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Latest Updates

Stormwater 2021 Earlybird + Group Registrations close tomorrow 

Earlybird rates and group packages for the Stormwater Conference & Expo 2021, close tomorrow - 5 pm Friday, 19 March. Make sure you register today to get the reduced registration rate. Not sure how to register your group? Please email waternz@avenues.co.nz with your group registration details, including any additional requirements for individual delegates, and one of our helpful team will be able to do this for you.

Click here to see the registration information

Book a Stand at the Stormwater Conference & Expo 2021

Looking to promote your business at Stormwater Conference & Expo 2021? Then exhibiting could be for you. There will be 500+ delegates at this event so this is a fantastic way to boost your business and make valuable connections!

There are only a limited number of stands available for the Stormwater Conference & Expo 2021, so don't miss out!

Click here to see the floor plan and book a stand

Taumata Arowai Update

29 March | Webinar 

You are invited to join a free webinar hosted by Water New Zealand to bring you up to date with the latest information about the work that the newly established regulatory authority has been doing, current activities and next steps in the regulatory journey.

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Water Services Bill oral submission at Select Committee

Water New Zealand's Chief Executive Gillian Blythe and Technical Manager Noel Roberts spoke to Parliament's Health Select Committee on Wednesday in support of our submission on the Water Services Bill. 

They highlighted Water New Zealand's overall support for the bill and the establishment of Taumata Arowai but pointed to the gap in scrutiny of waste and stormwater discharges as well as concerns over the liability water service managers could face over breaches

Click here to see the slides, speaking notes and our media release

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. 

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 

    The first issue of Water  for 2021 is out now

    Water New Zealand members will by now have received their free printed copy of our glossy publication Water.  In this infrastructure-focused edition, we also look at some of the do's and don'ts when working with community activists, opportunities to save carbon emissions at wastewater treatment plants, and an update on three waters reforms, plus lots more.  Non-members can access a digital version of Water online. 

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    Drinking Water 101 - Digital Badge - First Intake 

    22 Mar - 23 April | Online 

    The Drinking 101 – digital badge is a fully online course designed to assist you with a basic understanding of drinking water and all the people and processes involved prior to it reaching your tap.

    By the end of this course, you will have a basic understanding of drinking water in New Zealand, understand the history of drinking water, understand what happens beyond the tap, have an understanding of what water treatment plants do and get an overview of some of the roles at the drinking water plants. 

    The digital badge allows you to learn in an online environment at a time that is convenient for you.

    Register Now

    Photo Competition Closing Soon

    Entries are closing on Tuesday, 30 March for the Water New Zealand photo competition. This year we are looking for photos of people and projects working in the sector. The winner will be decided by online voting and will receive a free registration to the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 2021 - including the gala dinner. Send your best shots through to enquiries@waternz.org.nz 

    For more information

    Latest National Performance Review coming soon

    Data from Water New Zealand 2019/2020 National Performance Review goes live this April. Drawing together information from 42 service providers, covering around 90 per cent of the population, it is the countries longest running bespoke assessment of drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services. 

    Keep an eye out in our next pipeline and our website for the release of an interactive data portal that allows you to examine the performance of services providers around the country. The data portal is accompanied by a national report providing a go-to source for information on our water networks. 

    Climate Change Commission report submission draft for comment 

    He Pou a Rangi (the Climate Commission) is consulting on a draft package of advice to the government on the actions it must take to reach net-zero by 2050, and ensure a transition to a low-emissions, climate resilient and thriving Aotearoa. You can read the draft and make a submission here. You have until 28 March 2021.

    Water New Zealand has developed a draft submission outlining challenges and opportunities related to water. If you want to read our submission you can do this here. If you wish to contribute to this submission email: lesley.smith@waternz.org.nz.

    Industry News

    Centralisation of water services: Nanaia Mahuta

    The government is pushing ahead with its three waters reform programme, the biggest shakeup in local government in decades.

    Listen here to the interview with the Minister of Local Government, Nanaia Mahuta talking on Radio NZ to Kathryn Ryan.

    Towards a Flood Resilient Aotearoa

    Flooding is Aotearoa/New Zealand’s most frequent hazard and its impact will increase under climate change through more intense rainfall events and sea level rise. The NIWA led “Towards a Flood Resilient Aotearoa” programme is a $15M, 5-year programme of works, designed to support the national scale changes needed to reduce the risks associated with flood hazards. 

    Find out more 

    Photo: RNZ / Tess Brunton

    Old lead fittings likely cause of Dunedin Contamination

    The Dunedin City Council is still investigating possible causes for high lead levels in the water supply for Waikouaiti, Karitane and Hawksbury Village, but it believes three of the six intermittent elevated lead levels can likely be attributed to old, cast-iron pipes with lead fittings in the vicinity of Edinburgh St, Waikouaiti.

    Read the Otago Daily Times story

    CDEM Capability Assessment Tool 2020

    The CDEM Capability Assessment Tool is a self-assessment tool for any organisation involved in civil defence emergency management. It is designed to assess its capability to manage emergencies. While use of the assessment tool is primarily voluntary, the CDEM Capability Assessment Tool will also support a periodic national reporting cycle, in which all organisations with responsibilities under the CDEM Act 2002 will be asked to complete an assessment to document our collective, national CDEM capability.  

