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If you are still wanting to exhibit at the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo new stands have been released, get in quick! Find out more about the workshops on offer at the Conference, the Water Services Entity Establishment Board expressions of interest and the latest industry news. 

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New Expo Stands Available

We're excited to announce new expo spaces available to book! If you’re a Corporate Member of Water New Zealand and would like to participate in this year’s popular expo click here for important booking information.

Water Efficiency & Conservation Networks Workshop on the The Value of Water

18 October 2022 | 4pm - 5.30pm 
Te Pae, Ōtautahi, Christchurch 

The aim of this workshop is to build a community of practice around water conservation, communications and engagement.

Join facilitators Wellington Water's Julian Fyfe and Watercare's Priya Thurai for this important workshop.

More information on this workshop available here. 

Smart Water Infrastructure Group Workshop: How might we digitally transform the asset planning cycle?

19 October 2022 | 10.30am - 12.00pm
Te Pae, Ōtautahi, Christchurch

This workshop provides an opportunity for a diverse range of people in the water sector to describe the data (‘products’) that they need and share with others in the sector. Knowledge sharing to be described using the framework.

Join facilitators' Rachael Casey, SWIG Chair and Taumata Arowai's Data and Insights Manager, Michael Howden for this workshop.

More information on this workshop available here.

Climate Change Group Workshop: Adapting Water Infrastructure for Climate Change

19 October 2022 | 1.30pm - 3pm
Te Pae, Ōtautahi, Christchurch

The aim of this workshop is to draw together existing initiatives and knowledge on climate adaptation in the water sector, to identify needs and potential next steps on the water sectors adaptation journey.

More information on this workshop available here.

WSMG Workshop: Stories from the Coal Face

19 October 2022 | 3.30pm - 5pm
Te Pae, Ōtautahi, Christchurch

This year the Water Services Managers Group have pulled together three great presentations:

  • Watermain Burst Analysis - Predictive tool for water renewal planning and budgeting being used by Waimakariri and Selwyn District Councils
  • Maori Engagement and our Wai - New Plymouth District Council's Journey to genuine engagement with mana whenua 
  • The Pathway of Small Supplies from Facilities Maintenance to Water Operations - Auckland Council 

More information on this workshop available here.

To attend any of the above workshops you will need to register for the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo

Visit the Conference website for more information and to register. 


How NZ water utilities are going fully keyless when accessing their network of locks

September/October WATER Journal

Available online here.

CycleForWater New Zealand tour

Four French students are preparing a big project, biking over 100,000km from New-Zealand to France to raise awareness of water issues.

Travelling cross 20 different countries beginning in New Zealand, they are looking to meet people who can help them understand water-related issues in each country they are travelling through.

By meeting people like you, they aim to communicate through their social networks and website to thousands of people, showcasing water is a GLOBAL ISSUE which deserves to be placed at the forefront of all debates.

You can support their journey by connecting them with your local issues as they bike through your town, making a donation, or sharing their journey with others.  

Find out more.

Water Services Entity Establishment Board

The Department of Internal Affairs, on behalf of the Minister of Local Government, is calling for expressions of interest for appointments to the four Water Services Entity establishment boards.

Each of the establishment boards will be accountable for transition activities. The establishment boards will provide governance oversight for their respective Water Services Establishment Entity, and be accountable to the Minister of Local Government, with oversight from the National Transition Unit within the Department of Internal Affairs.

Expressions of interest close 5.00pm Friday 7 October 2022

More information is available here. 


Eight Iwi and Three Councils’ Partnership Responds to Te Mana o Te Wai in Te Tauihu

Environmental managers from eight Te Tauihu iwi, in co-design with three unitary councils and supported by Our Land and Water, have built a partnership to respond to Te Mana o Te Wai in Te Tauihu.

Read the full case study here.

Industry News

Revealed: the ‘shocking’ levels of toxic lead in Chicago tap water

One in 20 tap water tests performed for thousands of Chicago residents found lead, a neurotoxin, at or above US government limits, according to a Guardian analysis of a City of Chicago data trove.

And one-third had more lead than is permitted in bottled water.

