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Water New Zealand Backflow Conference earlybird sale ends soon, get in quick to receive a huge discount. 

In this week's Pipeline; New Zealanders rank drinking water as our number one infrastructure issue, the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo draft programme is online, and register for the next Taumata Arowai update. 

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Latest Updates

Te Wiki Tūao ā-Motu - National Volunteer Week 

National Volunteers Week 2021 is here, and we want to say a massive thank you to the many members who contribute so much to our association. Even in the challenging COVID-related times, it has been clear that so many of you are willing and ready to commit to the future of the water industry and we cannot thank you enough. 

Water New Zealand Conference & Expo

If you missed the latest news, the 2021 Conference programme is now available online. Unsure about your attendance this year?  View the programme here - we think you will be enticed to register!

Poster Abstract Submissions are now open

Presenting a poster is a great way to share some of your recent work without having to prepare a full paper. 

If you have any questions about submissions, please click here to view the submission guidelines. 

Water New Zealand President-elect appointed

At the Water New Zealand Board meeting on Monday 21 June 2021, Lorraine Kendrick was elected as Water New Zealand’s President-Elect, with her term commencing following the conclusion of Helen Atkins’ term at next year’s AGM (September 2022). Please join us in congratulating Lorraine on her election.

Backflow Conference 2021

5-6 August | Lower Hutt

The biennial Backflow Conference cannot be coming at a more important time.  There are major 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 that backflow prevention is a key part of water protection.

Register now for a great earlybird deal

Errors in Published Pipe Defect Scores - NZ Gravity Pipe Inspection Manual

A recent software update identified publishing errors in the NZ Gravity Pipe Inspection Manual. The errors were within Table E1.3 and E1.4, Section E1 (specifically Pages 244 to 248) for the defect score values. These errors have now been corrected and the updated manual is on our website.

View updated manual 

Virtual Coffee Catch-up 

7 July - Online 

The next Water New Zealand virtual coffee catch-up will be on Wednesday 7 July 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.


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.

Find out more 

Join the YWP Facebook page 

The Water New Zealand Young Water Professionals have created a Facebook page with the aim to connect, develop and empower future water leaders. The page also facilitates the exchange of ideas on water management in New Zealand. 

Anyone is welcome to join the group page

Industry News

New report reveals New Zealanders views on infrastructure issues

Over 23,000 New Zealanders have called for action to address the country’s infrastructure issues in a new report published on Tuesday by the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga.

Safer drinking water, climate change action, increased public transport and reduced roading investment all feature in the Aotearoa 2050 report, which forms part of Te Waihanga’s work to develop a 30-year Infrastructure Strategy.

Find out more and see our media release

He Tūāpapa ki te Ora | Infrastructure for a Better Future

The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga is developing a 30-year Infrastructure Strategy for Aotearoa New Zealand. This consultation document sets out a proposed direction for the Strategy and is open to your feedback, ideas and views. Following consultation, this information will be used to finalise the draft Infrastructure Strategy that will be provided to the Minister for Infrastructure.

Submissions are open until 2 July 2021.

Have your say 

Construction & Infrastructure Workforce Development Council board members announced

Another important milestone to give the industry a greater role in vocational education and training has been reached with the appointment of governance roles to lead the newly created Workforce Development Councils.

Read more 

Whangārei leads councils’ revolt against $120bn water expropriation

Whangārei is threatening to pull out of the massive project to regionalise the country's water infrastructure, in the first blow to the Government's ambitious plans.

Read Newsroom article

Ruapehu District Council offers plumbing help to stem water loss

Ohakune's dripping taps and leaking pipes must be fixed to prevent the loss of 720 cubic metres of potential drinking water every day.

That's prompted Ruapehu District Council's offer to pay $200 per household toward plumbing work in a campaign targeting the unusually high water loss from Ohakune's reticulated network, environmental manager Stuart Watson said.

Read NZ Herald article

Christchurch City Council votes 11-6 to implement excess water use charge

Christchurch residents will be charged for excess water use from July, though no fines will be issued for the first year as people get used to the scheme.

Read stuff.co.nz article 

Extention consultation - Proposed Critical Infrastructure amendments to CDEM Act 2002

The consultation period for the proposed critical infrastructure amendments to the CDEM Act has been extended by 2 weeks and now ends on Monday 12 July.

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 12 July 2021.

View Critical Infrastructure Consultation document

Taumata Arowai Māori Advisory Group announced 

In case you missed it, on the 4th of June the Taumata Arowai Māori Advisory Group was announced. As provided for in the Taumata Arowai – Water Services Regulator Act, the Māori Advisory Group’s role will be pivotal in advising the new water services regulator Taumata Arowai and its board on Māori interests.

View media release 

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Upcoming Events

Taumata Arowai Update 

2 August | Online 

Register for the fouth 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 

If you missed our latest webinar with Taumata Arowai, you can view the recording here  

Game of Thrones Pub Quiz

6 July | Wellington 

You need to book out your evening on 6th July because it is the annual Water New Zealand Wellington Region ‘Game of Thrones’ Pub Quiz. Put your thinking caps on and get together with your colleagues to take the trophy from last year’s winners "Wave Runners" from Tonkin + Taylor. Plus, it is a great chance 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.

Find out more 

New approaches to Flood Risk Management through Climate Change 

7 July | Online 

What are world leading hydraulic engineers doing about climate change? IAHR invites New Zealand engineers to join their technical session webcast on 7 July from 5-6:30 pm NZ time. The speakers are Xiaotao Cheng - Professor, China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research and Alastair Barnett -  Director, HYDRA Software Ltd, New Zealand. 

Find out more 

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. 

Find out more

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Job Vacancies

Water Treatment Plant Technician

New Plymouth District Council 

Applications close EOD today.

We are seeking a reliable team player, who is an excellent problem-solver, with a 'can do' approach. You must have a keen eye for detail, the ability to learn quickly, and a solid health and safety mindset.

Find out more 

Senior Advisor 

Taumata Arowai 

This is a hybrid role – not only will you work at a national level from Wellington to build awareness and achieve compliance, particularly with water suppliers in large metropolitan areas; you will also undertake operational regulatory activities at a regional level for the Nelson Marlborough area.  

Find out more 

Wastewater Technician 

South Waikato District Council 

The South Waikato region is thriving, and we currently have an outstanding opportunity for a technically minded person to join our team as a Wastewater Technician. Taking the next step in their career whilst being involved in some exciting projects on a day to day basis.

Find out more 

Senior Infrastructure Planning Advisor

Tasman District Council

Lead the planning of safe and secure water supply and wastewater services for Tasman's growing communities and unique environments.

Find out more 

Senior Regulatory Project Officer

Bay of Plenty Regional Council 

This is an exciting opportunity to join our highly motivated and friendly team. You will work alongside your team mates, engaging with other councils, government agencies and landowners to promote best practice across the region.

Find out more 

3 Waters Data and Systems Analyst/Technician

Whakatāne District Council 

An opportunity for a Three Waters Data and Systems Analyst/Technician to develop and implement a Three Waters Data Strategy and lead the creation, retention and storage of Three Waters data.

Find out more 

Team Leader Engineering 

Hawkes Bay Regional Council

An opportunity for a Team Leader Engineering to join the Regional Assets team. Reporting to the Manager Regional Assets, this role will lead a team of 5 skilled engineering professionals who are responsible for the civil design work involving our rivers and drainage assets, including hydraulic modelling and assessment of environmental functions. 

Find out more 

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