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In this issue of Pipeline: Conference highlights; Congratulations to the 2020 Water New Zealand award winners; latest issue of Water is out now; Taumata Arowai - a whole new perspective on Wai; as well as the latest association updates, industry news, events and job vacancies.

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Water New Zealand 2020 Conference & Expo Highlights

Highlights from the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 2020 – thanks to all those that attended and made it another successful event!

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 Water New Zealand 2020 Award Winners

Congratulations to the Water New Zealand Award Winners. The awards showcase outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations within the water industry. This year’s winners were presented their awards at the Downer Gala Dinner at the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo.

Special thanks to our sponsors - Downer, Beca, Hynds, TRILITY, Pipeline & Civil, Site Safe, IXOM, Water New Zealand and Mott MacDonald for making the awards possible.  

Meet our winners

Water Journal

The latest issue of Water is available online

Our November/ December 2020 issue of Water is out now. 

Our feature articles are:

  • A taste of the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo
  • Building a lasting transformation - Minister Hon Nanaia Mahutua's update from the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo
  • New competency framework - the key to a skilled workforce
  • Huge interest in Te Ao Māori world views
  • When wastewater becomes your new water source

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Water New Zealand Constitution Update 

At the Annual General Meeting held via Zoom on Thursday, 17 September 2020 members voted in favour of three motions from members Helen Atkins and Lorraine Kendrick for a change to the constitution. As per Rule 19.2 of the 2015 constitution we were required to seek endorsement for this change from the full membership. We are pleased to advise that the membership endorsed this change and the changes to the Constitution came into effect on 30 October 2020.

A copy of the current Constitution is now available on our website.


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Smart Water Infrastructure Group (SWIG) Update

The Smart Water Infrastructure Group is looking for people who are wanting to join the management committee to get involved in work planning, running events and other initiatives for 2021.

Nominations will be open until the end of the year and should be sent to katrina.guy@waternz.org.nz.

Find out more 

People's Choice Award

Water New Zealand was delighted to sponsor the Waterways Postgraduate Student Conference People's Choice Award. Congratulations to this year's award winner Channel Thoms for her research on Distribution and habitat preferences of kākahi (Echyridella menziesii-freshwater mussels) in the South Island. 

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Water New Zealand Privacy Settings

As a valued member of Water New Zealand, you would have received an email alerting you about the changes to the law governing privacy of personal information in New Zealand that came into effect on Tuesday. The Privacy Act 2020 introduces greater protections for individuals and some new obligations for businesses and organisations, including Water New Zealand.

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Join We CAN 

The Water Efficiency and Conservation Network (WE CAN) Specialist Interest Group of Water New Zealand was first set up in 2015 and ran for a couple of years. We would like to restart this group and want your input. There are two options; the first to be a member of the WE CAN SIG and contribute to knowledge sharing; and the second to also join the steering group (committee).

Find out more

Industry News

Taumata Arowai - a whole new perspective on Wai

In a keynote address at the Water New Zealand conference, Taumata Arowai establishment CEO, Bill Bayfield said the new regulator intends to work collaboratively with water suppliers but it will also hold them to account. 

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You can access the Taumata Arowai pre-conference workshop PowerPoint slides here.



How to maintain uninterrupted flow of water for less. 

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Want NZ without single-use plastic waste? You can make it happen.

There's just 1 day left for you to have your say on the Government's proposals to phase out hard-to-recycle items and seven single-use plastic items. It will only take a few minutes and will make a difference for the future of Aotearoa and the planet.

Right now you can make a submission showing your support. Do it today. Submissions must be in by Dec 4th.

More information

World Water Loss Day 

4 December

Globally water losses from drinking water supply networks amount to 346,000,000,000 liters per day. If these water losses were reduced by only 30%, 800 million people could be supplied with already treated water. The Water Loss Specialist Group of the International Water Association (IWA) has very recently established the World Water Loss Day to raise awareness of the enormous problem of water losses from drinking water distribution systems and the need to get more serious fighting it. 

Head to their Facebook group to find out more. 

Water New Zealand has created a Water Loss Guidance Material resource that you can use to help reduce water loss. 

UC College of Engineering: Tongan Water Project

A remote village in Tonga needs clean drinking water but there is limited electricity to run a processing plant. That is the real-life challenge facing the University of Canterbury final-year Chemical and Process Engineering students for their team design project.

They need to create an economically viable plan for a small-scale plant to desalinate and sterilise drinking water. It should be powered by renewable resources since the village – a real place called Felemea – only has electricity for two hours each day and diesel is expensive.

Listen to Craig Stocker and Olivia Duplan talk through their solution, and hear from our very own YWP Christchurch chair, Lisa Mace about her experience working with them for this final year project.

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Better Investment Decisions Resources

Source: Building Innovation Partnerships 

Building Innovation Partnership has released the following documents: 

  • Developing a proof-of-concept national pipe data portal
  • Pressure Pipe Condition Assessment Report
  • Strategic review of procurement in 3 water

View resources 

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Upcoming Events

Modelling Symposium 2021

Call for Abstracts

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 and anyone can submit an abstract.

To submit an abstract, presenters will need to register for the symposium. Click here to register.  

Abstracts close Friday 11th December 2020 4 pm and can be forwarded to Katrina Guy.

Webinars on implementing the Essential Freshwater programme

A priority for the Freshwater Implementation Programme is making sure clear and consistent information is available to everyone involved in implementing the new freshwater regulations. Ministry of Environment (MFE) is holding a series of webinars to share information on the regulations and discuss implementation. You can take part in upcoming webinars and watch videos of webinars that have already run. 

Find out more

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Job Vacancies

Civil Draughtsperson/Technician GIS/AMIS

Marlborough District Council

You will deliver an effective support to Council asset management and have the opportunity to build on your experience or education that will allow you to develop your skills and knowledge in the Asset Management area.

Applications close 6 Dec. 

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Water Services Operations Engineer

Timaru District Council

Water services are a critical part of our community, our environment and our economic success. We depend on it daily, but don't often give it a second thought. It's our district's unsung hero. 

Utilities Asset Engineer 

Matamata-Piako District Council

This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated and skilled professional. We offer a challenging work environment where you can really make a difference to your community.

Water Engineering Opportunities


GHD is proud of it’s 25+ year history in the New Zealand water market and we are seeking passionate Technical Directors through to Intermediate Water Engineers. 

Chief Operating Officer

To Tatou Vai

This person will bring experience and knowledge to assist the Chief Executive of To Tatou Vai in achieving the goals identified and set by the Board.

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Principal Water Treatment Engineer

We are looking for a suitably qualified and experienced Principal or Senior Associate Water Treatment Engineer to join us and work with key clients from our Auckland or Wellington office.

Senior Associate Civil Engineer

As we go from strength to strength and our workload in the south expands, we’re looking for water-focused senior-level Civil Engineers to join our Dunedin team.

Intermediate Stormwater Engineer

In this role, it’s essential that you build strong relationships with clients and council, based on understanding their needs as well as maintaining their trust and confidence in our performance, ultimately leading to continuing work and repeat business. You’ll also be exposed to project management and site work.

Treatment Plant Supervisor (Wastewater)


We are looking for a highly motivated Treatment Plant Supervisor to lead the operation and maintenance of Bell Island WWTP.

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