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Navigating to net zero: Aotearoa's low carbon journey

3 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: Aotearoa's low carbon journey” - a guide to support the water services sector to reduce emissions from operations and capital works. 

Find out more

Latest issue of Water now online

In our special smart water edition; take a look at the latest in digital innovation, meet our newest board appointees and find out who's who at Taumata Arowai. You can also read about the water sector's journey to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For these stories and plenty more, go to the online version of Water. Or you can become a Water New Zealand member and have a printed edition delivered directly to you. Go to our website to join and see our other membership benefits.  

Water New Zealand Conference and Expo

23-25 February | Kirikiriroa Hamilton

There's still time to register to attend the biggest and broadest water sector event in the country as well as register for the Taumata Arowai and Department of Internal Affairs Three Waters reform pre conference workshop on 22 February. 

More information

Stormwater 2022

18-20 May | Te Pae, Ōtautahi Christchurch

The call for abstracts is open for our key stormwater event for 2022. Applications to present at the Innovation Showcase are also live and expo sites are available.  Registrations open in January.

Go to Stormwater 2022 for more information, key dates and deadlines.

Join our webinar on Three Waters regulation

3 December | 9-10 am

Water New Zealand is offering our members an opportunity to provide feedback on our submission on the role of a Three Waters economic and consumer protection regulator

A working group of members is currently working on a draft submission to be presented to MBIE on or before the closing date of 20 December.  If you are a Water New Zealand member, you are invited to join a webinar to provide feedback on the draft submission and key issues identified before it is finalised. The draft submission will be available prior to the webinar.

Register here


Meet David. He's helping Palmerston North grow while protecting its natural spaces, through more sustainable stormwater management.
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Water Asset Management Forum 2021

Encouraging behaviour change and understanding the importance of strong infrastructure strategies were some of the key topics under discussion at last week’s Water Asset Management Forum in Wellington.

The joint Water New Zealand/IPWEA New Zealand event attracted up to 70 participants – both online as well attending in person.

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Did you miss our Climate Change Adaptation webinar?

If you didn't join online today, the recording will be up on our website within the next few days. Catch up with the government's mandatory climate risk report and its impacts as well as the recently released MfE guidance on climate risk assessments.  Free for members and $25 for non-members.

View our Water New Zealand recordings here

Industry News

New era in safer drinking water

On November 15, Taumata Arowai officially took on the role as the country's new stand-alone drinking water regulator with oversight of waste and stormwater.

See our media release

Water New Zealand is hosting a series of webinars on the new regulations and standards.  See Upcoming Events for more information. 


Waikato 50: Completed in record time.

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Wai Pasifika: Indigenous ways in a changing climate by David Young

Wai Pasifika is a beautifully written and visually rich series of interconnected essays on freshwater from Pacific perspectives: its customary uses, traditions, myths and centrality to sustaining life.

Polynesians, like the inhabitants of Oceania generally, have long lived in a state of heightened awareness of the profundity and subtlety of nature’s interrelationships. Theirs is a holistic view of the world and their place in it. In Wai Pasifika, the voices of contemporary Indigenous leaders and earlier sources are combined with author David Young’s personal encounters to offer a plea to contemporary society to listen while time still allows. 

Click here to order a copy or for further information

Nitrate risks for babies 

A report for the government by the Liggins Institute has found that while there is no conclusive evidence that nitrates in drinking water causes adverse birth outcomes for babies, there is a need for further monitoring and reporting of levels.to help continued assessment of evidence, Read more

Taking responsibility for our waste 

The Ministry for the Environment is consulting on a proposed new waste strategy and options for developing new more comprehensive waste legislation.

Changes in waste management will impact the water industry. If there are issues you would like to see addressed in a submission by Water New Zealand, email: lesley.smith@waternz.org.nz by 3 December. Or you can provide a submission of your own. 

Water utilities trade sludge for energy

In a first for UK water companies, Yorkshire Water in north-east England and Anglian Water in eastern England, have entered into a deal to share bioresources - known as sludge - to ensure it is treated efficiently.

Read more

Sponge cities help China tackle water crisis

Sponge cities in China are using ancient farming and water management methods to sustainably tackle the growing water crisis.

Read more

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Upcoming Events

Webinar - Interactions with Maaoridom in Water Management Solutions

30 November | Online

Water New Zealand and Engineering New Zealand invite 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.

Register here

Taumata Arowai webinar series

Next Webinar 2 Dec | 9-10 am

Water New Zealand is hosting a series of webinars with the new water services regulator, Taumata Arowai, to help the sector understand the latest developments over new rules and standards.  This week the focus was on small water supply rules and acceptable solutions.  

The next webinar, on 2 December, will cover notifiable risks and hazards including laboratories' responsibilities for providing information.

Go to our website to register for upcoming webinars and to view previous recordings.   


Kaeser – a real superhero

RMA reform information 

23 and 30 November | Online

The Ministry for the Environment is holding a series of online information sessions to discuss Resource Management Act reform.

If you would like to find out more about progress around the reforms or ask questions, go here for more information and to register.

2022 dates for Digital Badges

If you haven't yet enrolled in either of our popular digital badge courses, there will be plenty of opportunities next year.

And keep an eye out for the latest in our series - Stormwater 101. This will be our third digital badge, and will join Drinking Water 101 and Wastewater 101 which were launched earlier this year.  More details will be coming soon.

Go to our events calendar to register and find out more

Invitation to the 2nd IAHR Young Professionals Congress

30 November - 3 December | Online 

The 2nd IAHR Young Professionals Congress is open to all young professionals, researchers and students (IAHR members and non-members). It’s a great opportunity to meet your peers, learn more about the latest developments in the field of hydro environment and network with other young professionals and experts around the world. 

Register for free 

Join us for our next virtual coffee catch-up

1 December | Online

This is our last catch up for the year. Our catch ups are a great way to informally stay up to date with the latest happenings, ask questions and tell us what you think.

Recordings are available if you can't join us at the time.

Go here to register

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 our 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.

Register Now  

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Job Vacancies

Wellington Water 

Maintenance Fitter 

The Maintenance Fitter position sits within Wellington Water's Asset Maintenance team. The key purpose of this role is to keep the plants running reliably and producing high quality water to our communities.

Applications close today

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Analyst, Operational Performance

In this role, you will be working to improve the operational performance of the three waters network by the evaluation of data to identify medium- and long-term performance trends and the opportunities for service improvements.

For more information 

Taupō District Council 

Control Systems Engineer 

Taupō District Council is looking for someone who will ensure Council’s SCADA/telemetry and associated network communication’s systems are maintained and renewed as required, be part of project teams and provide advice on OT networks.

For more information 

Christchurch City Council

Asset Engineer - Mechanical and Civil

Want to be involved in shaping your city? Here at the council we know our strength comes from our people, working together as one team to create results. 

For more information

Asset Engineer - Stormwater and Drainage

When you join us, you're getting involved first hand and contributing to crafting the Christchurch community. We're diverse and dynamic - there are always new and interesting projects to get stuck into, and we love creating opportunities for our people to get involved with.

For more information

Dunedin City Council

Contract Delivery Manager - 3 Waters

With responsibility for large capital budgets, this role represents an exceptional opportunity to build upon existing strategies to become a client of choice for the 3 Waters supplier and contracting market.

For more information 

South Taranaki District Council

Reticulation Officer

The appointee will assist in the management of infrastructure systems of the district's drainage (sewer and stormwater) and water networks. 

For more information 

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