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Register now for the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 2021 and grab a great deal

The Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 2021 is being held at Claudelands in Hamilton from 21-23 September, and we are expecting this to be one of our most exciting programmes to date - don't miss out on these super cheap registration rates. We are working hard to get you the preliminary conference programme by the end of the week.

We are also pleased to confirm this year's pre-conference workshop: Focusing on the three pou (pillars) of three waters reform - facilitated by Taumata Arowai and the Department of Internal Affairs. This will be held on Monday, 20 September and you can either add this into your full conference registration or register to attend the workshop only.

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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


Skill-Up, 3 Waters Qualifications with Connexis

Next Drinking Water 101 - Digital Badge starts 28 June

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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The 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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Industry News

$185b over 30 years: Report reveals overhaul needed for country's water network

A new report has found creating one to four providers is the most efficient way to overhaul management of New Zealand's three waters network.

The affordability challenge of tackling decades of underinvestment is eye-watering.

Listen to Water New Zealand CEO Gillian Blythe on NewstalkZB.


Meet the XFP Pump with outstanding clog resistance. 

Isn’t it time for change

Consultation - Proposed Critical Infrastructure amendments to CDEM Act 

The National Emergency Management Agency requests feedback on several proposed amendments to the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002 in relation to Critical Infrastructure (Lifeline Utilities). Please provide submissions to the proposed amendments by return email to trifecta@nema.govt.nz by COP Monday 28 June 2021.

View Critical Infrastructure Consultation document 

Consultation - New Joint Standards Australia and Standards New Zealand projects

Standards Australia invites your organisation's feedback on the following new standards; Design for Installation of Buried Concrete Pipes and Design for Installation of Buried Concrete Pipes - Commentary

Direct your comments to joints@standards.govt.nz by Thursday 1 July 2021. 

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Impacts and implications of climate change on wastewater systems: A New Zealand perspective

Climate Risk Management (2021) Wastewater systems provide a critical service to society, and their vulnerability to the impacts of climate change places the health and sanitation of many communities at risk. This paper considers the significance of the impacts and implications, how they will be distributed across different groups, how they will manifest in different cultures. 

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'Growing kai under increasing dry' webinar series

The 'Growing Kai under increasing Dry: A rolling symposium on Drought and Climate Change' finished last week. There were three short background webinars, talking about the latest in climate projections, drought resilience research and land-use science, that culminated into an all-day event to generate evidence-based conversation around future drought policy.

All three webinars are available on their YouTube Channel

Girls with Hi-Vis 

Take a look at this initiative to get more young women into infrastructure. Girls with Hi-Vis gives female school students the opportunity to visit an infrastructure company with their school, get hands-on experience and hear from women in the industry.

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Pūhoro STEM Academy Summer Intern Hosting Opportunity

We encourage you to register your organisation's interest in hosting internships or work experience opportunities for Pūhoro STEM Academy students. 

We face more complex challenges than ever before, and almost all future jobs will require some STEM knowledge. Māori are estimated to be 30 percent of the workforce by 2030, but currently represent less than two percent of the scientific workforce. It is more important than ever to ensure Māori have opportunities to develop STEM skills. 

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Stats NZ release the water physical stock accounts:1995-2020.

The water physical stock accounts focus on water quantity and provide estimates of national and regional water flows (precipitation, evapotranspiration, and rivers) and change in storage (ice, snow, soil moisture, groundwater, lakes and reservoirs, and hydro-electric generation water use), from 1995 to 2020. The current release both extends the length of the time series and is the first to provide quarterly estimates.

These estimates pull together data from the National Institute of Water and Atmosphere (NIWA) and the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Limited (GNS)

View water physical stock accounts

Enter this year's Cawthron NZ River Awards

Entries are now open for this year's Cawthron New Zealand River Awards. Running since 2013, these awards celebrate the efforts and achievements of people who are committed to improving freshwater health.

There's more information about this year's awards and how to enter here.

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Upcoming Events

Climate Change Symposium 

23 June | Various locations around NZ or online 

Help shape the water sector's decarbonisation journey by joining the Climate Symposium on Wednesday 23 June.

You will hear from Adam Lovell - Chief Executive of Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA), Danielle Francis - who leads the Liveable Communities programme at WSAA and Sophie Handford - Kapiti Coast District Councillor and founder of School Strike 4 Climate in Aotearoa New Zealand, and Katy Te Amo - Head of Strategy and Insights at Taumata Arowai, she will talk about our new water regulators take on climate issues, as well as speakers from the Water New Zealand climate change special interest group.

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

16 June | 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.

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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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Taituarā — Infrastructure for the Future Forum 

24 Jun | Wellington

Communities increasingly expect local government to work together with central government to find solutions to their infrastructure issues. This forum is for key decision makers, including those working in strategy, planning, and construction, to explore how central and local government, as well as the private sector, can help communities across Aotearoa New Zealand plan for their future infrastructure needs. 

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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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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 

National Lifeline Utilities Forum 2021

3-4 Nov | Queenstown 

This Forum brings together those delivering infrastructure resilience to discuss the latest developments and opportunities.

The forum is free for invited participants from regional Lifelines Groups, national lifeline utilities, CDEM Sector, critical lifelines users, research agencies and others working on improving New Zealand’s infrastructure resilience. 

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Job Vacancies

Assets Engineer (Bylaws)

Bay of Plenty Regional Council 

We are looking for a highly motivated and organised Assets Engineer (Bylaws) to contribute to the effectiveness of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and make a real difference to our community and the environment. 

Applications Close: 11 June 2021

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SCADA Engineer

Waipā District Council

In this autonomous role you will be responsible for the overall network administration of our SCADA system, taking accountability for administering Council's SCADA infrastructure and network security. 

Applications close: 13 June 2021

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Infrastructure Officer 

Kaipara District Council 

An opportunity for a technical specialist to join our Infrastructure Services team to deliver as an Infrastructure Officer in the area of 4 Waters, to assist us in maintaining and operating infrastructure which services our growing community. 

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Intermediate and Senior Environmental Engineers

Lowe Environmental Impact

Intermediate and Senior Environmental Engineers with capability in design and consenting of stormwater treatment, wastewater land application systems or related fields. We are looking for professionals who will contribute to, and provide leadership for delivery of projects, and be active in field and desktop investigations.

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Civil Engineer 

Christchurch City Council

With high profile and community projects and an interesting variety of work we are now looking for a Civil Engineer to join our Technical Services and Design department, a team of technical professionals, all experts in their fields dedicated to delivering best value sustainable infrastructure.

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