Year 2016

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Draft Water NZ Submission – Fluoridation of Drinking Water Bill Comments Requested

Water New Zealand has drafted a submission on the Health (Fluoridation of Drinking Water) Amendment Bill for comment.

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Industry Feedback Required on Non-residential Rainwater and Greywater Systems

BRANZ is currently seeking industry opinion on the driver and/or barriers to uptake of rainwater and greywater systems in New Zealand's non-residential buildings.

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HBRC voted to publicly notify future water bottling consents

The Hawkes Bay Regional Council has today voted to require all future water bottling consent applications be publicly notified and heard in an open and public way.

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Water hui concerns raised

Assurances are being made that a hui on water issues was not intended to be "exclusive" despite concerns from one of the region's mayors.

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Te Anau wastewater appeal may be dropped

An Environment Court appeal against a controversial wastewater scheme in Te Anau could be dropped if parties can agree on a new site.

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Wastewater scheme survives yet again

Promised bloodletting on the floor of the Whanganui District Council debating chamber failed to happen yesterday as councillors robustly yet civilly voted to crack on with the city's new $41 million wastewater treatment plant.

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Aussie consumer watchdog takes makers of flushable wipes to court

Kimberly-Clark Australia, Pental and Pental Products will face Australia's Federal Court over allegations they independently made false or misleading representations about so-called "flushable" wipes.

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Havelock North water contamination inquiry wraps with 16 recommendations

A Government inquiry into contamination of a Hawke's Bay water supply has made 16 draft recommendations

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Councils agree for good of Havelock North water inquiry

Hastings and Hawke's Bay councils have agreed to keep their legal battle out of court in a bid to speed up the Havelock North water inquiry.

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Chlorinating water supplies

On the back of the Havelock North water contamination crisis earlier this year and after advice from Public Health South, the Queenstown Lakes District Council has made the decision to proactively chlorinate three small community water supplies this summer.

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Hearing underway for Havelock North inquiry

The inquiry into the contamination of Havelock North's drinking water is underway today at the Hastings District Court, with Hastings District Council group manager asset management Craig Thew the first to appear.

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Water fluoridation gets political

The new community water fluoridation legislation is now on the way in the New Zealand parliament. The Health (Fluoridation of Drinking Water) Amendment Bill was introduced on Tuesday and the parliamentary health committee has invited submissions.

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Waikato District Council gives wastewater plan the go-ahead

Community reaction to sewage spills into Raglan harbour has seen Waikato District Council opt for a targeted rate to go towards the first phase in upgrading its sewerage network.

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Finding natural solutions for wastewater treatment

In the midst of the various specialised structures that make up the Pukete Wastewater Treatment Plant lies a small, yet significant, scientific experiment.

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Hot water cylinders causing chaos in Hawke's Bay

Plumbers have been rushed off their feet dealing with damaged hot water cylinders which many residents believe is caused by chlorine in the water

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EPA Petition Could Spell End of Fluoridation

The New Zealand Government's proposal to take away legal responsibility for water fluoridation from local councils and give it to the District Health Boards could prove to be an exercise in futility.

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Fluoride bill positive but Government could go further

Water New Zealand says the Governments new bill giving District Health Boards the responsibility of managing the fluoridation of local public water supplies is a good move but the legislation could go further.Fluoride bill positive but Government could go further

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Hastings District Council pleads not guilty to Havelock North gastro charges

Claims of poor water network maintenance will be put before a judge after Hastings District Council pleaded not guilty to charges laid in the wake of the Havelock North gastro crisis.

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Fluoride bill positive but Government could go further

Water New Zealand says the Government’s new bill giving District Health Boards the responsibility of managing the fluoridation of local public water supplies is a good move but the legislation could go further.

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Fluoridation bill passes First Reading

A new bill that gives District Health Boards the responsibility of managing the fluoridation of local government water supplies has had its first reading in Parliament.

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Climate change a major issue for councils and communities - LGNZ

Helping Kiwi communities understand the implications of life in a changing climate will be a major focus for Local government New Zealand in the coming triennium and beyond.

