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Less than two weeks to go to the Annual Modelling Symposium and there are still a few spaces available! 

In this weeks update: download a copy of our Pressure Sewer National Guidelines; see the results from the Connexis qualifications review; see how you can volunteer in Vanuatu; as well as industry news, upcoming events and job vacancies. 

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Less than two weeks to go to the Annual Modelling Symposium and there are still a few spaces available! 

Take the opportunity to come along and learn the importance of hydraulic and hydrological modelling and how decision-makers within the water industry implement the tools - bring along any questions you might have too!

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Pressure Sewer National Guidelines 

The demands and expectations of New Zealand wastewater networks systems are increasingly coming under pressure. In some situations the traditional gravity sewer network is no longer the best solution to provide communities the public health benefits that a wastewater network provides.

Download Guide 


Water Qualifications Review Outcome 

Connexis has reviewed all of the water treatment-based qualifications. While there were no substantive changes to the outcome of the qualifications, there is now a slightly different suite of qualifications aimed at future-proofing the qualifications pathway in the long term.

Click here to see the results of the Review

Pipe Guidance Material

There are a plethora of guides for managing pipelines, so many in face, that we thought the guides deserved a guide themselves.

Here is a summary of documents 


Capture and WIN! 

We want to see your amazing pictures of anything relating to water, but we are especially looking for photos that represent the four waters: drinking, storm, waste and fresh. Entries are now open for the 2020 Water New Zealand Photo Competition. Be in to win a free registration for the Water New Zealand Annual Conference & Expo in September. 

Don't forget to take your camera or phone when you are out and about this year.

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Meta Data Standards Project

The objective of the national metadata standards is to enable the sharing of evidence-based decision-making practices for national infrastructure assets across New Zealand. This will aid in providing a consistent approach to the way data on 3 waters is captured, described and stored.

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Gravity Pipe Inspection Manual has been corrected

In the 4th edition of the Water New Zealand Gravity Pipe Inspection Manual - Table E1.3 - Defect Sources (Pages 244-246) has been corrected. 

Review Update 


Wellington Young Water Professionals' Networking Event

It is that time of year again! Come along to the Wellington Young Water Professionals' first event of the Year - their annual BYO!

This is a great opportunity for you to network with your peers over some tasty food and drinks.

There is no agenda, simply turn up with your drink of choice and join a conversation.

Venue: Wellington CBD | Restaurant to be confirmed 

Date: Friday, 20 March

Time: 6.00pm

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Industry News

Volunteer in Vanuatu 

Engineers Without Borders New Zealand and VSA are looking for a volunteer to work on strengthening the capacity of the Provincial Water Office (PWO) in Malampa and assist them in implementing a Drinking Water Safety and Security Plan (DWSSP).

They are looking for water professionals who are passionate about safe water outcomes and are willing and able to travel to remote locations.

Application closing date is 16 March 2020.

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Wellington's Water Woes Reflect National Problem

Water utilities right across the country face major challenges to upgrade and maintain their underground three waters network.

Water New Zealand’s Technical Manager, Noel Roberts, says Wellington’s wastewater woes are not unique to the capital city.

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Local Councils need Support in Managing Water 

Calls for leadership on a national level in facing the country's water problems.

The Auditor-General has released a report detailing New Zealand's issues with its water systems.

It looks at the way councils and the government oversee drinking water, wastewater, allocation and river quality.

Listen to the full interview 

Noel Robert Discusses Wellington's Water Issues 

Water New Zealand's Technical Manager, Noel Roberts, talks to RNZ's The Panel about Wellington's water problem and how it reflects a national issue of underfunding and undervaluing water.

Find out more

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Upcoming Events

Invitation to Brave Blue World Movie Screening & Panel Discussion

Water New Zealand Members Only Event

Please join us for the New Zealand premiere of Brave Blue World, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with Watercare, Oxfam New Zealand, and Engineers Without Borders.

Brave Blue World is a feature-length (50-minute) documentary that examines how new technologies and innovations are being adopted in countries all over the world to create a more sustainable, optimistic water future. 

Spaces are limited, so please be aware that seats will be made available on a first-in-first-served basis.

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Operational Bacterial Water Testing Workshops 

New Zealand water regulations are changing and as we move forward into the future, we are adapting how we manage our water supplies. You’re invited to join a one-day seminar about the use of bacterial (and in particular total coliforms) testing to improve water quality.

Register at one of the four below workshops: 

Auckland | Wednesday, 11 March 

Taupo | Friday, 13 March 

Wellington | Monday, 16 March 

Dunedin | Wednesday, 18 March 

Event Details

AWA/IWA Australia - New Zealand YWP Conference 

12-13 March | Brisbane 

Held in Brisbane on 12-13 March 2020, the Australian Water Association and International Water Association Young Water Professionals Conference will bring together future leaders of the industry, research and government around a central theme of “What's your water story?”.

With over 40 presentations across two days, you’ll be sure to hear a diverse range of inspiring water stories and technical presentations. In addition, there are five interactive workshops to get you thinking and collaborating with other young water professionals across topic areas including water resilience, design thinking, cultural change and more.

Event details


Walk for Water

20 March | Auckland

Carrying water is a daily reality for women and girls around the globe. Challenge yourself by forming a team and participating in Walk for Water 2020 by carrying 20L of water over a 6km+ route while completing challenges along the way.

Event details


BeforeUdig Damage Prevention Workshop

BeforeUdig Damage Prevention Workshop is a knowledge platform for the One Call industry in New Zealand. We gather specialists from this segment to cover all stages of the excavation process, presenting the best practices and trends to ensure the protection of underground infrastructure.

2 April | Timaru

19 May | Auckland 

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Job Vacancies

Chief Executive Officer

Water New Zealand 

Lead Water New Zealand into the new decade.

Anyone wishing to apply should contact Ginny Fail at Jackson Stone to obtain a copy of the position description.

Phone 04 550 8040 or email: ginny.fail@jacksonstone.co.nz

Scientist / Senior Scientist

Auckland Council

Based in Auckland CBD, this role sits within the Water Quality team in Auckland Council's Research and Evaluation Unit (RIMU), responsible for monitoring and reporting on Auckland's aquatic environments.

Find out more


Technician GIS/AMIS

Marlborough District Council 

If you have an interest in asset management in the areas of water, wastewater and stormwater and have some aptitude in GIS applications, then this may be the role for you.

Find out more

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