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Can you believe that Stormwater 2021 is less than two weeks away? Don't miss out on this year's amazing program. 

In this week's Pipeline; a look into the state of New Zealand's water infrastructure; new Inspiring the Future programme to broaden young people's career horizons; and the latest Association updates, industry news, events and job vacancies

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Latest Updates

Countdown to Stormwater 2021 is on

Less than two weeks to go. Don't miss out on joining over 300 of your industry peers at Stormwater 2021 in Tauranga.

 Register here

Innovation Showcase deadline extended

Submissions for the 2021 Innovation Showcase have been extended - now closing at the end of this week - 5 pm Friday, 30 April. The Innovation Showcase is an opportunity for you to promote your best and brightest innovative concept, design or product and receive feedback from the industries top minds.

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Inspiring the future 

Water New Zealand is very excited to be supporting a new programme called Inspiring the Future created by the Tertiary Education Commission. The programme aims to broaden young people’s career horizons and help challenge stereotypes that can limit their potential.

Inspiring the Future events are hosted by schools and at them, students hear from people in all sorts of different jobs. The water sector is facing a major skills shortage and there is a lack of awareness of the career pathways and opportunities in the sector. Inspiring the Future needs people from different walks of life to share their stories and we encourage all water professionals to sign-up to be role models and show young people what opportunities are available in the water sector. 

Find out more at inspiringthefuture.org.nz

Taumata Arowai website user survey 

Do you have 10 minutes to help organise content on the website for Taumata Arowai - set to be the new water services regulator for Aotearoa later in 2021?

This survey will be live for tomorrow (Friday 30th April), complete it online here. 

Water Utilities Association update 

Water New Zealand’s strategy and advisory members from the Water Utilities Association (WUA) met yesterday with the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) to discuss the Government’s three waters reforms. The discussions focused on the transformation of the status quo to the proposed number of entitles as well as the latest developments, issues and opportunities. Issues around workforce was a key area of discussion and it was clear that this is an area where there will be plenty of opportunities for skilled workers.

All WUA members please keep an eye out on our website for future events. 


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Photo Competition voting closes soon 

Who will be our lucky Photo Competition winner?

Don't miss your chance to vote for your favourite photo in our Water New Zealand Photo Competition. Voting closes Monday, 3 May 2021 at 11:59 PM. We have had some fantastic entries, so please do vote for your favourite!

Vote now 

Next Virtual Coffee Catch-up

5 May | 10 am 

The next Water New Zealand virtual coffee catch-up will be on Wednesday the 5 May 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.


Industry News

Our water problem in 15 worrying charts 

Newsroom's business editor Nikki Mandow looks at the serious state of New Zealand's water infrastructure. Her in-depth analysis uses data from Water New Zealand's recently-released National Performance Review. 

Read the report here

Auckland’s long term water resilience on track as Council, Watercare commit to ambitious targets

Auckland Council and Watercare have jointly committed to adopting ambitious targets designed to reduce Aucklanders’ use of drinking water by 20 per cent over the next 30 years to create a city more resilient to impacts of drought and climate change.

Read more

Asset Management Data Standard (AMDS) update

The Asset Management Data Standard (AMDS) programme will develop and implement a national, shared data standard for land transport infrastructure assets. Developers have been working with the sector, including the Three Waters Data Standards team to help re-baseline the standard for detailed rollout and support commencing July 2022.

Read about the approach and view the full data standard timeline

Online drop-in sessions will be taking place on Tuesday 18 and Thursday 20 May 2021 to answer all questions - Register to attend one of these sessions or email amds@nzta.govt.nz

Waste levy regulations gazetted

The Government has now gazetted regulations to increase and expand the national waste disposal levy and reduce the increasing amount of rubbish ending up in New Zealand’s landfills, from 1 July 2021. These regulations will be in force on Thursday, 13 May 2021. 

Find out more

Sewage island: how Britain spews its waste into the sea

Untreated waste regularly flows into waters across England and Wales. Is it time to radically rethink sewerage – or do away with sewers altogether?