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Council confirms commitment to Waters CCO proposal

The Waikato District Councl has confirmed its commitment to a ratepayer-owned, council controlled organisation (CCO) to manage water and wastewater on behalf of the Hamilton City, Waikato and Waipa District Councils.

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Opposition to water export facility in remote South Westland

A water export facility proposed for Jackson Bay in remote South Westland - including a 12km water pipe - is being opposed by neighbours and Heritage New Zealand.

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Queenstown chlorinates community water supplies

On the back of the Havelock North water contamination crisis earlier this year and after advice from Public Health South, the Queenstown Lakes District Council has made the decision to proactively chlorinate three small community water supplies this summer.

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Ian Maxwell: Making the hard decisions

Whether you're a parent, a teacher or a council it's never easy enforcing rules.

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Earthquake damage highlights need for better ways to invest in NZ’s water services

The devastating effect of the 2011 Canterbury earthquake has led to a major project which could save ratepayers billions of dollars on the cost of replacing vital water pipes.

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Independent report underway on CHB wastewater treatment plants

An independent review of the Central Hawke's Bay wastewater systems is underway the CHB District Council was told yesterday while discussing a special agenda item on the charges laid by the Hawke's Bay Regional Council the day before.

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Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule rejects councillor's call for HDC CEO to resign

A call for the resignation of Hastings District Council's chief executive over the Havelock North gastro crisis will not be answered.

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Hamilton councillor blasted for anti-fluoride view

It comes after Henry played down her extreme anti-fluoride views during her campaign to become a councillor.

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Councillors not qualified to make anti-fluoride pronouncements

The extraordinary outburst by a newly elected Hamilton City Councillor over fluoride in water is another example of why decisions over water fluoridation should be made by District Health Boards and not local councils.

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Central Hawkes's Bay council charged over wastewater treatment plants

Hawke's Bay Regional Council has laid charges against the Central Hawke's Bay District Council over alleged breaches of consent conditions for its wastewater treatment in Waipukurau and Waipawa.

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Council to consider big wastewater spend

Waikato District Council will consider spending a further $1.757 million to address urgent concerns around wastewater spills.

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Waikato Healthy Rivers open day due to start

The South Waikato District Council is currently working on how it will approach the submission process for the Waikato Regional Council's Healthy Rivers Plan Change.

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Waikato Water CCO back on agenda

A proposal to form a water company to manage water and wastewater is back on the agenda

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Waiting list for water - Gisborne

A call has gone out to water permit holders who wish to voluntarily reduce their water allocations, which could help towards spreading available water resources to horticulture businesses.

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Bottled drinking water is unnecessary and wasteful - Water New Zealand

Soaring sales of bottled water means that New Zealanders are throwing away millions of dollars on an unnecessary product.

This follows reports that sales of bottled water in New Zealand have for the past two years, grown by 25 percent per annum.

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ARR 2016 guidelines officially finalised

The ARR 2016 Guidelines have now been officially finalised, providing engineers and consultants with the guidance and datasets necessary to produce more accurate and consistent flood studies and mapping across Australia, now and into the future.

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Government $1b Infrastructure Fund

The Government has released the initial decisions in relation to the above fund onto the Treasury website.

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Buy a Frizzell umbrella this Christmas and raise some vital funds for the Pacific

One thousand ‘weather bomb’ umbrellas designed by iconic Kiwi artist, Dick Frizzell, have been rolled out by Blunt Umbrellas and Oxfam to raise awareness and funds for those on the frontlines of climate change.

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Havelock North sparks safe drinking water workshop in Hamilton

Local authority leaders and staff in the Waikato have shown strong interest in learning more about the risks and responsibilities around supplying safe drinking water to communities.

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Havelock North sparks safe drinking water workshop

Local authority leaders in and around the Manawatu have the opportunity next week to learn more about the risks and responsibilities around supplying safe drinking water to communities.

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Water New Zealand Annual Conference & Expo 2016

Congratulations to Andries Erasmus who has won a full registration to the 2017 Water New Zealand Conference and Expo.

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Brexit – uncertain times for water services provision?

