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As the country has moved to Alert Level 4, Water New Zealand hope that you, your whānau, colleagues and employees are okay! 

 We want to remind everyone to only flush the 3p’s: poo, pee and toilet paper down the loo! Help keep our emergency wastewater workers safe and in their bubble by thinking before you flush – all wipes, paper towels and tissues must go in the bin. Please help share this message.

And to everyone working in the water sector, especially our essential workers – thank you! 

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Latest Updates

Our 'digital doors' are open 

We’ve done this before, and we know how to do it again. To our members, and the general public, stay safe and be kind to one another. Water New Zealand's 'digital doors' are still open - if you need any assistance or guidance at any stage during this snap-lockdown, please know, we are here to listen and help. Give us a call, send us an email, or drop us a DM. 

Kia Kaha!

Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 

With this snap-lockdown and our Water New Zealand Conference & Expo scheduled for next month 21 - 23 September in Hamilton, we will continue to monitor announcements from the Government. We want to bring you an amazing face-to-face conference experience while your safety remains our first priority. We will be in touch again soon as decisions can be made with reasonable certainty and, as necessary, share with you our contingency plan.

Stormwater 2022: 18-20 May 2022

Stormwater 2022 will be held at Te Pae, Christchurch Convention Center on 18 - 20 May 2022. This is the largest stormwater conference in New Zealand, run annually by Water New Zealand. Over the years, the Stormwater Conference has evolved to include a three-day conference programme and an exhibition. 

Interested in showcasing your organisation at the exhibition or with sponsorship? Email your expression of interest to exhibit or find out more about sponsorship opportunities here. 

Water New Zealand Excellence awards nominations deadline extended

Great news everybody, we’re extending the deadline for nominations for the Water New Zealand Excellence Awards to Friday, 27 August 2021. This gives you an extra week to get your nominations in. We understand that with the change in alert levels, this is an extremely busy time for everyone. We hope this will help alleviate some of the pressure.

So make sure you take the opportunity to nominate yourself, a colleague or an organisation that deserves recognition.  We want to ensure that all the amazing work our industry has been doing is celebrated,

If you have already made a nomination but would like to take advantage of this extension, please contact renee.butler@waternz.org.nz

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New Digital badge - Wastewater 101 

We are very excited to announce our second digital badge - Wastewater 101. This is a fully online course designed to assist you to gain a basic understanding of wastewater including disposal, the impact on communities and the environment. Learn at your own pace over a four week period with a combination of reading, videos, resources and activities.

The first cohort starts next week. Click here to find out more.

Drinking Water 101 - Digital Badge 

We have now put online the rest of this year's Drinking Water 101 - Digital Badge course dates. If you want to complete this fully online course designed to assist you with a basic understanding of drinking water then head to our website and register. 

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What is the Competency Framework?

We have had a number of questions with regards to - What is the Water New Zealand Competency Framework and what are we wanting to gain by this? We have created a short video to help you understand the purpose of a Competency Framework and its intention.

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Carbon Accounting Guidelines for Wastewater Treatment: CH4 and N2O

We are excited to announce the publication of Carbon Accounting Guidelines for Wastewater Treatment: CH4 and N2O. The document provides a consistent basis for accounting for direct greenhouse gas emissions from municipal wastewater treatment, discharge and sludge processing in New Zealand

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Next Virtual Coffee Catch-up 

1 September | Online 

The next Water New Zealand virtual coffee catch-up will be on Wednesday 1 September 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

Three Waters - economic regulation 

Water New Zealand CEO Gillian Blythe, along with Will Taylor (NERA) and Simon Peart (Chapman Tripp) took part in a panel discussion on the economic regulation of water at the recent Competition Law and Policy Institute of New Zealand. The Three Waters Reform proposals include provision for an economic regulator. The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment is expected to release a consultation paper in October.

View slides here.

Three Waters Reform Programme Webinar 

Did you miss the Three Waters Reform Programme webinar on Monday, 10 August 2021, where Allan Prangnell and Amelia East from the Department of Internal Affairs discussed the latest reform proposals? If so, you can watch the recording here

Access is available to Water New Zealand members only.

Scam Email Alert

We note that some members are receiving email offers from unknown parties who are offering to sell our Conference and Expo Attendee Lists for unlimited use. These are SCAMS and should be ignored as Water New Zealand would never sell your information as we respect and preserve your privacy. The only trusted messaging to members would come from either @waternz.org.nz or @avenues.co.nz.

Industry News

Watercare reveals contaminant dumping data

Scores of Auckland companies have been caught dumping contaminants down the drain, but none have been fined or prosecuted, Watercare data shows.

Read RNZ article 

Collective effort needed to restore Te Mana o Te Wai

Members of Kahui Wai Māori, the Māori Freshwater Forum, are on a tour encouraging regional councils to get behind efforts to clean up the nation’s waterways.
View this report on Waatea News.

Designing Freshwater Monitoring Programmes to Detect Early Improvement

Our Land and Water have prepared a guidance document summarising the work of the Monitoring Design and Monitoring Technologies working groups, which developed proof-of-concept resources to help regional councils, government and multi-agency catchment groups design monitoring programmes that will measure the effectiveness of actions to improve freshwater

Read more 

Release of the overseer peer review and the Government Response

The Government has released its response to the Science Advisory Panel’s independent peer review of the Overseer nutrient management model.

