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Less than one week to go!

We're close - but you can still register.  We've got some great keynote speakers, 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 Māori

Tuesday 17 May | 1 - 4.15 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

Pink Ribbon breakfast

19 May | 7.15 - 8.15 am

Te Pae | Ōtautahi Christchurch

Don't forget that we would love to see you at our Pink Ribbon breakfast at the conference. Donating on this link will confirm your breakfast booking.    

Still time to join us at Claudelands 

May 25 - 26

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

Taumata Arowai and DIA pre conference workshop

25 May | 8.30 - 11.30 am

Claudelands Hamilton

Panel discussion on Te Mana o te Wai and how you can be involved in the upcoming Three Waters legislation 

Find out more and register 

Te Mana o te Wai - new podcast

What does it mean and will it really have a big impact on the way those of us in the water sector work?

This week we published the second episode of our new podcast series: Tāwara o te Wai - Water Talk.

In this episode, Water New Zealand's Mumtaz Parker talks to Troy Brockbank and Helen Atkins about the importance of Te Mana o te Wai.

To listen, follow the link or search "Water New Zealand" on Spotify.

"Whakarongo ki te tāwara o te wai" "Listen to the murmurs of water".


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Latest edition of Water out now 

Find out how indigenous water knowledge can help restore ecosystems, read how a heavily polluted stream in Canterbury was restored, how wastewater is being turned into fertiliser and how to recruit staff in a tight labour market.  

These stories and much more in our latest edition of Water, now online,

Water Industry Professionals Association update

The Water Industry Professionals Association’s (WIPA) management committee has agreed that the WIPA undertake a brief pause while the industry as a whole goes through a significant period of change.

More information

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 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 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.

2022 Building Code update - plumbing and drainage proposals

MBIE is consulting on proposed changes to building code compliance. 

The proposed changes for plumbing and drainage include looking to limit the allowable lead content in certain plumbing products, reducing the risk of hot water scalding injuries, and protecting potable water supplies. 

The consultation will run until Friday 1 July 2022.

Find out more and have your say

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.

Voting time - Water New Zealand Photo Competition 

It's time to vote for your favourite water photo -  take a look at this year's fantastic entries then choose which one you think should be the winner of the Water New Zealand Photo Competition for 2022. Voting is permitted on multiple photos but you can only vote once per Facebook user and IP address. 

Voting closes Friday, 3 June.

View the photos and vote

Industry News

Global credit rating agency's assessment released

The Government has released the latest Standard & Poor's assessment of the proposed new water service entities.

See the S&P report and the related Newsroom story - Ratings agency says Govt will bail out Three Waters corporations in a crisis

You can also see the Cabinet papers related to the representation, governance and accountability arrangements of the new water service entities, recently proactively released by the Department of Internal Affairs.

Maori cultural sites among most vulnerable to climate change, sea level rise 

Māori cultural sites will be among the most vulnerable to climate change and rising sea levels. Of the almost 800 marae situated across Aotearoa, 80 percent are built on low-lying coastal land or flood-prone rivers. That means many Māori burial sites and plantations or food sources will be at risk. 

 Read the Newshub report

Long-awaited Infrastructure Strategy released

New Zealand’s first long-term Infrastructure Strategy has been released and  Te Waihanga Chief Executive Ross Copland says it identifies some of the most pressing issues New Zealand is facing, and the changes needed to overcome them.

Rautaki Hanganga o Aotearoa - New Zealand Infrastructure Strategy 2022-2052 is the culmination of two years’ investigation, and incorporates feedback from over 20,000 New Zealanders, over 700 consultation submissions, and meetings and workshops with stakeholders from all over New Zealand.

Read the report


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

Co-governance: Time to get on with it? 

The Government's been under pressure to explain what it means by co-governance in the wake of its water and health reforms. But as former Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Chris Finlayson explains, the concept itself is nothing new.   

Find out more on The Detail

Bid to impress with water work

A beefed-up programme of infrastructure planning was designed to help make the Dunedin City Council a "standout" water entity and boost the city’s chances of attracting post-reform investment. 

Read the ODT story.