The decision taken by the British Government to begin the process to exit from the European Union, the “Brexit vote”, has generated concerns as far away as India, Australia and South America

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Metadata Project

On behalf of Treasury, MBIE and LINZ, staff at Land Information NZ have asked Water New Zealand to thank industry participants for their on-going and considerable contributions to the development of the draft metadata standards for Three Waters.

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New Technical Projects at Water New Zealand for 2017

At the Water Service Managers Group Meeting on 4 November they agreed to fund 3 new technical projects in 2017

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Evidence Based Decision Making for 3 Waters Networks (Pipe Renewals)

Water New Zealand the Quake Centre and IPWEA are pleased to announce the release of Evidence Based Investment Decision Making for 3 Water Pipe Network Programme (Pipe Renewals Guidelines Programme).

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Pipeline Renewals Guidelines Literature Search- Schedule of Works

As part of the pipe renewals guidelines program being undertaken by Water New Zealand, the Quake Centre and IPWEA we are pleased to announce the release of a stocktake of existing knowledge prepared as part of the project.

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Water Action Initiative (WAI) NZ Wins Award

Water Action Initiative NZ are pleased to announce the we have won the 2016 World Wildlife Fund's Conservation Innovation Awards for the River Watch water testing device.

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Resource Legislation Bill

The Resource Legislation Amendment Bill was discharged from the Local Government and Environment select committee on 7 November 2016, without report.

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New Zealand Trade and Industrial Waters Forum Trade Waste Monitoring Course

The New Zealand Trade and Industrial Waters Forum, in partnership with Simmonds and Bristow, are offering for the first time in New Zealand a three day Trade Waste Monitoring Course.

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Water New Zealand submission for hazardous substance rule proposals to protect general public and environment

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is seeking submissions on a consultation paper proposing changes to the rules to protect the general public and the environment from hazardous substances.

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National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity

The Government has approved a National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity 2016 (NPS).

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NPS on Urban Development agreed as building boom continues

The Government has signed off on a National Policy to ensure councils in rapidly growing urban areas provide enough land for new housing and business development, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

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Connexis review of unit standards and programmes for the Water qualifications

The Connexis review of the Water Reticulation, Drinking-Water and Wastewater Treatment, and Drinking-Water Assessment unit standards and programmes is in its final stage of consultation.

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Advanced Asset Management Forum

The theme of the 6th NAMS Advanced Asset Management Forum is ‘Returning to the Top’.

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Fluoride-free tap for Masterton

A new tap has been installed in Masterton with an unusual twist - it's fluoride-free.

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Call to remove politics from water – Water Conference

Water managers have been told they need to take a stronger lead in ensuring communities in New Zealand are supplied with safe drinking water.

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Call for cuts to band-aid solutions over contaminated water

A small number of water suppliers are dealing with contaminated water problems through band-aid solutions, according to the authors of a study on failing the drinking water standards.

The report, Failing the Drinking-Water Standards – Insights from the Annual Survey, was presented to the Water New Zealand Annual Conference in Rotorua today.

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Study shows high cost effectiveness of fluoride health benefits

The health benefits of adding fluoride to drinking water significantly outweigh the cost, according to a paper presented at the Water New Zealand Annual Conference in Rotorua this week.

The paper estimates that over a 20-year period, fluoridation in water saves $1.4-billion from both reduced dental costs for adults as well as significant savings from the health budget for reduced dental care costs for children.

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Conference tackles tough water issues facing New Zealand

New Zealand is facing serious and unprecedented challenges around our water resources, from providing clean and safe drinking water to how we provide sustainable solutions for wastewater and storm waters.

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Study shows high cost effectiveness of fluoride health benefits

The health benefits of adding fluoride to drinking water significantly outweigh the cost, according to a paper presented at the Water New Zealand Annual Conference in Rotorua this week.

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The benefits and costs of water fluoridation - a summary for DHBs

This report applies our results to aggregated Council data to provide indicative DHB-level results. We recommend the analysis be further refined at the DHB level before being used in decision making.

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Water New Zealand's Modelling and Digital Water Symposium 2017 - Call for Abstracts Open

The Water New Zealand Modelling and Digital Water Groups' are currently calling for abstracts for their joint symposium being held at the Heritage Hotel in Auckland on 15-16 March 2017.

