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 In this edition, Modelling Symposium has moved online due to the change in COVID-19 alert levels and the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo - Expo stand sales going live next week. Check out our new guide on Te Mana o te Wai in the water services sector. 

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Modelling Symposium has moved online 

10-11 March | Online 

Due to the change in COVID-19 alert levels, the Modelling Symposium will now be an online event.

If you have already registered, you should have received an email with details on how to join and information about your refund for the consequent price reduction. If you have not received an email please contact Katrina.guy@waternz.org.nz.

If you haven’t registered, we have a range of online registrations available to make sure everyone can find out how new modelling developments are helping decision-makers face current issues in the water industry.

Register Here 

As it’s now vital to limit social contact, we hope you can understand the steps we’re taking to help keep our staff and attendees safe and help prevent the further spread of the virus.

Expo stands going live next week

Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 

The Water New Zealand Conference and Expo 2021 will be held at Claudelands in Hamilton from Tues 21 - Thurs 23 September.

If you are planning to participate in this popular expo, below are the dates the different expo stands go on sale. Remember - you must be a current Corporate Member with Water New Zealand before you book a stand. Please contact Pip Donnelly for membership enquiries:enquiries@waternz.org.nz

  • 3+ stand go live at midday – Wednesday, 10 March
  • Double stand bookings go live at midday - Thursday, 11 March
  • Single stand bookings open at midday - Friday, 12 March

Click here for all your important booking information.

Te Mana o te Wai in the water services sector

23 & 30 March | Online 

The Water Services Bill introduces a requirement that all those exercising functions, powers and duties have to give effect to Te Mana o te Wai. Water New Zealand has produced a guide and will be hosting a series of webinars to introduce the new document. 

Water New Zealand President, Helen Atkins will discuss how it can assist members to understand key concepts and values underpinning the Māori world view of the environment. The guide focuses on the meaning of Te Mana o te Wai as that term is used in the National Policy Statement on Freshwater 2020.

23 March 2021 – The first webinar is designed for the Water New Zealand general membership. 

Register Here

30 March 2021
–The second webinar is designed with Councils in mind.

Register Here 

Drinking Water 101 – Digital Badge is coming soon

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 it reaching your tap. On successful completion, you will be awarded with a digital badge.

Keep a lookout on our website next week for more information. 


Kaesser Compressors – a real superhero

Water Services Bill Submission 

Water New Zealand has made a submission on the Water Services Bill on behalf of our members. Water New Zealand fully supports this very important piece of legislation including both the intent of the Bill and the majority of the clauses within it. Water New Zealand considers that the regime the Bill sets up represents a sea change in the way drinking water will be regulated and will achieve a long over-due and much-needed improvement in the public health of drinking water for all New Zealand communities.

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Capture and WIN! 

We want to see your amazing pictures of anything relating to water, but we are especially looking for photos of projects and people working in the water sector. Entries close Tuesday 30th of March. You could be in to win a free registration for the Water New Zealand Annual Conference & Expo in September. 

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3 March members' Virtual Coffee Catch-up 

If you missed yesterday's virtual coffee catch-up, you can head to your dashboard on the Water New Zealand website and view the PowerPoint slides and the recording. 

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Industry News

New water regulator board announced as major government reform moves forward

Water New Zealand says the establishment of the new Taumata Arowai board is an important milestone in the journey towards safer drinking water for all New Zealanders.

The Minister of Local Government, Nanaia Mahuta has announced that former Director General of Health and respected public health specialist Dame Karen Poutasi will chair the inaugural board of Taumata Arowai. Appointed also to the board are Troy Brockbank, Riki Ellison, Brian Hanna, Dr Virginia Hope, Loretta Lovell, and Anthony Wilson.

Read more

Water infrastructure investigation

Data from Water New Zealand's National Performance Review has featured in an indepth series by Newsroom looking at how decades of underspending has led to the current water infrastructure crisis facing many regions across the country.

Wellington water chaos a warning for all

Wellington tip of iceberg for country’s water woes

Watercare seeks Govt help with $1.3b infrastructure hole

Jon Lamonte appointed as chief executive of Watercare 

Watercare Chair Margaret Devlin has announced the appointment of Jon Lamonte as chief executive of Watercare following a comprehensive recruitment process. Jon is currently CEO of Sydney Metro and will join Watercare on 6 April 2021.

Read more

Bowel Cancer NZ Questions links between disease and nitrate levels in drinking water

A medical adviser for Bowel Cancer NZ has questioned studies linking levels of nitrates in drinking water with an increased risk of bowel cancer.

Source: stuff.co.nz

Read more

Calls for tougher rules around home plumbing after lead contamination in drinking water

Water New Zealand's Noel Roberts talks about the many ways that lead can get into our water supply.

See the TVNZ story.

Strengthening the safety and resilience of Aotearoa’s large dams

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has announced that Cabinet has approved policy decisions for the development of new safety regulations for dams to protect people, property and the environment from potential dam failures. 

See more

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Upcoming Events

Stormwater 2021 draft conference programme is LIVE

12 - 14 May | Trustpower Baypark, Tauranga 

The Stormwater Conference & Expo 2021 programme has been released. Subject to change, this programme will see two and a half days of content followed by an afternoon of site visits. With around 60+ presentations including Keynote speakers - this programme is full of content to entertain, inspire and educate.

Click here to view the programme

Not registered yet?

Earlybird rates for the Stormwater Conference & Expo 2021 are still available up until Friday, 19 March.

Click here for more information on registrations and to secure a great rate early.

Emergency Water Station Visit - New Date

17 March | Wellington

Do you want to see inside one of Wellington's emergency water treatment plants? The Wellington Young Water Professionals (YWPs) are hosting a site visit to a number of emergency water treatment plants around the Wellington region. Come find out how these containerised treatment units can treat water from local sources to provide communities with enough water to survive until the water supply networks can be restored.

Register now

Water Services Managers Group Meeting (WSMG)

15 - 16 April | New Plymouth 

The next WSMG meeting is booked for April the 15th & 16th in New Plymouth. You can expect a workshop on the Three Waters Reform, RFI and Transition, as well as a site visit to the New Plymouth Waste Water Treatment Plant and of course the annual dinner. 

*Please note this event is for WSMG members only.

Register now

Water Utilities Association Meeting (WUA)

28 April | Wellington 

This event is for Water Utilities Association Members only. Join the DIA team for a session on the Three Waters Reform Programme to discuss some of the key issues being grappled with as they progress the reform programme. This is a great opportunity to get up to date and get answers to some of your questions.

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.

Find out more

New Zealand Land Treatment Collective Conference 

4 - 6 May | Palmerston North

2021 edition of the New Zealand Treatment Collective Conference will be held at Hotel Coachman, Palmerston North starting on the 4th of May. Its a 3-day event on improving outcomes for land treatment. 

Find out more

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Job Vacancies

Water Treatment Technician

Timaru Distrcit Council 

Timaru District Council is on the lookout for a Water Treatment Technician to join our Water Treatment team at the Claremont Reservoir!

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Senior Three Waters Design Engineer

Invercargill City Council

The Senior 3 Waters Design Engineer role is a new position in our Capital Projects arm of our Engineering Services team.

Apply Now

Great opportunities in Water and Wastewater services

South Waikato District Council

We are looking for people with skills at both Operator and Technician level, so there is something to suit anyone looking to join a specialist team and really add value.

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Winter Base Engineer: Water 

Antarctica New Zealand

The purpose of this role is to safely operate and maintain the facilities and engineering equipment at Scott Base, with a focus on water production, water reticulation and wastewater treatment.

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