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Ngā mihi o te tau hou! Happy Matariki!

In this week's Pipeline, read about the water stars of Matariki and hear what Matariki means to some of our members. Plus, if you haven't already registered, you have until 16 July to take advantage of the Earlybird and Group registration packages for the Water New Zealand Conference and Expo. 

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Don't miss out on great deals! Earlybird and Group registrations close 16 July

Individual Earlybird and Group registrations close Friday, 16 July 2021 for the 2021 Water New Zealand Conference & Expo at the Claudelands Event Centre, Hamilton from 21-23 September.

Register today to secure your Individual Earlybird rates and Group packages and don't forget to register for the pre-conference workshop - listen to Taumata Arowai and the Department of Internal Affairs discuss the three pou (pillars) of water reform. 

Register now

Water New Zealand Excellence Awards - calling for nominations 

The Water New Zealand Excellence Awards are an important opportunity to recognise excellence and achievement across the water sector. 

Nominations for the 2021 Water New Zealand Excellence Awards open on Monday, 12 July.

We are seeking nominations for seven awards covering outstanding achievements from young water professionals and trainees, and excellence across health and safety and projects. This year we are introducing a new award the Environmental Sustainability Project Award - to reflect the changing focus of the sector and highlight the importance of protecting the mauri of the wai.

View award categories 

The latest Water is out now

The July/August edition of Water should be on your desks this week and it will be available to read online. Read about our Stormwater Award winners, the latest Taumata Arowai developments, celebrating Matariki and how you can help encourage our next generation of water professionals - and plenty more.

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Backflow Conference 2021 

5-6 August | Lower Hutt

Do you or your organisation have the tools and insights to keep up to date with the changes happening within backflow prevention? 

The 2021 Backflow Conference will provide you with the opportunity to gain industry insights and get ahead of the changes happening in the sector. You will hear from Taumata Arowai – the new water regulator who will discuss the new drinking water standards and how they affect suppliers. This conference is not only about learning but collaboration too. You can have your say on the changes being made to backflow prevention in the Water Services Bill.

You will also be able to attend the backflow training refresher workshop, learn about the new training standards and meet with your peers.

Find out more 

Three Waters Reform Update webinar

21 July | Online 

The next stage of the Government’s three water reform proposal was released on Wednesday 30 June. The release included three (out of four) cabinet papers outlining the intention to establish four new publicly-owned water service entities. The fourth cabinet paper will address proposed arrangements for transitioning to and implementing the new system. That paper is due to be made public shortly.

Gillian Blythe and Noel Roberts will talk about the proposals and provide updates on developments.

Register now

Water New Zealand Nominations for Appointed Board members

Notice is given for the call for nominations for Appointed Board Members. The closing date for nominations is Tuesday, 3 August 2021 at 4.00 pm. This year three positions are available. 

Find out more 


Combine your pumps with grinders to solve wastewater challenges.

'Game of Thrones' Annual Quiz Night Winners

Our 8th annual 'Game of Thrones' quiz was held in Wellington on Tuesday night, and the trophy changed hands! Congratulations to Envelope Engineering who took the 'throne' home this year - awesome work Ryan Rose, Andrew Horsley, Mel Blyde, Kyle Dirse, Jack Thomson and Matt Aitchison. Thank you to all the teams who attended last night, it was a great turn out and we hope everyone had fun.

OSET National Testing Facility Survey 

The OSET National Testing Facility is on-hold to allow time for a review of the long term relevance of the OSET testing facility for on-site wastewater management within New Zealand. This survey is to assess if the on-site wastewater industry, regulators and other key stakeholders see value in having an OSET testing facility in NZ; to provide guidance for either closing the testing facility or undertaking a full review of the testing approach and procedures and to find out who might be interested in attending a workshop to form a group to carry out a review and provide recommendations. This survey closes Friday 16th July.

Complete survey 

Drinking-Water 101 - Digital Badge

19 Jul - 20 Aug | Online 

If you haven't already heard, our Drinking Water 101 - Digital Badge 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 has been structured into a combination of reading, videos, resources and activities for you to complete over a 4 week period at times that suit you.

Register for the next cohort

The Cultural Significance and Importance of Water Module 

21 October | Christchurch + 5 online sessions

We have now confirmed dates for the third intake of this popular module - the first half day in-person session will be held in Christchurch on 21 October and the course will be followed by five online sessions with presenters and guests speaking on topics such as Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Te Mana o te Wai, decision frameworks and empowering organisations.

Register Online 

Industry News

Vital conversation needed on three waters future - Water New Zealand 

The release of the Government‘s three waters reform proposals provide central government, local government and their communities with the information needed for a vital conversation on the future of the three waters. See our media release.

View the Government release

Click to see the latest information on the cabinet decisions and reform proposals


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

Environmental groups team up to call for stricter water nitrate limit

Four major Kiwi environmental organisations have teamed up to push for the Government to set a strict nitrate pollution limit of less than 1 milligram per litre in New Zealand’s waterways.