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Australian Rainfall Runoff Guidelines

The modernisation of the ARR Guidelines has largely been completed, and ownership of the ARR has been transferred from Engineers Australia to Geoscience Australia on behalf of the Australian Government.

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Asbestos Approved Code of Practice is available online

The Approved Code of Practice: Management and Removal of Asbestos is available on WorkSafe New Zealand’s website.

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Botched wastewater projects prompt rethink

The Government could shake up the way big ticket water projects are handled by councils.

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The complex systems behind the water coming out of your tap

Water New Zealand president Brent Manning, who is also the South Taranaki District Council's engineering manager, says most people have no idea of the science and effort that goes into treating the water that flows from taps throughout the country.

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Water New Zealand's Updates on Havelock North

View Water new Zealand's updates on Havelock North in the Technical News section.

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Water New Zealand Submission to Productivity Commission on Better Urban Planning - Draft Report

Submission to Productivity Commission on Better Urban Planning - Draft Report

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September update on the Water Industry Review

September has been another very busy month for the Water review, with progress being made on all facets but especially the Level 3 programmes.

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South Taranaki District Council Appeal Court Fluoridation ruling

27 September 2016

Media Release and Press Summary

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Water New Zealand welcomes “common sense” legal ruling over fluoridation

Water New Zealand chief executive John Pfahlert says the Court of Appeal ruling supporting the South Taranaki District Council’s decision to fluoridate its water supply means that common sense has prevailed and he says this is good news for dental health in the community.

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Connexis Industry Training - Programme and unit standard consultation – National Certificate in Water Treatment (Small Scale Systems) Level 3

The aim of this consultation is to gather expert opinions and suggestions on whether the programme of unit standards will effectively meet the qualification outcomes, and whether the content of the unit standards sufficient, appropriate and fit for purpose to assess candidates’ competence.

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Are Christchurch City Councillors playing Russian roulette over drinking water?

The decision by Christchurch’s Mayor and Councillors to reject the advice of staff and vote against chlorinating the water supply to 80,000 households is putting residents at continued risk of illness, says Water New Zealand Chief Executive John Pfahlert.

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Don’t forget urban waterways – World Rivers Day

Pollution from urban stormwater is putting pressure on communities and local authorities in their efforts to ensure our rivers and waterways remain healthy.

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Inquiry provides for much-needed review of drinking water - Media Release

Water New Zealand says the inquiry into the Havelock North campylobacter outbreak provides a much-needed opportunity to focus on the way drinking water is managed across New Zealand.

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Water New Zealand Annual Conference Friday Flight to Wellington

We now have a charter flight available from Rotorua to Wellington on Friday, 21 October.

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Havelock North water chlorination: Brent Manning responds to MP Stuart Nash

Mr Nash wrongly attributed a recent Radio NZ interview http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player?audio_id=201812605

to me rather than Chief Executive John Pfahlert who gave the interview, however as President of Water New Zealand I have been happy to respond to Mr Nash.

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Good Practice Guidelines for Chemicals used in Drinking Water Treatment available for use

Good Practice Guidelines for the supply of polyelectrolytes, aluminium sulphate and hydrated lime for use in drinking water treatment are now available on the Water New Zealand website.

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8th IWA Specialised Membrane Technology Conference & Exhibition for Water and Wastewater Treatment and Reuse

8 th IWA Specialised Membrane Technology Conference & Exhibition for Water and Wastewater Treatment and Reuse (IWA-MTC2017) call for abstracts open.

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Worksafe New Excavations Guidelines

You can’t build anything much without solid foundations – and that means digging some pretty serious holes, trenches, pits and shafts.

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Further update on the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill

The Local Government and Environment Committee has been granted an extension to its report back date on the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill. The committee is now expected to share its findings and recommendations with Parliament by 7 November 2016.

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IWC expands its education and training options

Building on the expertise of delivering the internationally-recognised Master of Integrated Water Management and award-winning Water Leadership Program, the International WaterCentre (IWC) is now offering a suite of education and training solutions for 2016/17.