Read The Guardian article 

Magnetic material could clean up microplastics

The University of Newcastle is investigating whether magnetic nanoparticles could offer a solution to one of our greatest environmental challenges: the presence of microplastics in waterways. 

Read Water Source article

Te Tahua Whakahaumaru CARE fund 

Manatū Taonga’s Arts and Culture COVID Recovery Programme’s Te Tahua Whakamarohi i te Rāngai Ahurea Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund. It will create employment and training opportunities, ensure vital skills, talent and creative infrastructure are not lost, and maintain and expand public access to creative and cultural experiences. This fund makes available $70 million in contestable funding over three years and is being developed and managed directly by Manatū Taonga.

See the CARE Fund overview for more about the Fund’s outcomes, priorities, five funding streams, and rollout plan.

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Upcoming Events

Taumata Arowai Update 

3 May | Online 

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.

Register here 

On-Site Wastewater Management Systems Workshop

3 May | Palmerston North

The New Zealand Land Treatment Collective, in collaboration with Water New Zealand, is pleased to present an Onsite Wastewater Workshop on Palmerston North on 3 May 2021 ahead of its conference (see more below). 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. 

To register for the workshop see NZLTC conference 

New Zealand Land Treatment Collective Conference & Workshop

4 - 6 May | Palmerston North

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

Find out more

Smart Water Infrastructure Group Case Studies Webinar 

20 May | Online

The Smart Water Infrastructure Group (SWIG) invites you to join Greg Ryan, Director Business Excellence at the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA). He will cover how WSAA is seeking to establish the basic foundations for digitalisation – clear definitions, classification hierarchies, along with the development of a digital reference framework to enable clearer, more effective conversations within water businesses and with suppliers. 

Find out more 

Climate Change Symposium 

23 June | Multiple locations & Online

This is the Climate Change Group's first Symposium and they invite you to join speakers Adam Lovell - Chief Executive of WSAA, Danielle Francis - leads the Liveable Communities program at WSAA, and Sophie Handford - National Coordinator of the School Strikes 4 Climate and speakers from the special interest group. You can either attend face to face at various locations around New Zealand or online via zoom

Register below: 

Backflow Conference 2021 

5 - 6 Aug | Lower Hutt 

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

Register now

National Backflow Prevention Day 

16 August 

National Backflow Prevention Day is a day dedicated to the celebration of backflow prevention and cross-connection control. Backflow preventers are the unsung heroes of water safety as they often go unnoticed, yet play a crucial role in supplying clean and safe water all over the world. Without backflow prevention, people would face the risk of consuming water with toxins, chemicals, waste, and countless other contaminants.

Find out more 

Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 

Earlybird and Group Registrations open Wednesday, 9 June

Save the date in your calendar to take advantage of the heavily discounted individual and group registration packages, so you won't miss out on attending the largest water conference in New Zealand. 

Find out more 

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Job Vacancies

Cadet Water Treatment Plant Operator 

Gisborne District 

We are currently seeking a motivated person looking for a career opportunity to develop their skills to become a qualified Water Treatment Plant Operator.

Applications close: 30 April 2021 

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Senior Operator Wastewater Treatment Plant 

Hastings District Council 

We are looking for a Senior Wastewater Operator with solid experience and a practical pair of hands to add to our wastewater operations team.

Find out more 

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator 

Whanganui District Council 

An exciting opportunity for a positive and driven wastewater operator to join the Whanganui District Council Infrastructure team.

Find out more 

Process Manager - Water and Wastewater Treatment 


An opportunity for an experienced water treatment process engineer or manager.

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Operations and Maintenance Manager - Water Reticulation


An opportunity for an experienced water reticulation professional. 

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Contract Manager 

Invercargill City Council 

This position sits within our Core Services team, and is responsible for managing infrastructure network maintenance and service contracts, by evaluating, monitoring and having overall accountability for contract performance.

Find out more 

Senior Water Treatment Technician 

South Taranaki District Council 

An opportunity for a qualified and skilled technician with a real "Can Do" attitude and genuine interest in the water industry.

Find out more 

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