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Join us in celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Māori and the important role that wāhine (women) have in Te Ao Māori to ensure the sustained flow of the life-giving waters. Make sure you register for the Lightning talk session with Water New Zealand - day to day activities of a Water Engineer webinar, listen to our latest podcast on carbon challenges and learn about new building dam safety regulations. 

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Water New Zealand acknowledges the sad passing of
Queen Elizabeth II.  

Celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week
12-18 Mahuru (September) 2022

Have you downloaded and printed our Te Wiki o te Reo Māori poster yet?

Each year we produce a poster highlighting the inextricable relationship between Māori and wai (water).

This year we are focusing on ‘Te mana o te wai-hine’ and the important role that wāhine (women) have in Te Ao Māori to ensure the sustained flow of the life-giving waters.

Please feel free to print it for your office wall and share it widely.

You can find it on our website where you can also find further information.

If you do not currently include a search in the Water Directory when you are sourcing products or services, it’s time to take a look! This online resource is a gold mine of information for 3 waters managers, engineers, consultants, contractors about who and what could meet your needs, across the board in the 3 waters space.

And if you supply products or services in the wider water space in NZ, make sure you are listed.

Contact Debbie for more information – debbie.laing@waternz.org.nz

Young Water Professional Breakfast

Young Water Professional Special Interest Group members attending the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo are invited to start day one with the Aurecon YWP Breakfast from 7.15am on Tuesday, 18 October. 

Young Water Professional Fireside Chats 

Young Water Professional Special Interest Group Members can also join Jon Lamonte, Watercare Services and Emily Afoa, Textus Consultants for a YWP fireside chats at lunchtime on Tuesday, 18 October. Special thanks to Hannah Edmond, Mott MacDonald for facilitating this session. 

Find out if you qualify to join the Young Water Professionals Special Interest Group here. 

View the preliminary programme and conference website for more information.


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

Carbon challenges - looking at ourselves

In our latest podcast, Water New Zealand's insights and sustainability advisor, Lesley Smith talks to design, construction and operations professionals about what we, in the water sector, can do to reduce our carbon emissions to help achieve the net zero goal.

Listen to the podcast and to our earlier episodes on groundwater pollution, Te Mana o te Wai and the plastic pandemic.

Diversity Awards 2022 - congratulations to Pūhoro and HEB Construction 

Congratulations to Pūhoro STEMM Academy for winning the supreme award winner at the annual Diversity Works NZ awards held recently.

Pūhoro also took home the Ngā Āhuatanga o te Tiriti tohu in the small to medium organisation category. This tohu recognises an organisation that demonstrates initiatives that embrace Te Tiriti and contribute to stronger and more robust partnerships and relationships with whānau, hapū and iwi.

Congratulations also to Water New Zealand member HEB Construction for winning the Inclusive Workplace Award in the medium-large organisation category at the diversity awards. The judges commented, “We love the fantastic ripple effect that this programme is having, with the wrap around programmes around skills training and cultural competencies and leading on to leadership programmes as well".

Watch the video and see the case study.

Did you miss our latest Virtual Coffee Catch-up?

No worries, if you're a member, you can watch the recording and get up to date with what's happening at Water New Zealand.

Watch the recording

Input Needed for Proposed National Masters Degree in Water Engineering

A multi-sectoral group of educators is looking into developing a new nationwide Masters degree in water and wastewater engineering and is looking for members to participate in a team to advance the development plans.

More details of the initiative are available here

If you are interested, please contact Naresh Singhal at n.singhal@auckland.ac.nz by 17 September 2022.

Young Water Professional Special Interest Group

Members are reminded that if you are under the age of 35 you are eligible to join the Water New Zealand Young Water Professional SIG. Log in and check your subscriptions include the Young Water Professional SIG on your dashboard. Contact reception@waternz.org.nz if you have any issues. 

New Building Dam Safety Regulations 2022

New Building (Dam Safety) Regulations 2022 have been introduced to provide a minimum, consistent and effective risk-based regulatory framework for dam safety. Water service providers are advised to check whether they are managing assets that are covered by the act, and familiarise themselves with relevant requirements. The regulations will come into force on 13 May 2024, allowing time for recognised engineers to be assessed for the relevant qualifications and competencies and so that owners can prepare before the new dam safety requirements commence.

