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Three Waters Reforms - economic regulation and consumer protection 

One of the key features of the Government's Three Waters Reforms is the proposed new economic regulatory and consumer protection model.

Water New Zealand has been working with our members to develop a draft submission on the proposals. As a result, many of you attended a recent webinar where we discussed key aspects raised by members of our regulation working group.

If you are a member and you missed the webinar, you can view it on our website.  Members are also welcome to provide feedback by 16 December on the draft submission.  The final submission is due on 20 December.

See our cover letter and our draft response to the submission questions. 

Navigating to net zero: Aotearoa's water sector low carbon journey    

World-leading expert on wastewater emissions reduction, Mikkel Holmen Anderson, speaking from Denmark, joined the panel of local water sector leaders for the launch on Friday of our new guide aimed at helping the water sector reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The guide was put together by Water New Zealand's Climate Change Group. 

View launch video and the guide. Click here for our media release

NEMA Critical Infrastructure proposals 

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) (Civil Defence) is looking for feedback by 17th Dec on the proposed changes to the CDEM Act 2002

The feedback is on the following topics:

  • Planning Emergency Levels of Services During and after an emergency.
  • Reporting, Monitoring and Evaluation of an entity to meet the requirements of the CDEM Act. 

Small suppliers are included in this Act although the definition of what is an essential infrastructure is part of the consultation.

Entities can either respond to NEMA directly or if they wish feed your thoughts through to noel.roberts@waternz.org.nz who will create sector response feedback.

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

Vaccination update - In line with the Government requirements, all attendees will need to present their vaccination certificates. 

Call for abstracts and Innovation Showcase

18-20 May | Te Pae, Ōtautahi Christchurch

We're open for abstracts for our key stormwater event for 2022.  If you have a paper or presentation you'd like to share with the sector, go to our Stormwater Conference website for more information.  This year our Stormwater Group Communications Committee has been busy putting together a helpful guide with tips and tricks to help you write a  great abstract. 

Go to our website to see the presentation guide and accompanying videos.

 Applications to present at the Innovation Showcase are also live and expo sites are available.  Registrations will open in January.

More information

In line with the Government requirements, all attendees at the Stormwater Conference will need to present their vaccination certificates. 

Calling for abstracts and registrations  

16-17 March | Whanganui-a-tara Wellington

Don’t miss the opportunity to share your insights, projects and learnings at Water New Zealand’s Modelling Symposium.

This year the Modelling Group will be celebrating 22 years of being in existence and the committee will be pulling together a diverse programme that covers the last 22 years as well as the future needs of modelling in the New Zealand water industry.

Find out more 

In line with the Government requirements, all attendees will need to present their vaccination certificates. 

Te kawe i te haepapa para Taking responsibility for our waste consultation

Submissions for the proposed new waste strategy and legislative options for reducing waste close tomorrow.

Water New Zealand’s submission addresses issues and opportunities for disposing of biosolids.

The submission will be available from tomorrow on the submissions section of our website.


Clean Water. Yes! | Sulzer

Water Directory opportunities

We are currently finalising content for Water Directory 2022. The directory is a great way to get your company's services or products in front of a targeted audience. If you're not already listed, and would like to be included in next year's edition, contact debbie.laing@waternz.org.nz

Next year will be a new, upgraded version that includes a refreshed website, and a consolidated index to remove duplication.

Farewell to Renée

This Friday will be Renée Butler's last day at Water New Zealand. Renee has been our Marketing Coordinator for the past two years but is moving on to take up another opportunity.  Thank you, Renée, for your valuable contribution to Water New Zealand and best wishes for your future career.

Interactions with Maaoridom in Water Management and Solutions

If you missed this insightful webinar with L'Rey Karaitiana Renata who shared her research project on practical applications of maatauranga Maaori, you can view it on our website.

L'Rey's research dives into the practical application of maatauranga Maaori and Maaori frameworks within the engineering sector of water management and design solutions. It identifies the factors that influence implementation of maatauranga Maaori and Maaori worldviews in practice.

Watch the webinar recording here 

Hunt for book

One of our members is looking for the book “ Treatment Process Selection for Particle Removal by J. Brock McEwen” . If you can help please contact Craig.Freeman@filtec.co.nz 

Industry News

Climate change made the May flooding in Canterbury more severe 

Climate change made the rainfall that led to Canterbury’s flooding in May more severe, researchers have found.

Researchers studying the effects of climate change on severe weather events in New Zealand have found that the extreme rainfall that brought flooding to Canterbury in May was 10 to 15 per cent more intense as a result of human influence on the climate system.

