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Only six sleeps till our annual conference and expo! We’re very excited to be heading to Hamilton next week and looking forward to catching up with everyone. We’ve got a great line up of speakers and presentations, and this year we’ve got two preconference workshops. It’s not too late to register, but you better get moving!

Thanks to everyone for the great feedback for our Te Wiki o te reo Māori poster. Hope it’s been brightening up your walls, and if not, you can still download it.

Kia pai tonu tō koutou wiki o te reo Māori!!!!

Have a great (ongoing) Māori language week 

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Latest Updates

Programme Highlights

Click here to read about each of our Keynote Speakers.

Click here for full bios on all of the Thought Leadership Speakers.

Conference Dinner

This year the Conference Dinner will be bigger and better than ever, starting with Water New Zealand’s pre-dinner drinks. If you have already registered but didn’t purchase a dinner ticket, there are limited numbers left so get in touch with us to secure your ticket for $150.


It's not too late to register to attend this year's conference & expo. 

Click here to register. 

Preconference Workshops - Tuesday 17th September

Workshop 1 (Full day): Water Sector Regulation - What You Need To Know.
Click here for more information and to register.

Workshop 2 (Half day PM): Wastewater - Addressing Today’s Challenges for Tomorrow’s Quality of Life –Technology Approaches from a Global Perspective.
Facilitator: Dr Art Umble – Stantec USA
Click here for more information and to register.

Te Wiki o te reo Māori

9 – 15 o Mahuru (September) 2019

Waiora Aotearoa (Water New Zealand) is proud to again celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori 2019 (Maori Language Week) this year. Here at Waiora Aotearoa (Water New Zealand), we’ve produced a wonderful Te Hurihanga Wai (water cycle) poster that you can use to brighten up your office walls. Download and print it in either A3 or A4 – whatever size fits best. You can put it above your desks, in your lunchrooms, boardrooms – wherever there’s space.

Water New Zealand Media Releases 

Water New Zealand Annual General Meeting Reminder

18 September, Hamilton

Members are reminded of the Water New Zealand Annual General Meeting to be held as part of the conference & expo in Hamilton next week.

Previous minutes, agenda and the Associations annual review are available here.

Action for Healthy Waterways - Freshwater Discussion Document Water New Zealand submission 

Details of a new National Environmental Standard for wastewater discharges and overflows on page 59 of the discussion document. The discussion document contains proposals for wastewater network operators to develop a risk management plan for wastewater in their district, and new proposals for stormwater management on page 62.

Submissions close on 17 October and Water New Zealand will be making a submission. Please send any feedback to ceo@waternz.org.nz by Friday, 4 October if you wish us to incorporate your views.

The documents can be found below

Industry News

Art for Good 

Artist Misery Teams up with Oxfam for a One-off Mural to Transform Lives in the Pacific 

World-famous New Zealand wall and pop artist, Misery, renowned for her colourful, whimsical characters, has joined forces with Oxfam New Zealand to create a stunning mural in the heart of Auckland’s City Rail Link project, to fundraise the delivery of clean drinking water and sanitisation to Papua New Guinean communities.

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Waitangi Tribunal Report

View the report on stage 2 of the National Freshwater and Geothermal Resources inquiry, Waitangi Tribunal Report.

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"Domains" research funding round now open 

What are your gaps about climate change?”

If you'd like us to put forward research proposals to the Deep South Science Challenge then please forward suggestions to lesley.smith@waternz.org.nz or noel.roberts@waternz.org.nz by Friday, 8 November.

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Developing a Proof-of-Concept National Pipe Data Portal 

This report is an output from the Quake Centre’s Building Innovation Partnership programme (BIP), which is jointly funded by Industry and the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE). This report provides a summary of the work undertaken in support of the Building Innovation Partnership Project to develop a proof-of-concept National Pipe Data Portal.

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Upcoming Events

Connexis Industry Forum Invitation

Reform of Vocational Education: Next Steps for Industry Training 

Connexis is inviting you, as a key industry stakeholder, to attend it's Industry Forum. They are seeking to engage with you to accurately represent industry direction on how they should progress with upcoming changes to vocational education in New Zealand.

Connexis will be holding the following regional forums:

  • Tuesday 24 September - Hawke’s Bay Forum (In conjunction with Annual Connection)
  • Tuesday 8 October - Northland Forum
  • Wednesday 9 October - Auckland Forum
  • Thursday 10 October - Tauranga Forum
  • Thursday 17 October - Nelson Forum
  • Friday 18 October - Christchurch Forum

Find out more here. 

IPWEA Funding the Gap 

10 October, Wellington 

Water Sensitive Design Workshop 

29 October , Tauranga 

Save the date for this all day workshop!

Stormwater Conference 2020

25 -28 May 2020, Tauranga

Save the date!


IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2020

18 - 23 October 2020, Copenhagen, Denmark 

We're pleased to share with you the call for papers, training and workshops for the next IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition, which will take place from 18 to 23 October 2020, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Job Vacancies

Senior Land Rivers and Coastal Engineer

Gisborne District Council

We are seeking an experienced land drainage, rivers and coastal engineer to lead, motivate and work alongside our LRC engineers in sunny Gisborne.

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Water Services Manager 

Waipa District Council

This role is responsible for the leadership of our district's entire Three Waters activity, with the exception of managing the delivery of major capital works.

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Utilities Engineer 

Matamata Piako District Council

Based in our Te Aroha office of the Water and Wastewater business unit, the position of Utilities Engineer has a broad focus across the 3 waters activity.

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Water & Wastewater Planning Engineer 

New Plymouth District Council

Join a forward-thinking Council that’s leading the way with its integrated infrastructure planning.

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Senior Asset Management Consultant / Business Development / Equity Opportunity 


ProjectMax is seeking a senior person to undertake asset management consultancy work and business development.

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Stormwater / Wastewater Graduate Engineer 

Gisborne District Council

We are currently seeking a motivated individual to assist in the efficient management of the Council’s monitoring, inspection and operation of stormwater and wastewater services.

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