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Contamination Outbreak Shows Need to Review Water Treatment Rules

The contamination of drinking water in Havelock North shows that there is a need to review whether it is still appropriate to allow communities to be supplied with untreated water.

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Water New Zealand Awards 2016 - Call for Nominations

The Water New Zealand Innovation and Excellence Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding contributions to the New Zealand Water industry. We invite you to submit nominations for the 2016 Awards.

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Amendments to Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment are undertaking a review of acceptable solutions and verification methods in the Building Code.

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Council Approach to Water Crisis Correct

Water New Zealand says the Hasting District Council responded quickly and appropriately to the outbreak of campylobacter in the Havelock North water supply.

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Worksafe - Plan launched to reduce health risks at work

A 10-year plan to address health risks in New Zealand’s workplaces was launched tonight in Wellington by the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, Hon Michael Woodhouse.

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Draft Water New Zealand submission on the draft Fire and Emergency NZ Bill

Please find attached a draft Water New Zealand submission on the draft Fire and Emergency NZ Bill.

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Water New Zealand Board Nominations and Notice of Annual General Meeting

Water New Zealand will be notifying it's members regarding Board Nominations and the Annual General Meeting in the coming weeks.

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Input for Health and Safety Guidance Material for the Water Industry

The Water Services Managers Group is seeking input for the collation of existing Health and Safety Guidance material for the Water Industry

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Update on Qualifications Review being undertaken by Connexis – the Infrastructure ITO

Qualifications related to water and wastewater treatment were reviewed over the past 2 years as part of the Targeted Review of qualifications – commonly referred to as the TROQ. Connexis (the Infrastructure ITO) is now working on developing programmes to implement the new qualifications, and reviewing their underpinning unit standards to ensure they are up to date and fit for purpose.

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The New Zealand Aqua Republica Eco Challenge 2016

Aqua Republica is an online not-for-profit ‘serious’ game which has been developed by the Centre on Water and Environment, a partnership between the United Nations Environment Programme and DHI Water and Environment (DHI).

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Opportunity to help shape the future of environmental reporting in New Zealand

As you may know, Statistics NZ and the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) work in partnership under the Environmental Reporting Act to publish regular, robust, trusted data that illustrates and explains what is happening to our environment. We want to get a better idea of how people are using the Environmental Reporting Series and Indicators to inform future development.

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Worksafe Guidelines - Update

Latest guidance from Worksafe

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Flood Modelling Update

The attached notes update the work of the IAHR Flood Risk Management Technical Committee on developing a methodology for distinguishing between valid and invalid flood hazard models. The flyer explains the agreed project work and the Benchmark document summarises an initial assessment data set.

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Water New Zealand Industry Leadership

Water New Zealand has recently undertaken a review of its activities as the principal voice for the water sector. We confirmed that our role is to promote and enable the sustainable management and development of the water environment - encompassing the three waters: fresh, waste and storm.

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Secondary school students sample the water industry

An enthusiastic group of secondary school students enjoyed a behind the scenes taste of the water industry recently experiencing what it takes to provide Auckland with clean, safe drinking water.

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Water CCO one step closer

Hamilton City Council voted last Thursday to adopt a draft agreement which outlined how a water and wastewater council-controlled organisation (CCO) for Hamilton City, Waikato District and Waipa District councils might be structured, governed and owned.

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Water New Zealand Welcomes New Staff

Vicki McEnaney - Manager, Water Sector Collaboration and Ashleigh Hume - Team Co-ordinator, are the newest members to the Water New Zealand team.

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Draft Metadata Standards for Water

he draft metadata standards for capturing, describing and storing data for the 3-waters (potable, waste and storm) network, and for residential housing and light commercial buildings are available for comment here: www.linz.govt.nz/draft-standards

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Proposed regulations to support Fire and Emergency New Zealand

The Government has introduced a Bill to Parliament reforming the Fire Service and rural fire services. This reflects the fact that 60% of emergency responses are not related to fires.

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Submission for Water New Zealand on the Proposed National Policy Statement Urban Development Capacity

Water New Zealand has provided a submission on the proposed national policy statement for urban development capacity.

