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You are invited to a virtual screening of Brave Blue World.

In this issue of Pipeline: Protecting wastewater professionals from COVID-19; Taumata Arowai Iwi/Māori hui on 3 water's reform; COVID wastewater testing in Brazil; Draft submission on building for climate change programme; Board update; as well as the latest association updates, industry news, events and job vacancies.

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Brave Blue World Virtual Screening

12-15 October | Online

You are invited to a virtual screening of Brave Blue World, 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.

The pioneering water film features compelling stories, beautiful scenery, and examples from across five continents to show novel ways of tackling water problems. It explores developments in areas such as water reuse, nutrient recovery, energy generation, decentralised treatment, and the digitisation of water. 

Register here

Virtual Coffee Catch-up

Virtual Coffee Catch-up

30 Sept | 10:30 AM

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

On the Agenda for this session is:

  • Conference Update,
  • Competency Framework Update,
  • New Board Members and Constitution Changes,
  • And as always an opportunity for members to ask us any question they may have.

You must 'login' to the Water New Zealand website to register.

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Water New Zealand Journal

Journal Out Now

Our September/October issue of water is available online!

Our feature articles are:
• Climate change and Three Waters
• Water Reform - a Scottish Perspective (very interesting)
• Action for healthy waterways decoded (very informative)

Full journal available here.

Water New Zealand Board Update

We are pleased to announce that board member Helen Atkins has taken up the role of President. Helen says she’s looking forward to taking on this role at a time when the reforms provide a real opportunity for the sector to shine.

Congratulations to our new board members, Dr Deborah Lind and Tim Gibson. We are very excited to have you both on the Water New Zealand team as we move into the new environment.

We would like to thank Kelvin Hill and retiring board member John Mackie for their contribution to Water New Zealand and the water sector during their time on the board.



Working to solve global water challenges and support a healthy world


MBIE Consultation: Transforming operational efficiency and reducing whole-of-life embodied carbon

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment are undertaking the first public consultation under the new Building for Climate Change programme – the building and construction sector’s contribution to New Zealand’s goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Further detail on the consultation and links to making a submission are available here

Water New Zealand’s draft submission is available here. To comment on the Water New Zealand submission email lesley.smith@waternz.org.nz prior to COB 6th October.

Infrastructure, Water and Environment Directory 2021 

The Infrastructure, Water and Environment Directory is a goldmine of information about who supplies what in the water industry. As well as the print edition, the online version is found here. Preparations have begun on the 2021 edition – if you’re in the current directory and would like to relist please contact Debbie Laing, on 0274 550 223, or advertising@waternz.org.nz

If you are not in the current directory, and wonder if and how it will help your potential customers find you, please contact Debbie for a no-obligation chat.

Industry News

Protecting Wastewater Professionals from COVID-19 and other Biological Hazards

Protecting Wastewater Professionals from COVID-19 and other Biological Hazards

The unprecedented global pandemic of SARS-CoV-2 virus causing the COVID-19 disease prompted the Water Environment Federation (WEF) to conduct a critical review of pathways of potential exposure to this virus associated with the collection and treatment of wastewater. Protecting Wastewater Professionals From Covid-19 and Other Biological Hazards features a host of information critical for safeguarding water professionals from viruses, bacteria, and other biological safety hazards.

Download Free PDF 

Three Water Reform Programme

Taumata Arowai is engaging with Iwi/Māori throughout September/October.

Information about these hui are available here 


Connexis Free Trades Training

 Skill Up – Infrastructure Apprenticeships and Training with Connexis.

 Eligible for free trades training 

Sewer monitoring to track COVID-19 in developing countries: a case study in Brazil

Sewer monitoring to track COVID-19 in developing countries: a case study in Brazil

A project in Belo Horizonte aims to ensure wastewater monitoring for the SARS-CoV-2 virus covers vulnerable communities, offering lessons for developing countries.

