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Meri Kirihimete and Happy New Year from all of us at Water New Zealand. 

We wish you a very happy festive season.  2021 has certainly been an eventful year and already 2022 is looking to be another busy one.  We hope to see you at one or more of our many events and learning opportunities already in the pipeline for next year.

In the meantime, stay safe and enjoy a relaxing time with family and friends  - please note that our office will be closed from 24 December till 10 January.

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Latest Updates

Stormwater 101 - new year digital badge launch

Get 2022 off to a great start by enrolling in our newest digital badge learning opportunity. Stormwater 101 begins in January.  It joins our two other popular online learning modules, Drinking Water 101 and Wastewater 101.

If you haven't completed either of these, there are more sessions planned in 2022.

Stormwater 101 is a fully online course designed to give you with a basic understanding of stormwater and the people and processes. It involves a combination of reading, videos, resources and activities for you to complete over a four week period at times that suit you.

Have a look at our website for more on this and other digital badge opportunities. Please note that you can enrol for the Stormwater 101 digital badge from the 12 January 2022 which commences on the 26 January 2022.

Economic regulation and consumer protection for
Three Waters services

Water New Zealand believes that the establishment of a Three Waters economic regulator is critical in order to complement and strengthen the overall regulatory regime for the Three Waters services sector in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Read our submission and cover letter on the discussion document Economic regulation and consumer protection for three waters services in New Zealand.

Small Water Suppliers Competency Framework

Water New Zealand has produced a draft competency framework for small water suppliers.

Small water suppliers source, treat and distribute water to between 50 to 500 people.  They fulfil a crucial role in ensuring that New Zealand communities, particularly in rural areas, are supplied with safe and sufficient water.  

The draft competency framework is now available for feedback

Seeking Māori Advisory Group members 

The Department of Internal Affairs is seeking candidates who wish to be considered for appointment as a member of the Māori Advisory Group for Taumata
Arowai – the Water Services Regulator.  If you are a Water New Zealand member, you can login to our website to see the member candidate information and nomination form.

New legislation to modernise emergency management system

The Minister for Emergency Management Kiri Allan has announced that a new Emergency Management Bill will be introduced to replace the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002.

Read the Minister's media release: New legislation to modernise emergency management system (beehive.govt.nz)

More information on the work to develop the new Bill and other aspects of the emergency management system reforms is available at https://www.civildefence.govt.nz/cdem-sector/regulatory-framework-review-trifecta-programme/

National Emergency Management Agency consultation

The consultation period for the  proposed critical infrastructure amendments to the CDEM Act has been extended.  

The National Emergency Management Agency is looking for feedback on two proposed amendments to the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002 in relation to Critical Infrastructure (Lifeline Utilities).

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

Please provide submissions to the proposed amendments by return email to trifecta@nema.govt.nz by COP Friday 14 January 2022.

Taking responsibility for our waste

The Ministry for Environment is proposing a new waste strategy and legislative options for reducing our waste. Water New Zealand’s submission addresses the challenge and opportunities the management of organic waste poses for wastewater operators. 

The submission is on our website:

Three Waters Reform Update newsletter

The latest newsletter from the DIA (Dept of Internal Affairs) has a summary of the most recent developments in the Government's Three Waters Reform programme.  

See the newsletter

Te Mana o te Wai in Action

In the latest in our webinar series on how we can give effect to Te Mana o te Wai, Water New Zealand Chief Executive Gillian Blythe is joined by President Helen Atkins, board member Troy Brockbank and resource management practitioner Jade Wikaira

View the webinar here

Auckland stormwater codes of practice update 

Version 3 of Auckland Council’s Land Development and Subdivision: Code of Practice, Chapter 4: Stormwater (SWCoP Version 3) has been published. It can be accessed via the Auckland Design Manual website.

Feedback can be provided through the feedback forms on the Auckland Design Manual or through swcop@aklc.govt.nz.

Industry News

Government offers Three Waters reform concessions

The Government has released the exposure draft of the new Water Services Entities Bill. The proposed new legislation has offered major concessions in water reforms that will make new water entities accountable to all councils. 

Read the Newsroom report and the exposure draft 

Net-zero guide to greenhouse gas emissions  

Water New Zealand's Insight and sustainability advisor Lesley Smith spoke to Magic Talk host Dominic George about how our new guide, Navigating to net zero: Aotearoa's water sector low-carbon journey, can help the water sector reduce emissions. The guide was produced by the Water New Zealand Climate Change Group. 

Listen to the conversation and read the guide.

Stay safe and check your drinking water supply

Don’t spoil your holidays through water borne illnesses.

Water New Zealand chief executive Gillian Blythe says many people under-estimate the risks of drinking potentially contaminated water in holiday destinations.

Read our media release

Extreme weather event project

Thanks to funding from MBIE, researchers from five organisations — MetService, Niwa, Bodeker Scientific, Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Canterbury — have begun a New Zealand project called Extreme Weather Event Real-time Attribution Machine (EWERAM). 

 Read the ODT editorial

Close to 60 people hospitalised from  2016 Havelock North gastro outbreak

A new study recently published in the Medical Journal has found that more people than previously reported were hospitalised as a result of the 2016 campylobacter outbreak in Havelock North

Read the Stuff report 

Bad smells from Christchurch's fire-ravaged wastewater plant could continue for years

Bad smells reminiscent of the 1970s and 80s will continue seeping out of Christchurch’s fire-damaged wastewater treatment plant for years to come, the city council says. 

Read the Stuff article.

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Upcoming Events

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. 

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. 

Abstracts and Innovation Showcase

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.

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

Vaccination Employment Law webinars

January | online

Employment New Zealand is running two further webinars on updated employment law changes relating to mandatory vaccination requirements for employees, under the COVID-19 Protection Framework (the traffic light system).

Register here

Future-Fit Aotearoa

2 - 4 February | Auckland

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.

Register here

Taumata Arowai webinar 

27 January | 9-10 am

The year ahead and Te Puna Kōrero / Public Consultation will include an update from the regulator's  Head of Strategy and Insights, Katy Te Amo and Manager Regulatory Policy,  Helen Robertson.

Register here

National Lifelines Utilities Forum

10 - 11 February | Queenstown  

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

More information and to register

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Job Vacancies


Technical Manager - Auckland

If you have strong commercial acumen and strategic thinking abilities, and sound analytical and problem solving skills apply now to be considered for this exciting opportunity.

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Wellington Contract Manager

This role is key to managing the stakeholder relationships and will be required to provide technical guidance and leadership to the Veolia Wellington Contract Managers.

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Project Manager – Auckland or Wellington

If you are dynamic, confident and team focused, and have a desire to further develop your career we would like to hear from you.

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Regional Manager – Central Region

Veolia is seeking an experienced Regional Manager reporting to the National Operations Manager. You will be responsible for strategic planning and ensuring delivery on all aspects of the Central Region and ensuring positive working relationships with Veolia clients and stakeholders and collaboration towards common outcomes.

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South Waikato District Council

Wastewater Technician

The South Waikato region is thriving, and we currently have an outstanding opportunity for a technically minded person to join our team as a Wastewater Technician. Taking the next step in their career whilst being involved in some exciting projects on a day to day basis

Applications close: 12 January 2022

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South Taranaki District Council

Reticulation Officer

The South Taranaki District Council is seeking to employ an individual with an interest in the essential services that underpin modern communities.

Applications close: 16 January 2022

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Kāpiti Coast District Council

Senior Asset Planning Engineer

We are looking to recruit ambitious, aspiring engineers to support and lead our growing workload in our asset management team.

Applications close: 12 January 2022

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