Hi Debra

Orange means go! 

We can now welcome everyone to our two key events in May – the Stormwater Conference and Part 2 of our Water Conference and Expo postponed from 2021.  It’s not too late to register so we hope to see you there.  Our conferences provide you with a great opportunity to meet with fellow water sector members and get up to date with all our issues.

In the meantime, have a safe and happy Easter break.

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Latest Updates

Earlybird deals closing April 27- don't miss out 

Take a look at our programme for this year's conference in Ōtautahi Christchurch.  We've got some great keynote speakers and presentations as well as plenty more on the leading stormwater issues. 

See the programme and register here

Pre-conference Workshop – The water sector & Te Ao Maori

Tuesday 17 May – Te Pae, Ōtautahi Christchurch

Integrating mātauranga Māori and Te Ao Māori into your work – improving your capacity to respond to Te Mana o te Wai. Find out more and register

Stormwater Awards

These awards recognise and celebrate  the excellence of our stormwater practitioners, industry technical writing, and outstanding commitment. Nominations for the Stormwater Professional of the Year and Young Stormwater Professional of the Year close Friday, 29 AprilFind out more

Pink Ribbon breakfast

19 May | 7.15 - 8.15 am

Te Pae

This year we would like to do our part to support Breast Cancer awareness and we hope you can join us for a Pink Ribbon breakfast at the conference.

Donating on this link will grant you registration.  

Call for Abstracts closing soon

The Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 2022 is a prime opportunity to showcase your work and present to an audience of key industry professionals.  As well as the technical programme, we are again calling for expressions of interest for non-technical/thought leadership papers. Closing Wednesday April 27. 

Find out more

Expo stands available

We have a small number of expo stands still available.  If you would like to exhibit find out more here.

Water New Zealand Conference and Expo 2021 - Part 2

You can still register for Part Two of our conference in May. Take a look at the programme and find out more 


Bye Bye Blockages! https://bit.ly/3rmBTPr

New flushabilty standard

After five years the new Australian/New Zealand flushability standard has finally been approved for publication. Water New Zealand thanks the many councils that contributed towards enabling this standard to be developed.

The new standard is expected to be published towards the end of this month.  It will provide clear guidance on the tests required to confirm whether a solid product such as a wipe can be flushed down the toilet as well as clear guidance on labelling so that consumers can easily tell if they can flush or should bin a product.

We will provide further updates on developments.

Meanwhile, see further down, under events, for our upcoming webinar on international efforts to mitigate the damage that inappropriate flushing of wipes has caused to our wastewater systems and the environment.

Tauranga Council plan change  

Submissions on the Tauranga City Council Plan Change 27 closed in February and the committee decisions are expected in the next month or two.

The plan change aligns with the Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement on flooding risks from increasingly frequent peak rainfall events and sea level rise out to 2130.

See details 

Check out the new-look Water Directory

If you need to know who can provide the products or services you need, make sure waterdirectory.org.nz is part of your search. Our Water Directory has been improved to make it a more useful resource for our members and the wider water sector.  Plus, if your business isn't yet listed, you now no longer have to wait till next year - you can be included online at any time.

Check it out and if you want to list or give us feedback, contact debbie.laing@waternz.org.nz

Did you miss our virtual coffee catch-up?

If you're one of our members, we'd love you to join us for a quick catch up each month. It's a great way to keep you up to date with the latest happenings.

And if you're too busy to join us live, you can always get up to date later by viewing the recording.

Register here 

Industry News

Billions of dollars needed to replace ageing asbestos pipes

Water New Zealand says there are thousands of kilometres of asbestos water pipes throughout New Zealand and replacing them will cost billions of dollars.

See our media release

This follows calls for pipe upgrades after a study by Otago University researchers found leaching asbestos pipes in Christchurch.

Water New Zealand chief executive Gillian Blythe says the industry has known about the state of pipes for many years and that is why in 2017 we produced the     National Asbestos Cement Pressure Pipe Manual.   Listen to the RNZ interview and view the RNZ report.

Poor drinking water findings reflect long term lack of investment

Water New Zealand says the latest findings that one in five New Zealanders are supplied with water that is not knowingly safe to drink reflects a legacy of under investment in water infrastructure and the water workforce.  See our media release

Christchurch's infrastructure design makes fluoridation cost more

Water New Zealand chief executive Gillian Blythe said the number of pump stations in Christchurch meant fluoridation would be “more resource-intensive” than elsewhere.

