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In this week's Pipeline - an update from Taumata Arowai; take a look at the recently released draft Drinking Water Acceptable solutions; world's first positive news platform, and act quickly to get your earlybird registration for the 2021 Water Asset Management Forum - closes 17 Oct. 

Don’t miss:

  • Taumata Arowai update on 18 October 
  • Drinking water - 101 Digital Badge starts 18 October
  • Wastewater - 101 Digital Badge starts 27 October
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Latest Updates

Water New Zealand Conference and Expo 2021 

Have you had a look at this year's Water New Zealand Conference & Expo programme? We have a great mix of high-profile water experts discussing a wide range  of topics including Three Waters Reform, climate change, drinking water quality, Te ao Māori, sustainability, wastewater, stormwater and much much more. 

Head to our conference website to view the full programme  


Water New Zealand members able to attend Local Government sessions at Building Nations 2021 

Infrastructure New Zealand is aware that water reforms will play a large part of the infrastructure sector over the coming years.  With that in mind, Water New Zealand members will be able to attend the Local Government session at Building Nations on Wednesday 17 November.

The Session includes - Ministerial Address on Three Waters Reform by Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta; Local Government New Zealand chief executive Susan Freeman-Greene will speak to the future of Local Government in the context of the Three Waters and Resource Management Act reforms; a Future of Local Government Post Water Reform panel discussion and a Resource Management System Reform panel discussion. 

If you are a Water New Zealand member and are interested in attending please email Paige.Hallam@infrastructure.org.nz with your Water New Zealand Membership number. If you do not know what your membership number is, please contact enquiries@waternz.org.nz


Benefits of Digital Badges 

Water New Zealand's digital badges can be completed quickly, and importantly for many, on the job. Our digital badges are designed to fit in conveniently with your life and work, to enable you to grow and advance a successful career in the water industry. We currently offer two digital badges - Drinking Water 101 and Wastewater 101 - head over to our website to register for an upcoming cohort. If you have any enquiries please get in touch at training@waternz.org.nz


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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. 

Read the draft standard and provide feedback

Virtual Coffee Catch-up

3 November | Online 

If you are a Water New Zealand member, you are welcome to join us on Wednesday 3 November for our second to last Virtual Coffee Catch-up for the year. They are a great opportunity for you to stay up to update with the latest happenings. They’re also an opportunity for you to ask questions and tell us what you think.

If you are a Water New Zealand member and would like to attend please login and register here.

Industry News

Update from Taumata Arowai and draft Drinking Water Acceptable Solutions

A commencement date will shortly be decided for Taumata Arowai to start its role as the new water services regulator for Aotearoa. It is anticipated to be some time in November this year (but this has not been confirmed).

Taumata Arowai is getting ready to transfer registered drinking water suppliers into their new system  Hinekōrako. Unregistered drinking water suppliers will have four years to register and seven years to prepare a Drinking Water Safety Plan or comply with an Acceptable Solution. 

Public Consultation on new Drinking Water Standards, Operational Rules, Aesthetic Values and Acceptable Solutions in early 2022 

Taumata Arowai intends to release updated drafts of the Drinking Water Standards, Operational Rules and Aesthetic Values by the end of October 2021.

You can view the recently released draft Drinking Water Acceptable Solutions on their website.

After consultation, the new Drinking Water Standards and Operational Rules will be finalised and come into force. The intended date for this is 1 July 2022. In the meantime, the Ministry of Health's existing Drinking Water Standards for New Zealand 2005 (revised 2018) will remain in effect.

If you require further information or have any questions in the lead-up to public consultation, you can contact the Taumata Arowai communications team by emailing communications@taumataarowai.govt.nz

Taumata Arowai - Weekly webinar series coming soon 

Taumata Arowai will soon begin hosting a weekly webinar series to discuss components of the new Drinking Water Operational Rules, although it will not be consulting on the new rules until the new year. Topics will include water testing, monitoring and reporting, transition timeframes, bacterial rules, water safety planning and more.

More information will be coming to you early next week. 


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Clean Water. Yes! 

World’s first positive water news platform launches

A public-facing multimedia news platform - with water at its heart - has just gone live, in what is believed to be a first for the sector. Make Water Famous mixes engaging public interest stories and water facts with strong visual imagery and video and audio content. The platform is the initiative of founder and chief executive Natasha Wiseman and seeks to entertain and educate people about water by sharing positive stories, presented in an accessible way.


MfE Plastics Innovation Fund

20 October | Webinar

The Plastics Innovation Fund supports projects that will minimise plastic waste and its harm on the environment. The Ministry for the Environment is seeking to fund projects that find ways to use less plastic and make what we do use reusable or recyclable.

The Plastics Innovation Fund team invites you to a webinar on 20th October 2021 at 11 am.
This webinar will enable you to find out more about the fund before it opens on 1 November and how it will be run. You will have the opportunity to submit questions.

View project criteria and register for the webinar here


Managing our wetlands: A discussion document on proposed changes to the wetlands regulations

This discussion document responds to feedback received from various stakeholders and partners on the implementation of the wetland regulations across the country. Consultation ends 27 October 2021.

View document 

Rautaki Hanganga o Aotearoa | Draft New Zealand Infrastructure Strategy 

Te Waihanga, the NZ Infrastructure Commission has given the Minister for Infrastructure a draft strategy that sets a path for how New Zealand can overcome major infrastructure challenges and meet future needs.  

View Draft New Zealand Infrastructure Strategy

Te Waihanga is hosting a webinar on this next Wednesday, 20 October at 2 pm which is open to everyone.

