Hi Amy

Welcome to the final Pipeline for 2019. The team at Water New Zealand would like to thank you for your support over the past year and we look forward to seeing what 2020 brings. 

The Water New Zealand office will be closed from 12.00pm on Friday, 20 December and will re-open at 8am on Monday, 6 January. 

We wish you a safe and happy holiday season! 

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Latest Updates

Water Regulation Bill Introduced

Last week Water New Zealand welcomed the introduction of the Water Services Regulator Bill legislation, which will establish the new drinking water regulator. Taumata Arowai will be a standalone entity and this will ensure that it has the independence and ability to focus on improving drinking water quality.

See our media release and short video which details the proposed changes. View details of the first reading here. 

The Bill has been referred to the Health Select Committee of Parliament and submissions will be received until 3 March 2020. This link takes you to the page detailing how to make a submission. 

The Association will be preparing a submission on behalf of the membership, and members will be consulted on the draft.

Water New Zealand Media Release 

Infrastructure Funding And Finance Bill

Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford has introduced into the House legislation to enable a new infrastructure funding and financing tool. The first reading was 17 December.

The Minister’s media release is available here.

The legislation is expected to be referred to the Transport and Infrastructure Select Committee which will then call for submissions.

If anyone thinks there are elements of the Bill which warrant Water New Zealand making a submission, please contact John Pfahlert at ceo@waternz.org.nz

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2019 Workplace Exposure Standards And Biological Exposure Indices

Water New Zealand has registered as a stakeholder for the Worksafe 2019 Workplace Exposure Standards and Biological Indices work and will engage with members as the opportunities arise.

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Water New Zealand Photo Competition 

We had an outstanding number of fantastic photos submitted for the 2019 photo competition. As a result of this success, we are opening up entries for the 2020 Water New Zealand Photo Competition.

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Hygiene Practices to Prevent Water Supply Contamination 

Good practice guide now available online. For more information contact Noel Roberts. 

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Industry News

Pathogens and freshwater study

While many of us head to our favourite swimming spots in rivers around the country, a study is underway to better understand how best to accurately reflect the risk between pathogens in freshwater and people getting sick.

The study is being funded by the Ministry for the Environment, working alongside ESR, NIWA, Massey University and regional councils.

See the video presentation.

National Emergency Management Agency Establishment 

As of 1 December 2019, the first step in the establishment of the new National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for New Zealand has been completed.

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IPWEA New Year Contract and Asset Management Learning Opportunities

IPWEA has a number of training opportunities available for 2020, including its most popular two*day workshop 'Engineer's Representative & Contractor's Representative'. 

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The Corridor newsletter

View the NZ Utilities Advisory Group newsletter.

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Primary Sector CoVE - Registration Of Interest Process Is Now Open

In 2018 the Minister of Education, Chris Hipkins, announced a review of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) System. This was followed by a proposal for system reform in February 2019, and consultation on the proposed changes as part of the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) programme. One of the fundamental changes in the new VET system is the introduction of Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs).

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Kiwi Clarifier Issue 38 - December 2019 

View the Water Industry Operations Group Kiwi Clarifier news letter. 

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Upcoming Events

Entries for the 2020 Stormwater Innovations Showcase are now open

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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

On-site Wastewater Management Systems (OWMS) Workshop 

30 March 2020, Palmerston North 

For stakeholders to identify OWMS issues in New Zealand (i.e what’s working and what isn’t)

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NZ Land Treatment Collective 2020 Conference 

31 March - 2 April 2020, Palmerston North 

Improving outcomes for land treatment. 

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Job Vacancies

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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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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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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