Read the Stuff article

New Three Waters reform appointments

Maria Nepia (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Rākaipaaka) has been appointed as acting executive director, Three Waters Iwi/Māori at the Department of Internal Affairs.

Read the Herald article

Maria joins two other recently announced senior appointments - Hamiora Bowkett, (Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Te Arawa, Te Rarawa) has been appointed executive director of the Reform Programme and Heather Shotter, the former chief executive of Palmerston North City Council, recently took up the role of executive director of the National Transition Unit.

See the latest update from the Iwi/Maori team. You can also subscribe to the Three Waters newsletter by emailing threewaters@dia.org.nz with the word subscribe in the subject line.

Mackenzie's water use dramatically higher than most districts

The latest report card on New Zealand’s water has been released, with the Mackenzie district standing out for all the wrong reasons. Mackenzie’s average daily residential water use is far and away the highest of the 40 councils that provided information to Water New Zealand’s National Performance Review 2020 – 2021.  

Read the Stuff article

Beca makes strategic acquisition in Australia

Beca has signed a sales and purchase agreement with New South Wales based Hunter H2O to create one of Asia-Pacific's leading water industry consultancies of over 300 technical specialists across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.

Headquartered in Newcastle, Hunter H2O is an employee-owned specialist water industry consultancy providing professional engineering and project management services. Hunter H2O is well known across Australia’s eastern seaboard and the Pacific. The transaction is due to be complete at the end of the month.

See more


Upcoming Events

Network Performance Measures

27 April | online

This is part of our Taumata Arowai regulatory reform series this year discussing components of the Draft Drinking Water Quality Assurance Rules. You can view recordings of previous webinars and watch upcoming discussions live.

Find out more and register 

What the Flush!!!!

06 May 22 | 1 - 2 PM


    Water New Zealand has been working with our international counterparts in the International Water Services Flushability Group, and in particular with WSAA (Water Services Association of Australia) , to try to mitigate the damage that inappropriate flushing of wipes has caused to our wastewater systems as well as the environment.

    Join us to discuss progress and our next steps.

    Presenters: Water New Zealand Technical Manager Noel Roberts will be joined by Greg Ryan from WSAA who’s leading the development of Australian New Zealand Flushability Standards, Rob Villee from the United States and Barry Orr from Canada. Rob has close connections to WEF and Barry is regarded as a leading international expert on wet wipes technical evidence including on flushability test methods.

    Find out more and register

    Stormwater 101 Digital Badge

    20 April - 18 May 


    This is a fully online course designed to assist you with a basic understanding of stormwater and the people and processes involved. By the end of this course you will have a basic understanding of stormwater in New Zealand, understand the history of stormwater, what’s happening in the stormwater environment and get an overview of some of the roles in stormwater. 

    Registrations close: 19 April  

    Find out more and register

    Wastewater 101 Digital Badge

    27 April - 24 May 


    This is a fully online course designed to assist you with a basic understanding of wastewater and the components relating to wastewater disposal and the impact on communities and the environment.

    By the end of this course you will have a basic understanding of wastewater in Aotearoa New Zealand, understand what happens beyond flushing the toilet, have an understanding of what wastewater treatment plants do and get an overview of some of the roles in wastewater.

    Registrations close: 26 April  

    Find out more and register

    Water UK leakage routemap, lessons for New Zealand 

    05 May | 9 - 10 am


    The ambitious Water UK Leakage Routemap 2050, provides a framework to triple the rate of leakage reduction by 2030 and halve leakage by 2050.

    Joe Sanders, one of the contributing authors to the report will share an overview of the UK Water leakage learnings. 

    Joe will be supported by local New Zealand counterparts Arnaud Deutsch of RPS, David Moore of Watercare, and Lesley Smith of Water New Zealand, linking the work with local initiatives to drive down leakage here in Aotearoa.

    Register here 

    Cultural Significance and Importance of Wai Module

    Starting 14 June |  9am-12pm

    Tāmaki Makaurau  Auckland 

    Deepen your understanding of connections and interdependencies of wai (water) through a Te Ao Māori lens with Kaiako (teacher) Troy Brockbank.This module will start with a half day face to face introductory workshop followed by seven zoom sessions.

    Find out more and register  

    2022 AWA/IWA Australia-New Zealand YWP Conference

    29 - 30 June | 9 am - 5 pm

    The Australian Water Association and International Water Association Young Water Professionals Conference will bring together tomorrow’s leaders to explore how they can leave their mark on our Water Future.

