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Get your entries in for the 2021 Water New Zealand Excellence Awards, it is a great way to give your team and your organisation the recognition they deserve. And, if you are a Water New Zealand member and you missed our latest Three Waters Reform update webinar, you can now watch it online.  

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Renewing your Water New Zealand membership 

If you are a Water New Zealand member, it's time to renew your membership. Maintain your connection to a network of over 2,500 water professionals who like you, use their expertise to make a difference to the business, organisations and communities in which they live and work in. 

Invoices have now been sent to your registered email address. Please contact accounts@waternz.org.nz if you have any questions or concerns. 

Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 

Nominations for the 2021 Water New Zealand Excellence Awards are now open!

We are seeking nominations for seven awards – from celebrating and acknowledging innovation and excellence in projects and health and safety to outstanding contributions by young water professionals and trainees. 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.

Click here to view award categories 

Nominations are now open for the 5s Society YWP Conference Attendance Prize

This prize offers a current Water New Zealand Young Water Professional the opportunity to attend the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo, or the Water New Zealand Stormwater Conference, to broaden their knowledge and gain a greater appreciation of the water environment, water management, water engineering and the water industry at large.

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Poster Abstract Submissions Open

We are accepting poster abstracts for the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 2021 until Wednesday 28 July. This poster session will be held during the first lunch break of the conference, and this year delegates will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite poster. 

Click here to submit a poster 

Backflow Conference 2021 

5-6 August | Lower Hutt

We are less than two weeks away from the 2021 Backflow Conference and right on time with the changes happening in the sector. You will hear from Taumata Arowai – the new water services regulator who will discuss the new drinking water standards and how they affect suppliers. You will also be able to attend the backflow training refresher workshop, learn about the new training standards and meet with your peers.

This two-day conference will take place in Lower Hutt from 5-6 August 2021. 

There are only a few tickets left so get in quick

Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 2020 named finalist in event awards

Water New Zealand and our event partner, Avenues Events Management are delighted that our Water New Zealand Conference and Expo 2020 has just been named as a finalist in the Best Covid-19 Response for an Event at the 2021 NZ Events Association New Zealand Event Awards. We are extremely proud to have been named as a finalist, especially as there were a record number of entries this year with a quarter of them competing in this category.

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Call for nominations for Appointed Board Members 

The closing date for nominations for Appointed Board Members is Tuesday, 3 August 2021 at 4.00 pm. Elected Board members will be appointing three Appointed Board Members. The Board’s Appointments Committee is responsible for managing the process of election and appointment of Board members.

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Next virtual coffee catch up

4 August | Online  

The next Water New Zealand virtual coffee catch-up will be on Wednesday 4 August 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.

Register now

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

Government offers $2.5b to support local government transition through reforms to water service delivery

In the latest step in the Government's three waters reforms, Prime Minister Jacinda Arden announced a cash injection to councils as part of the proposals to establish four new water service entities.

Earlier this week, we provided our members with an overview of the latest developments. If you're a member of Water New Zealand and you missed our webinar, you can go here to view the recording and/or slides.

Natural and Built Environments Bill submissions closing soon

Public submissions are now being called for the Inquiry on the Natural and Built Environments Bill: Parliamentary Paper. The closing date for submissions is 11.59 pm on Wednesday, 04 August 2021. This inquiry is the first part of reforming the resource management system, and replacing the Resource Management Act 1991 with three pieces of legislation.

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Consultation - Preventing harm from hydrogen sulphide

WorkSafe New Zealand is currently developing a new guidance document for preventing harm from hydrogen sulphide. The quick guide is aimed at supporting persons conducting a business or undertaking work that may expose workers and other people to hydrogen sulphide. It provides practical advice on how the health and safety risks arising from exposure to hydrogen sulphide can be minimised. This includes the use of respiratory protective equipment, and exposure and health monitoring.

Worksafe and Water New Zealand would value your feedback on the draft document. You can either directly e-mail Worksafe or Noel.Roberts@waternz.org.nz by 10th August if you wish to be part of a sector-wide response. 

View Preventing harm from hydrogen sulphide draft 

Three Waters Pipe Portal Update

For the last couple of years, the Building Innovation Partnership (BIP) has been working closely with local councils, contractors and consultants to develop a national data standard for 3 waters pipes, valves and chambers. This Code of Practice (CoP) is the basis of the National Pipe Data Portal and associated work including automated validation of as-built data in conjunction with 12D and a data quality framework and tool in collaboration with the RATA team at the Waikato LASS. 

Click here for the latest update

Water Engineers’ Perspective on Interactions with Māoridom in Water Management and Solutions

The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Auckland would like to invite you to participate in a research project ' Water Engineers’ Perspective on Interactions with Māoridom in Water Management and Solutions’. Eligibility to participate in this anonymous survey includes being a qualified water engineer working in New Zealand. The survey is designed to be completed in under 10 minutes and is completely anonymous, no IP addresses will be tracked or recorded.

