Hi Amy

The first stages of the long-awaited proposals for water sector reform have just been announced by the Government. These signal important and ground-breaking changes to the regulatory environment around drinking water. Take a look at our media release and the Cabinet papers.

And congratulations to Russell Grant for winning our photo competition with a stunning shot of the Timaru wastewater treatment plant ponds. Thanks to all our entries – we received some great photos and hope to use many of them throughout the year.

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Latest Updates

Don’t delay and miss a chance to show your colleagues how much you appreciate them

Do you have colleagues who have done outstanding work, or made an excellent contribution to the water sector? If so, nominate them for one of Water New Zealand’s awards. Nominations close on August 9 so there’s no time to delay! 

Winners will be announced at the Downer Gala Dinner held as part of the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo in Hamilton on Thursday, 19 September 2019.

Feel free to circulate the Awards programme flyer with colleagues. 

A list of the awards and criteria can be found here. 

Cabinet Paper on the 3 Waters Review 

Please find below the Cabinet Paper and press statement from the Minister of Local Government announcing the establishment of a new drinking water regulator. An analysis of this announcement will be included in the next issue of the Water Journal.

View Water New Zealand's Media Release "New Regulator - a big step forward for safe drinking water"

Visit the conference website and register for the "Water Sector Regulation - what you need to know" preconference workshop being held in Hamilton in September. 

RoVE Announcment Thursday, 1 August 

The Minister for Education, Chris Hipkins, has confirmed that he will make an announcement regarding the Government’s decision on the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) proposals on Thursday, 1 August at midday.

You will be able to view the announcement's live stream on Facebook by clicking here. 

Water New Zealand Submissions

Draft Submission on Local Government Funding and Finance Review

Please find attached the draft association submission to the Productivity Commission on the Local Government Funding and Finance Review. Any comments to ceo@waternz.org.nz by 16 August.

Draft Submission on the Proposed Regulatory Framework for Dam Safety

Please find attached a draft submission prepared by the Association on the Proposed Regulatory Framework for Dam Safety. It has been developed in consultation with WSMG members and a significant input from Auckland Council. Submissions close with MBIE on Tuesday, 6 August so any comments need to be received by midday 5 August. Please send these to ceo@waternz.org.nz

Industry News

Resource Management Act Reform

The Government is undertaking a wide-ranging review of the Resource Management Act to improve environmental outcomes and enable better and timely urban development.

The key issues to be addressed will include removing "unnecessary complexity", ensuring faster and more responsive land use planning, and ensuring Māori have more participation.

Click here for more information and to go to the Cabinet Paper and Terms of Reference.

Findings of the EPA national investigation into firefighting foams containing PFOS

In December 2017, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) began a national investigation into whether certain firefighting foams were present at airports and other locations in New Zealand. The foams under investigation contain a banned chemical, perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS). This report describes the outcome of this initiative. 

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Opportunities to Participate in Association International Activities Across Vietnam and Cambodia 

The Australian Water Association is calling for companies and individuals to get involved in Australian Government-funded programmes in Vietnam and Cambodia. These programmes showcase water innovation and expertise to support improved water and wastewater services. 

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Upcoming Events


Water New Zealand Auckland Regional Meeting 

26 August, Auckland

Water New Zealand invites members and non-members in Auckland to attend a series of presentations followed by networking drinks and nibbles.  

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Water New Zealand Christchurch Regional Meeting

28 August, Christchurch 

Water New Zealand invites members and non-members in Christchurch to attend a series of presentations followed by networking drinks and nibbles. 

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Deep South Challenge Seminar Series - Sea Level Rise PLUS Big Storms: What exactly are we in for? 

7 August, Webinar

Councils across New Zealand are declaring climate emergencies. But what climate information are they using to make their decisions and inform their communities? In this seminar, we'll hear from Ryan Paulik and Rob Bell (NIWA), whose ground-breaking research investigates how flooding will get worse under climate change - both at the coast and inland, alongside our rivers. 

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International Biochar Initiative Webinar: Stormwater Management & Biochar 

9 August, Webinar

Floods are occurring with ever more frequency and ferocity. The consequences of which are enormously costly both economically and environmentally. Stormwater management and green infrastructure (GI) are thus becoming an urgent priority across the globe as rural and urban areas struggle to adopt to the new climate conditions.

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IPWEA NZ East Coast Branch Meeting

15 August, Napier 

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Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 

18-20 September, Hamilton

Preconference workshop information and registrations available online now!


21 - 25 September, Illinois USA

The Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference is the largest annual water and wastewater event in the world. The exhibition includes over 1,000 exhibitors and occupies 30,000 m2 of exhibit space. The conference includes more than 148 technical sessions, 27 workshops, 16 mobile sessions, 7 facility tours and more than 20,000 registrants.

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Job Vacancies

GIS Analyst (3 Waters and Waste) 

Waitaki District Council

Our 3 Waters and Waste Team is looking for an experienced GIS Analyst to help ensure that we can deliver the best possible drinking water, stormwater and wastewater services to Waitaki's community and businesses.

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Palmerston North City Council Job Opportunities

So if a great career and a great lifestyle is what you want - come join us now, and make your mark

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Water Services Strategy Officer 

Timaru District Council

Timaru District Council is looking for a critical thinker to help make our water infrastructure fit for the future.

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Team Leader Operations - Land Drainage and Stormwater 

Christchurch City Council

Operating within our City Services Group and reporting to the Land Drainage Manager, we are seeking a Team Leader for the Land Drainage and Stormwater Operations team.

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Water Resources Engineer

Cardno Auckland

Cardno’s centre of excellence in Water and Environment is currently seeking a motivated Water Resources Engineer to join our team.

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Senior Project Engineer – WWTP Upgrade 

Gisborne District Council

We are currently seeking an experienced and motivated individual to be responsible for the successful delivery of one of the largest capital projects for Gisborne City, an upgrade of the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP)

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