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In this issue of Pipeline; New CEO appointed to Water New Zealand; more sector representation needed in new fast-track bill; hear what Bill Bayfield has to say about the new water regulator; as well as the latest association updates, industry news, events and job vacancies

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Latest Updates

New CEO appointed to Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand is pleased to announce that it has appointed Gillian Blythe as the Association's new CEO.

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More Water Sector Representation needed in new Fast-track Bill

Water New Zealand says the new legislation aimed at speeding up consenting processes for infrastructure and development lacks adequate water sector representation.

In a submission on the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Bill, Water New Zealand says the legislation does not adequately allow for the integration of water infrastructure and services in considering proposed projects.

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2020/21 Membership Renewals are now Due

Membership renewals are now due for the 2020/21 year. Invoices will be sent out in the next couple of weeks.  

Please contact accounts@waternz.org.nz if you require a purchase order number on your invoice. 


It is with much sadness we learn of the passing of Rainer Hoffmann of Stantec. Rainer has been a strong supporter of Water New Zealand for many years and one of our country’s leading wastewater process engineers. A tribute will follow in the September issue of Water.

Innovation Workshop 2020

The Innovation workshop at Water New Zealand's Annual Conference is devoted to revealing technical problems that the water industry is facing, and you are invited to help. Would you be prepared to present or send through the six biggest challenges that your employer will face in the next 30 years?

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Water New Zealand Election of Board Members 

The call for nominations for election to the Board of Water New Zealand open next week.

An email will be sent out next week with an Official Nomination Form so keep an eye out! 

Plastic Free July Challenge

Will you take the challenge?

Water New Zealand is supporting the Plastic Free July Challenge by encouraging people to think about the damage plastic pollution is doing to our wastewater systems, and the devastating effect it is having on our freshwater environment.

Keep a lookout on our social media for resources and ideas to help you reduce plastic waste.

Industry News

Meet Taumata Arowai Establishment CEO Bill Bayfield 

In May this year, Bill Bayfield was appointed Establishment Chief Executive of the new drinking water regulator, Taumata Arowai. His appointment is on a fixed-term basis to December 2021 and he will lead the establishment of Taumata Arowai through its first six months of ‘going live’ in 2021 as the new drinking water regulator. The Taumata Arowai board will consider a permanent appointment for 2022 and beyond. An establishment Māori Advisory Group will provide guidance to the establishment board and chief executive on tikanga, mātauranga and Te Mana o Te Wai.

Here is a video introducing Bill as Taumata Arowia’s kaiwhakahaere and providing context around Taumata Arowai’s remit and what their commitment and focus will be.


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Government to Test Sewage at Managed Isolation Facilities 

The country's Crown Research Institute in charge of testing for Covid-19 will begin testing the sewage of managed isolation facilities. 

Click here to read the Newsroom story.

RMA Law Promotes Healthy Waterways

A law that makes crucial environmental improvements to the RMA, particularly for freshwater, has passed its third and final reading.

Read Environment Minister, David Parker's news release.

Matariki is Approaching Fast 

Matariki (Pleaides) is a cluster of stars that is visible in the night sky at a specific time of the year. It disappears from our view in Haratua (April/May) and reappears on the dawn horizon in Pipiri (June/July). This year Matariki is anticipated to rise between 13 and 16 July 2020.

Interestingly, there are three stars (Waipuna-ā-rangi, Waitī, Waitā) within the Matariki star cluster that have a deep connection with water.

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Upcoming Events

Water New Zealand TechWeek Webinar: How Digital Technologies are helping the Water Sector

Wednesday, 29 July 10:00 - 11:00 am

Water New Zealand and the Digital Water Special Interest Group is pleased to host the following webinar:

  • Laying the Foundations: A Minimum Viable Standard for Asset Data - Greg Preston, Quake Centre
  • Optimising Pipeline Routes - Thomas Joseph, Mott Macdonald
  • From National Performance Review to National Performance Optimisation - Lesley Smith, Water New Zealand

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'Game of Thrones' Annual Quiz Night

Wednesday, 29 July | Wellington 

You need to book out your evening on 29 July because it is the annual Wellington Region ‘Game of Thrones’ Pub Quiz. And no, this is not a quiz about the Games of Thrones TV Programme... as you are a water expert you should get the clever play on words! This event is open to members and non-members within your organisation to form a team of six (maximum). 

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Stormwater Conference 2020

26-28 August

Less than two months to go to the biggest stormwater conference in New Zealand. There will be two full days of paper presentations covering four parallel sessions. The conference will also see the return of the innovation showcase where the latest in bright ideas are presented. The conference will showcase a number of success stories by way of case studies and will conclude on the Friday morning with 3 separate site visits.

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Annual Conference & Expo Social Functions

16-17 September

When you register, ensure you make the most of the prime networking opportunities on offer at the Conference.

The social programme includes:

  • Welcome Function. Wednesday, 16 September 2020. Included in all full conference registrations or Wednesday DAY registrations.
  • Downer Conference Gala Dinner. Thursday, 17 September 2020. Additional cost for all registration types.

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Also, check out the draft programme to plan what speakers and workshops you will be attending at this year's Annual Conference & Expo. 

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Job Vacancies


In the last issue of Pipeline, the listing for Waitaki District Council included incorrect information. We apologise for the error and for any confusion caused.  The listing has been updated below.

Waitaki District Council

Senior Project Engineer 3 Waters

Are you an experienced project manager and team leader wanting to make a positive contribution to one of New Zealand's most scenic and vibrant districts?

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Timaru District Council 

Stormwater Engineer 

Timaru District Council is looking for an enthusiastic individual to help us deliver long term asset improvement strategies for our District's stormwater systems.

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Waipa District Council 

Strategic Planning and Asset Team Leader

First up is our Strategic Planning and Asset Team Leader. Reporting to the Manager Water Services, this role is responsible for...

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Network Team Leader

We are looking for a Network Team Leader to oversee our Three Waters operational teams - Water, Wastewater and Reticulation. Reporting to the Manager Water Services, this role is responsible for...

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Compliance and Improvement Team Leader

We are looking for a Compliance and Improvement Team Leader to join us. Reporting to the Manager Water Services, this role leads a team of five direct reports, responsible for ...

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Queenstown Lakes District Council

Senior Network Engineer – Three Waters

The Senior Network Engineer – Three Waters is responsible for reliably advising forward planning; driving innovation and new technologies

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