Established in 2009, the Young Water Professional of the Year is aimed at acknowledging and rewarding one young water professional who has made a significant contribution to the water industry and the general community, and has demonstrated exceptional achievement in the early stages of his or her career.
This award recognises that the water industry encompasses a wide field of disciplines including, but not limited to, research, policy development, law, education, engineering, consulting, construction and community initiatives.
Entry Requirements and Nomination Information
The Young Water Professional of the Year is open to individual members who are under 35 years of age. Non-members may also apply if they have submitted an individual membership form with payment to Water New Zealand prior to, or at the same time as their nomination form. There are no entry fees.
Completed and signed nomination forms – copies can be downloaded here. Completed nomination forms and accompanying documentation shall be directed to the Chairman of the Judging Panel by 5pm Friday, 27 July:
PO Box 6345
phone 09 300 9300
Judges and Judging Criteria
All entries will be assessed by a panel of three judges. The judging panel will comprise:
- one young water professional as nominated by the Chair of the Technical Committee;
- one Water New Zealand representative as nominated by the President; and
- one industry representative nominated by Water New Zealand's premier sponsors (from an organisation without a nominee for this award).
The judges reserve the right to not offer the award, or to offer an additional certificate of achievement, depending on the quality of entries. The judge's decision will be final. The successful candidate will be endorsed by the Technical Committee of Water New Zealand prior to announcement at the annual conference.
The total value of the package is currently $2500.00. The Young Water Professional of the Year will receive a significant prize, including a suitable trophy, cash or in-kind goods or services, and a certificate of achievement.
This award was introduced in 2009 and Water New Zealand thanks Beca for its generous sponsorship of the award.
Recipients of this Award:
Dr. Emily Afoa, Morphum Environmental Ltd
Matthew Ewen, Filtec Technology Ltd
Nicola Smalberger, Harrison Grierson
Simon Mason, Downer
Dr Annie Feng, MWH Global
Caleb Clarke, Morphum Environmental Limited
Suzanne Naylor, Watercare Services Limited
Matt Savage, Chartered Chemical Engineer and
Managing Director, Apex Environmental Ltd