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We hope you're taking care and staying COVID-safe. In this edition, we have more details on our major conferences - the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo and our Stormwater Conference. We hope to see you there. Submissions on the Water Services Bill close on 2nd March. All members are invited to a webinar to discuss our key issues. And if you missed our first Virtual Coffee Catch-up for the year, you can listen to a recording of it and at the same time, register so you don't miss out on future catch-ups. 

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Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 2021

The Water New Zealand Conference and Expo 2021 will be held at Claudelands, Hamilton 21-23 September. Our annual conference & expo is the largest and broadest conference of its kind in New Zealand, and we hope to see you all again this year. If you haven’t had a chance to join us yet, we certainly urge you to make 2021 the year that you do.

Have a look at The Water New Zealand Conference and Expo 2021 website for more information.

Expressions of Interest to Participate in the Thought Leadership Stream, Keynotes and Workshops

Do you have insights, innovations and findings that can help water professionals succeed? If so, this is your chance to be a part of New Zealand’s largest Water Conference and become one of the guiding voices of the Water Industry.

Water New Zealand is seeking expressions of interest from individuals and companies to participate in the Thought Leadership Stream, Keynotes and Pre-Conference Workshops at the 2021 Water New Zealand Conference and Expo. 

We invite you to share your expertise and transform the understanding of what is possible to a wide range of water professionals across the entire sector.

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Call for Abstracts

The Water New Zealand Conference & Expo is the main event for the water industry in New Zealand. The breadth of our industry calls for a wide and diverse programme of topics to be showcased at this event and we are calling for abstracts for papers to populate the technical programme. We want to make sure the conference is relevant and addressing current topics in the industry.

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Coming Soon

Online module - Drinking Water 101 – Digital Badge is coming

This fully online course is designed to assist you with a basic understanding of Drinking Water and all the people and processes involved prior to reaching your tap. On successful completion, you will be awarded with a digital badge. Please share this information with anyone that might be interested. Look on our website for more information. 

Module - The Cultural Significance and Importance of Water

 A huge gap exists in terms of the cultural importance and significance of water (wai) within the water sector. The development and delivery of this module will provide a significant benefit to organisations, as candidates will be bringing this knowledge with them and continue to develop this within the organisation. Some of the topics that will be covered include an Introduction to Te Ao Māori, a stocktake workshop, Indigenous worldview, Connection with Water, Te Mana o Te Wai, Equity, Te Reo and decision frameworks. Keep an eye on our website for more information - coming soon. 

Te Mana o te Wai Guide

The purpose of this guide is to assist water services sector members in understanding key concepts and values underpinning the Māori world view of the environment. In particular, this Guide focuses on the meaning of Te Mana o te Wai as that term is used in the NPSFM 2020. Webinars will be scheduled for the latter part of March. Further information will be provided in the next pipeline.

Research Hub 

Water New Zealand is initiating the establishment of a research hub to ensure that not only up to date research is made available to the water sector, but also providing an opportunity for identifying and pursuing research opportunities. The aim is to bring together people from different areas of the water sector, enabling knowledge discovery and creating solutions as a research group. If you are interested in joining the research hub group, please email training@waternz.org.nz to register your interest by the 5th of March 2021.

Water Services Bill 

Submissions on the Water Services Bill close on 2nd March 2020. Water New Zealand's draft submission is available here for all members to provide comment and feedback. 

Water Services Bill Webinar 

Friday 26 February | Webinar 

Water New Zealand invites all its members to join a webinar on 26 Feb to discuss our submission on the Water Services Bill. This webinar will provide a further opportunity for questions and input ahead of the closing date.

Please note: all members will need to login to the Water New Zealand website to register for this webinar. 

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Send in your best water image to win

Entries for our photo competition will be closing soon, so don’t delay. We’re looking for unique pictures of projects and people working in the water sector but of course, all water shots are welcomed. This can be anything from people laying down pipes to testing drinking water in the lab, or even simple scenes of water flowing down streams or out to the sea from the stormwater drain. We welcome all entries.

The winner will be decided by online voting and will receive a free registration to the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 2021.

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Competency Framework 

If you haven’t yet provided your feedback on the Competency Framework please send your feedback to training@waternz.org.nz

Virtual Coffee Catch-up 

3 March | 10 AM

The next Water New Zealand virtual coffee catch-up will be on Wednesday the 3 March 2021 at 10:00 AM. They’re a great way for us to informally catch up with members and keep you up to date with the latest happenings. They’re also an opportunity for you to ask questions and tell us what you think.



Don't worry if you can't attend a session, we will be recording each session. All recordings can be found on your Dashboard when you login to the Water New Zealand website. All you need to do is login, click on Dashboard and then on the right-hand side navigation bar click on Virtual Coffee Catch-ups. All past sessions recordings and slides will be available shortly after the live session date. 

