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In this issue of Pipeline; virtually meet our new CEO; nominations for the Water New Zealand 2020 Awards are open; $761 million investment in drinking water infrastructure; as well as the latest association updates, industry news, events and job vacancies. 

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Latest Updates

Virtual Coffee Catch Up

Wednesday 22 July

Invitation to all Water New Zealand Members to join us for our Next Virtual Coffee Catch-up

We want an opportunity to talk with you about upcoming activities and new ideas on how we can continue to support all our members. The catch-up will also be an opportunity to “virtually meet” our new CEO, Gillian Blythe, and tell us what industry-related topics are most interesting and relevant to you.

We hope you can join us!

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Annual Conference & Expo

Earlybird and Group Registrations: closing this week!

Individual Earlybird and Group registrations close this week on Friday, 17 July 2020 for the 2020 Water New Zealand Conference & Expo at the Claudelands Event Centre, Hamilton from 16-18 September.

Register today to secure your Individual Earlybird rates and Group Packages. 

Click Here to Register 

Call for Poster Abstract Submissions is still open

We are excited to be able to showcase speakers who might have missed out on making the technical programme or those who just want to do something a little different - submit a poster today.

Please note the submission closing date for posters has now changed to 5pm on Friday, 31 July.

Click here for more up-to-date information regarding your poster submission.

Water New Zealand Awards 2020 

Water New Zealand's Awards Programme plays an important role in promoting excellence and the contributions our members make, not only to the industry, but also to the community. The awards showcase outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations, and promote the water sector as a desirable place to work through our young water professionals awards.

All awards are open to Water New Zealand members only unless otherwise stated.

Nominations for the 2020 Awards are open. Nomination details for each award can be found here.

Stormwater 2020 Awards Nominations Extended

Entries Close 24 July

Give your teammate and your organisation the recognition they deserve by submitting an entry to the Stormwater 2020 Awards. A Stormwater Industry Award is the ultimate accolade; recognition for expertise and contribution to the sector.

The categories are:
•Stormwater Professional of the Year
•Young Stormwater Professional of the Year
•Stormwater Conference - Paper of the Year
•Innovation Showcase Award

Enter Now 

Wastewater Treatment Operator Competency Framework is available 

We are excited to let you know that the Wastewater Treatment Operator Competency Framework is now available. This document forms part of Water New Zealand's Competency Framework which describes what people should be able to do and what they need to know to competently undertake their work. A workforce with the right skills and capabilities is key to developing an effective, efficient, accountable and resilient three waters sector in New Zealand. 

View all Water New Zealand Competency Framework documents here.

Water New Zealand Board Elections 2020

Notice is given for the call for nominations for election to the Board of Water New Zealand. The closing date for nominations is Wednesday, 29 July 2020 at 4.00 pm. There are six elected Board members, who are elected for three-year terms. This year two positions are available.

The nominee, proposer and seconder involved in the process of nominating a person for a position on the Water New Zealand Board must be financial members of the Association as at the closing date of nominations.

Official Nomination forms are available from Amy Samuelu

Modelling Guidelines Feedback

The Water New Zealand Modelling and Stormwater Special Interest Groups are looking at whether there is a need for stormwater modelling guidelines in New Zealand. Water New Zealand has authored guidelines for wastewater and water supply modelling. We’d like to understand if there is a need for similar in the stormwater space.

We will be running a workshop session at the Water New Zealand conference in September. The responses to this questionnaire will help inform this workshop, as well as allow those who can’t attend the workshop to provide their input. This survey will close on 31 July.

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Industry News

Overhauling Water Infrastructure & the Quid Pro Quo

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta discusses the challenges and options ahead for three waters reform, including the $761-million to councils for immediate repairs, maintenance and renewals. 

Click here to listen to the interview on RNZ’s Nine to Noon programme.

Government Funding Signals Pathway to Safer Drinking Water 

Water New Zealand says the Government’s $761 million investment in drinking water infrastructure will provide much-needed assistance to help ensure safe drinking water across the country.

Read Media Release 


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Development of a Utility Location Standard  

The Surveyor-General is developing a Standard that can be used to define the location of utility assets.
This is intended to be used when surveying an ‘as built’ of utilities and similar infrastructure. Applying the Standard will enable the spatial information recorded in an Asset Management System to be accurately overlaid with other types of spatial information in 3 dimensions.

A brief outline of this work is available on the LINZ website

DNA analysis: Havelock North gastro outbreak could have hit more than 8000

Havelock North's disastrous gastro outbreak could have infected thousands more than first thought, a major new DNA analysis has found.

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GNS Ash Impact Posters

Volcanic ash is the most widespread hazard of explosive volcanic eruptions and the most likely to affect towns, cities and farmland in the North Island of New Zealand. Here are a series of posters, commissioned by the Auckland Lifelines Group (ALG), providing concise best practice information for critical infrastructure managers to effectively prepare for, respond to, and recover from ash-producing volcanic eruptions.

View the Posters 

NZ Critical Lifelines Infrastructure National Vulnerability Assessment 

This 2020 report provides a summary of information on the vulnerability of New Zealand’s critical lifelines infrastructure to hazards, including those resulting from events such as volcanic activity, earthquake and flooding through to hazards resulting from the increasing interdependence of all infrastructure services. 

Download Report

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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 to form teams of six (maximum).

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EWBNZ Webinar: The Wawan Water Project with Kyle

21 July - 5:30 - 6:30 PM

Want to hear what it’s like to be a humanitarian engineering volunteer? Catch EWB next webinar with Kyle who will be sharing his experiences working on the Wawan Water Project. This project was an EWB partnership with two villages to construct rainwater collection infrastructure in remote North Ambrym Vanuatu.

Facebook Event 

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Job Vacancies

Waitaki District Council 

Senior Project Engineer 3 Water Team 

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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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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Gisborne District Council 

Water Engineering Technician 

We are currently seeking an experienced Water Engineering Technician to support the efficient management of the Council’s contracted maintenance services for drinking water systems, and for monitoring, inspectorial/auditing, asset management and public application processes for drinking water.

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