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Stormwater 2022 is coming up soon!  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

Innovation Showcase and Awards nominations close tomorrow

Don't miss your chance to show your innovation to industry colleagues or acknowledge and celebrate achievement in the stormwater industry. Innovation Showcase entries and nominations for the Stormwater Professional of the Year and Young Stormwater Professional of the Year close tomorrow - Friday, 29 April.

 Find out more

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

Tuesday 17 May | 1- 1.45 pm 

Ōtautahi Christchurch

Improve your capacity to respond to Te Mana o te Wai and find out how to integrate mātauranga Māori and Te Ao Māori into your work.

Find out more and register

Expo Stands Available

We still have a limited number of expo stands available. This opportunity is open to all Water New Zealand members.  The cost is of an exhibition booth is NZ$3200.00 + GST. 

Book a stand

Pink Ribbon breakfast

19 May | 7.15 - 8.15 am

Te Pae | Ōtautahi Christchurch

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 confirm your breakfast booking.    

Still time to join us at Claudelands 

Registrations are still open for Part Two of our Water New Zealand Conference.  Take a look at the programme and our keynote speakers including the Minister of Local Government, Hon Nanaia Mahuta and Taumata Arowai chief executive Bill Bayfield. These will be two information-packed days.

Register here

Climate Change Group Nominations and AGM

Nomination for the Climate Change Group’s 2022 committee are now open. To register your interest in joining the Climate Change Group’s Committee, email your nomination to katrina.guy@waternz.org.nz no later than 20 May. The new committee will be confirmed on 25th May at the Climate Change Group AGM and workshop. You must be a Water New Zealand member to join the group.

Water New Zealand’s Climate Change Group is a voluntary network of our members working to support the water sector to adapt and mitigate against climate change. 

More information

Looking for mentors

Would you like to become a Water New Zealand mentor and share your expertise with younger or less experienced members?  Mentoring is a rewarding way to contribute to our industry.  

If you are interested or would like more information, please email training@waternz.org.nz


How Wellington Water is achieving energy efficiency savings of 5-10% 

Improving rural drinking water safety

Crown Infrastructure Partners has released an RFP seeking suitably qualified and experienced services providers to deliver a $30m rural drinking water programme aimed at improving the long-term quality of rural drinking water across New Zealand. 

The programme is intended to serve marae, papakāinga and other rural communities not able to be connected to council-owned drinking water supplies as well as improve the capacity and capability of water treatment plant installers, operators and maintainers in rural areas.

 A supplier briefing will be held on Thursday, 5 May 2022. Details about registering for the supplier briefing are in the RFP.

The RFP (GETS RFx ID: 25708142, "Rural Drinking Water Programme") is open now. It closes at 5pm on Friday, 3 June 2022.

Water New Zealand renews its Site Safe Membership

Water New Zealand has renewed its Trade Association membership with Site Safe. We are very excited to continue our membership with Site Safe, a national body committed to improving & promoting a culture of health & safety in New Zealand. With regular updates on important health and safety information and news, Water New Zealand will be able to keep our members well informed. What does this mean for you? If you are a Water New Zealand member you can receive a 10% discount off your annual Site Safe membership fees.

Industry News

Preparing for climate change impacts

The Government is seeking feedback on the first of its National Adaptation Plans aimed at minimising the impacts of climate change.

The plan, released yesterday, outlines the actions the Government will take over the next six years to respond to the priority climate-related risks identified in the 2020 National Climate Change Risk Assessment.

It says the plan will inform adaptation action so that all sectors and communities are able to "live and thrive in a changing climate". The consultation also outlines proposals for flood insurance and managed retreat policies.

Consultation will close on 3 June. Water New Zealand will be responding to the draft plan. If you would like to contribute to our submission please email Lesley.smith@waternz.org.nz.   

See the draft plan and the Minister's media release.


Free CPD webinar, 12 pm 12th May. Advanced water containment system – click here to book your spot

Canterbury town plagued by dirty water a year on from floods

Residents of a Canterbury town have not had a reliable source of safe drinking water for nearly a year.

Read the Checkpoint article

Pipebots and designer liners - technologies revolutionising water

New technologies that improve water quality, reduce pollution, and help customers have received a multi-million cash boost.