    Download the CDEM Capability Assessment Tool

    Water Physical Stock Account released by Stats NZ.

    The Water Physical Stock Account presents information on the inflows and outflows of water through the inland part of the hydrological cycle, changes in storage, and some estimates of water use for a specific period. This account is updated with annual data (provided by NIWA and GNS) on an adhoc basis, with the last release being for 2014 data in 2018 (see the previous release here).

    Stats NZ are intending to update the Water Physical Stock account with annual and quarterly data (the first time quarterly data has been available) in the second quarter of 2021. They are seeking feedback to further understand if and how you have used this data in the past, if it was important to your work and whether or not you see its importance increasing in the future. To provide them with feedback complete this short survey regarding the Water Physical Stock account click here.

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    Upcoming Events

    Abstracts closing next week

    Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 2021

    Call for abstracts for the Water New Zealand Conference and Expo 2021 close next week 5pm Wednesday, 24 March.

    Click here to find out more about the submission process and to get your abstract in before the deadline.

    The Cultural Significance and Importance of Water Module

    31 March | Wellington + 5 Online Sessions

    The Māori world view (Te Ao Māori) acknowledges the interconnectedness and interrelationship of all living and non-living things. This holistic approach, seeking to understand the whole concept, not just parts of it, is at the core of this module.

    You will gain greater cultural awareness, respect and understanding of Te Ao Māori within the water sector and what it means to give effect to Te Mana o te Wai – a concept introduced in the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 (NPS-FM 2020) and included in the water services legislation.

    Find out more 

    Stormwater Group Regional Meeting

    25 March | Auckland

    The Stormwater Group have organised a regional meeting and have invited four amazing speakers: Sue Ira (Koru Environment Consultants Ltd) and Tom Stephens (Auckland Council), Mike Hannah (Stormwater 360) and Colin Roberts (DHI Water & Environment) to present. Come join the Stormwater Group and meet the speakers for drinks and nibbles.

    Find out more

    Waters Asset Data Standards Workshop + Networking Event

    13 April | Online and In-person

    The Smart Water Infrastructure Group (SWIG) have organised a workshop on the Code of Practice for 3 Waters Asset Data (CoP) which defines a minimum standard of data that is needed in regards to the asset management of 3 waters underground assets: pipes, valves, chambers, etc. Through a local council case study, we will explore how these data standards could be of value throughout New Zealand.

    This workshop will be hosted in-person and broadcast across 4 locations, providing valuable networking opportunities, as well as online. 
    Register at your nearest location below:  

    If you are unable to make the event in-person then please click on the location nearest to you and then click on the 'top' registration button to attend online. 
    Please contact Katrina Guy if you have any issues. 

    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 Supervisor 

    Palmerston North City Council 

    The Palmerston North City Council is seeking an experienced individual to coordinate and supervise our Water Treatment team, ensuring the smooth operation and maintenance of the Turitea Water Treatment Plant and associated pumping facilities. 

    Apply Now

    Senior Water Treatment Technician 

    South Taranaki District Council 

    The Water Treatment Technician position will suit someone who is adaptable, has a good grasp of modern technology such as computers and instrumentation, is capable of dealing with a wide variety of operating or process systems, has good understanding of drinking water standards and practices.

    Apply Now 

    Lead Engineer - Civil / Environmental

    Auckland Council 

    We would like to hear from civil and/or environmental engineers across principal/team leader levels to join us in this leadership role. This is a great opportunity for you to manage a small team responsible for developing and implementing engineering best practice across Auckland Council.

    Apply Now

    Water Treatment Operator

    Waipā District Council

    The Water Treatment Operator position is a busy and varied role where no two days are the same, and you won't spend all your time stuck in an office.

    Apply Now

    Activity Engineer 

    Nelson City Council 

    We’re responding to demand in the three waters space and expanding the team. We have an opening for an Activity Engineer specialising in Stormwater. 

    Apply Now   

    Water and Wastewater Operator 

    Matamata Piako District Counci 

    This role involves the operation and maintenance of the Council's water treatment plants, wastewater treatment plants and pump stations throughout the district.

    Apply Now

    Science Manager 

    Horizons Regional Council

    We're seeking a Science Manager to lead a high performing team in the Natural Resources and Partnerships unit.

    Apply Now 

    Marine Electrician

    Eastland Port

    Eastland Port operates a fleet of harbor tugs and workboats and now has a rare opportunity for an experienced Marine Electrician to join the marine team.

    Apply Now

    Senior Strategist (Natural Environment) 

    Auckland Council

    Auckland Council's Natural Environment Strategy (NES) Unit are a dedicated group of environmental strategists and we currently have a fixed term opportunity until November 2021 for a Senior Strategist to cover for a team member on parental leave.

    Apply Now 

    Team Lead Wastewater Treatment 

    Taupō 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.

    Apply Now

    Water and Wastewater Operator 


    An opportunity has arisen for a Water & Waste Water Operator to join our Facilities Maintenance and Management Services Contract with the New Zealand Defence Force

    Apply Now

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