Read the Stuff story 

Mauri Model decisionmaking framework

Mihi mai ki a Dr Te Kīpa Kēpa Morgan, a professional engineer, who’s inspiring a different value system that he says can help humanity thrive and safeguard the sustainability of our planet. 

Read more

Revitalising the awa

East Coast community groups have been collaborating to help revitalise the Waimatā River. The Waimatā Catchment Group, research teams and community members have been discussing ideas on revitalising the Waimatā River. Two community hui were held earlier this year and themes such as mātauranga-based projects (Māori knowledge), education, stopping river pollutants, planting and pest control were recognised as areas that needed to be worked on. Read the Gisborne Herald story

Hot stuff - wastewater heat replaces boilers in Glasgow

Fuel poverty and sustainable heating are both being addressed in a ground-breaking project underway in the east-end of Glasgow, Scotland.

Read more

Forum behind efforts to clean up Manawatū River nets supreme award

A decade-long mission to clean up one of New Zealand’s sickest waterways has led to top honours.

The Manawatū River Leaders' Forum won the supreme award for catchment with most progress towards improved river health at the recent Cawthron New Zealand River Awards.  

See more on the winners and finalists

International recognition for Safeswim  

As New Zealanders begin their exodus to the beaches for summer, it's great to note that Auckland Council's Safeswim programme, which includes real-time water quality status for beaches in Auckland and Northland, has gained the attention of the World Health Organisation.

Earlier WHO has released an update of their ‘Guidelines on Recreational Water Quality’.

The guidelines are used around the world, including New Zealand, to provide health-based guidance to set the direction for national water quality standards

Mayor Phil Goff said that the international recognition acknowledges that Auckland is leading the world in this area.

See more on safeswim

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Upcoming Events

Te Mana o te Wai in action

10 December | 12 - 1 pm

Join us in a webinar to discuss Te Mana o te Wai with resource management practitioner and Chair of Papa Pounamu, the national Māori Planners network, Jade Wikaira,

She'll be joined by Water New Zealand President, Helen Atkins and board member Troy Brockbank, as they discuss how Te Mana o te Wai is put into action.

Go to our website to register

New Year Digital Badge opportunities

Book now for new year training and learning opportunities. Our popular digital badges start again in mid-January, so if you haven't yet completed Drinking Water 101 or Wastewater 101, these upskilling opportunities could be a good way to start the new year.

Find out more on our website

Future-Fit Aotearoa 

2 - 4 Feb | 9 am - 5 pm 


This is a joint ACE New Zealand and IPWEA NZ conference for consultants and engineers.

Join leaders, key influencers and decision-makers who are at the forefront of delivering critical technology, construction and infrastructure and explore what needs to be done today to ensure a healthy and thriving sector and country for tomorrow.

More details

National Lifelines Utilities Forum

10 - 11 Feb | 10 am - 3 pm


This forum brings together key practitioners delivering infrastructure resilience to discuss the latest developments.

More information

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Job Vacancies


Meet Ryan. Collaboratively with our clients, Ryan is making change in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty by managing infrastructure projects to meet the needs of local communities. Bored with the status quo? Join us - ghd.com/change-maker

Wellington Water

Team Leader Reinstatements

You will be a part of a team responsible for the drainage investigations and flushing of blockages, ensuring to minimise waste and reduce environmental impacts. By undertaking CCTV inspections you will carry out periodic maintenance checks within work schedules and meeting established standards.

For more information

Applications close today

Utilities Serviceperson

The purpose of this position is to maintain and renew utilities assets across the three waters, including diagnosis and resolution of operational failures.

For more information

Christchurch City Council

Engineering Officer - Water Supply

Do you have experience in a water-related discipline, and are you looking for a new challenge? We are now looking for a self-motivated, customer-focused individual to join the Three Waters and Waste unit as an Engineering Officer - Water Supply.

For more information

Gisborne District Council

Water Quality Science Officer

This role is a mixture of office and field work - You’ll work with the Environmental Monitoring team to take water samples, manage and analyse the data.

For more information

Applications close today

Palmerston North City Council

Water Treatment Supervisor

The Palmerston North City Council is seeking an experienced individual to coordinate and supervise our Water Treatment team, ensuring the smooth operation and maintenance of the Turitea Water Treatment Plant, the cities bore sites and associated pumping facilities.

For more information

Waipa District Council

Water Treatment Operator

This position 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.

For more information

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