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In this week's pipeline - the Water Services Bill has been passed by Government; New dates announced for the Water New Zealand Conference and Expo 2021 and advance your career in water by joining the October cohort of our Digital Badges. 

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Water New Zealand Conference and Expo 2021 new dates 

As you may already know the Water New Zealand Conference and Expo will now take place from Tuesday 7- 9 December 2021 with the Taumata Arowai and Department of Internal Affairs pre-conference workshop on Monday 6 December at Claudelands Event Centre, Hamilton. We have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and it has become clear that we are unlikely to reach Alert Level One in time to have our conference as planned in October. If you are registered to attend this conference, your registration automatically moves to the new dates. 

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Water New Zealand new 2021-2022 Board Members 

At Water New Zealand's AGM on Wednesday 22 September, the Appointed Board Members were announced. We are thrilled to welcome back Troy Brockbank and to welcome first time Board Members Shelley Wharton - Whangārei District Council and Fraser Clark - Wellington Water.  We are excited to welcome such expertise, experience and dynamism to the Board for the next three years. We are also delighted to have Lorraine Kendrick accept the role of president-elect. She will take office from the 2022 AGM which is scheduled to be held in October 2022 at Ōtautahi Christchurch. 

Meet the board

Water New Zealand Digital badges

Advance your career in water 

Grab the opportunity today to join the October cohort of our Digital Badges. We have two badges now on offer - Wastewater - 101 and Drinking Water - 101
Our courses run over four weeks but are designed to be completed in just four to six hours through a combination of reading, videos, resources and activities.

Taumata Arowai update 

18 Oct | Online 

Register for the sixth Taumata Arowai update. These free 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 

Te Mana o te Wai and Te Oranga o te Taiao Webinar 

22 October | Online 

Join us on Friday 22 October at 10 AM to hear from Jade Wikaira, Troy Brockbank and Helen Atkins as they discuss the concept of Te Mana o te Wai and Te Oranga o te Taiao - What do they mean? How might they work together?

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Combine your pumps with grinders to solve wastewater challenges.

New guide on Modelling Water Distribution Systems

This guide provides an overview of the stages involved and principles of “Good Modelling Practice”, for people involved in undertaking and managing water supply modelling projects – managers, designers, operational and planning engineers, consultants and others involved in the running of water distribution systems.

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Letter to Minister Mahuta in relation to the Three Waters Reform

A joint letter from Water New Zealand, Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia – New Zealand and Association of Consulting and Engineering was sent to Minister Mahuta expressing our continued support for investment in the three waters and the high level and shared objectives which the Government and Local Government New Zealand agree underpin the Three Waters Reform Programme.

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Virtual Coffee Catch-up 

6 October | Online 

Water New Zealand's next Virtual Coffee Catch-up is on Wednesday 6 October 2021 at 10 AM. This is an opportunity for members to keep up to date with the latest happenings as well as an opportunity for members to ask questions and tell us what they think.

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Industry News

Bill to transform drinking water safety passes

On Tuesday, the Government passed legislation that it will transform drinking water safety and improve environmental outcomes for wastewater and stormwater networks.

The Water Services Act moves the regulation of water standards from the Ministry of Health to Taumata Arowai which has the legal authority to carry out duties as New Zealand’s dedicated water regulator.

Press release: New Zealand Government 

Councils face tough calls on water reforms in pivotal week

More than 30 councils will this week hold meetings that are expected to pour cold water on the Government's reform plans – but a major question is emerging over who will pay to clean up private water supplies.

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Two-thirds of New Zealand river sites have enough poo germs to make people sick

Two out of three rivers being monitored in New Zealand have enough faecal bacteria to make people sick – and the situation is not improving, new data shows. Crown research agency Land Air and Water Aotearoa (LAWA) released its latest river water quality national picture summary this week, along with updated results for more than 1500 river testing sites across the country.  

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Sydney Water: How we purify our recycled water

See how Sydney Water uses world-class technology to speed up the water cycle for the growing population.

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Thousands of native plants improve Burgess Stream

Over half of the 4500 native plants for a biodiversity project at Burgess Stream near Eyreton are in the ground, with planting expected to be completed by November.

View NZ Herald Article 

New flushability standard to help reduce blockages caused by wipes

This is a reminder that Standards Australia/New Zealand is seeking consultation on the draft standard DR AS/NZS 5328, Flushable Products by 1 November 2021. The draft standard defines criteria for material that can be flushed down the toilet, aiming to provide clarity around what products can be classified as ‘flushable’. The need for the standard rose following years of contention around what can be flushed down the toilet. The issue was amplified at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, with people resorting to alternatives to toilet paper.

 Read the draft standard and provide feedback

CIMS executive summary for Chief Executives

The Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS) executive summary for Chief Executives provides an overview of the CIMS framework and the role of chief executives during a natural disaster. This document is intended to help chief executives and senior leaders understand their role in implementing and operating within the CIMS framework.

