Water workforce development strategy - Phase 2 Findings and Next Steps


The second of two webinars presenting Phase 2 of the Water Workforce Development Strategy focussing on the findings (Strategic Goals and recommendations) and Next Steps.

The Phase 2 report comprises a workforce development strategy for the water services sector. It presents outcomes from phase two of a larger three-phase initiative, which sets out to align industry stakeholders by achieving five- and ten-year plans to strengthen the water workforce and skills development.

The Water Workforce Development Strategy is a joint initiative between Waihanga Ara Rau, Taumata Arowai, Department of Internal Affairs, Water NZ and Connexis funded by Tertiary Education Commission Covid-19 Response Funding.

The Steering Group also included representatives from Watercare, Citycare Water, Taituara and Engineering NZ.

The Project Team included representatives from Water NZ, Hamilton City Council, DIA, Thames Coromandel District Council, Citycare Water, Taituara, Wellington Water, Watercare, Link Alliance Downer, Taumata Arowai and Water Industry Operations Group.


  • Gillian Blythe, Chief Executive Water New Zealand
  • Mike Grumball, GM Assurance, Waihanga Ara Rau
  • Simon Rycroft, Senior Design & Innovation Consultant, Assurity Consulting.

Visit https://wearewater.nz to download the report and industry scan