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2021 Award Winners


Meet the winners of the 2021 Water New Zealand awards!

Water New Zealand Association Medal

Anthony Wilson


Young Water Professional of the Year 

sponsored by Beca

Tom Dyer - Otago Regional Council

Paper of the Year 

Sponsored by Hynds 

What if Allowable Drinking-water Nitrate Limits Are Reduced to Address Possible Chronic Health Effects? 

 Bridget O’Brien – WSP and Timothy Chambers – University of Otago

Paper of the Year - runner up 

Sponsored by Hynds

It is Water Conservation or Universal Water Metering – Applying the Kübler Ross Change Curve

 David Taylor, Maria Buzzella and Justin Lundon – New Plymouth City Council

Presentation of the Year 

Sponsored by Hynds 

Robert Blakemore and John Scott - Wellington Water  

Our Highly Critical Assets – What is under the Bonnet?


Online Presentation of the Year

Sponsored by Hynds 

Application of Digital Engineering in the Water Sector 

 Farzam Farzadi – Beca, Sven Harlos – Watercare Services Ltd, and Matt Stanford – Fletcher Construction 

Young Author of the Year

Sponsored by TRILITY 

What About a Zero Environmental Footprint Wastewater Treatment Plant 

Grace Stumbles - Jacobs 

Poster of the Year 

Sponsored by Water New Zealand 

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Belinda Barker and Mike Apeldoorn - AWMA Water Control Solutions

Project Award

Sponsored by Pipeline & Civil 


Drury South Stormwater Wetland - Tonkin + Taylor

Health & Safety Innovation Award

Sponsored by Site Safe

Three Waters worker geofencing project - Downer

Operations Prize 

Sponsored by IXOM

Reinstatement of the Pukekohe Water Treatment Plant - Watercare

Trainee of the Year 

Sponsored by Citycare

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Huia Anderson - Taupō District Council

Ronald Hicks Memorial Award 

Sponsored by Mott MacDonald 

Evaluation of the Efficacy of SIFT-MS for Speciation of Wastewater Treatment Odours in Parallel with Human Sensory 

 Vaughan Langford - Syft Technologies, Murray McEwan - Canterbury University, and Cassandra Trent - Watercare



Environmental Sustainability Project Award

sponsored by Morphum Environmental Ltd

Cleaning Water with Nature - Fonterra