Human waste entering Waitangi river from botched sewer connection

For more than two years a Bay of Islands property has been flushing faeces into the Waitangi River upstream from the intake for Paihia's town water supply. Read the Northern Advocate story.

Groundwater: the many challenges of a hidden resource

UNESCO in cooperation with UN-Water is organising a global summit on groundwater in December to raise awareness and help decisionmakers to manage this complex, invisible an often over-exploited resource.

Read more

You can also go to our website LINK to listen to an earlier Water New Zealand podcast on groundwater challenges here in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Mega droughts - how LA is transforming water use

Water restrictions imposed on residents are likely just the first of many measures cities will need to take in order to adapt to shrinking water supplies. Read more

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Upcoming Events

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  


3 Waters Qualifications – eligible for free trades training.

Stormwater 101 Digital Badge

18 May - 15 June


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. 

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: 17 May 2022

Find out more and register

Backflow 101 Digital Badge

25 May - 22 June


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: 24 May

Find out more and register

Wastewater 101 Digital Badge

25 May - 22 June 2022


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.

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 May 2022 

Find out more and register

Climate Change Group AGM

25 May | 2.15 - 2.45 pm


Water New Zealand’s Climate Change Group is a voluntary network of water professionals, working to support the water sector to adapt and mitigate against Climate Change. More information on the Group is available at this link.

Nomination for the 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 Friday 20th May. To be eligible to join the committee you must be a member of Water New Zealand.

Find out more and register

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

Drinking Water 101 Digital Badge

26 May - 20 June 


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: 25 May 2022.

Find out more and register

Backflow Rules

31 May | 11 am - 12 pm


Water New Zealand's Backflow Group Chair Paul van den Berg discusses the new regulatory Backflow Rules with Taumata Arowai's Jim Graham. They'll be joined by Tauranga City Council's Brian Brown and Watercare's Jim McGibbon who will showcase the different approaches from both a customer and water supply-own device.

Find out more and register

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

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Job Vacancies


At 4Sight Consulting, we are looking for ecologists.

Wellington Water

Drainage Serviceperson

As one of our Drainage Servicepeople, it will be your role to work within a team to assist with the day-to-day operation of our drainage networks to ensure there is a continual drainage service that has minimal interruptions.

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Pipelines Maintenance Operator - Bulk Pipelines and Fabrication

Ensure that the Wellington region's Bulk Water network is meeting the needs of the region in an environmentally safe and hygienic manner.

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Programme Assurance Lead - Quality, Carbon and Environmental

Programme assurance provides confidence in the rollout & continuing function of the Wellington Water capital programme.

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Principal Engineer Network Engineering

In this role you will take a guiding role on network projects, supporting the Network Engineering team to deliver them and lending your technical expertise to complex issues.

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Drainage Investigations Technical Advisor

This is a front-line customer interface position undertaking drainage investigations and providing storm water and wastewater drainage advice to customers.

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Senior Advisor Service Delivery (NMG)

As the Senior Advisor Service Delivery (Treatment) you will establish and lead an operational improvement programme for the treatment plants that are managed in house.

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Practice Excellence Lead

The purpose of this position is to define what good project and programme management looks like for Wellington Water, and then help us to deliver to that standard.

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Ecology Consultants

4Sight is looking for ecology consultants that believe in better.

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Whakatāne District Council

Three Waters Data Engineer

We're looking for an analytic person, a data engineer to develop and implement our ‘Digital Waters' data strategy to keep us informed on everything Three Waters.

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Asset Engineer 3 Waters

We're looking for an engineer that is passionate about data and systems.

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Christchurch City Council

Quality Assurance Officers

We are looking for a Quality Assurance expert who will work with various teams in Three Waters and external stakeholders as well.

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Tasman District Council

Asset Systems Officer

This role involves recording all as built data into our GIS and Asset Information Systems and ensuring the ongoing accuracy and integrity of the data are maintained.

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Kāpiti District Council

Water Conservation and Trade Waste Officer

Deliver effective water and wastewater services through the development and implementation of the Water Conservation Plan & Wastewater service initiatives.

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