Industry News


Taking care of the 3 waters now, and for generations to come

Infrastructure strategy sets a course for the future

The Government has tabled its response to Te Waihanga/New Zealand Infrastructure Commission’s first infrastructure strategy.

Published in June, Rautaki Hanganga o Aotearoa – New Zealand Infrastructure Strategy 2022–2052 set out the infrastructure challenges and opportunities facing New Zealand over the next 30 years.

Read the media release 

Insiders give their take on Three Waters

Three Waters is the largest local government reform in decades. But in many minds, the rollout has been muddled and mired in controversy. To "unmuddy" Three Waters, three people near to the action speak off-the-record, giving Bruce Munro their take on the reason for the reforms, whether they are a good idea and what they would do differently.

Read the Otago Daily Times article here.

'Denitrification' just a pipe dream, or a reality for Waimate council?

Waimate District Council says it has “committed” to building a denitrification plant, but numbers crunched for other Canterbury councils suggest an expensive and complicated venture.  

Read the Stuff article

Venice asks tourists to ditch plastic water bottles and drink from fountains

After banning large cruise ships and introducing a tourist tax, Venice now wants visitors to ditch their single-use plastic water bottles and drink from fountains instead. 

Read more

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Upcoming Events

Lightning talk session with Water New Zealand - day to day activities of a Water Engineer

5 October | 5 - 6 pm


This webinar will be led by our CEO, Gillian Blythe, and will consist of speakers in the field of Water Engineering who will share their knowledge and experience. There is also an opportunity for an open Q&A panel session at the end.


  • Katie Potts, Water & Energy Engineer at GHD
  • Dominique Tharandt, Project Manager at Apex Water
  • Hamish Smith, Senior Engineer – Flood protection at Greater Wellington
  • Jessica Hamilton, Senior Water Engineer at Jacobs

More speakers to be announced.

Register here

NEW! Small Waters 101 Digital Badge - now open for registrations

21 September - 19 October 


By the end of this course you will:

  • have a basic understanding of the governance and regulatory requirements
  • the various treatment options that are available
  • the 7 basic rules
  • best practice
  • health and safety

The course has been structured into a combination of reading, videos and activities, concluding with a quiz at the end.

The availability of a digital badge allows you to learn in an online environment at a time that is convenient for you. A digital badge also provides you an opportunity to share your achievement and learning via digital platforms such as LinkedIn.

Register here.

Digital Badge learning opportunities

Would you like to know the basics of how our three waters system works? The business of supplying drinking water and ensuring that clean water is put back into the environment is a complex science. Water New Zealand has developed a number of learning opportunities to help de-mystify the process.

Our online digital badges are designed to be done in four to six hours over a four week period. At the end of each course, you will have an understanding of the fundamentals of how the Three Waters sector works to keep people and our environment safe and healthy. Take a look further down at what's on offer.


Safe drinking water for all

26 September - 24 October 2022

Find out more and register

28 September - 26 October

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Drinking Water Quality Assurance Rules & Acceptable Solutions (Part 4) - post consultation

15 September | 3 - 4 pm


Taumata Arowai discusses the outcomes from the consultation process on the standards, rules and acceptable solutions that occurred in the 1st quarter of 2022.

This webinar will focus on "Acceptable Solutions".

Recordings of Part 1 and Part 2 of consultation are available here. The slides from Part 3 on "Large Supply Rules" are available here.

Register here

Rivers Group - Navigating towards Te mana o te Wai

 21 September | 11am - 12pm


Empowering and enabling iwi hapu. In this webinar, as part of our cultural series, you will learn more about the how to of navigating towards Te mana o te Wai.

Linda Te Aho will share with you methods to assist with empowering and enabling iwi hapu involvement.

This will consider determining the right level of engagement, including considering the purpose and goals of the engagement, as well as the level of importance to a Council and level of interest for Māori.

Register here 

Water Utilities Association

6 October | 10 - 11 am


This is for members of the Water Utilities Association only. Please contact Katrina Guy if you have trouble registering.  Agenda and additional information will be sent to you as soon as it comes to hand.

