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  We're having a great week in Tauranga at the Stormwater Conference, but if you didn't get to join us this time, we've got plenty more events and opportunities coming up over the next few weeks. Our latest Water magazine is now online and there's a pile of interesting and informative reading to keep you well occupied in these cooler days. Take a look below 

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Stormwater 2021 is underway 

A great first day at Stormwater 2021

Kicking things off  was Tina Porou's keynote speech on the concept of Te Mana o te Wai and the relationship between iwi, hapu, developers and users. One of Tina's key messages was that water is the nursing mother and we must look after her as she provides the gift of life. Listen here to her discussion on Waatea News about how it makes good sense for the stormwater sector to engage early with iwi and hapu.

We also celebrated the 20th anniversary of Stormwater with the cutting of a delicious cake and then Nicki Green and Wally Potts provided a local perspective on freshwater management.

More than 30 presenters shared their knowledge and expertise throughout the day and in the evening it was great to catch up with everyone over a few drinks and nibbles at the Intergroup welcome function.

Latest May/June Water Magazine 

Our latest May/June Water magazine is out now. Read online to find out more about why it pays to know Māori place names, an update from Taumata Arowai establishment CEO Bill Bayfield and find out more about Watercare's new boss, Jon Lamonte.

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Cultural Significance and Importance of Water (Wai) - Module

June | Auckland

This is a follow up to our first popular Wellington-based module currently underway.

The course provides a significant benefit to organisations, as candidates will be bringing knowledge with them to continue to develop within their organisations. Topics include an introduction to Te Ao Māori, a stocktake workshop, indigenous worldview and connection with water, Te Mana o te Wai, equity, Te Reo and decision frameworks.

Length: ½ day (Auckland – face to face) + five (1hr) zoom sessions with special guests.

The final date in June is still to be confirmed. Register interest to training@waternz.org.nz

Drinking-Water 101 - Digital Badge 

17 May - 18 Jun | Online 

Our drinking water digital badge programme has been underway for less than two months and already more than 40 people have either completed the badge or are working through the process.

You can now register for the latest cohort starting 17 May - you'll have four weeks to complete the 4-6 hours of online learning. We've had great feedback from our participants and it's a simple and quick way of gaining  an understanding of the process of getting drinking water to our taps.   

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Taumata Arowai update 

The reporting back of the Water Services Bill from the Health Select Committee has been delayed by six weeks while the committee considers nearly 1000 submissions.  The Bill will be reported back on 11 August and this means that the new regulator, Taumata Arowai, won't become effective until later this year.

If you missed our second Taumata Arowai webinar on 3 May, you can go here to see the recording and the powerpoint slides.

Next webinar update 

Our next Taumata Arowai webinar update is scheduled for 14 June.  

Click here to register  


Optimise your water operations for less – find out how here. 

Photo Competition Winner 

And the winner of Water New Zealand's Photo Competition, receiving the most votes, goes to Leilani Gundry from Tararua District Council who captured the image (above) of The Maharahara Swimming Pool. 

We would like to say thank you to everyone who participated in our photo competition. We had so many fantastic entries and we look forward to using the images as part of our Image suite

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Expressions of Interest for Canterbury YWP Committee

The Water New Zealand Canterbury Young Water Professionals Committee is looking for up to two passionate young professionals to join the committee. The committee organises a range of social and technical events for young professionals and students involved in the water industry.

We want to hear your new ideas and opinions to assist with upcoming event planning. It is important that committee members cover a range of employment organisations, areas of expertise, and levels of experience so that our events can reach as many areas of the water industry as possible. This includes students (post-graduate and undergraduate), engineers, operators, and scientists.

For more information 

Industry News

Taumata Arowai - A small smart regulator with a big job

“I don’t have to persuade you about the urgent need for these drinking water reforms. You see it daily in media headlines. Lead contamination in Otago, boil notices in Carterton. In fact, 32 communities currently have permanent boil notices.”

Read more about what the chief executive of Taumata Arowai, Bill Bayfield, has to say about water regulation and the role of Taumata Arowai in the May/June edition of Water magazine.

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Meet the XFP Pump with outstanding clog resistance. 

Isn’t it time for change

Greenhouse gas emissions consultation

The Ministry for the Environment is currently consulting on developing a new national direction - either a national environment standard, national policy statement or both - to help councils' decision-making on industrial greenhouse gas emissions discharges to air. MfE is also seeking feedback for non-statutory guidance, alongside national guidance, to support decisions made under the RMA on all (including non-industrial) GHG emissions - both direct and indirect sources. This would include guidance for new resource consents for water supply and wastewater related headworks and networks.

