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In this issue of Pipeline: Hybrid conference registrations are available; how to join a Special Interest Group (SIG); Wellington's pipe crisis; asset management data, water law forum; as well as the latest Association updates, industry news, events and job vacancies.

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Latest Updates

Water New Zealand Conference and Expo

Online and On-demand Water New Zealand Conference and Expo 2020 registrations are now live.

While we all know that face-to-face is best and we are delighted that so many people think so, in COVID19 times this is not always possible.

Water New Zealand Conference Online and On-demand will broaden the conference reach beyond Hamilton and our borders to an international audience. Attend the whole conference, attend for a day, attend live or check it out in your own time on-demand.

Registrations options

Upcoming virtual coffee catch-up

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
  • wider reforms update
  • and, as always, an opportunity for members to ask us any question they may have.

All members must log in to the website to register for the Water New Zealand virtual coffee catch up.

Register now 

Joining a Special Interest Group (SIG)

Water New Zealand Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are technical divisions within the Association. They bring together members with the same interests to liaise, share and solve problems, promote their field of interest, distribute information, provide a forum for discussion, and undertake to develop and maintain industry standards and policies.

If you are a member and wish to belong to one of the existing Special interest Groups (SIGs), simply send an email to the relevant SIG Liaison.

If you are not a current member, visit our membership page for more information. Remember to tick the appropriate Special Interest Group box when completing the Membership Application form.


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Brave Blue World available on Netflix

Thank you to everyone who signed up to watch the virtual screening of Brave Blue World and tuned into the Water New Zealand Brave Blue World virtual panel discussion. We hope you enjoyed it. 

If you didn't see it with us, don't worry. You can now see it on Netflix. 

Scam Email Alert

We note that some members are receiving email offers from unknown parties who are offering to sell our Conference and Expo Attendee Lists for unlimited use. These are SCAMS and should be ignored as Water New Zealand would never market your information without your express written consent as we respect and preserve your privacy. The only trusted messaging to members would come from either @waternz.org.nz or @avenues.co.nz.

Industry News

Billions down the drain

Billions down the drain: the overwhelming scale of Wellington's pipe crisis

Read the Stuff analysis of the fragile state of Wellington's water pipes - and the multi-billion dollar problem that's looming, not just for the capital, but for many other regions of New Zealand as well.

PhD student creates soil filters to remove phosphorus from wastewater

A team of Massey University soil scientists are working with local councils to help remove phosphorus from wastewater using large filters made of soil.

Source: Massey.ac.nz

Read more 

New report shows significant changes to New Zealand’s climate

Climate change is already happening in New Zealand and could have a profound impact on future generations of New Zealanders, a new report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ says.

Source: mfe.govt.nz

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WRC marks transfer of water monitoring to Tūwharetoa

A special ceremony has been held in Taupō for the official signing of an agreement to transfer specific water quality monitoring functions to the Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board.

Source: stuff.co.nz

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Asset Management Data Standard - Waka Kotahi NZTA

The Asset Management Data Standard (AMDS) is a joint collaboration between Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and the Road Efficiency Group to improve the management of land transport information and enabling better investment decision-making.

There will be four minor releases to socialise the standard before Implementation in June 2021. The second release on October 30 includes three asset types: locations, zones and devices.

To provide greater understanding of the impact of the standard and what it means to the sector, workshops will be held in November at Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency regional offices.

Register today to attend one of the regional workshops.

New CEO for Irrigation NZ

Irrigation NZ is delighted to announce that Vanessa Winning has been appointed as the organisation’s new chief executive. Vanessa started on Monday, 19 October, based in its new Wellington HQ.

Read more

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Upcoming Events

Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 2020

Taumata Arowai pre-conference workshop

16 November - Hamilton

This in-person full-day workshop is an opportunity to find out more about Taumata Arowai – the approach it will take, how it will operate, the changes that are happening and what you need to know about working in the new regulatory environment. The great benefit of being a face-to-face event is that you can come and meet key staff and get answers to your questions.

Please note: this event will not be recorded or be part of the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo hybrid registrations. 

Check out the draft programme and register

NAMS Advanced Asset Management Forum 2020

2 November - Rotorua 

The NAMS Advanced Asset Management Forum 2020 is a biennial event attracting the top asset management thinkers from both New Zealand and overseas. 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.

For more information visit www.nams2020.nz

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?

Find out more

Water Utilities Association Meeting

12 November - Wellington

Water Utilities Association members are invited to the next meeting held on Thursday, 12 November in Wellington.

On the agenda are presentations from Kevin Lavery (SOLGM) on Central & Local Govt three waters reform programme, Ross Copland - Infrastructure Commission and an update from Water New Zealand.

If you are currently not a member and would like to find out more information, please head to our website.

Register here

YWP Brave Blue World Screening

25 November - Christchurch

You are invited to the Christchurch Young Water Professionals screening of Brave Blue World. This is a chance for you to network with other Young Water Professionals over a few drinks and nibbles and join in a round table discussion about the film. 

Register now

Water Services Managers Group (WSMG) Meeting

3 December - Wellington 

Water New Zealand Water Services Managers Group (WSMG) members are invited to register for the upcoming meeting.

Find out more 

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Job Vacancies

Asset Engineer- Utilities

Manawatu District Council 

We are seeking a suitably experienced and qualified Asset Engineer to join our team to support the Utilities Project Manager. 

Applications close 25 October 2020

Find out more 

Water Services Manager 

Thames-Coromandel District Council 

Council is seeking to appoint a Water Services Manager within the Infrastructure Unit to lead the team responsible for managing Council’s water, wastewater and stormwater assets and operational service delivery. This is a key leadership role within Council.

Find out more

Water Engineer 

Tasman District Council

We are currently looking for the right person to take on the role of Engineer in the water/wastewater team - could this be you?

Find out more

Manager Service Planning

Wellington Water

The role of Manager Service Planning is a senior role that leads the Service Planning Team in delivering investment advice and leading asset management practises for Wellington Water, ensuring alignment with the organisation’s strategic goals and the region’s future infrastructure needs.

Find out more

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