Register for the webinar here


Super Saturday: Get vaccinated 

New Zealand’s first-ever ‘Vaxathon’ will take place this weekend on ‘Super Saturday’ (16 October) – a national day of action that calls on every remaining eligible New Zealander to get their shot.

View Ministry of Health Media Release


Exhibition celebrates the Ngāi Tahu relationship with wetlands

Precious taonga that were used by Māori to fish and catch whitebait are on display as part of an exhibition celebrating the relationship Ngāi Tahu has with wetlands.

Read RNZ story 


Coastal flooding 'likely to be main driver for adaptation'

New NIWA-led research shows increasing flood risk is going to be what leads people to make changes to adapt to sea-level rise.

View article 


Have your say and shape the emissions reduction plan

The first emissions reduction plan will set the direction for climate action for the next 15 years. It will also set us on a pathway to meeting our 2050 net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and biogenic methane targets by implementing policies and strategies for specific sectors. The first emissions reduction plan is due to be delivered by the end of May 2022.

Consultation closes 24 Nov 2021

Read the discussion document for this consultation

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Upcoming Events

Water Asset Management Forum 2021

17 - 18 November | Wellington 

Earlybird registration for the 2021 Water Asset Management Forum closes this week – midnight 17 October.  Act quickly to access some of the best insights and networking opportunities you’ll get this year, but at a great discount. With a mix of high-profile local speakers and a range of topics, this is an event you won’t want to miss. It’s all happening at Shed 6 in Wellington from 17-18 November 2021. 

Get your tickets now and we will see you there!

Taumata Arowai update 

18 October | Online 

Register for the sixth Taumata Arowai update. These free webinars are a great opportunity 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


4th Global WOPs Congress

18 - 29 October | Online 

This two-week virtual global gathering will offer over 30 sessions to spur exchange, learning and collaboration on topics relevant to water and sanitation operators worldwide and to jointly inspire actions towards access for all.

Discover the whole programme here.

Access to the Congress is free. Register here to receive an invitation to login to the Congress virtual venue.


Te Mana o te Wai and Te Oranga o te Taiao

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?

Find out more 


The Cultural Significance and Importance of Water Module

28 October | Online 

UPDATE: This module has been moved to online-only due to current travel restrictions. This module is designed to help you deepen your collective understanding of connections and interdependencies of wai (water) through a Te Ao Māori lens. We will learn about topics such as Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Te Mana o te Wai, decision frameworks and empowering organisations. 

Find out more 

Smart Water Infrasture Group AGM

3 November | Online 

The 2021 Water New Zealand Smart Water Infrastructure Group (SWIG) Annual General Meeting will be held via zoom at 9 AM on Wednesday 3 November. 
If you are a Water New Zealand member and would like to attend please login and register here.  





Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 2021 

7-9 December | Kirikiriroa - Hamilton 

Due to COVID-19 we have 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.

Find out more 


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

Wellington Water 

Solutions Architect 

In this role, you will lead the end-to-end analysis, design and implementation of data and information solutions that is aligned with technical infrastructure of the organisation to support the business outcomes.

Find out more 

Technical Advisor - Leak Detection 

This role is to support the leakage management programme through private and public leak detection, customer liaison, arranging repair, and resolving associated issues.

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Customer Planning Engineer 

In this role, you will be responsible for the investigation of more complex issues and project management of the resolution process. You will lead or support reactive maintenance or critical response.

Find out more

Industrial Electrician 

You are an experienced electrical specialist in the control, communication, monitoring, and flow/level recording of field devices power or solar. Some of these devices could be pump stations or manholes in the road or in rivers, but our main focus is ensuring Water, Stormwater and Wastewater flows 24/7 within our city.

Find out more 

Senior Water Engineer 

As the Senior Water Engineer, Network Engineering, you are 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

Applications close: 18 October 2021

Find out more 


Waitaki District Council 

Technical Operations Engineer - Reticulation

This role will be based in our Oamaru Office. You will be responsible for ensuring the Council's three waters networks are safely, efficiently, and cost-effectively operated and maintained in accordance with agreed contracts.

Find out more 

Compliance Officer - Water Services team

We are looking for an experienced Compliance Officer who can help protect Waitaki's people and the environment through monitoring activities associated with Council's water, wastewater and stormwater services, and taking appropriate action when needed, to ensure compliance with legislative and consent requirements.

Find out more 

Waimakariri District Council 

Water Safety and Compliance Specialist 

This is a great opportunity for someone with experience and passion with respect to drinking water to join a progressive, forward-thinking and customer-focused Council.

Find out more 


Gisborne District Council 

Senior Water Resources Engineer- Team Lead

We’re on the lookout for an experienced diploma or degree qualified Civil / Water Resources Engineer to support the management of our district’s stormwater and wastewater networks. 

Find out more 


Greymouth District Council 

Assistant Engineer - Utilities

We are looking for an energetic and well-organised person to join the Infrastructure Services team at Grey District Council. This is a busy, varied, and exciting position. 

Find out more 


Invercargill City Council

Three Waters Design Engineer 

This is a role in our ICC's Engineering Services team, sitting in the Infrastructure Group. From concept to handover, taking responsibility for the delivery of complex and significant three waters capital projects in accordance with Council's objectives. 

Find out more 


Christchurch City Council 

Asset Engineer

In this challenging yet exciting role, you will be reporting to the Team Leader of Three Waters and Waste Asset Management. As an Asset Engineer - Stormwater and Land Drainage, you will have a responsibility for providing asset management services for the Council owned stormwater and land drainage assets within the City.

Find out more 

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