The Consultation closes on 20th May, and submissions can be made here

Everest Day- A National Appeal of the Himalayan Trust

On 29 May the Himalayan Trust will commemorate the anniversary of the first ascent of Mt Everest by launching “Everest Day.” To celebrate this remarkable achievement and honour the lasting legacy of Sir Edmund Hillary the Trust invites you to donate a “Fiver for Ed” to help support education, health and environmental programmes in Nepal to which Sir Ed dedicated much of his life. 

To make a donation and learn more about Everest Day go to www.fiver-for-ed.nz

Te Waihanga consulting on major changes to New Zealand’s infrastructure planning and delivery 

The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, is proposing an overhaul of the way New Zealand’s infrastructure is planned, prioritised and built, in a consultation document released yesterday. Te Waihanga Chief Executive Ross Copland says the document - He Tūāpapa ki te Ora, Infrastructure for a Better Future sets a proposed direction for a 30-Year Infrastructure Strategy, which is being developed. Public consultation on Infrastructure for a Better Future runs from 12 May to 24 June 2021. 

Submissions can be made through the Te Waihanga website here.  

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The Importance of Māori place names to stormwater design 

At last year’s Water New Zealand Stormwater conference, board member Troy Brockbank spoke about the benefits of delving into Māori placenames when planning new stormwater solutions.

Full story in Water Magazine 

Climate Response Accelerator

CreativeHQ are launching a Climate Response Accelerator and are searching for people with great ideas.

The Climate Response Accelerator is a 12-week programme designed to help impact-focused entrepreneurs solve some of our planet’s most urgent challenges. Selected teams from around Aotearoa, New Zealand will be provided with equity-free funding, mentorship and the tools and resources to help you advance at each stage of your growth.

More info and to get in touch with Creative HQ

Dozens of Canada’s First Nations lack drinking water: ‘Unacceptable in a country so rich’

Indigenous leaders are suing the Canadian government for not providing clean water – and ministers admit they have failed

Full story at The Guardian 

Condolences to Tonkin + Taylor

Water New Zealand extends our condolences to the staff of Tonkin + Taylor following the tragic loss of two colleagues on Taranaki Maunga last week. We also extend our deepest sympathy to the families of Peter Kirkwood and Richard Phillips.

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Upcoming Events

WUA & WSMG Workshop - Barriers to Transformation

24 May | Wellington

Water New Zealand is hosting a workshop to build on the recent DIA-led Three Waters engagements. This workshop is designed to focus on industry and workforce matters and continue to build a process of working closely with WUA and WSMG members as the reforms progress. Your knowledge, understanding and input is important to inform how NZ might build and transform the future waters industry and workforce. The workshop is intended to be a free flowing session targeted to water industry managers. WUA and WSMG members will need to log in to register.

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Smart Water Infrastructure Group Case Studies Webinar

 20 May | Online

The Smart Water Infrastructure Group (SWIG) invites you to join with 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.

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IWA Digital World Water Congress 

24 May – 4 June 2021 | Online

The first fully virtual IWA #WorldWaterCongress aims to bring together global stakeholders from the water sector and covers the full water-cycle, from water resources to wastewater recovery – connecting the dots for a water wise world.

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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 - who leads the Liveable Communities programme at WSAA, and Sophie Handford - National Coordinator of the School Strikes 4 Climate as well as speakers from the special interest group. You can either attend face to face at various locations around New Zealand or online via zoom.
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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 to take advantage of the heavily discounted earlybird sale.

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. 

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Job Vacancies

Senior Healthy Waters Specialist - Wastewater

Auckland City Council 

Our Infrastructure and Environmental Services team is looking for a Senior Healthy Waters Specialist to work in our Wastewater team.

Application close: 14 May 2021

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Senior Healthy Waters Specialist - Water Supply

Auckland City Council

This role requires a strong technical ability and integrity to effectively deliver and assist in the operation of high quality water supply infrastructure projects. 

Application close: 14 May 2021

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Services Asset Manager

Stratford District Council

An opportunity for an experienced 3-Waters Engineer looking to step into a management role.

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Senior Water Quality Science Officer

Gisborne District Council

An opportunity for an experienced Senior Water Quality Science Officer to join our Environmental Monitoring Team. 

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Manager utilities 

Tararua District Council 

We are looking for a Manager - Utilities, a strategic leader with technical expertise who will develop and enhance a high performing utilities team, responsible for the successful and sustainable delivery of seven water and seven wastewater schemes across the Tararua District.

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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.

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Water Operator Service 

Taupō District Council

This is a challenging & rewarding position and as a Water Operator Serviceperson at Taupō District Council you will be part of an award-winning team who have achieved several national awards within the water industry.

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Principal Engineer - Growth

Waipa District Council 

As our Principal Engineer - Growth you will provide strategic and technical engineering advice to ensure that Council and community infrastructure is integrated and coordinated with development projects as well as ensuring that infrastructure funding and growth plans are available to support this growth.

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