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Tomorrow marks the final day of COP26, UN’s critical climate summit, touted as the “last best hope for the world to get its act together”. World leaders are meeting to find a way to hold temperature rise to 1.5 degrees celsius, requiring greenhouse gas emissions to fall by 45% from 2010 levels by the end of this decade. In this week's Pipeline, we bring you news and events exploring the role of the New Zealand water sector in rising to this challenge.

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Water New Zealand joins global call to tackle wastewater emissions

Water New Zealand has joined with industry bodies around the world in a call for more action from governments to tackle methane emissions from wastewater processing. See our media release.

Water Asset Management Forum 

17-18 November | Wellington 

We are just under a week away from New Zealand’s first-ever Water Asset Management Forum and with the Three Waters reform programme well underway, the timing couldn’t be more perfect. This forum will focus on the technical expertise and leadership needed to make the reforms successful.

Join us next week to discuss key topics in Water Asset Management with a range of expert speakers. View full programme here

You can register to attend in-person or for anyone who cannot travel to Wellington we now have a virtual registration option.

Register here 

Water New Zealand Digital Badges 

Online training 

Are you keen to finish your year with some professional development? We only have a couple of opportunities left for our two digital badges – Wastewater and Drinking Water 101.  Advance your career in the water industry today and showcase your achievement with one of our Digital Badges.

Stormwater 2022 

Call for abstracts open – Monday 15 November 

The call for abstracts for Stormwater Conference & Expo 2022 opens Monday 15 November and will close at 5 pm on Thursday 27 January. We’re inviting water professionals and anyone with an interest in stormwater, to submit an abstract proposal that presents a challenging and practical perspective. Present a paper and share your experiences globally. 

Keep an eye out on our Stormwater 2022 website for further details.

Taumata Arowai goes live on 15 November

The new water services regulator, Taumata Arowai, finally becomes the water services regulator for Aotearoa on Monday 15 November.

We're looking forward to continuing to work with Taumata Arowai in its' new regulatory authority role to help ensure a successful transition and to assist our members working within the new regulatory environment and giving effect to Te Mana o te Wai.

Water New Zealand CEO Gillian Blythe says our organisation will continue to focus on maintaining strong direct communication between our members and Taumata Arowai.

Weekly Webinar Series 

In order to help members understand the new regulatory environment, we have been hosting weekly webinars with Taumata Arowai to discuss various components of the Draft Drinking Water Quality Assurance Rules. We have so far discussed Transition Timeline, Structure, Monitoring & ReportingSource Water Testing & Bacterial Rules and Protozoa, Chemical and Cyano Bacterial Rules.

You can watch previous recordings on our website here.

Upcoming Webinars:

  • 17 November - Distribution System Rules
  • 24 November - Small Supply Rules & Acceptable Solutions

Find out more and register here

2022 dates for Cultural Significance and Importance of Wai modules

We have set next year's dates for our very popular Cultural Significance and Importance of Wai modules. Enrolling in this module will help you understand what it means to give effect to Te Mana o te Wai in your work and help you engage with tangata whenua. The course is made up of one initial face to face group meeting followed by online learning.

Wellington Whanganui-a-Tara  – 8 March (9am – 12pm)

Auckland Tāmati Makaurau – 14 June (9am – 12pm)

Christchurch Ōtautahi – 19 October (9am – 12pm)


Kaeser – a real superhero

Presentation to National Lifelines Forum 

Last week our Chief Executive, Gillian Blythe spoke at the online National Lifelines Forum. She provided a brief update on the Three Waters Reform. If you were unable to attend you can view her presentation slides below. 

View ppt slides

2021 Annual General meeting

The draft minutes for Water New Zealand's 2021 Annual General meeting are available here. The amendment to the Constitution put forward at the AGM has passed a ballot vote of the whole membership, with majority of votes in favour of the changes. It will now be lodged with the Incorporated Societies to formally register the change.

Industry News

Working group to ensure local voice in Three Waters reform

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta has announced the establishment of a working group made up of local government and iwi representatives to recommend strengthened governance and accountability arrangements for the Three Waters Reform Programme.
Read the Minister's media release

Natural & Built Environments Bill

The final report from the Environment Select Committee inquiry into the proposed Natural and Built Environments Act has been release.