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Cawthron Foundation funds health check of freshwater reporting

New research by Cawthron Institute, an independent science organisation, aims to determine if we are measuring the right things when it comes to assessing the health of New Zealand’s rivers, lakes and streams.

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NZ Pipe Inspection Manual Survey

Water New Zealand is collaborating with the University of Canterbury Earthquake Centre and Project Max to investigate updating our Pipe Inspection Manual.

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What type of soil do you have? - Glyphosate Sprayed on GMO Crops Linked to Lake Erie’s Toxic Algae Bloom

"For every acre of Roundup Ready soybeans and corn that you plant, it works out to be about one-third of a pound of P [phosphorus] coming down the Maumee," Spiese told the agricultural publication.

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How Microbes and Wood Chips Could Reduce Water Pollution

Beneath fields of corn and soybeans across the U.S. Midwest lies an unseen network of underground pipes. These systems, which are known as tile drainage networks, channel excess water out of soil and carry it to lakes, streams and rivers. There are over 38 million acres of tile drainage in the Corn Belt states.

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NOMINATIONS FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY TECHNICAL REVIEW COMMITTEE

Water New Zealand is seeking members for a Health and Safety Advisory Group.

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Legal threats escalate over Ashburton water sale

The Ashburton District Council has officially been put on notice that there will be legal action if the sale of water rights to a bottled water company proceeds.

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Canada bans Microbeads

The federal government has moved one step closer to banning microbeads, those tiny plastic spheres found in personal care products that have come increasingly under fire for their detrimental impact on the environment.

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Squandering New Zealand's Water

Across New Zealand, people from many different backgrounds have a deep and passionate connection with their waterways. From children who grow up swimming and playing in and beside streams, rivers and lakes, to those who fish for whitebait, eels or trout; from iwi with powerful connections with ancestral waterways, to kayakers, rowers and waka ama paddlers, rivers run through our lives. Rivers, waterfalls and lakes are part of who we are as Kiwis.

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New data for identifying flood risk

Scientists have released new data that will help planners identify the risks posed by floods and sea level rise, says Land Information Minister Louise Upston.

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Councils agree water shake-up, but…

Three Waikato councils have reached potential agreement on a major shake-up of water services across the Waikato – but won’t push the go button until the public have their say.

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New system that uses sound to alleviate water shortage

The world is approaching a water crisis. According to the International Water Management Institute, 33 per cent of the world's population will experience water scarcity by 2025.

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Water New Zealand Annual Conference & Expo - Call for Abstracts a Great Success

There was a great response to the call for technical papers for the Water New Zealand Annual Conference and Expo.

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Water New Zealand Submissions

Water New Zealand is preparing two new submissions on the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity and the Local Government Amendment Bill No 2.

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Water New Zealand Project Updates

Updates on the following projects are available: Wastewater Treatment Plant Inventory Online, Wipes Blockage Reduction Project Launced and International Benchmarks available through IBNET.

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Resource Law Association Awards 2016 - Call for Nominations Management

The Resource Management Law Association is delighted to advise that nominations for the Resource Management Law Association's annual awards are now open.

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New Zealand first for water management trial

New Zealand’s first large scale Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) pilot project officially launched in Ashburton today.

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Rising Tide Presentation and Networking Evening - April

The April event was an all-round success, and we are planning to follow up with a similar event

in June. We are aiming to have two presentations for the ‘bigger and better’ July event; a

headline presentation on any significant topic related to the water industry, and a presentation of

specific relevance to young professionals.

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Water New Zealand Update - Improving Water Sector Performance

Over the past few months the Board of Water New Zealand has been working on the development of a new strategic direction for the Association. While much of what we do will remain unchanged, there will be a change of emphasis going forward. There have also been some staffing changes at Water New Zealand, with some staff leaving and new staff to be recruited in the coming months.

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Water Fluoridation CBA and Cabinet paper on changes to fluoridation decision-making

This is to let you know that some further information has been published on the Ministry of Health website today in relation to the proposed legislative changes to allow district health boards rather than local authorities to decide which community water supplies are to be fluoridated in their areas.

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Better data for decisions on infrastructure

Work is underway to help organisations more efficiently manage 3-waters and building infrastructure across New Zealand. This will mean more consistent decision making and improved asset management.

