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Mark the date in your diary - Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 2021 earlybird and group registrations open Wednesday, 9 June.

In today's Pipeline; $296M for the creation of new water entities, take a look at our Stormwater Conference 2021 photos and see our latest updates, industry news, and job vacancies

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Stormwater 2021 Highlights 

More than 400 water professionals joined us for the Water New Zealand Stormwater Conference 2021 in Tauranga - a great event and a record attendance!  Delegates were able to gain valuable insights and knowledge from the more than 50 keynote speakers and presenters as well as take advantage of the many opportunities for informal discussion and networking. Thank you to everyone who participated and a massive thanks to all our sponsors; Stormwater360, Dutton Stormwater, Stantec, InterGroup, Instrumatics.  Without your support conferences like these cannot take place.

Take a look at our photo gallery.  

Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 2021

Earlybird and group registrations open 9 June 

We are offering some incredible registration prices this year. The first 50 individual registrations are priced at $625 (excl GST) for current members of Water New Zealand followed by an additional earlybird member and non-member rate that will run until 16 July. As well as deals for individuals, we are also offering an earlybird group package rate. These prices are significantly discounted and are for a limited time only. T's &C's apply.

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Register for the next Taumata Arowai update 

14 June | Online 

There is still time for you to register for the next Taumata Arowai update. These webinars are a great opportunity for you to keep up to date with the latest happenings in the establishment of the new water regulator. They're also an opportunity for you to ask Taumata Arowai staff any questions that you may have. 

Register now for this free webinar

Three Waters workforce strategy update 

Water New Zealand, in partnership with Connexis, Taumata Arowai and the Department of Internal Affairs, is pleased that our application to the Tertiary Education Commission to access funding to develop a three waters workforce development strategy has been successful.

There is a big need to develop the three waters workforce in the face of a post-COVID environment, border closures, and the infrastructure deficit. The group is looking forward to addressing the sectors requirements.

Cultural Significance and Importance of Water (Wai) - Module

29 June | Auckland + 5 online sessions

We are running a second intake of this popular module – the first half-day in-person session will be held in Auckland and the course will continue online for five more sessions with presenters and guests speaking on topics such as Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Te Mana o te Wai, decision frameworks and empowering organisations.

Numbers are limited to ensure good quality interaction and learning. 

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Drinking Water 101 - new course starting soon

The next cohort for the Drinking Water 101 – digital badge starts on June 7.

This 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.

The course runs over four weeks but is designed to be completed in just four to six hours through a combination of reading, videos, resources and activities.

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'Game of Thrones' Pub Quiz 

6 Jul | Wellington 

You need to book out your evening on 7th July because it is the Water New Zealand annual Wellington Region ‘Game of Thrones’ Pub Quiz. And no, this is not a quiz about the Games of Thrones TV Programme... as you are a water expert you should get the play on words! This event is open to members and non-members within your organisation to form a team of six (maximum).

It's a great chance for you to meet the Water New Zealand team, reconnect with industry peers or meet new ones while having a night of insightful thinking…and much hilarity.

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Virtual Coffee Catch-up 2 June | 10 AM

The next Water New Zealand virtual coffee catch-up will be on Wednesday the 2 June 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 at the time, we will be recording each session. All recordings can be found on your Dashboard when you login to the Water New Zealand website. 

Watch 5 May Session 

Industry News

Reform Proposals include Stormwater 

Local Government Minister, Nanaia Mahuta told delegates attending the Water New Zealand Stormwater Conference in Tauranga that "it's important that the proposed water service entities have responsibility for all three waters - drinking, waste and stormwater".

Click here to view Minister's Speech 

$296M for Creation of New Water Entities 

Budget 2021 has allocated $296 million to fund the costs of the creation of new entities to "effectively, equitably and efficiently manage water infrastructure and provide New Zealanders with safe supply wherever they live." Finance Minister Grant Robertson says the government is committed to water remaining in public ownership, with local authorities, communities, iwi and others playing a central role. 

Read the Minister's speech.

Hutt City Mayor Campbell Barry elected as new Wellington Water Committee chairman

Hutt City Mayor Campbell Barry has officially taken over as chair of the Wellington Water Committee, marking a new era in the region's infrastructure crisis.

