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Our highly successful Water New Zealand Conference 2018 may have finished just a few short weeks ago but already planning for next year’s conference is underway. It’s not too early to save the date for 2019. Abstracts are currently live for the Modelling Symposium next March and keep an eye out for the Stormwater Conference 2019 call for abstracts due to go live in a couple of weeks. Planning is also underway for the Backflow Conference, with details to be released shortly. Next week there are regional meetings – in Auckland and Christchurch and later in the month a webinar discussing some of the disturbing implications of our melting glaciers. See more on these below

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Water New Zealand Annual Conference & Expo 2019

Save the date!

17 - 20 September 2019, Hamilton

Managing Water Loss Event 

26 - 27 February 2019, Auckland 

The third water loss training event is to be held on the 26 & 27 Feb 2019 at the Holiday Inn Auckland Airport. Be great to see you there!

Find out more and register here.

Industry News

Local Government Funding and Financing Issues Paper Released

The Productivity Commission has just published an issues paper for its inquiry into local government funding and financing.

The paper asks questions about current pressure points and ways that councils can manage cost pressures. Go here to see the paper and details about how to make a submission.

The closing date for submissions is 15 February 2019 and the final report to the Government is due on 30 November 2019.

Ministry for the Environment Report - Looking after water in towns and cities

Click here to find information on a set of urban water principles which are designed to improve our stewardship of urban water. They have been developed and recommended by the independent Urban Water Working Group.

Isle/WSAA 1 GLD Water Efficiency TAG - Draft Agenda

Members with an interest in Water Efficiency may be interested in details on the workshop WSAA and the Smart Approved Watermark are holding in Sydney. 

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Tauranga Mayor Calls for Restrictions on so-called "Flushable" Wet Wipes 

Every week, more than two tonnes of wipes are removed from the Tauranga's waste water system, and the mayor has now called on the Government to stop wet wipe manufacturers claiming the products are 'flushable'.

"We would like the Government to stop use of the word 'flushable' on wet wipes for advertising, and preferably we would prefer people not flush anything down the loo other than pee, poo and paper," Greg Brownless told The AM Show. 

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Upcoming Events

Modelling Symposium 

13 - 14 March 2019 - Wellington

The Call for Abstracts closes on Friday 14 December 2018 - please send them to vicki.mcenaney@waternz.org.nz

The Water New Zealand Modelling Group is currently calling for abstracts for their annual symposium being held at the CQ Hotel in Wellington on 13-14 March 2019.

A 300-500 word abstract will need to be submitted for review and then a presentation prepared for the day. A written paper will not be required. Presenters will need to register for the event to be able to present.

Please feel free to forward this on to any of your colleagues who may be interested.

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SAVE THE DATE: Stormwater - The Next Generation

Water New Zealand is pleased to announce the Stormwater Conference 2019 will be held in Auckland from 1-3 May next year. 

Water New Zealand Auckland Regional Meeting 

13 November - Auckland 

Water New Zealand invites Auckland members attend a regional meeting welcoming Dr Charles Bott and Claus Homann, including presentations and networking.

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Water New Zealand Christchurch Regional Meeting 

14 November - Christchurch 

Claus Homann will be continuing on to Christchurch. Water New Zealand invites Christchurch members to attend a regional meeting, including presentations, networking and the presentation of the prestigious Gold Shovel.

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WIOG Lower North Island Workshop 

14 November - Levin

WIOG members are invited to attend a Instrumentation & Calibration Workshop on Wednesday 14th November 2018 meeting at the Levin WWTP. Non-members can attend by joining WIOG prior to the event for $35 for 12 months.

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SOLGM Wellington Events 

15 - 16, 26, 27 November - Wellington 

SOLGM has 3 upcoming events to be held in Wellington which will be a good networking opportunity for members as there will be many local council delegates attending.

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Concrete Pipes and Pipeline Design Workshop

21 November - Auckland

The Engineering Training Institute (ETIA) is proud to present a full day course covering the design and construction of concrete pipes and pipelines to AS/NZS 3725 and AS/NZS 4058.

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Deep South Challenge Seminar Series - Snow, ice and glaciers in our changing climate

28 November - Various

With Professor Andrew Mackintosh (Victoria University of Wellington) and Jono Conway (Bodeker Scientific)

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21 -25 September 

The Call for Abstracts for WEFTEC 2019 is now open! Abstracts are due at 11:59pm Eastern on December 3, 2018.

View the WEFTEC website for more information.

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Job Vacancies

Assistant Engineer - Waters 

Waikato District Council

Waikato District Council is currently looking for an Assistant Engineer to join the Waters team.

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Wastewater Manager 

Whanganui District Council

This role is the opportunity to manage a team of 11 staff who are passionate about the new plant, best-practice asset management of all above-ground and underground assets in the District. 

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Stormwater Specialist 

Timaru District Council

Timaru District Council is looking for a Stormwater Specialist to be at the forefront of our critical infrastructure.

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