performance Review.

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Water inquiry focus on outbreak facts, adequacy of responses and contingency planning

The Havelock North Water Inquiry resumes today following an intensive first week of investigation to uncover the cause of the campylobacter outbreak in August last year.

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Havelock North - more systematic approach on reporting transgressions needed

The first week of the Havelock North Water Inquiry wrapped up yesterday with a focus on the systems surround minimising risk to the safety of the water supply.

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Councils struggling with sea level risk

Government intervention and legislation is likely to be called for as local councils struggle to adapt to climate change consequences including rising sea levels. The role was given to them by government, which retained responsibility for mitigating the country's greenhouse gas emissions.

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Defective bore may have allowed contaminated groundwater into water supply

Contaminated water may have entered the Havelock North water supply through a defective bore, scientists have found.

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Troubled Havelock water bore to reopen

Hastings District Council says it has almost completed work to re-open a Havelock North drinking water bore it closed in 2015 after contamination concerns.

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Relationship between HBRC and HDC strained, water contamination inquiry told

The Hawke's Bay Regional Council's strained relationship with the Hastings District Council over a number of years was raised at the third day of the Havelock North water inquiry yesterday.

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Gastro inquiry head says council ignored the law

The head of the inquiry panel investigating the Havelock North gastro outbreak has expressed disbelief at a council's continual ignoring of drinking water requirements.

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Inquiry drills into Hastings council's water procedures

The spotlight was on the Hastings District Council's communications, processes and procedures around drinking water during the second day of the Government's inquiry into last August's campylobacter outbreak in Havelock North.

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Debunking the anti-fluoride objections

Chemist and blogger Ken Perrott looks at the remaining objections to community fluoride to see if they stack up.

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Gastro inquiry hears contamination may have come from nearby stream

The contamination of Havelock North water may have come from sheep faeces entering a stream near the town's bores, the Government Inquiry has heard.

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Who is the greater polluter, cows or people? A dairy farmer's viewpoint

Recently while I was in a shop doing business, a very self-righteous lady loudly pronounced that I was one of those irresponsible farmers who allowed their cows to "pee and poo" everywhere resulting in our rivers all being polluted, writes Malcolm Lumsden.

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2017 membership Subscriptions Increase

Water New Zealand members have voted at the 2016 AGM for an increase in membership subscription rates to support the development and implementation of our new 5-year goal of a ‘self-determining’ future for the industry.

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Emergency declaration would have helped in gastro outbreak, report finds

Public alerts about the Havelock North gastro outbreak might have been more effective if a state of emergency had been declared, a review has found.

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Why are our rivers and lakes becoming unsafe?

The state of our rivers and lakes has predictably come under intensified focus this summer as Kiwis head to their favourite swimming holes. What's the big picture - and how dire is the situation? NZ Herald Science reporter Jamie Morton talked to Otago University ecologist Dr Marc Schallenberg, president of the New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society.

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Watercare's boss slams council over spills

Auckland Council is allowing developments to occur knowing there is no adequate stormwater system and this will result in more frequent harbour spills, says Watercare chief executive Raveen Jaduram.

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The critical place of water: Contractor Perspectives

The Kaikoura earthquake put the spotlight on the infrastructure around our precious water assets and the need to ensure we build resilience into communities.

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Brian Rudman: Time for Aucklanders to stop fouling their own nest

Opinion: Aucklanders are a hypocritical bunch.

We pollute our precious inner harbour beaches to such an unhealthy state, we have to drive for hours seeking somewhere clean and green to relax.

But when we arrive, we discover the dairy cows got their first. The pristine lakes and streams of childhood memory are now just as bad as the Piha Lagoon or Cox's Bay.

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Understanding the real price of water

As soon as residents start realising how much water they use and the cost involved, watering the garden may become less important.

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Forward momentum on water issues - LG Magazine

Water issues remained firmly top of mind last year with a new focus on collaboration, the creation of draft metadata standards for water assets, and the need to respond to the campylobacter outbreak in Havelock North.