Watch 4 February Session 

Industry News

WEF Stormwater Report Receives an Upgrade

Water Environment Federation (WEF) is celebrating 10 years of Stormwater Report by launching a new enhanced version. The report is aimed at helping stormwater professionals keep up with the research, technologies, and regulations shaping the dynamic stormwater management sector. 

Visit Stormwater Report 

Hacker attempted to poison water supply of Florida city, officials say

Local and federal authorities are investigating how a hacker was able to remotely gain access to a Florida city’s water treatment plant in an unsuccessful attempt at what could have amounted to a mass poisoning.

Source: theguardian.com

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East Otago Lead Contamination: Panel to head rapid review selected. 

Independent experts have been appointed to the government's rapid review into lead contamination in east Otago's drinking water.

Source: rnz.co.nz

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New WIPA Courses

More great news! Another two courses added to WIPA:

1. Risk Management
2. How to become a great environmental trainer

To find out more, head over to www.wipa.co.nz.

Puppy power sniffs out water leaks

Sydney Water has its very own team of “dog detectives”, and its latest recruit, Joey a 10-month-old pup, is ready to hit the pipes next month to help maintain the city’s water and wastewater network.

Source: watersource.awa

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World Water Day

World Water Day, 22 March 2021, is about what water means to people, its true value and how we can better protect this vital source. People from around the world are encouraged to use the hashtags #WorldWaterDay and #Water2ME to join the conversation.

Find out more

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Upcoming Events

Modelling Symposium draft programme out now

10-11 March 2021 | Christchurch

This year's programme will focus on such areas as urban stormwater modelling, flood modelling efficiency with digital automation, resilience modelling of landlock catchment, river flood models, as well as a site visit to the main pump station in Christchurch.

We have a great set of speakers already confirmed including Managing Director of Climate Acuity, Belinda Storey and Manging Director of Metis Consultants, Michael Arthur, both of whom bring over 10 years of risk management experience to the sector.

Read the draft programme 

Stormwater 2021

12-14 May | Trustpower Baypark, Tauranga

Earlybird & Group Registrations are now live. Get in quick to secure your registration at New Zealand's largest stormwater event. These rates are available until Friday, 19 March 2021. 

Register Now

Stormwater Awards

Time to start thinking about those great people who deserve recognition in our industry. Nominations for the 2021 stormwater industry awards are now open!

We are seeking nominations for 2021, the awards available include:

  • Stantec Stormwater Professional of the year
  • Young Stormwater Professional of the year
  • Stormwater Conference 2021: Paper of the year
  • Stormwater Conference 2021: Innovation Showcase Award

Find out more

SWANS Group workshop

2 March | Wellington

The Water New Zealand Small Wastewater and Natural Systems (SWANS) Group is hosting a workshop on Achieving Effective Communication within the On-Site Wastewater Management Community (OWMC): Starting the Process.

Click here for more information and to register  

Biosolids National Conference 2021 

4 & 5 March | Online & In-Person Hubs

The Australian Water Association (AWA) and Australian & New Zealand Biosolids Partnership (ANZBP) biennial Biosolids Conference will be held from Thursday 4th - Friday 5th March 2021. This conference will examine key developments across areas of the water industry and drive discussion, debates and collaboration which will help set the future direction for these specialisms. 

Find out more 

On-Site Wastewater Management Systems Workshop

3 May | Palmerston North

Come join the all-day workshop for On-site Wastewater Management (OWMS) to determine what are the OWMS issues in New Zealand.

Specialists from each industry sector have been invited to make 15-minute presentations focused on core OWMS issues. 

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Backflow Conference 2021 - Save the Date

4 & 5 August | Lower Hutt 

The Water New Zealand Backflow Group will be holding their biennial conference in Lower Hutt 5-6 August 2021. The programme will include workshops, training, Water Services Bill and Joint Standard updates. 

Find out more 

Water New Zealand Conference & Expo

21-23 September | Hamilton 

We are excited to announce that The Water New Zealand Conference and Expo 2021 will be held at Claudelands, Hamilton 21-23 September. 

Have a look at the conference website for more information

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Job Vacancies

Team Lead Wastewater Treatment

Taupo District Council

Taupō District Council is looking for a Team Lead Wastewater Treatment to provide a strong culture of high performance and accountability within the wastewater team.

4 Waters Strategy Advisor

Gisborne District Council

We are seeking an experienced individual to join our 4 Water Infrastructure Team to assist in the delivery of strategic and operational policy in relation to 4 waters activities to ensure effective management and planning.

Treatment Plant Technician

Waitomo District Council

We are looking for an experienced Treatment Plant Technician who can operate and maintain our facilities to join our Waitomo District Council team.

Utilities Asset Engineer

Nelson City Council

We’re responding to the future of the three waters reform and expanding the team. We have an opening for a Utilities Asset Engineer, specialising in Water, Wastewater and Stormwater.

Technical Account Manager 


This is an exciting opportunity for a professional Account Manager with strong technical/engineering experience to join our Nalco Water Light Division servicing our clients within the South Island of New Zealand.

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