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Upcoming Events

Water Asset Management Forum 

17 - 18 Nov | Wellington 

Join Water New Zealand and IPWEA NZ on the 17-18 November in Wellington for the Water Asset Management Forum 2021. 

This is the ultimate opportunity to connect with leaders in the water asset management space and to be a part of the discussions that will help ensure Aotearoa can deliver safe, sustainable and environmentally appropriate drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure. 

Have you seen our #WAMF2021 programme yet? Find out more about our programme, speakers and registration here. 

The Cultural Significance and Importance of Water Module

28 October | Ōtautahi - Christchurch 

This module includes a half-day in-person session in Christchurch on 28 October, 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 

2021 Waterways Postgraduate Student Conference

3 November | University of Canterbury

Registration is now open for the 2021 Waterways Postgraduate Student Conference to be held Wednesday 3 November, 9-5 pm, Tī Kōuka, Haere-Roa, at the University of Canterbury. The Conference highlights postgraduate student freshwater-related research underway at both the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University. 

If you are a postgraduate student wishing to present, abstracts are due SEPTEMBER 30th and can be found here.

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Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 2021 

7-9 December 2021 | Kirikiriroa - Hamilton 

Due to COVID-19 we have further postponed our conference until Tuesday 7 to Thursday 9 December 2021 with the Taumata Arowai and Department of Internal Affairs pre-conference workshop on Monday 6 December.

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Modeling Symposium 2022 

16-17 March 2022 | Te Whanganui-a-Tara - Wellington

We are excited to announce that next year's Modelling Symposium will be held in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington on 16-17 March 2022. We are working on building a fantastic programme for you in March, that will provide valuable learning and networking opportunities. We will be sending out more information about the programme and registration in the coming months. 

Stormwater 2022

18-20 May 2022 | Ōtautahi - Christchurch 

Save the dates - Stormwater 2022 will be held at Te Pae, Christchurch Convention Centre on 18 - 20 May 2022. This is the largest stormwater conference in New Zealand, run annually by Water New Zealand. Stay tuned for updates regarding a call for abstracts, registration, and more. 

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Job Vacancies

Christchurch City Council 

Asset Engineer - Mechanical/Civil

This role has responsibility for providing asset management services for Council owned Three Waters and Waste assets within the city and Banks Peninsula and the responsibility for maintaining the associated renewals programmes and associated specifications and standards.

Applications close: 30 September 2021

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Taupō District Council

Relief Operator Serviceperson

In this hands-on role you’ll be a key member of the Asset Renewals team, helping to make sure our District’s Water & Wastewater Treatment Plants operate effectively and Plant assets are maintained to a high standard.

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Waipa District Council 

Water Treatment Operator

This is a busy and varied role where no two days are the same, and you will learn new skills, problem solve and work largely independently; ensuring our communities have access to safe drinking water

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New Plymouth District Council

Intermediate & Senior Three Waters Engineers

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

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Waitaki District Counci

Data and Systems Analyst

As a Data and Systems Analyst within Waitaki District Council's Water Services Team, you will be supporting the efficient and effective delivery of water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure and services to the community.

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Operations Supervisor

This role will be based in our Oamaru Office. You will be responsible for ensuring the Council's water and wastewater facilities are safely, efficiently, and cost-effectively operated and maintained.

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Nelson City Council 

Activity Engineer Regional Services

This position is responsible for leading the development of both the Sewerage and Landfill Activity Management Plans.

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Utilities Asset Engineer(s)

Change in the three waters Infrastructure is on the horizon but there is still time for career development into the Asset Management space now to align your skillset for the future.

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Clutha District Council

Senior Contracts Manager

In this role, you will provide contract and business management leadership for the Three Waters team, technical and operations management and lead, coach and develop the Operations Assistant and others.

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Queenstown Lakes District Council

Asset Engineer

The Asset Engineer plays a key role in assisting the General Manager of Property and Infrastructure (P&I) to provide effective and sustainable services through high quality asset management across a range of public infrastructure types.

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Thames-Coromandel District Council

Engineering Project Manager

For a senior Project Manager looking to stamp your mark on projects of real significance, what's on offer here will be right up your alley.

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Wellington Water


Working across your region, no two days will be the same! You will be responsible for maintaining the water reticulation system and ensuring a continual supply of quality water with minimal interruptions.

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Trainee Serviceperson

Working across your region, no two days will be the same! You will be responsible for maintaining the water reticulation system and ensuring a continual supply of quality water with minimal interruptions.

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Serviceperson Drainage

It's an exciting time to join our organisation. We have some big aspirations to continue as an innovative centre of excellence for the management of three waters in the region. 

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Christchurch City Council 

Asset Engineer Stormwater and Land drainage

In this role, you will have a responsibility for providing asset management services for the Council-owned stormwater and land drainage assets within the City.

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Process Controller

In this position you will operate the Christchurch Waste-water Treatment Plant (CWTP) in a safe, efficient, and cost-effective manner to ensure resource consent and process parameters are met at all times.

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