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Annual General Meeting 2021

Notice is given for the 2021 Annual General Meeting of Water New Zealand, the trading name of the New Zealand Water and Wastes Association Incorporated, to be held at Claudelands, Hamilton on Wednesday, 22 September 2021 from 7:15 am. 

Notices of Motion 

A reminder that Notices of Motion for this meeting are due no later than 5 PM, on Wednesday, 18 August 2021.  Please note that all notices of motion shall be in writing and be dated and signed by the mover and seconder, both of whom must be financial members of the Association. Please include an explanation for the reasons of the motion. Any notices of motion submitted after 5:00 pm on Wednesday, 18 August will not be accepted.  

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Renewing your Water New Zealand membership

Membership invoices have been sent to your registered email address (or to your nominated accounts' email address). We have had some questions regarding whether the email the invoice has been sent from is “trusted”. Great to see everyone is cybersecurity conscious. Emails have been sent from “bookkeeping@bwmillerdean.co.nz” and refer to Stirling Bartlett. Water New Zealand use BW Miller Dean for accounting services, and Stirling is one of their staff members. If you have any queries regarding your invoice contact Pip Donnelly at Water New Zealand.

Water New Zealand membership survey 

The Water New Zealand membership survey was sent out to all members via email last Monday. Thank you to the more than 400 members who have already completed the survey. If you have not completed the survey please take the time to help us continue to provide you with a great value membership.

If you get your responses in by 5 PM tomorrow (Friday, 6 August 2021), you will be in the draw to win a free registration to a Water New Zealand conference of your choice (either Water New Zealand Conference and Expo 2021, or Stormwater 2022).

If you haven't received an email or you have any queries please contact renee.butler@waternz.org.nz 

Water New Zealand Excellence Awards 

You have just over two weeks to get your nominations in for the Water New Zealand Excellence Awards celebrating the best in the water sector. 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. We strongly encourage you to enter these awards and give yourself the recognition you deserve. 

Click here to view award categories 


Skill-Up, 3 Waters Qualifications with Connexis

Next Drinking Water 101 - Digital Badge starts 9 Aug

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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Taumata Arowai update webinar 

Did you miss the Taumata Arowai webinar? Water New Zealand's fourth Taumata Arowai update was held on 2 August. Chief executive Gillian Blythe spoke with Taumata Arowai Head of Regulatory, Ray McMillan and Principal Technical Advisor Jim Graham.

Watch the recording

Great start to Backflow Conference

Water New Zealand's biennial Backflow Conference got underway in Lower Hutt this morning with an impressive turnout by members and others working in the area of backflow prevention.

Jim Graham from Taumata Arowai provided the keynote address on proposed new rules and regulations aimed at improving the safety of water delivery through more oversight of backflow solutions.

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 

Virtual Coffee Catch-up 

If you're a Water New Zealand member and you missed our latest Virtual Coffee Catch-up this week, you can now catch up with the latest news and updates online.

 Watch the recorded version on your membership dashboard

Mentorship opportunities

Are you interested in becoming a mentee who could benefit from the expertise of a senior member working in the water sector? Or are you an experienced professional willing to help guide someone starting out in their career?

After a successful pilot, Water New Zealand will launch our mentoring programme next month, hosted by GHD.

If you are interested, contact Mumtaz.parker@waternz.org.nz or go to our website.

Natural and Built Environments Bill exposure draft

Water New Zealand has provided feedback to the inquiry looking at the the first part of reforming the resource management system, and replacing the Resource Management Act 1991 with three pieces of legislation.

See our submission 


Industry News

Three waters guidance for councils over next eight weeks 

LGNZ, Taituarā, and Te Tari Taiwhenua Internal Affairs are seeking feedback from councils on the potential impact of the proposed service delivery reforms and how they could be improved. 

Click here for more information


Combine your pumps with grinders to solve wastewater challenges.

Taumata Arowai cost recovery fees

DIA is seeking feedback on proposed cost recovery fees and charges for drinking water suppliers applying for exemptions from regulatory requirements and event organisers seeking temporary registration of a water supply for a planned event.

The fee recovery proposals are aimed at recovering costs incurred by Taumata Arowai in assessing applications for the discretionary activities.
Click here for more information on the proposed fee structure. 

Consultation closes at 12noon Monday 23 August 2021.

