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Expo stands for our big event - the Water New Zealand Conference and Expo - go live for booking next week. Keep an eye out for the email notification and get in quick so you don’t miss out. Of course this means that you’ll need to make sure your corporate membership is all sorted and up to date. But that’s not too hard! Contact  enquiries@waternz.org.nz for all membership enquiries. 
We look forward to seeing you there because it’ll be another great conference.

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Latest Updates

Walk for Water challenge 2019 – 22 March in Auckland

Only three weeks to go! But there’s still time to enter the Walk for Water Challenge.

This is an opportunity to get fit, have fun and at the same time raise awareness and funds to bring safe drinking water to the many millions of people who miss out on clean water.

Go here to see how to join the challenge and carry a 20-litre can of water for six kilometres – a daily task for many girls and women.

Water New Zealand is pleased to support Walk for Water 2019 to help raise funds for clean and accessible water for communities in the developing world.

The Walk for Water 2019 takes place in Auckland on 22 March as part of World Water Day. It’s being organised by Engineers Without Borders and is open to anyone who wants to give it a go. There’s still plenty of time to join the EWB team to train with like-minded people. Visit the website for more information about how you can help provide safe and accessible drinking water for many communities in need.

Reform of Vocational Education - Consultation discussion document

The Ministry of Education invites comment on the Reform of Vocational Education Consultation discussion document. Water New Zealand will making a submission on this document. Please provide feedback to CEO, John Pfahlert by Monday, 18 March.

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Industry News

LINZ Key Dataset Improvement Questionnaire

25 July - Auckland

As part of the update on LINZ’s resilience work LINZ has a key data improvement initiative that they are currently seeking feedback from users to help prioritise data improvements.

The link below will take you to a site that provides a brief overview of this work, and also access to 12 individual surveys for each of the key dataset groups. LINZ are not expecting that everyone will undertake all 12 surveys, just those that are of most interest to their work. Each survey should take around 10 minutes.

Please feel free to take a look, and if there are any of the groups that you’d like to offer a view on please take the survey.

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Climate Change: The Cascade Effect

The National Science Challenge has released a report called Climate Change: The Cascade Effect, cascading impacts and implications for Aotearoa New Zealand. 

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No Wipes Down the Pipes

Auckland's Watercare is partnering with Plunket to encourage new parents to keep potential blockages out of the sewage system – in particular, so-called ‘flushable’ wet wipes that are actually nothing of the kind. 

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National Party - Our Environment - Discussion Document

The National Party is seeking submissions on Our Environment - Discussion Document.

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Contact n.strange@xtra.co.nz for advertising information

New Zealand Government National Disaster Resilience Strategy

The National Disaster Resilience Strategy is issued by the Minister of Civil Defence, pursuant to s 31 of the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002. It provides an outline of the Crown’s goals in relation to civil defence emergency management, including the objectives to be pursued to achieve those goals.

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Review of National Environmental Standard for Sources of Human Drinking Water

The Ministry for the Environment has released a document on the Review of National Environmental Standard for Sources of Human Drinking Water. 

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Upcoming Events

Canterbury YWP Regional Meeting 

6 March, Christchurch 

Canterbury Young Water Professionals (CYWP) are excited to invite all young water professionals in the area to our first event for 2019 (and first for a while!) on Wednesday 6th March.

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Save the date. Auckland 15th April 2019 and Wellington 17th April

David Sedlak author of Water 4.0,

The Past, Present and Future of the world’s most vital resource. Many of us have read his book’s, his latest book helps us to make informed decisions about the future and what the catalysts have been for the previous three revolutions in urban water systems that have occurred over the past 2,500 years and the technologies that will remake the system.

David and colleagues will be presenting in Auckland on Monday, 15 April from 9.30am - 10.30am at City Campus of the University of Auckland, Fale Pacifika and Wellington on the afternoon of Wednesday, 17 April, time & venue TBC. 