Participant Information Sheet

Survey link

Progress on Freshwater Investment Recommendations 

In September 2019, The Office of the Auditor General (OAG) released an audit report on how well the Ministry for the Environment was administering Crown investment in freshwater clean-up projects. The full response from the Ministry for the Environment on how it has responded to recommendations made by OAG is now available.

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Australia-New Zealand YWP Conference 2022: Call for Abstracts

Young Water Professionals, it is time to leave your mark on the water industry! We invite you to submit an abstract or workshop proposal that contributes to the theme "Leave Your Mark on Our Water Future".  To be held in Sydney in February 2022, the Australian Water Association and International Water Association Young Water Professionals Conference will bring together tomorrow’s leaders to explore how they can leave their mark on our water future. 

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Big changes ahead for backflow

In our latest issue of the Water Journal, Water New Zealand's Backflow Group chair, Jim McGibbon, say's the new regulatory environment signals a long-awaited and much-needed shift towards better safety protection from backflow contamination.

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Vote to support the first sewer themed lego activity 

It's not often that the land of Lego and the water industry collide. Join us as we vote to get the first Sewer-Themed Lego Design produced on scale. A brilliant way to raise awareness of our amazing water industry with both children and adults.

Vote now 

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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 - open to members and non-members

If you missed the 7 July webinar with Taumata Arowai, you can view the recording here.   

He Kōrero Tahi: A discussion with Troy Brockbank

27 July | Christchurch 

Join the Christchurch Young Water Professionals (YWP) for an evening listening to Troy Brockbank speak about his career to date and his passion for enhancing Te Ao Māori into the Aotearoa water industry. Troy is passionate about the widespread adoption of a holistic culturally enhanced water sensitive design approach and will continue working towards raising awareness as a leader in this field both nationally and internationally.

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Industry Insights -  Water  

2 August | Christchurch

Students and young professionals are invited to come along for an evening of quickfire presentations on what is happening in the industry. There'll be some discussions around water reform and examples of projects working to improve water quality and environmental outcomes. 

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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.

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Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 

21 - 23 Sept | Hamilton 

The Water New Zealand Conference & Expo is the largest and broadest conference of its kind in New Zealand. There’ll be two and a half days of keynote and invited speakers, thought leadership and technical streams, a major trade exhibition with more than 180 exhibitor stands, as well as a pre-conference workshop with Taumata Arowai and the Department of Internal Affairs.

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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

Waipā District Council 

Principal Engineer 

In this role, you will have the opportunity to shape the future growth of our district. We have identified areas for proposed residential and industrial growth so your role will be to enable this to happen.

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Systems Engineer

This role is about overseeing the security, maintenance and upgrading of our SCADA, telemetry and networks; minimising the risk of non-compliance with drinking water and wastewater standards.

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Fluent Solutions 

Civil Engineer - Stormwater

An opportunity for an intermediate to senior civil or environmental engineer with over 2 year’s stormwater experience. You will be primarily focused on stormwater management, with the opportunity to work in other aspects of Three Waters and Environmental engineering.

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Wellington Water 

Operations Technician

This role will be responsible for being in charge of the bulk water system during normal operations, making decisions on source water selection, treatment plant output and reservoir flow rates.

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Network Controller - Principal Advisor 

In this role, you will provide oversight and guardianship over the 3 waters networks critical assets to ensure they are managed and controlled in an integrated way to provide essential services to our customers and protect the environment.

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Christchurch City Council

Team Leader / Programme Manager Water Supply

In this role, you will lead a team of professional project managers to deliver our three waters capital programme with a budget of in excess of $200 million per year. 

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Gisborne District Council 

Stormwater and Wastewater Team Lead

This position is well suited to someone with a practical mindset who enjoys working with others and is keen to develop their people leadership and engineering management skills.

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Senior Water Quality Science Officer

In this role, you will be responsible for leading technical monitoring projects, providing expert advice and guidance on environmental monitoring activities and environmental data, particularly on topics of water quality.  

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New Plymouth District Council

Water & Wastewater Treatments Plant Manager 

This is a key leadership position with the critical responsibilities of delivering safe drinking water and ensuring the community's wastewater does not degrade the environment. 

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3 Waters Planning Engineer TP23

If you have an interest in infrastructure planning and would like to develop your technical and professional skills in this area, then this position could be a good fit.  

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3 Waters Planning Engineer TP2

If you're seeking to have a meaningful, direct impact through your work and to shape the 3-waters infrastructure for a district, and you enjoy steering technical direction and project delivery, then this position could be a good fit.

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