Consultation - Preventing harm from hydrogen sulphide

Feedback on the WorkSafe New Zealand guidance document for preventing harm from hydrogen sulphide closes on 10, August 2021. The guide is aimed at supporting persons conducting a business or undertaking work that may expose workers and other people to hydrogen sulphide. The 8-hour exposure limits of TWA / STEL concentrations of 10ppm / 15ppm have been around for some time, (UK adopted 5ppm / 10ppm in 2002) research and WHO findings are that humans suffer ill effects well below 10 / 15ppm, hence we can expect 8 hr TWA / STEL to reduce to 1ppm / 5ppm respectively. This has implications for many working in the wastewater sector, we need to protect our essential workers and in some cases change our work practices and procedures.

Worksafe and Water New Zealand would value your feedback on the draft document. 

View Preventing harm from hydrogen sulphide draft

SA Water trialling plastic liners to reduce sewer blockages

In a bid to reduce customer sewer blockages resulting from intrusive tree roots, SA Water has begun a trial across metropolitan Adelaide involving the installation of plastic liners below ground between problematic trees and sewer connections.

Read more 

Tools for Estimating Carbon Webinar

If you missed Water New Zealand's Climate Change group's latest webinar on Tools for Estimating Carbon, you can now watch the recording online. This webinar will give you the tools you need to start reducing your organisation's greenhouse gas emissions.

View Webinar 

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Upcoming Events

Three Waters Reform webinar 

10 Aug | Online 

Over the past month, the Government has made a series of announcements on details of the three waters reforms.

While the Government is working with local government leaders on these proposals, Water New Zealand members have an interest in these proposals and how the reforms might affect them, should the reforms proceed as proposed.

Water New Zealand would like to invite members to join a webinar to discuss these proposals with Allan Prangnell and Amelia East from the Department of Internal Affairs. 

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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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YWP Water Reform Event

12 Aug | Tauranga 

Stephen Burton (Director: Water) and Kelvin Hill (Programme Outcomes Manager: Water and former Water New Zealand President) of Tauranga City Council will present on water reform and the opportunities this will present for the young water professionals

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Future-Fit Aotearoa

7-9 Sept | Auckland 

Future-Fit Aotearoa is a joint ACE New Zealand and IPWEA NZ conference for consultants and engineers. Join leaders, key influencers and decision-makers who are at the forefront of delivering critical technology, construction and infrastructure and explore what needs to be done today to ensure a healthy and thriving sector and country for tomorrow.

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Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 

21 - 23 Sept | Hamilton 

Register now for the  Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 2021. 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 on Monday 20 September.

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Water Asset Management Forum 

17-18 Nov | Wellington

Water New Zealand and IPWEA NZ are joining forces to bring you our first Water Asset Management Forum. Join us in Wellington in November, for thought-leadership, expertise and insights on smart asset management for sustainable water. More information coming soon.

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2022 AWA/IWA Australia - New Zealand YWP Conference

The two day conference and conference dinner will take place in February 2022 in Sydney, with further details to be announced. 

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". 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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Job Vacancies

Good Earth Matters

Resource Management & Water Professional 

Seeking an enthusiastic resource management and water professional looking to contribute to excellent management of water resources and infrastructure delivery in Aotearoa.

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Tararua District Council 

Manager - Utilities 

This is a fantastic opportunity to become part of a vibrant and dynamic team delivering successful outcomes for the Tararua Community! Bring your passion for people, water and wastewater to life in this exciting and varied role.

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Auckland Council 

Specialist - Stormwater & Wastewater 

This is a rare opportunity to join a small team of specialist technical professionals, guiding staff across the Specialist Unit and the wider Resource Consents Department that will be influenced by your expert knowledge in this field.

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Selwyn District Council 

Surface Waters Environmental Engineer 

This role will see you play an important part within our surface water portfolio, monitoring and managing our impact on the environment.

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Water Services Asset Planner 

This role will see you providing high-quality activity management planning input and advice to ensure the ongoing success of our water services activities and initiatives.

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Timaru District Council 

Water Services Community Engagement Advisor 

This role is all about improving engagement - enhanced communication and understanding of why we do what we do creates greater trust and confidence.

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Christchurch City Council 

Contracts Engineer 

Your background should be aligned to Civil Engineering, including one or more of the areas of wastewater, stormwater, water services, roading, or parks/landscape. Having a practical application, with experience in contracting or working alongside contractors would be an advantage.

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