Read the report here. 


Clean Water. Yes! | Sulzer

Call for water sector climate action 

The water industry joined forces to call for action on wastewater process emissions.

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A call echoed by water professionals from other quarters, highlighted the impact that potent nitrous oxide and methane greenhouse gas emissions generated by wastewater have on the climate system. 

Read more

Congratulations to our members from Watercare and Wellington City who have pledged their commitment to action in the global Race to Zero.

Read more

Ramifications of climate action 

Temperature thresholds are the focus of upcoming UN climate talks at the COP26 summit in Scotland, but the single-digit numbers obscure what is at stake. These graphs from the guardian show the huge ramifications the actions of today will have on our future.

Read The Guardian article 

Homegrown poo-eating bugs that will make wastewater treatment greener 

In the bowels of the Māngere Wastewater Treatment Plant, a team of engineers diligently grow small poo-eating organisms which will help pave the way to a greener future. 

Read the Stuff article

Health (Fluoridation of Drinking Water) Amendment Bill passes final reading in Parliament

A bill transferring control of water fluoridation from local councils to the director-general of health has passed its final reading in Parliament. 

Read the RNZ article

Rautaki Hanganga o Aotearoa | Draft New Zealand Infrastructure Strategy

New Zealand Infrastructure Commission Te Waihanga 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. New Zealand Infrastructure Commission Te Waihanga will finalise this strategy following feedback from the Minister.

View Draft New Zealand Infrastructure Strategy

Emissions reduction plan consultation

The Government is consulting on its first emissions reduction plan that will set the direction for climate action for the next 15 years. Water New Zealand will submit on the opportunities for the water sector to contribute to this transition. If you wish to collaborate on this contact lesley.smith@waternz.org.nz or you can lodge your own submission at the link below. Submissions close on 24th November.

Have your say and shape the emissions reduction plan

Case Study – Matamata-Piako Filter Renewal

In the middle of June 2021, Matamata Piako District Council (MPDC), Filtec and Lutra began physical work on the renewal of all 12 gravity filters in the district. The project comprises of renewal of the existing media, replacing the nozzles and increasing the height of the backwash launders.

Read article from Mike Binns from Matamata Piako District Council

Have you seen the World Toilet Day quiz?

World Toilet Day is taking place next week - 19 November

World Toilet Day was created to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. More than 3.5 billion people do not have access to a safely managed sanitation service (WHO/UNICEF 2021).To contribute to the important conversations prompted by this global awareness day, IWA Publishing has compiled a quiz for you to test your World Toilet Day knowledge.

Start the quiz now

Economic regulation and consumer protection for Three Waters

A reminder that the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is seeking feedback from New Zealanders about whether economic regulation and consumer protection is needed for the Three Waters, and if so, how this should look.

Submissions close: 20 December 2021, 5pm

Find out more  

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Upcoming Events

Navigating to net zero

30 December | Online 

Join us to help ensure the New Zealand water sector plays its part in global greenhouse gas emission reduction efforts. Building on the momentum generated at COP26, Water New Zealand is launching “Navigating to net zero: Aotearoas low carbon journey”. This is a guide to support water services to reduce emissions from operations and capital works. Our panel of local and international experts, chaired by Brendon Green will discuss how the New Zealand water sector can play a role in tackling climate change. 

Register here


Image of GHD employee Alannah, she's helping Wellington grow and thrive through new wastewater infrastructure.

Building Nations 2021

16-19 November | Virtual Event

Water New Zealand members are able to attend the Local Government in focus session at Building Nations 2021 for free. Infrastructure New Zealand is aware that water reforms will play a large part of the infrastructure sector over the coming years.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

Climate Change adaptation 

25 November | Online 

Join James Hughes, Climate and Resilience Specialist and Calum Pringle of Queenstown Lakes District Council, to discuss how recent developments in climate adaptation management will impact the water sector. 

