Hi Linda

Once again we’ve had great feedback from those of us lucky enough to attend the Stormwater Conference in Auckland last week – another highly successful event. Thanks very much to all the speakers, exhibitors and attendees. Without you, this would not have been the success it was. And for those of us who didn’t get there – there’s always next year If you’ve been thinking about work and how technology could affect you – we’d like to hear from you. See more on that below.

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Latest Updates

Water New Zealand is pleased to announce nominations for the 2019 Awards are open. 

Nomination details for each award can be found here. Closing dates for most nominations is Friday, 9 August 2019. 

The 2019 Award winners will be announced at the Water New Zealand Conference Gala Dinner on Thursday, 19 September in Hamilton. Please ensure that if you are nominating yourself, your colleague or your organisation, there is a representative attending the Gala Dinner.

All awards are open to Water New Zealand members only, unless otherwise stated.

Highly Successful Stormwater Conference 

With more than 350 attendees from many areas of stormwater management and a range of international keynote speakers, this year’s Water New Zealand Stormwater Conference proved to be one of the best yet.

Once again, the conference provided opportunity for those in the water sector to participate in industry forums, gain industry knowledge, and listen to emerging technology and research from overseas.

On the social side, a highlight for many attendees was the dinner and awards night – certainly a great time had by all. We’re also very appreciative of the high quality of the stands in the all-important expo floor.

Technological Change and The Future of Work

The Productivity Commission has been asked by Government to undertake the above study. The discussion paper on the subject has been released for public comment. Water New Zealand plans to make a submission. If members have ideas or suggestions where we can focus then please send these to Noel Roberts noel.roberts@waternz.org.nz by 13 May. A draft submission will be circulated in late May for members to comment on.

Water New Zealand Photo Competition 

Last year we had some fantastic entries submitted for our photo competition. A number of these have already been put to good use in our promotional material, in particular many were used throughout our benchmarking report, the National Performance Review. As a result of this success, we are opening up entries for the 2019 Water New Zealand Photo Competition.

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Industry News

Revised Drinking-Water Safety Plan Guidance Material – “Handbook For Preparing A Water Safety Plan"

In support of the ‘Water Safety Plan Framework’ the Ministry of Health has released the next guidance tool to aid in the development of water safety plan’s the “Handbook for Preparing a Water Safety Plan”.

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Drugs Lurking in our waste water

Meth NZ's top drug - it's in the water

The stunning dominance of methamphetamine in illicit drug use in New Zealand and the higher use of the party drug ecstasy in the South Island has been revealed by the first-ever batch of nationwide wastewater tests.

Police on Tuesday released the results of three months testing (November to January) for meth, cocaine, heroin, MDMA/ecstasy and fentanyl at 37 wastewater plants taking in 80 per cent of New Zealand's population.

The results showed an overwhelming dominance of methamphetamine with nationwide use equating to $1 billion a year and an estimated $20 million per week in social harm.


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Upcoming Events

Water New Zealand & CIWEM Christchurch Regional Meeting 

21 May, Christchurch

Water New Zealand and CIWEM are having a relaxed evening of nibbles, drinks and a bit of banter with industry peers in Christchurch on Tuesday, 21 May. 

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Water New Zealand Wellington Regional Meeting - "Game of Thrones" Pub Quiz 

6 June, Wellington 

It’s time to put your thinking caps on again and get together with your colleagues to challenge for the trophy, reconnect with your industry peers and have a night of insightful thinking... and much hilarity.

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Backflow Conference 2019

8 - 9 August, Quality Hotel Elms, Christchurch

Registration is now open.  Be in early for early-bird discounts.


IPWEA Emotional Agility Training

24 May, Wellington
31 May, Christchurch

Just like physical agility, emotional agility is important to overall health, well-being and successful relationships at work, and in life.

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Water New Zealand Annual Conference & Expo

18 - 20 September, Hamilton

Exhibition and Sponsorship opportunities have sold out! Programme planning is underway with a draft programme being released in the coming months.

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Job Vacancies

Senior Hydraulic Modeller

Dunedin City Council

We are seeking a positive and proactive individual to be part of the team responsible for providing support and direction at a long-term strategic level to Dunedin’s investment in 3 Waters infrastructure.


Team Leader - Storm & Waste Water Reticulation

Gisborne District Council

Success in this position will be measured by effective management and operation of the district’s storm and waste water networks.


Catchment Team Leader, Invercargill

Environment Southland Regional Council

We are looking for a motivated, capable person to help manage the service delivery functions of Environment Southland's river management and land drainage coordination responsibilities.


Team Leader Network Control

Christchurch City Council

Want to be involved in shaping your City? Here at the Council we know our strength comes from our people, working together as one team to create results.


Senior Water Modeller

Tauranga City Council

We are looking for a Senior Water Modeller to join our city and infrastructure planning team on a permanent basis.


Asset Management Specialist Mechanical & Electrical

Tauranga City Council

We are on the hunt for a talented Asset Management Specialist: Mechanical and Electrical to join our Asset Planning and Information team on a permanent basis.


Operations Engineer 

Hauraki District Council

Here is an excellent opportunity for an Engineer to make a real difference in the community, managing wastewater and stormwater operations for the water services function within a rural local government environment.


Business Development Manager, NZ 

AWMA Water Control Solutions

We are looking for an energetic, technically sound, self-starter, who can thrive in a market leading company to achieve the agreed business goals and continue to grow our New Zealand sales and presence.

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Contract Manager


Veolia is seeking a Contract Manager reporting to the Eastern Regional Manager. You will be responsible for strategic planning and ensuring delivery on all aspects of the Thames/Coromandel Contract


Technical Manager


We are seeking an experienced and passionate Technical Manager with overall management and delivery responsibility for our New Zealand Projects, Technical, Assets Group (NZ PTAG).


Central Zone Manager

Waikato Regional Council

Are you keen to make a difference in the Waikato? Keen to use your environmental project management skills? Do you have experience with water sensitive urban design?


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