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Would you like to join a new Climate Change and Carbon Special Interest Group? We think there might be quite a number of us in the sector who are keen, especially now that the new Zero Carbon Act has passed into legislation. 

Speaking of change, have you seen our video update on the latest drinking water reform proposals? If not, it’s a quick and easy way to catch up. And a big congratulations to Tauranga City Council for their well-deserved success at the NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards. Read on to find out more.

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Water New Zealand is proud to welcome Stormwater 360 as a premier partner for the Stormwater Conference 2020. 

If your company is interested in developing or enhancing business relationships at the Stormwater Conference then the sponsorship document may be of interest to you.

Water New Zealand Young Water Professionals Christchurch Survey

The Christchurch Young Water Professionals are planning their 2020 events and want your input. Take this quick 2 minute survey to have your say. 

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Waterways Postgraduate Student Conference

Congratulations to Deborah Paul from Canterbury University who won the Water New Zealand-sponsored People’s Choice award at the recent Waterways Postgraduate Student Conference 2019.

Deborah’s paper looked at the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in surface drinking waters.

This award comes with an invitation for Deborah to present her winning paper at the Water New Zealand Annual Conference in Hamilton next September. So we look forward to hearing more about this important area of research.

The Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management began in 2009 as a partnership between the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University. It aims to improve the knowledge-driven management of freshwater resources by supporting postgraduate research programmes in the freshwater space.

Water New Zealand Water Reform Update 

Don't forget to watch the Water Reform Update that we published a couple of weeks ago. We've been told it's good for easy lunchtime viewing. 

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Climate Change and Carbon SIG 

Water New Zealand would like to understand if there is interest from around the water industry to set up a Climate Change and Carbon Special Interest Group.

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Wellington Regional meeting - The Climate Reality Project inspired by US Vice President Al Gore

A well-attended interactive session on climate change, with Rob Blakemore passing on his experience from a recent Al Gore climate change event in Brisbane that he attended.

Not your typical climate change event that only describes the challenge before us but went in to can we change and what changes are occurring globally.

Thanks for presenting at this meeting, Rob. 

Industry News

The EarthTech Challenge invites purpose-driven youth aged between 13 and 29 with a passion for solving our most pressing environmental and social issues, through the use of science, technology, communication and design.

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Save our Pipes from Wipes – well done Tauranga City Council!

Tauranga City Council has won the Communicating for Change Award at the NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards for its highly successful Save our Pipes from Wipes campaign launched a year ago.

The award was presented at the NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards function in Auckland last week.

National Science Challenge - Distributed Infrastructure

This National Science Challenge is looking at the impacts weather, coastal erosion, volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis have on infrastructure and what information can be developed to assist utilities in being prepared for these types of events.

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Indigenous biodiversity draft national policy statement released

The Government released its draft National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity last week. The draft NPSIB applies to all indigenous biodiversity including water bodies and freshwater systems.

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ESR Centre for Integrated Biowaste Research - November Newsletter

Putting waste to work

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The Practical Realities of SUDs

WWT explains the practical realities of SUDs.

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Upcoming Events

Modelling Symposium 2020

Abstracts close next Friday, don't delay submit yours today. 

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Water New Zealand Pipe Renewals Seminar

Water New Zealand will be holding a series of Pipe Renewal Seminars throughout New Zealand in February 2020. Click below to find details on a seminar near you.

19 February - Hamilton

26 February - Palmerston north

27 February - Wellington

4 March - Christchurch

5 March - Queenstown

Water New Zealand Stormwater Group & CIWEM Regional Meeting 

12 December, Wellington 

Achieving Urban Flood Resilience in an Uncertain Future: the Blue-Green Advantage – Colin Thorne

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Job Vacancies

Training Co-ordinator 

Water New Zealand

This new role has been created to enable us to implement our training plans for the water industry and assist the new water regulator with programmes for the future.

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Waters Collaboration Lead 

Waipa District Council

An exciting new position has been created - the RATA Waters Collaboration Lead - in order to drive the collaborative creation of a body of systems and processes enabling RATA Councils to achieve compliance with the incoming Waters Regulatory Framework(s), and building greater peer networks between councils' waters teams.

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Water and Waste Team Leader 

Clutha District Council

We are looking for a motivated, enthusiastic, and ‘lead-from-the-front' leader to join our Operations Team as a Water and Waste Team Leader.

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Intermediate – Experienced Hydraulic Modeller 


Hydraulic Analysis Ltd (HAL) is a dynamic, specialist hydraulic modelling and data analytics company with a staff of 15 across our Auckland, Wellington and satellite offices.

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Water Technician 

South Taranaki District Council

We are currently seeking a Wastewater Technician to fill a full time and permanent vacancy.

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Customer Planning Engineer

Wellington Water

Come and be part of one of the largest Water Utilities in New Zealand. Sitting in the Customer Operations group and part of a team of three Planners, the key purpose of the role is to oversee the planning of maintenance works programmes across your assigned region.

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