Register here

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

30 November | Online 

Water New Zealand and Engineering New Zealand invites you to join us for a webinar with L'Rey Renata where she will share insights on her research project - Water Engineers' Perspective on Interactions with Maaoridom in Water Management Solutions.

Find out more 

Water New Zealand Conference and Expo 2021 

23-25 February 2022

Summer is on its way and before you know it will be February 2022 and we will be gearing up to finally bring you the 2021 Water New Zealand Conference and Expo. We appreciate your patience during this extremely trying time. If you haven't registered for New Zealand's largest water conference and expo then head to our conference website or please get in touch with our helpful events team at waternz@avenues.co.nz.

Modelling Symposium 2022 

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

Registration and call for abstracts are now open! 

Don’t miss this opportunity to share your unique insights, projects and learnings at Modelling Symposium 2022. Submit a 300-500 word abstract for review and then prepare a 30-minute presentation for the day, which will also include a question and answer time. No paper is required and anyone can submit an abstract.

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Stormwater 2022 

18-20 May 2022 | Ōtautahi - Christchurch

The Stormwater Conference & Expo 2022 is to be held in Christchurch on 18-20 May 2022, we expect approximately 400+ attendees at the Conference.

Visit our conference website to find out more 

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Job Vacancies

Wellington Water 

Programme Lead

As Programme Lead, you will lead the delivery of a programme of 3 waters capital projects to meet the needs of our Client Councils in the Wellington region.

Applications close today!

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Customer Planning Engineer (Senior Operations Engineer)

We currently have two vacancies operating across two geographical areas. One is overseeing the central city and southern suburbs based out of Rongotai; the other is Porirua based overseeing the northwestern suburbs.‚Äč

Find out more 

Administrator - Resolution Support

The purpose of this role is to provide effective administrative support for the Customer Resolution team. This busy, varied role will see you supporting our internal and external customers.

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Dunedin City Council 

Group Manager - 3 Waters 

The Group Manager 3 Waters is a key senior role responsible for providing leadership to 106 staff in Council's 3 Waters Group.

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3 Waters Operations Supervisor (Water Treatment)

Are you looking for a foot on the career ladder, a change in direction or a move to one of NZ’s largest water suppliers?

Find out more 

Hamilton City Council 

Infrastructure Engineer - Stormwater

Join us in a new position created to focus on stormwater infrastructure planning.

Find out more 

Hastings District Council 

Three Waters Stormwater Officer 

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic person to join our experienced and driven 3 Waters Team as a 3 Waters Stormwater Officer.

Find out more 

Waitaki District Council

Data and Systems Analyst - Water Services Team

This role will be based in our Oamaru office, you will be responsible for ensuring the Water Services Team has the right tools, systems and associated support in place to deliver a high level of service to customers and to undertake timely and effective project, compliance and financial data collection, analysis and reporting.

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Gisborne District Council

Senior Civil Engineer / Team Lead

Are you seeking a change of lifestyle and to live in an incredible coastal environment with more time to do what you love outside of work? Gisborne District Council is recruiting an experienced diploma or degree qualified Civil Engineer to support the management of our district’s stormwater and wastewater networks.

Find out more

Christchurch City Council 

Civil Engineer 

With high profile and community projects and an interesting variety of work we are now looking for a Civil Engineer to join our Technical Services and Design department, a team of technical professionals, all experts in their fields dedicated to delivering best value sustainable infrastructure.

Find out more

Asset Engineer - Electrical, Instrumental & Controls (EIC)

This role has responsibility for continuously developing the Councils three Waters and Waste Electrical, Instrumentation and Control systems, including SCADA and maintaining the associated renewals programmes, specifications and standards associated with such assets.

Find out more 

Tasman District Council 

Senior Infrastructure Planning Advisor - Stormwater and Rivers

In this role, you will be at the forefront of planning for the needs of our growing community, applying your stormwater and rivers skills and experience across a wide variety of stormwater and river management activities. You will also have the chance to influence key Council decisions on our future direction.

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Tauranga City Council 

Senior Water Modeller 

As a result of our growing population we are looking for a Senior Water Modeller to join our city waters planning team on a permanent basis.

Find out more 

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