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Gastro outbreak costs mount up for Hawke's Bay Regional Council

The Hawke's Bay Regional Council has spent just more than $1 million on internal salary and external costs related to its Havelock North water contamination outbreak investigation and the ongoing government inquiry.

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Dirty water: Water bills may rise to stop sewage overflows

Water bills in the country's largest city may have to rise to stop raw sewage flowing into Auckland Harbour almost every time it rains.

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No choice over chlorine?

More than 100 Lake Hawea residents who attended a meeting at the weekend to express their opposition to chlorine being added to the town’s water supply permanently were told "it may happen anyway".

Queenstown Lakes District Council chief engineer Ulrich Glasner said the contamination of Havelock North’s water supply in August was "a trigger" for a lot of councils and district health boards to take steps to ensure drinking water was safe.

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Wellington man's sewage pipe predicament provokes criticism of city council

Wellington City Council's policy of charging homeowners for repairs to private water pipes underneath public roads appears to be at odds with commonsense, Local Government New Zealand says.

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Microbead ban overdue

A water industry group says it is thrilled by the government's proposal to ban plastic microbeads in personal care products, but thinks the ban should be enforced immediately.

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Consultation Paper on Managing Microbeads

MFE has released a consultation proposing a ban on the use of microbeads in personal care products in NZ, one which we will support due to the adverse environmental effects.

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Consultation Paper on Review of AS/NZS Standards

Water New Zealand have been consulted on proposals for reviewing a range of building standards, many of which are plumbing and piping related.

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Reviewing the Pipeline Inspection Manual

ProjectMax have completed the scoping report in preparation for updating the Water New Zealand Pipe Inspection Manual 2006 (NZPIM).

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Water New Zealand requires your input

Do you feel like there is a subject that Water New Zealand doesn't provide enough coverage on? Then we would like to hear from you.

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Too many damaging products being flushed

17 January 2017

Water New Zealand says wastewater treatment plants around the country are under growing stress because of the huge number of products that are flushed away.

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New Zealand Wastewater Treatment Plant Inventory

The New Zealand Wastewater Treatment Plant Inventory has been updated based on data collected in the 2015/16 National Performance Review in 2017.

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Government heads towards ban on microbeads

Tiny and toxic microbeads look set to be all-but banished as New Zealand follows international leads in moving towards a ban.

Environment Minister Nick Smith made the announcement on Freyberg Beach in Wellington on Monday afternoon, though Green Party co-leader James Shaw pointed out New Zealand was a "slow follower", and most big markets were further down the road of banning the beads.

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Where's the honesty on water?

Senior lecturer in environmental science/ecology at Massey University, Dr Mike Joy, looks at how changes in the formula around river monitoring along with a radical weakening of the limits for nitrogen is painting a falsely rosy picture of the state of our rivers.

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Fluoridation: New scientific review of fluoride and oral health

A new review published in a special issue of Community Dental Health devoted to the WHO approach to the prevention of dental cavities through the use of fluoride.

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Update on National Policy Statement Urban on Urban Development Capacity 2016

In July last year the Association made a submission on the proposed national policy statement on urban development.

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The critical place of water: Contractor Perspectives

The Kaikoura earthquake put the spotlight on the infrastructure around our precious water asset and the need to ensure we build resilience into communites.

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Forward momentum: Local Government Perspectives

Water issues remained firmly top of mind last year with a new focus on collaboration, the creation of draft metadata standards for water assets, and the need to respond to the campylobacter outbreak in Havelock North.

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Dairy NZ to appeal ruling over Greenpeace ad

DairyNZ says it will appeal the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruling that Greenpeace's "dirty dairying" advert did not breach advertising principles.

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Press editorial: Can we put a price on water?

OPINION: If the reaction to the plan to export bottled water from an Ashburton aquifer is any guide, Kiwis are likely to be outraged at the proposal to export up to 800 million litres a month of pristine South Westland water.