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We’re looking forward to welcoming all our exhibitors, speakers and delegates to this year’s Water New Zealand Conference and Expo in just over a week. 

In this issue of Pipeline: Ngāi Tahu taking Government to court over water rights; Water metering throws up eye-watering results; Mother invents a sustainable solution to wet wipes; as the latest Association updates, industry news, events and job vacancies.

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Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 

We’re looking forward to welcoming all our exhibitors, speakers and delegates to this year’s Water New Zealand  Conference and Expo in just over a week. We’ve got a great line up of conference keynote speakers that include the Local Government Minister, water utility CEOs, as well as “virtual” international presentations from Tasmania and the Netherlands, not to mention a pre-conference work shop with Taumata Arowai as well as a huge array of thought leadership and technical streams.

You can attend in person or online - view registrations options here

Water New Zealand Welcomes Local Government Minister Decision

CEO, Gillian Blythe says Water New Zealand welcomes the announcement made this week that Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta will retain her local government portfolio.

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Māori Worldviews, Climate & Carbon Pathways Webinar

Did you miss our latest webinar on Māori Worldviews, Climate & Carbon Pathways? If so, you can watch the recording here.

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Did you recently appoint new leadership? Do you have an exciting event approaching? Did you complete a project? Water New Zealand would like to hear from you if you have any interesting updates you would like to share with the wider Water New Zealand network. Contact Renee Butler to submit content or to get answers to questions. 

Industry News

Ngāi Tahu taking Government to court over water rights

Ngāi Tahu is taking the Government to Court over what it says is the failure of the Crown to recognise its rangatiratanga over freshwater. It says that the Crown is attempting to assimilate Ngāi Tahu into its Kaupapa. Ngāi Tahu says the key issue is in relation to Māori rights and interests in freshwater and it says there is a need to recognise that they are not just another stakeholder but part of the authority that ought to be making decisions. Ngāi Tahu says that this action is in response to the destruction of waterways, over-allocation, and poor resource management.

Source: tvnz.co.nz

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The Hikurangi Response Planning Toolbox

We know the Hikurangi subduction zone can produce large earthquakes and tsunamis, and that these events have occurred in the past. This knowledge, combined with current research suggesting there is a greater likelihood of a rupture following the Kaikoura/Hurunui earthquake in 2016, and increased pressure building on the fault is the driving force behind this project.

Emergency managers, scientists, and key stakeholders have worked collaboratively to develop the Hikurangi Response Planning Toolbox. The toolbox is split into two volumes and can be downloaded here

National Lifeline Utilities Forum

The New Zealand Lifelines Council has just released the 2020 National Lifeline Utilities Forum presentations. 

Key powerpoint presentations we recommend members to check out are: 

  • Changing Face of the Three Waters Sector - Bill Bayfield Taumata Arowai
  • Fixing up our Ageing Wastewater Networks - Steve Hutchison Wellington Water
  • COVID All of Government Response - Ajay Makhija & Sarah Stuart-Black NEMA

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Entrepreneurial mother who despaired of the waste caused by wet wipes invents a sustainable alternative

Billie Jo Hohepa-Ropiha has invented a foam which she says turns toilet paper into an environmentally friendly, degradable wet wipe – and she hopes it will eradicate billions of wet wipes in the next five years.

Source: Stuff.co.nz

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Water meter test-runs in Marlborough continue to throw up eye-watering results

An early water meter trial in Marlborough found one house in Havelock leaking 30,000 litres a week. New results show two houses leaking that a day.

See this report from RNZ

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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 Water Services Regulator 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

Water Utilities Association (WUA) Meeting

12 November | Wellington

With the regulatory and likely service delivery changes coming at the three waters sector in 2021 and over the next few years it’s important to keep up on the current thinking and progress of these significant changes. For this reason, Water New Zealand’s WUA group will be holding several additional meetings over the next 12 months following recent webinars.

Members will hear from Kevin Lavery (SOLGM Director and former WCC CEO) on sector governance, Ross Copland Infrastructure Commission CEO on the role of the Infrastructure Commission in the 3 waters sector, and Water New Zealand on the Water Services Bill and Training.

If you are a WUA member and would like to attend either in-person or virtually please contact Katrina Guy 

Stormwater Modelling Guidelines Workshop 

17 November | 2- 3:30 PM 

Water New Zealand Conference & Expo | Hamilton 

Your input is needed - 96% of Water New Zealand survey respondents said National Stormwater Modelling Guidelines would be helpful to them. Discussions at this workshop will be used to help create a guideline.

If you want to be heard, make sure you attend the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo

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.

This event is open to anyone. 

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

Taumata Arowai - The Water Services Regulator 

Applications close today at 5 pm 

Principal Public Health Advisor

As Principal Public Health Advisor, we will be looking to you to provide strategic advice in the field of public health and be a strategic influencer in the water sector.

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Principle Advisor Water Engineering 

As Principal Advisor Water Engineering, we will be looking to you to provide strategic advice in the field of water engineering and be a strategic influencer in the water sector.

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Head of Regulatory

As Head of Regulatory, you will lead and manage our operational policy and service delivery functions to ensure we perform our regulatory activities in accordance with our legislative mandate and Regulatory Strategy.

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Senior Water Resource & Stormwater Engineer

Christchurch City Council

This is a varied and important role where you will provide civil engineering services for Three Waters (stormwater, land drainage, water supply, potable wells and wastewater) utilities and infrastructure.

Find out more

Tauranga City Council 

Manager - Project Outcomes - Waters

Tauranga is growing and expanding and the Council is offering the opportunity to transform and deliver a long-term vision for the city.

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Programme Manager - Waters 

We are looking to fill key roles where you will develop the strategy to implement a large programme of work, lead the team and engage effectively with the wider construction industry to ensure it is well positioned to deliver projects.

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Senior Wastewater Engineer

South Waikato District Council 

We are currently seeking a Senior Wastewater Engineer who is passionate, self-motivated and keen to make a real difference to the community.

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Utilities Engineer - Three Waters

Thames Coromandel District Council

Council is seeking to appoint two Utilities Engineers within the Three Waters area. They will provide water, wastewater and stormwater asset management and technical advice for the delivery of these services.

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Environmental Planner 

Hamilton City Council  

In this position you will actively monitor and engage on behalf of City Waters in changes to legislation, policy and plans, standards, codes and similar documents which may impact on the work we do.

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Drainage Investigations Techincal Advisor

The Technical Advisor – Drainage Investigations is a front line customer interface position undertaking drainage investigations and providing stormwater and wastewater drainage advice to customers.

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Business Development Manager

Aeris Global

The role involves supporting, maintaining, and growing the network of end-users, consultants, and contractors throughout New Zealand.

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