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In this issue of Pipeline; Stormwater conference update, a reminder to bin all wet wipes, Award nominations deadline extended, CoP Asset metadata standards for 3 waters; as well as the latest association updates, industry news, events and job vacancies.

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Bin it, don't block it

A reminder to everyone as we change alert levels to only flush the 3p's: Poo, Pee and Paper (toilet) down the loo. We don't want to see another big spike in blocked pipes due to people using toilet paper alternatives such as wet wipes, paper towels and tissues. We have created an infographic that you can share on your social media channels to get the message out there. 

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Annual General Meeting 

Notice is given for the 2020 Annual General Meeting of Water New Zealand, the trading name of the New Zealand Water and Wastes Association Incorporated, is to be held at Claudelands Arena on Thursday, 17 September 2020 at 7.30 am.

Notices of Motion are due today 

A reminder that Notices of Motion for this meeting are due no later than 4.00 pm today (Thursday, 13 August 2020). Please note that all notices of motion shall be in writing to the Chief Executive and be dated and signed by the mover and seconder, both of whom must be financial members of the Association. Please include an explanation for the reasons of the motion. Any notices of motion submitted after 4.00 pm on Thursday, 13 August will not be accepted.

Water New Zealand Award Nominations Deadline Extended 

Great news everybody, we’re extending the deadline for nominations for the Water New Zealand Awards , which is now Friday, 21 August 2020. This gives you two extra weeks to get your nominations in. We understand this has been an extremely busy period for everyone in the water industry and we feel like this will alleviate some of the pressure.

We want to ensure that all the amazing work our members have been doing is celebrated, so make sure you take the opportunity to nominate a workmate, organisation or friend who deserves to be recognised on an industry-wide scale.

If you have already made a nomination and would like to utilise this extension, please contact amy.samuelu@waternz.org.nz



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The staff at Water New Zealand are sad to learn of the passing of Dr Michael Taylor QSO. Dr Taylor dedicated his career to water quality – developing national drinking water standards as well as procedures for the monitoring and surveillance of water supply quality, and methodologies for water supply. A full tribute will be in our next issue of Water.

Water New Zealand Board Election 2020 - Voting Opens 20 August

Voting for the Water New Zealand Board election will open to financial and Honorary Life members of Water New Zealand on Thursday, 20 August.

We have eight candidates for two positions on the Board; a healthy sign, and hopefully an indication of increased awareness of the value of water as a key strategic resource providing New Zealand with a competitive advantage. Water New Zealand membership needs to be current for your vote to be submitted. If you have not yet paid for your 2020/21 membership, invoiced in July, please do so before voting.

Members will receive an email with voting instructions on 20 August.

Industry News

Code of Practice for the Implementation of the New Zealand Asset Metadata Standards for 3 Waters 

The Quake Centre’s Building Innovation Partnership (BIP) has published the first part of a National Standard for 3 Waters Asset Data. The Code of Practice (CoP) has been developed by BIP and a broad range of industry partners to set out a minimum viable standard for as-built data for 3 Waters pipe networks.

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Guide: Developing and Implementing Enterprise Risk and Resilience (ERRM) in Utilities

In times of increasing uncertainty and complexity, utilities should embed proactive risk management, risk-based decision making, and processes that improve resilience. This guide will help utilities do so through implementing enterprise risk and resilience management (ERRM). The author of the water component of this guide works for a New Zealand water utility. If you would like to speak with the author, please contact Noel Roberts

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Government announces allocation of Three Waters funds for Councils

Last week the Government set out the regional allocations of the $761 million Three Waters stimulus and reform funding for councils, along with explanatory FAQs. 

Click here to see the Minister’s media statement and notional funding allocations.

Free Trades Training

The Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF; aka Free Trades Training) of $320 million was announced by the Government to encourage vocational education for everyone. Connexis is delighted to confirm the funding coverage that customers will receive from the TTAF.   

For a list of Connexis programmes eligible for this TTAF, CLICK HERE

Pitch For $45 M Essential Three Waters Workforce in Wellington

Documents reveal Wellington Water pitched an accelerated apprenticeship scheme for an essential Three Waters workforce to retrain 100 people. 

Go to the Herald story.

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Upcoming Events

Stormwater 2020 Conference Update

We are watching developments closely following the move to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 in Auckland and Level 2 across the rest of New Zealand. We will assess the situation again at the end of the week following further updates from the Government.

Fortunately, our planning has included a change in COVID-19 alert levels and we will update you early next week if there is a need to make changes to our delivery of the Conference.

In the meantime, stay safe. 

Virtual Coffee Catch-Up 

19 August

Invitation to all Water New Zealand members to join us for our next virtual coffee catch-up.

This catch-up will be an opportunity for you to hear from Lesley Smith, our Principal Data Scientist on the 2019/2020 National Performance Review and, as always, a chance for you to ask us any questions you may have.

If you are a Water New Zealand member and would like to register please email renee.butler@waternz.org.nz

Canterbury YWP Conference Practice Presentations

20 August - Christchurch

This is an opportunity to hear Water New Zealand and Stormwater Conference presentations from your peers before they head off to these two conferences. Be part of our audience to give our CYWP presenters the leg-up with considered feedback and enthusiastic support. We have a range of presenters already signed up and are likely to have multiple streams so you are sure to find a presentation of interest.

RSVP Here 

Who's Exhibiting? 

16-18 September 2020 

Check out our Exhibitor Floor Plan to find out who is exhibiting at this year's Water New Zealand Annual Conference and Expo. 

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Job Vacancies

Waipa District Council 

Stormwater Engineer 

We are looking for a Stormwater Engineer to join our Network Team. Our district is an amazing place to live, work and play, so come and join us!

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Project Engineer - Water Services

We are looking for a Project Engineer - Water Services to join our Project and Contract Management Team.

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Whakatāne District Council

Asset Engineer - Three Waters

This is an exciting role where you will liaise with a number of internal staff from the Regulatory Services and the Three Waters team, along with external stakeholders including the community, consultants, contractors and developers.

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Three Water Policy Team 

Principal Advisor Iwi/Maori and Policy Analyst

Interested in working in a fast-paced and high performing team grappling with large and complex problems in the Three Waters sector?

The Three Waters team is advertising for a Principal Advisor and policy analyst to develop and provide advice across all of the reform programme workstreams. These two roles will also work closely with Taumata Arowai. 

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