Read more

Alabama racism investigation 

The US Justice Department has launched an investigation following accusations of racial discrimination in rural Alabama's water service delivery.

Read more 

String of Wellington Water budget requests total $35 million

A new funding request from Wellington Water is the latest in a string of budget increases over the past two months, which total $35 million.The new request is for an additional $12.6m over the next two years, to fund escalating maintenance problems like pipes bursting.

Read the Stuff article

Te Rarawa blames local authorities for pollution of Wairoa Stream 

Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa is blaming the Far North District Council and the Northland Regional Council for the pollution of the Wairoa Stream in Ahipara.

See more on Te Ao Maori news 


Upcoming Events

Together to Net Zero – steps the water industry can take to measure, manage and mitigate carbon

3 May | 5.30 - 7.30 pm 


CIWEM and Water New Zealand are delighted to be able to share a fascinating session detailing how Auckland Council’s Healthy Waters department intend to take actions to meet the commitment outlined in Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri (Auckland’s Climate Plan) for Auckland to halve its emissions by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050.

More information and register

What the Flush!

6 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

    Small Wastewater & Natural Systems (SWANs) AGM

    2 May | 3.30 - 4.30 pm


    This will start with an Annual General Meeting and the election of a new management committee. If you have an interest in on-site wastewater, please join us.


    Young water professionals – Innovation Series 1

    5 May | 12.00 - 1.00 pm


    Join us for our Innovation series where we showcase YWPs who are providing creative solutions to some of the everyday issues faced in the water industry. In this episode we talk to Water New Zealand's Young Professional of the Year 2020 winner, Hannah Edmond from Mott MacDonald, and Elliott Kennedy who is a three waters network analyst at Wellington Water.

    Find out more and register

     Backflow 101 Digital Badge

    11 May - 8 June | Online

    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: 10 May 2022

    Find out more and register

    Stormwater 101 Digital Badge

    18 May - 15 June | Online

    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: 17 May 2022

    Find out more and register

    Taumata Arowai information webinars

    If you have missed any of our Taumata Arowai webinars you can go to our website to view previous recordings and you can also register to attend two post-consultation updates. 

    • 16 June 2022 | Drinking Water Quality Assurance Rules & Acceptable Solutions (Part 1) – post consultation
    • 23 June 2022 | Drinking Water Quality Assurance Rules & Acceptable Solutions (Part 2) – post consultation

    Cultural Significance and Importance of Wai Module

    14 June | 9 am - 12 pm

    Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland

    This module is designed to help you deepen your collective understanding of connections and interdependencies of wai (water) through a Te Ao Māori lens. It begins with a half day face to face discussion followed by six 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

    Join our Virtual Coffee Catch-up

    4 May | 10 - 10:30 am


    Our virtual coffee catch-ups are a great way for us to informally catch up with members and keep you up to date with the latest happenings. They’re also an opportunity for you to ask questions and tell us what you think. So we’d love you to join us.

    Register to receive an invitation to our next one and future sessions this year. 

    Drinking Water 101 Digital Badge

    9 May - 6 June | Online

    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: 8 May 2022 

    Find out more and register

    Wastewater 101 Digital Badge

    11 May - 8 June


    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: 10 May   

    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 

    Stormwater Annual General Meeting

    19 May | 4.30 pm 

    Ōtautahi Christchurch and Online

    The Annual General Meeting of the Water New Zealand Stormwater Group will be held at their annual conference at Te Pae, Christchurch.

    If you are interested in joining  any of the management committees within the Stormwater Group, or would like to attend the AGM virtually you can find out more here

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    The purpose of the position of Practice Excellence Lead is to define what good project and programme management looks like and help us to deliver to that standard.

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    Senior Engineer - Design

    The purpose of the position is to manage multiple, large scale and complex three waters infrastructure projects from investigation and design through to construction.

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    Operations Manager/ Service Delivery Manager

    This role manages the maintenance and operation of the three waters services within the designated area. This includes carrying out unplanned and planned works, and proactively identifying and managing potential issues.

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    We are seeking a passionate and enthusiastic Wastewater Service Manager to join our 3 Waters team and lead the strategic direction, programme management and delivery of our wastewater function.

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