This means that out of the 24,000 tests, approximately 1,000 homes had lead exceeding federal standards. Experts and locals say these results raise broader concerns, because there are an estimated 400,000 lead pipes supplying water to homes in the city, and the vast majority were not tested as part of the program.

Read The Guardian article here.


Safe drinking water for all

Waterfowl return as oxidation ponds recover

The new sludge treatment system at the Christchurch wastewater treatment plant is significantly improving the biological health of the oxidation ponds, reducing the odours and seeing waterfowl return.

Read the full article on Newsline.

Three Waters on the boil as local elections approach

Water management is shaping up as a major political battleground ahead of local elections next month - and the general election next year.

View the full Newshub article here. 

Citizens’ Assembly recommends direct recycled water for Auckland’s future water source

A citizens’ assembly tasked with deciding what should be Tāmaki Makaurau’s next future water source has determined direct recycled water would be the best solution to meet the city’s water needs beyond 2040.

Read the full article on the Watercare website.

Scientists release monitoring results for 1,727 river and lake sites across New Zealand

The health of monitored freshwater sites across New Zealand and how it is changing over time has been revealed by the Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) project today. 

Read the full update on the Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) website. 

Can Wellington's underground urban streams once again see the light?

Beneath our feet is a hidden network of streams. Most have no better than a C grade for water quality.

View the full Stuff article here. 


Upcoming Events

Small Waters Supplies 101 - Digital Badge 

5 October - 2 November | New cohorts starting every fortnight


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

Find out more and register here. 

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.

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.


Need Fluoride? – Lutra.

19 October - 16 November

Find out more and register

12 October - 9 November

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Trenchless 101 Training Course

17 October, 8am - 5pm 
Ōtautahi, Christchurch

This course provides an introduction and overview of commonly used trenchless installation methods for the installation of new utilities, as well as the renovation of existing gravity drainage pipe assets.

Find out more and register.

River Legislation Series

1 November | 11am - 12pm

8 November | 11am - 12pm 

15 November | 11am - 12pm 


Join the Rivers Managers Forum and the Rivers Groups for a three-part webinar series on river legislation.

Find out more here. 

10 October - 7 November

Find out more and register

12 October - 7 November

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WUA - October Webinar 

6 October | 10am - 11am


WUA members are invited to register for the October webinar.

Find out more and register here. 

How to get your abstract across the line

8 November | 12.30pm - 1.30pm 


With more and more calls for abstracts being requested, Clare Feeney and Linda Norman from the Stormwater Education and Training Sub Group, will be running this workshop to give you tips and tricks on how to get your abstract across the line with reviewers.

Find out more and register here. 

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Job Vacancies


Supporting the finest infrastructure – Pre-Engineered Barrier Systems

Gisborne District Council

Senior Groundwater Scientist

We are currently looking for a Senior Groundwater Scientist (12 month fixed term) to join our growing team and help shape the future of our region.

Applications close: 5 October 2022

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Environmental Scientist 

We are currently looking for an Environmental Scientist (12-month fixed term parental leave cover) to join our growing team and help shape the future of our region.

Applications close: 4 October 2022

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Clutha District Council

Development Engineer

This role is all about providing expertise and technical knowledge to the design, construction and maintenance of infrastructure; safety in design and construction and maintenance processes.

Applications Close: 17 October 2022

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Dunedin City Council

Planning Engineer

In this role you will be supporting strategic planning and leading optioneering for our big challenges that will ensure Dunedin is self-sufficient into the future.

Applications close: 2 October 2022

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Palmerston North City Council

Service Manager

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

Applications close: 9 October 2022

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Matamata-Piako District Council

Water and Wastewater Operator/Trainee operator

This role involves the operation and maintenance of Council’s water treatment plants, wastewater treatment plants and pump stations throughout the district.

Applications close: 12 October 2022

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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: no closing date

Find out more

Tasman District Council

Wastewater and Stormwater Quality Specialist

A typical day in this role could see you out in the field, reviewing resource consents/Stormwater Catchment Management Plans and Monitoring Plans, formulating compliance reporting plans, reviewing trade waste applications and visiting sites.

Applications close: no closing date

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