    This is a fantastic opportunity for Young Water Professionals to showcase their contributions, plan and inspire change among industry leaders and their peers. Click on the registration button to go directly to conference webpage where you can download the program and view the abstracts.

    Find out more and register

    Drinking Water 101 Digital Badge

    25 April - 23 May


    This is a fully online course designed to assist you with a basic understanding of drinking water and all the people and processes involved prior to it reaching your tap. 

    The course has been structured into a combination of reading, videos, resources and activities for you to complete over a four-week period at times that suit you. It involves four to six hours time commitment.  Registrations close: 24 April 2022 

    Find out more and register

    Brand New Backflow 101 Digital Badge

    27 April - 25 May


    This is our latest digital badge. It will give you a basic understanding of backflow - what it is, its history, regulations, best practice and how to prevent backflow.

    The course has been structured into a combination of reading, videos, resources and activities for you to complete over a 4 week period at times that suit you. Registrations close on 26 April.

    Find out more

    Small Wastewater & Natural Systems (SWANs) AGM

    2 May 22 | 3.30 - 4.30 pm


    If you have an interest in on-site wastewater, you are invited to attend the SWANs AGM and election of a new management committee webinar. We are also welcoming expressions of interest in joining the management committee - please send expressions of interest to Katrina Guy by Tuesday 26th April at 4pm. 

    Find out more and register

    STEM Careers  

    10 - 18 May | 9 am - 5 pm


    Due to possible COVID restrictions, CanterburyUniversity has decided to turn the 2022 Taiopenga Rapuara STEM Careers Fair into a series of virtual events: STEM Employers Online Engagement due to possible COVID restrictions.  The online event will be held by zoom.

    Registrations Close: 5pm TODAY

    Find out more and register

    Guidelines for beneficially reusing organic materials on land

    May 13 | 12 - 12.40 pm


    FREE New Zealand Land Treatment Collective 2022 webinar series 


    These guidelines, currently being finalised, supersede the 2003 Guidelines for the Safe Application of Biosolids to Land and include additional organic material such as animal manures, and other agricultural waste materials.

    Water New Zealand, WasteMINZ, the Centre for Integrated Biowaste Research (CIBR), the New Zealand Land Treatment Collective (NZLTC), worked together with the ministries of Environment, Health and Primary Industries to develop the consultation draft.

    In this webinar, we will provide an update on the progress to date and the next steps.

    Register here 

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    Job Vacancies

    Matamata Piako District Council

    Three Waters Utilities Engineer

    This role is responsible for overseeing our 3 Waters data through our data toolset and SCADA systems, the planning, design and monitoring of operational and capital expenditure works, as well as project managing the delivery of minor capex works. This is a full time, permanent position based in our Te Aroha 3 Waters office.

    Find out more

    Palmerston North City Council

    3 Waters Team Leader - Stormwater/Wastewater

    We’re on the hunt for a Team Leader to work within our 3 Waters Network Distribution team, leading the wastewater/stormwater construction & maintenance teams. This is a dynamic and exciting leadership opportunity, leading the team to improve it’s capability and performance.

    Find out more

    3 Waters Team Leader - Water

    We’re on the hunt for a Team Leader to Work within our 3 Waters Network Distribution team to lead the water construction & maintenance teams. This is a dynamic and exciting leadership opportunity, you’ll be leading the team to improve it’s capability and performance.

    Find out more

    Waipā District Council

    Compliance and Improvement Team Leader

    Our Compliance and Improvement team are responsible for ensuring Waipā District Council are compliant with all Three Waters regulatory requirements, delivering the Water Demand Management programme, driving improvements across our Three Waters network, and managing Water Services' emergency planning.

    Find out more

    Western Bay of Plenty Regional Council

    Technical Project Engineer

    The Capital Projects team are at delivery stage of many 3 waters projects and with many new projects on the horizon are looking for a technical project engineer to join them. If you are looking for a career, new challenges and to work with a great team delivering 3 waters projects, then this is a great opportunity. Sound like you?

    Find out more

    Christchurch City Council

    Resource Consent Compliance Coordinator

    In this role you will coordinate, collate and follow up all types of resource consent compliance monitoring, data gathering and reporting for the Three Waters Unit.

    Find out more

    Hamilton City Council

    Operations Engineer

    This is your chance to be part of an organisation that is committed to building a more vibrant, attractive and prosperous city.

    Find out more

    Maintenance Technician - Treatment Plants

    We are looking for tradesmen in related fields to join the Treatment Plants maintenance team who repair and maintain the treatment plants and reservoirs around the city.

    Find out more

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