Read stuff.co.nz article 

Water supply - Backflow prevention devices, Part 1 draft standard is open for commenting

The Australian Standards Water supply - Backflow prevention devices, Part 1: Materials, design and performance requirements draft standard is open for public comments. 
You can view the draft with the latest comments and provide your feedback here

Feedback closes on the 8 August 2021

Let's shed the lead 

Masters Plumbers CEO Greg Wallace says the government needs to urgently address the issue of lead in tap fittings.

Read the article in our latest Water journal 

Apply to be on the ANZBP Advisory Committee

The Australian & New Zealand Biosolids Partnership, or ANZBP has opened applications for several vacancies on the committee for new members to take up the role from September 2021. Applicants must work for a subscribing member of the ANZBP to be eligible for these positions. If you are unsure whether your employer subscribes to the ANZBP, please get in touch with the programme manager.

Applications close on 31 July 2021 and applicants will be notified of the outcome by 31 August 2021. 

For a nomination form or for more information contact Minh Duc Nguyen - mdnguyen@awa.asn.au.

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Upcoming Events

Taumata Arowai Update 

2 August | Online 

Register for the fourth 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.   

A discussion with Hannah Edmond - 2020 YWP of the Year

13 July | Auckland 

Join Auckland’s Young Water Professionals for a discussion with 2020’s Young Water Professional, Hannah Edmond. Hannah will speak about her work that led to the award and her experiences and observations of the water industry as a YWP. This will be followed by an open Q&A and a short interactive session to inspire discussion around the future directions of the water industry.

Find out more 

Vocational Training Hui

13-29 Jul | Multiple locations & online

Te Pūkenga, the new organisation tasked with bringing together New Zealand’s vocational education and training into one entity, will be hosting a series of in-person hui for employers, industry representatives and Transitional Industry Training Organisations (ITOs). The hui will provide; an update on research into current vocational education challenges, how they might be addressed and listen to industry feedback.

Venue locations and further detail can be found on this Registration site.

Tools for Estimating Carbon 

22 July | Online 

Are you keen to start reducing your organisation's greenhouse gas emissions but don't know where to start? The Water New Zealand Climate Change group are hosting their fourth webinar on greenhouse gas emissions and will discuss what techniques can be used for carbon management. 

Find out more 

SWIG - Using digital technology to shape new outcomes for the water sector

12 Aug |  Webinar

At this Lunch and Learn session the Smart Water Infrastructure Group (SWIG) will share recent case studies of digital projects developed for the water sector. The focus of this session will be to highlight how using data and technology is supporting water authorities in their everyday decision making. Four speakers representing various horizons in the water industry will share their experiences.

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.  It 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

Upcoming site visits

Water New Zealand and CIWEM are bringing you two site tours this spring in Christchurch.   

  •  6 Oct | Christchurch City’s Water Supply PS 1024 – Main Pumps
  • 17 Nov | Christchurch City’s Bromley WWTP

More details to come – Please contact Liam.foster@wsp.com should you wish to discuss the planned site tours.

Water Asset Management Forum

17-18 Nov | Wellington  

Save the date - IPWEA New Zealand and Water New Zealand are jointly hosting a Water Asset Management Forum in Wellington on the 17-18 of November. 

More details to come. 

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Job Vacancies

Senior Advisor, Reticulation and Maintenance

Christchurch City Council

Are you an engineer with a passion for water and wastewater reticulation and treatment? Would you like to join an organisation that makes a difference? We manage water and waste to sustain life and protect our environment.

Applications close: Today at 23:55

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Team Lead Wastewater Treatment

Taupō District Council

This role is responsible for ensuring the efficient and effective operation, maintenance and development of Council’s wastewater facilities.

Applications Close: 9 July 2021

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Senior Operator Serviceperson – Asset Renewals & Pools

Taupō District Council

In this senior role, you’ll provide leadership to the Asset Renewals team, helping to build our culture of high performance, comradery and accountability. You’ll maintain, update & develop Water & Wastewater asset information and operational maintenance plans and ensure the efficient & effective operation & maintenance of Council’s treatment assets.

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Treatment Technician

Hauraki District Council

In this role, you'll operate and maintain treatment plants and pumping stations in accordance with operational and process requirements, procedures, drinking water standards and consent requirements.

Find out more 

Freshwater Science Lead 

Horizons Regional Council

As Freshwater Science Lead, the core focus of your role is to lead the science input into the Horizons Regional Council's implementation of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management.

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Science Manager 

Horizons Regional Council

In this role, you’ll manage the natural resources and partnerships' science programme and play a key part in integrating science into Horizons’ activity. You’ll have a mix of specialist scientists supporting your work in the monitoring and science portfolios and informing policy and regulatory activities.

Find out more 

Specialist Senior Freshwater Ecologist

Auckland City Council

We are seeking an industry expert and highly skilled freshwater ecologist, with a proven capability in negotiation and influencing skills. 

Find out more 

Stormwater Engineer

New Plymouth District Council 

An opportunity for a Stormwater Engineer to deliver professional advice and technical services in stormwater engineering and flood protection.

Find out more 

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