The tentative topics David and his colleagues will be talking on are:

  • Water reuse
  • Protection of drinking water
  • PFOS (A New Zealand issue for possibly the next decade)
    • chemical oxidation of compoundstreatment technique
    • 2nd generation of measurement techniques

David Sedlak - Plato Malozemoff Professor
Co-Director of Berkeley Water Centre
Deputy Director NSF Engineering Research Centre for Reinventing the Nation's Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt)
Director of Institute for Environmental Science and Engineering (IESE)

This event is brought to you by The University of Auckland Engineering Department and Water New Zealand.

The Water New Zealand events website will be updated as planning progresses.

CIWEM Technical Session

5 March, Hamilton

CIWEM invites you to attend a technical session on 5 March in Hamilton.

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Asset Management Submit 

19 March, Wellington 

Water New Zealand is offering free registration for one of our members to attend the Liquid Learning Asset Management Summit in Wellington 19-22 March. If this is something you could benefit from, reply to enquiries@waternz.org.nz to go into the draw to win. We will draw this at 3pm Friday, 1 March and notify the winner Friday afternoon. 

Liquid Learning is offering all Water New Zealand members a 10% discount when booking. Use priority code Q1

Life Liners: Performance and Design of Cured in Place and Sprayed Liners for Rehabilitation of Municipal Pipe Systems

12 March, Christchurch 

A presentation by Professor Ian D. Moore, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada.

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New Zealand Land Treatment Collective Annual Conference 2019

3 - 5 April, Invercargill

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Job Vacancies

Water Resources Modelling Engineer 

DHI Water and Environment Ltd

As a Water Resources Modelling Engineer you will be involved in a variety of water resources modelling projects we currently offer and carry out for our clients around New Zealand.

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Junior Water Resources Modelling Engineer 

DHI Water and Environment Ltd

As a Water Resources Modelling Engineer you will be involved in a variety of water resources modelling projects we currently offer and carry out for our clients around New Zealand.

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Senior Project Engineer – Utilities 

Waipa District Council

The Waipā district is one of the fastest growing regions in New Zealand, it is anticipated that by 2050 an additional 25,000 people will be calling Waipa their home.

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Trade Waste Officer

Timaru District Council

Timaru District Council is looking for their next Trade Waste Officer to drive the trade waste programme and tackle commercial waste!

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Team Leader Project Management - Three Waters and Waste 

Christchurch City Council

As the Team Leader Project Management - Three Waters, you will lead a team of professional project managers to deliver our three waters capital programme with a budget of $150 million per year.

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Contract Manager - Whanganui 


As a Contract Manager you will be responsible for the direct management of the contract to ensure the effective provision of water and wastewater services and the achievement of contractual and legislative obligations.

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Asset Planning Team Leader - 3 Waters

Dunedin City Council

We are looking for a Team Leader with experience managing people and in asset management.


Water and Wastewater Treatment Operator 

Whakatane District Council

The Whakatane District Council is seeking an experienced Water and Wastewater Treatment Operator to help deliver consistently excellent services to our communities.


Engineering Officer - Picton

Marlborough District Council

Our Assets and Services Department is looking for an experienced Engineering Officer to provide technical skills and to manage the day to day operation of Marlborough District Council’s water supply, wastewater networks, and stormwater drainage primarily in Picton.


Head of Construction 


You’ll be responsible for overviews of work, contract management, budget management and health and safety.


Drinking Water Technician/Advisor 

Hawkes Bay District Health Board

The Hawke's Bay DHB have a vacancy for a Drinking Water Technician/Advisor to join our cohesive, passionate team.


Operations Manager and Asset Engineer 

Ta Tatou Vai, Rarotonga

These opportunities would suit up and coming engineers in the water or construction sectors, who are looking for a new challenge to further their career, and something ‘a bit different’ from the norm.

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Contract Manager – Thames/Coromandel 


You will be responsible for strategic planning and ensuring delivery on all aspects of the Thames/Coromandel Contract and ensuring positive working relationships with clients and stakeholders and collaboration towards common outcomes.

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