Register here. 

28 September - 26 October 2022

Find out more and register

21 September - 19 November

Find out more and register

Women in Trades

20 September | 3 - 7 pm


27 September | 3 - 7 pm


Women in Trades (WIT) is a not-for-profit that promotes trades and trades training as a viable career option to women and employers. They are run by people from the trades and trades services industries.

There are two further information events for September aimed at getting women into trade careers.

Find out more

Auckland Regional Meeting 

29 September | 5.30 - 8 pm


A long overdue Auckland networking opportunity! Plus come and hear two great speakers.

Kris Fordham, Auckland Council's Principal Hydrometric Analysis speaking on Auckland Council's regional rainfall analysis system using gauges, national radar and vertical profiling radar and Ashleigh Dick, a 5S Winner at the 2021 Water New Zealand Conference & Expo. Ashleigh, who's from Stantec, will be speaking on Young Water Professionals embracing the culture shift in the three waters sector.

Thank you to Hydraulic Analysis for sponsoring this event.

Register here. 

Mana Whenua Statements - Cultural impact assessment

29 September | 11am - 12pm


Learn how to demonstrate Kaitiaki obligations to Te Ao Māori and achieve genuine engagement with Julian Williams. You will learn about Mana Whenua Statements also known as cultural impact assessments which provide Mana Whenua decisions against the proposal or policy to decision makers.

Register here

Carcinogens and Airborne Risks Roadshow

    The carcinogens and airborne risks roadshow will focus on identification, control, and management of carcinogens and airborne risks with particular focus on asbestos, silica, welding fume, and wood dust.

    Join the WorkSafe New Zealand team at one of nine events around New Zealand for an engaging hands on experience that will help you to understand more about the risks and tools to manage these.

    Find out more

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    Job Vacancies

    Wellington Water

    Performance and Reporting Lead

    The purpose of this position is to provide integrated programme delivery reporting for Wellington Water programmes of work.

    Applications close: no closing date

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    Programme Development Lead

    The purpose of this position is to develop a fully optimised programme of works that will support the effective and efficient delivery of Wellington Water's defined outcomes.

    Applications close: 2 October 2022

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    Team Leader Growth Planning

    We are seeking a dynamic professional to provide leadership to Wellington Water's growth planning programme. The purpose of the role is to meet growth in an integrated, affordable, innovative, sustainable way.

    Applications close: 18 September 2022

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    Manager Treatment Operations

    The purpose of this role is to ensure delivery of a safe drinking water supply to our region, and for waste-water treatment activities in the South Wairarapa that provide outcomes of safe water and environmental excellence to our communities.

    Applications close: 18 September 2022

    Find out more

    Team Leader Treatment (Wellington)

    The purpose of this role is to manage the Wellington operations technician staff to operate the treatment plants that treat and supply drinking water.

    Applications close: 25 September 2022

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    Drinking Water Backflow Technical Officer

    The purpose of this role is to provide operational management of the backflow prevention program and information systems across all our client council areas and liaise with property owners to ensure sites have appropriate backflow devices installed and tested.

    Applications close: 25 September 2022

    Find out more

    Thames Coromandel District Council

    Water Services Manager

    We are recruiting for a Water Services Manager to lead the team responsible for managing Council’s water, wastewater and stormwater assets and operational service delivery. This is a key leadership role within Council.

    Applications close: 22 September 2022

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    Utilities Engineer

    If you are a Civil Engineer, have experience in three waters asset management and service delivery, the ability to develop relationships with a broad range of people we would love you to come and join our Infrastructure team.

    Applications close: 21 September 2022

    Find out more

    Auckland Council

    Principal Planner

    Be at the forefront of developing and sustaining Auckland’s infrastructure for future generations to come

    Applications close: 29 September 2022

    Find out more

    Christchurch City Council

    Asset Engineer - Stormwater and Waterways

    As an Asset Engineer - Stormwater and Waterways, you will have a responsibility for providing asset management services for the Council owned stormwater and waterway assets within the City.

    Applications close: 26 September 2022

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