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In this issue of Pipeline: Register for the biggest event on the three waters calendar; Brave blue world screening; Māori worldview climate and carbon webinar; largest solar farm in country; wastewater testing for COVID; as well as the latest association updates, industry news, events and job vacancies.

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Water NZ conference & Expo

Water New Zealand Conference & Expo

Make sure you register for the biggest three waters event of the year! And don’t forget that this year we also have a full day Taumata Arowai workshop so if you want to know how the new regulatory environment might affect you – this is your opportunity to find out what you need to know.

Then, for the next two and a half days we have a great line up of keynote and thought leadership speakers, technical presentations, 180 exhibition stands as well as plenty of opportunities to network and socialise.

Click here to find out more and register.

W-Lab supporting technology and innovation for the New Zealand water industry

Water New Zealand has joined WSAA’s new industry-leading technology innovation programme, W-lab, which aims to give water utilities access to global innovation experiences and set new standards in industry-led technology and innovation.

We will be presenting the W-Lab offering at the Water New Zealand Water Services Managers Group (WSMG) webinar on the 15th of October.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Noel Roberts.


 Skill Up – Infrastructure Apprenticeships and Training with Connexis.


Jobs Vacancies in the Water Sector

Did you know we have a webpage specifically for vacancies the water industry? If you're looking to fill a position, you can advertise it on the page. Or if you're looking for a new role in the sector, take a look at what's on offer. 

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Maximise your membership by logging into the Water New Zeland website. 

Don’t forget to log in to the Water New Zealand website to ensure you are maximising your membership benefits.

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Industry News

Biggest solar farm in the country installed on Auckland's wastewater lake

Watercare's new 1MW solar array floats on treated wastewater at Rosedale. The plant could power the equivalent of 200 homes, but will generate energy to run the sewage treatment plant where it was installed, saving about $150,000 a year in electricity costs.

Source: stuff.co.nz

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Government announces free trades training scheme - A welcome boost for the infrastructure industry. 

The Government’s recently announced Free Trades Training scheme is a welcome boost for the Infrastructure Industry. It provides a platform for attracting keen new workers to build the required workforce capacity and capability to deliver on the pipeline of infrastructure projects.

Source: Connexis

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Test wastewater for COVID-19 to find carriers, prof advises. 

New Zealand should implement a wastewater monitoring system to boost protection against hidden Covid-19 clusters and asymptomatic carriers, a University of Otago academic says.

Source: Otago Daily Times 

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A PhD opportunity with Waterways looking at braided rivers

The Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management at the University of Canterbury is offering a three-year PhD scholarship for full-time research on the subject of groundwater-surface water interaction in braided rivers. The scholarship is valued at $28K per year plus fees.

Contact Leanne Morgan to discuss the position at leanne.morgan@canterbury.ac.nz

Interested applicants should send an expression of interest and their CV by 31 October 2020

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Upcoming Events

Brave Blue World

Brave Blue World Virtual Screening

12- 15 October - Online

We are thrilled to be bringing you a virtual screening of Brave Blue World, the first global water industry documentary that shows how technological innovation offers hope in the age of water scarcity.

You will be given a 72-hour view window to watch the documentary and we encourage you to watch the documentary at your workplace, school or organisation.

On Thursday 15 October at 12 Noon there will be a panel discussion with

• Robert Blakemore | Wellington Water
• Joan Davidson | Morrison Low
• Clare Feeney | Environment and Sustainability Strategic Training Institute
• Christine McCormack | Water Cycle Consulting Limited

Absolutely everyone is welcome to join. Please share with others. Instructions on streaming the video and joining the Zoom panel discussion will be emailed to you. One registration provides access to both the screening and online panel discussion. 

Register here to watch and take part in the panel discussion

YWP Wellington - Brave Blue World Screening 

13 October - Wellington 

YWP Wellington is hosting a screening on Brave Blue World. Before the screening, there will a chance for you to network with other Young Water Professionals over a few drinks and pizza. The film will be followed by a round table discussion with a panel of young water leaders.

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YWP Canterbury - Site Visit

14 October - Christchurch 

Water New Zealand Young Water Professionals (Canterbury) invite up to 25 members on a site visit to Grundfos Pumps in Hornby.

This will be followed by networking drinks which can be attended by all, even if you do not go on the site visit.

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Stormwater Regional Meeting - Canterbury

21 October - Christchurch

Stormwater Canterbury is inviting you to attend their regional meeting. Begin the evening with drinks and nibbles and time to catch up with colleagues. This is followed by 3 short and engaging presentations on topics relevant to stormwater professionals.

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Māori Worldviews, Climate & Carbon Pathways Webinar

Māori Worldviews, Climate & Carbon Pathways Webinar

22 October - Online

Water New Zealand’s Climate Change Group and Engineering New Zealand’s The Sustainability Society welcomes all members of both organisations, and non-members to attend this joint collaborative online webinar and panel discussion on Māori worldviews, climate & carbon pathways.

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Modelling Symposium 2021 - Call for Abstracts

10-11 March | Christchurch

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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Job Vacancies

Waipa District Council

Compliance Officer - Water Services

Applications close Today at 23:55 pm

We are looking for a Compliance Officer - Water Services to join our Compliance and Improvement Team.

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Napier City Council

3 Waters Program Manager

This newly created position will work with the 3 Waters Team, design team, projects team and external experts to ensure the delivery of major transformations in our water, wastewater and stormwater networks through a systematic and structured approach.

Find out more

Project Max 

Network Renewals and Planning Project Manager 

This is a new role within the organisation so you’ll have a real opportunity to make your mark and add value.

Find out more

Western Bay of Plenty District Council 


  • Maintenance Operations Planner
  • Scada Systems Technician
  • Trade Waste Compliance Officer

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Matamata-Piako District 

Utilities Asset Engineer 

We are looking for a Utilities Asset Engineer to join our Asset Strategy and Policy team.

Find out more 

Water and Wastewater Operators

We are looking for self-motivated, enthusiastic people to join our Water and Wastewater team on a permanent, full-time basis. 

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Stratford District Council 

Services Asset Manager

As a result of a long-serving staff member gradually easing into retirement, a rare opportunity has arisen with the Stratford District Council for an experienced 3-Waters Engineer looking to step into a management role.

Find out more 

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