Read more

Fair Go - Wipe Away

Fair Go - Wipe Away 

Every new parent faces endless choices – one of them is what kind of nappies to use, cloth or disposable. New mum Penny went with the more sustainable option, complete with flushable liners. Except they’re not flushable.

Watch Online 

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Upcoming Events

Modelling Symposium 2021

10 - 11 March 2021 | Christchurch

Registrations are now open.

The Modelling Group is pleased to announce their 2021 Modelling Symposium will be held in Christchurch on 10 - 11 March 2021. All hydraulic and hydrological modellers, engineers, environmental practitioners, and stakeholders involved in the collection, management, and effective use of information in the fields of stormwater, wastewater, and water supply modelling should be attending this symposium.

Call for Abstracts

The Modelling Committee invites abstract submissions for presentation at the Modelling Symposium. Submit a 300 – 500-word abstract for review and then prepare a 30-minute presentation for the day, which will also include a question and answer time. No paper is required. 

Abstracts close Friday 11th December 2020 at 4 pm 

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World Rivers & Fish Migration Day 2020

27 September | Canterbury

Ōpāwaho Heathcote River Network's World Rivers Day Celebration 2020 has combined forces with World Fish Migration Day to become bigger, better and is now World Rivers & Fish Migration Day. World Rivers Day is an annual international event, and one of the Ōpāwaho Heathcote River Network (OHRN) planned annual events to celebrate the river, the groups along the river and to bring people together.

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NAMS Advanced Asset Management Forum 2020

2 - 3 November | Rotorua 

The NAMS Advanced Asset Management Forum 2020 is a biennial event attracting the top asset management thinkers from both New Zealand and abroad. The aim is to build our collective knowledge, to share expertise and insights for asset planning and strategy today and in the future and to help advance the sector.

The 2020 NAMS Forum theme is; Challenges | Opportunities | Connections. 

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Water Law Forum: New Reforms, Rights and Urban Waterways

3 November | 1 -5 PM NZST

  • New Water Laws and Regulations - Presented by Helen Atkins, Water New Zealand President.
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: Implementing the Water Reforms
  • Māori Water Rights and Responses
  • Urban Waterways, Water Sensitive Urban Design, and the Law: A Help or a Hindrance?

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Melbourne's Underground Water Challenges

29 October | 8 PM NZST

Join AWA for an engaging online technical event that will share key lessons learnt in managing water challenges during delivery of major tunneling projects currently underway. You’ll hear from various speakers as they share their experiences of the project.

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Job Vacancies

Otago Regional Council 

Engineering Delivery & Leadership Positions

 If you’re looking for job interest and challenge, and would enjoy the outdoors lifestyle that goes hand-in-hand with the Otago environment of rugged coastlines, spectacular mountains and alpine lakes, then one of these positions could be right for you.

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Contract Engineer - Papakura

We are seeking a talented Contract Engineer to provide engineering and operational services within our Papakura Contract, South Auckland.

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Head of Industrial Markets - New Zealand

 A newly created position we are seeking a suitable applicant to head our Industrials Markets, joining the New Zealand Leadership.

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Assets Renewal Supervisor - Papakura 

The primary role of the Assets Renewal Supervisor is to ensure that a detailed understanding of the asset condition of below ground wastewater mains is obtained and ensuring remedial works are completed on time and to a high standard.

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Project Engineer Water Services Team 

As Project Engineer within Waitaki District Council's Water Services Team, you will be responsible for supporting the efficient and effective delivery of capital projects for water, wastewater and stormwater to sustain and improve our community's quality of life.

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Auckland Council 

Specialist - Earth & Streamworks 

Primarily the focus of this role will be in relation to assessing environmental effects associated with land disturbance activities and works within watercourses and wetlands, to prevent and minimise the risks of erosion and sediment discharges to the environment whilst promoting sustainable development.

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Senior Engineer (Catchment Planning)

We have a great opportunity for a civil/environmental engineer to join our catchment team as a senior specialist.

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