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In this issue, check out our two most recent submissions - one on the Taumata Arowai - the Water Services Regulator Bill and one on the Urban Development Bill,  as well as catch up on industry news, upcoming events and current job opportunities.  

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Modelling Symposium 2020

The Modelling Symposium Programme is now online including guest speakers, a field trip out to Auckland University - Fluids Lab, a workshop, networking events and a dinner. 

This two-day event dedicated to Hydraulic and Hydrological modelling is only occurring once this year so gets in quick before tickets sell out! 

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Guideline for Assessing Technical Resilience of Three Waters Networks

The guideline has been prepared to support local authorities and the private sector (including asset managers, operators and engineers) at local and regional levels with assessing technical resilience and in developing strategies to improve network resilience, and inform pre-event planning and post-event emergency support and recovery.

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Draft Submission on Taumata Arowai — the Water Services Regulator Bill

The Association has drafted a submission on Taumata Arowai - the Water Services Regulator Bill. Input from members is sought. Please send feedback to ceo@waternz.org.nz by Friday 28 February. 

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Submission on The Urban Development Bill

Water New Zealand has made a submission on the Urban Development Bill. Water New Zealand supports the general intent of the Bill however as drafted the Bill does not appropriately provide for the input from water service providers upon whom the ultimate responsibility for water provision falls.

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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. You could 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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Call for Abstracts and Save the Date | WNZ Annual Conference

Here is your opportunity to share your idea or innovation with everyone in the Water Industry. The Water New Zealand Annual Conference will be held at Claudeland’s events centre in Hamilton from 16–18 September 2020.

Submit An Abstract

If you're planning to participate in this years exhibition - one of its kind in the water sector - sales will be opening in March so please check your membership is up to date to secure your stand. 

Exhibition T&Cs 

Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 2020

Industry News

Why $12B isn't enough to fill this Infrastructure Chasm 

Jacinda Ardern is about to launch her campaign for re-election by announcing how she'll spend $12b on infrastructure. That seems a lot, but Newsroom's Dileepa Fonseka shows why it's just one half of the funding jigsaw needed to build tens of billions worth of roads, railways and pipes.

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Bill Bayfield to lead new Drinking Water Regulator

Bill Bayfield has been appointed as the Establishment Chief Executive of Taumata Arowai - the new drinking water regulator.

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Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town to head new National Polytechnic

The IST Establishment Board has appointed Stephen Town as the inaugural Chief Executive of the new national Institute, with effect from 6 July 2020.

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Nelson Supermarket Educating its shoppers over the Dangers of Wet Wipes

Fresh Choice Nelson and Nelson City Council are warning customers not to flush wet wipes down the toilet.

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Auckland council's network discharge consent for stormwater and Technical Reference Group

Auckland Council Healthy Waters is establishing an independent Technical Reference Group (TRG). The purpose of the TRG is to provide independent engineering, planning, ecological and cultural advice to support the implementation of the Auckland NDC. This independent advisory role is important for transparency and accountability in the implementation of this major resource consent and to help ensure best practice stormwater management is being adopted

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A chance for Government reforms to Slash Carbon Emissions

A far-reaching suite of government reforms offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity for New Zealand to embed environmental skills and outcomes into improving our national wellbeing.

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A third of Wellington's wastewater pipes are in poor condition

A third of Wellington's wastewater pipes are either in poor or very poor condition, making them in the worst state of the large centres across the country.

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President of NZTIWF has resigned

Hamish Jones has resigned from his role as President of the New Zealand Trade & Industrial Waters Forum (NZTIWF). Jason Dinsdale is fulfilling the role as Acting President until the next NZTIWF Board elections.

As a Board, they are eager to work on projects and build on past relationships.

Please do not hesitate to contact Jason (jason.dinsdale@nztiwf.org.nz) if you would like to discuss any matters.

Lifting our Gaze 

Lifting Our Gaze is a recent publication from the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission about making broader outcomes a reality in the delivery of major infrastructure projects. Our country is seeing historically high levels of investment in major infrastructure projects. 

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Upcoming Events

Stormwater Conference 2020

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

Sponsorship Prospectus 

Save the Date and Call for Abstracts | Industrial Waters 2020

9 - 11 June | Wellington 

Welcome to the 2020 Industrial Waters Conference in Wellington. We have entered a new era globally, where people are speaking up to enact change and expecting governments to do better, pollute less and provide leadership on issues such as climate change, sustainability and clean waterways. 

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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

Hydraulics in Water Engineering Conference

16 - 19 November | Auckland

On behalf of the local organising committee, Water New Zealand are pleased to extend an invitation for members to sponsor, exhibit or participate at the 14th Hydraulics in Water Engineering Conference, HIWE2020.

HIWE2020 is the latest in a successful Hydraulics in Water Engineering series that has been held, on average, every three years since 1981. This conference covers all aspects of hydraulics in water engineering, including: river, coastal and marine hydraulics; hydraulic structures; three waters; ecohydraulics; and infrastructure as well as numerical, field and physical hydraulic methods.

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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.

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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.

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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 

Water New Zealand 

Due to the retirement of our current CEO the above position has become vacant. 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

Operations Technician 

Wellington Water 

Based at the Waterloo Treatment Plant, this role will be responsible for being in charge of the bulk water system during normal operations, making decisions on source water selection, treatment plant output and reservoir flow rates.

Apply Online 

Experienced Hydraulic Modeller

Hydraulic Analysis Limited 

We have an opportunity in our Wellington office for an intermediate/experienced Hydraulic Modeller to join our Wellington stormwater modelling team in delivering a range of interesting projects across the country.

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