Read more 

Pandemic planning and enabling an effective emergency response 

Responding effectively in the wake of a pandemic or an emergency is key to ensuring we continue to serve our communities with as little disruption as possible.  This means it's essential to have robust and effective plans already in place. Our latest Water magazine has some tips to get you started on a pandemic plan and we also explain the government's CIMS emergency response framework. 

Creating and Maintaining a pandemic plan 

 Explaining the CIMS emergency framework 

Lead in Drinking Water. Is Plumbosolvency an issue in New Zealand? 

Stantec’s Laith Furatian and Simon Horsley are joined by Tom Dyer of Dunedin City Council to share the latest research, information, and ideas around lead contamination risk in New Zealand’s water networks.

View webinar recording 

Water consumption down as smart meters switched on 

There's been a big drop in the amount of water used by residents in Renwick following the installation of new water meters in the township. 

Read more 

‘We do need help’ Dunedin City Councillor says of money needed to repair ageing water infrastructure

We need to be upfront about the scale of the challenge - that's the message from Dunedin City Councillor, Dr Jim O'Malley and newly appointed Chair of the Wellington Water Committee, Hutt City Mayor Campbell Barry. 

Listen to the discussion on TVNZ Breakfast 

Say hello to the Poo Car 2.0

Urban Utilities has launched Australia's first poo-powered SUV, expanding its fleet of cars fueled by electricity generated by human waste.

Read more 

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Upcoming Events

Backflow Conference 2021 

5 Aug | Lower Hutt 

The biennial Backflow Conference could not have come at a more important time with all the changes happening in the sector, this event is a great opportunity for you to hear from leading industry practitioners, Taumata Arowai, MBIE and backflow trainers. You will gain the tools and insights you need to plan for the future and to ensure backflow prevention as a key part of water protection going forward. 

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Water Stories - Where a career in the water industry can take you

16 Jun | Auckland 

Curious about the experiences you can have or the impact you can make in the water industry? Join the Auckland Young Water Professionals for an evening listening to the water stories of people who have unique experience in the industry for up to 30 years! Speakers will share experiences that have enriched their careers and their lives and reflect on the ways in which a career in water can lead to a deeper understanding of the world and its people.

Presentations will be followed by a Q&A and an opportunity for networking.

Register Now 

WEF Stormwater Summit 2021 

22-23 June | Online 

Register today for the Stormwater Summit 2021: A Virtual Event to interact online and experience innovative topics, virtual peer-to-peer networking opportunities, and informative sessions from forward-thinking leaders in the water sector.

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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.

    Register below:

    Future-Fit Aotearoa 

    7-9 Sept | Auckland 

    The 2021 Future-Fit Conference is for engineers, architects, project managers, surveyors, asset managers, scientists and planners to come together to talk about the future of our built and natural environment in Aotearoa. This is a joint ACE New Zealand and IPWEA NZ conference in 2021.

    For more information about the event visit futurefitconference.co.nz 

    Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 

    21 - 23 Sept | Hamilton 

    Registrations will open on Wednesday, 9 June for individuals and group packages.

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    Job Vacancies

    Asset Planning Officer

    Waitaki District Council 

    This role is responsible for helping ensure the operation, maintenance, and development of Council's three waters assets is informed by reliable, timely asset information and planning aligned to Council's policy and service levels requirements. 

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    Utilities Engineer 

    Tararua District Council 

    This role requires a passion for water and wastewater, problem solving, asset and project management, and for supporting Council to successfully meet commitments to our community.

    Find out more 

    Water Supply Security Specialist 

    Christchurch City Council 

    In this role you will work as the council's principal expert in the field of drinking water safety, ensuring that we supply safe drinking water to our residents and businesses.

    Find out more 

    Water Engineer 

    Tasman District Council 

    This a hands on opportunity to be involved in a rewarding operational role in which you have both variety of work and the satisfaction of seeing the results of your efforts straight away.

    Find out more 

    Three Waters Manager 

    Taupō District Council

    This role will be responsible for ensuring that the delivery of Three Waters is planned and maintained to meet ongoing and future District needs and is well aligned to regional and national strategies.

    Find out more 

    Lead Advisor Regulatory Delivery

    Taumata Arowai 

    If you're a passionate and driven individual who has great aspirations for our tamariki and mokopuna, then join us and be part of making a difference. 

    Find out more 

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