The Science Advisory Panel’s review is an important step towards developing improved and effective tools that will lift environmental outcomes for New Zealand in the future. The review has highlighted some shortcomings to be addressed with the Overseer model. The Government recognises that it is important for farmers, councils and others using Overseer to have some clarity about the way forward.

For more information

Pūhoro STEM Academy Summer Intern Hosting Opportunity (2021–22) 

Pūhoro is a complete STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) pipeline that supports young Māori from secondary school through tertiary education and into employment. They are looking to partner with organisations that can offer either work experience or internships or both.

Find out more 

Freshwater farm plan regulations Discussion document

Freshwater farm plans are a key tool in implementing the Government’s Essential Freshwater package. This consultation document seeks feedback on options that will inform the development of freshwater farm plan regulations under part 9A of the Resource Management Amendment Act 2020.

Engagement starts from 14 July with public submissions accepted from 26 July until 12 September 2021.

Find out more 

Immigration changes needed for vital infrastructure projects, says construction sector

The construction sector is urging the Government to ease immigration criteria so struggling companies can recruit overseas workers for key vacancies to complete vital New Zealand infrastructure projects.

Read more 

Are you our next role model? 

Inspiring the Future is an exciting new programme that’s coming soon to schools across New Zealand. At an Inspiring the Future event, young people hear from volunteers from their own communities, learn about different jobs and why people love doing them, as well as how those people got started in their careers. If you volunteer to take part in an Inspiring the Future event, you can help to showcase your job and the water industry in your community.

Find out more 

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Upcoming Events

Water New Zealand Conference & Expo

21-23 Sept | Hamilton 

The Water New Zealand Conference & Expo starts in 5 weeks. Join in on the fun - visitwww.waternzconference.org.nz to grab your tickets! And don't forget that this year we also have a full day Taumata Arowai and Department of Internal Affairs workshop- focusing on the three pou (pillars) of three waters reform. If you want to know the latest happenings with the reform programme - this is your opportunity to find out what you need to know.

This workshop will be held on Monday, 20 September and you can either add this into your full Water New Zealand Conference and Expo registration or register to attend the workshop only.

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Future of New Zealand small drinking water supplies: implication of water reform 

24 August | Online 

This webinar hosted by CIWEM (Charted Institution of Water and Environmental Management) will discuss the key changes for small water supplies, the challenges identified for meeting the new regulations, and the opportunities new technologies offer to facilitate the improvements. Speakers from the new Government regulator, Taumata Arowai, a drinking water supplier, Auckland Council, and a design, build and maintenance contractor, Wavelength Water Ltd will give their sector’s perspective on the reforms.

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YWP Wellington Event 

26 August | Wellington City 

The Wellington Young Water Professionals Committee invites you to attend their Three Water Reforms Programme discussion with DIA (Department of Internal Affairs). Keynote speakers Amelia East and Scott Priestley, who are helping support the changes, will speak on the reform and what we can expect further down the pipeline

Find out more 

Taumata Arowai Update

31 August | Online 

Register for the fifth 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 here 

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 

Water Asset Management Forum 

17 - 18 Nov | Wellington 

This forum focuses on the technical discipline of water asset management and is unique in the conference calendar.  With the Three Waters Reform well underway, we will focus on the technical expertise and leadership needed to make the reforms successful, rather than the governance structures and organisations that are currently being developed. We will seek to discuss what we need to be thinking about to ensure Aotearoa can deliver safe, sustainable and environmentally appropriate drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure.

This conference is a joint Water New Zealand and IPWEA NZ event and the first time we have combined to offer a conference.

Find out more 

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Job Vacancies

Wellington Water 

Senior Water Engineer Network Engineering 

This role is responsible for planning and delivering network investigations into regional water supply issues, developing and informing improvements to deliver on our outcomes and service goals, including both asset and non-asset solutions.

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Engineer - Operations

The purpose of this role is to support the Operations Group with project management, incident and emergency response management, asset maintenance planning, provide technical support to service e delivery frontline staff, plan and undertake network investigations to resolve complex customer service and network operational issues.

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Regional Planning Engineer 

Reporting to the Manager Customer Planning, the Regional Planning Engineer has three direct reports. You will lead, train, and motivate your team's performance and Health and Safety culture.

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Chief Advisor 

The purpose of this role is to support the Operations Group with project management, incident and emergency response management, asset maintenance planning, provide technical support to service e delivery frontline staff, plan and undertake network investigations to resolve complex customer service and network operational issues.

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Citycare Water 

Water Treatment Supervisor 

This position is responsible for supervising a team of Water and Wastewater treatment operators. You will provide support and assistance to ensure compliance with DWSNZ and resource consent.

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Asset Manager 

An interesting and diverse role with a mix of field and office-based work, we require a candidate who is tech-savvy and experienced with data and systems.

Find out more 

Waimakariri District Council

Stormwater and Waterways Manager 

An opening for a motivated and skilled Engineer to manage the Waimakariri District Council’s urban stormwater, rural land drainage and stock water assets and services.

Find out more 

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