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Joint Venture between Opus International Consultants and Water New Zealand disestablishment

On 17 May the New Zealand Water and Environment Training Academy (NZWETA) Joint Venture between Opus International Consultants and Water New Zealand was officially disestablished. The JV was established in 2008 to deliver water and environment related training that recognised the effectiveness of workplace learning and requirements for new skills. The JV has been successful in growing specialist water sector training over the last 14 years.

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PWC'16 Call for Papers

This Conference will provide a uniquely Pacific platform for all water sector bodies and industry partners to meet and discuss how water can be improved in the Pacific and transform societies and economies.

We are now inviting abstract submissions for paper presentations at our upcoming Conference in Nukualofa, Tonga, from 9 – 12 August 2016.

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Foundations Join Forces to Advance the Concept of One Water

The Water Environment Research Foundation and the WateReuse Research Foundation today announced the merger of their organizations. The new not-for-profit powerhouse, called the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF), brings together a rich portfolio of research in water, wastewater, and stormwater, valued at more than $200 million. The merger strengthens the industry movement toward One Water, which realizes the true value of all water, wastewater, and stormwater.

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Guidance on Consultation on Management and Removal of Asbestos code of practice

Water New Zealand is seeking guidance on the Consultation on Management and Removal of Asbestos code of practice.

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Amendments to AS/NZS 2638.1 and AS/NZS 2638.2

Water New Zealand is looking for input from the sector regarding the review the AS/NZS 2638.1 and AS/NZS 2638.2 standard.

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Auckland's current water supply to hit capacity in 15 years - Watercare

Aucklanders are being urged to conserve water as a ballooning population pushes the city's water sources near capacity.

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Worksafe New Zealand Consultation Notifications

Consultation Notifications for Good Practice Guidelines on Conducting Asbestos Surveys, Management and Removal of Asbestos code of practice, Extractives: Air Quality - Draft Code of Practice.

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Water New Zealand Stormwater Group Notification of AGM and Call for Committee Nominations

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Notice is given for the 2016 Annual General Meeting of the Water New Zealand Stormwater Group to be held on Thursday 19 May 2016 at 4.45pm at the Rutherford Hotel, Nelson.

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Fluoride-free water on tap in Hamilton

Anti-fluoride campaigners have won a victory, of sorts, after the Hamilton City Council agreed to provide fluoride-free water at two sites in the city.

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Water New Zealand Supports Government Decision on Fluoride

Water New Zealand welcomes the Government decision to transfer decision making about fluoridation of drinking water supplies to District Health Boards.

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Oxfam Update

Struggling families in Papua New Guinea are, right now, facing the likelihood of water shortages, extreme drought and widespread outbreaks of disease – all caused by the El Niño weather system

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Climate Change Adaptation and the Australian Urban Water Industry

Growing evidence indicates that the water and wastewater sector will not only be affected by climate change, but that many of the impacts of climate change will be delivered through floods, droughts or severe storms.

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CuriousCity: Fatbergs, stenchy sewers and thousands of litres of poo

We're here to see what happens after you flush and – spoiler alert – it isn't pretty.

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Water New Zealand Members Dashboard

Members are asked to log in to the Water New Zealand website using their registered email address to check and update their preferences.

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Water New Zealand Stormwater Group Notice of Annual General Meeting and Call for Committee Nominations

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Notice is given for the 2016 Annual General Meeting of the Water New Zealand Stormwater Group to be held on Thursday 19 May 2016 at 4.45pm at the Rutherford Hotel, Nelson.

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Health warning after E.coli found in Patea's water supply

A bacteria that can cause people to become seriously ill has been found in another Taranaki water supply.

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Iwi closely watches govt moves on water ownership

The debate over water rights is heating up as the government takes its plans for reform around the country.

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Media Statement - Water New Zealand Announces Stepped Up Strategy on World Water Day

Water New Zealand is the national organisation that provides industry leadership for the best practice management of the 3 waters assets – drinking water, storm water and waste water. We have membership from a wide range of organisations including Local and Regional councils, consultants, contractors and suppliers, and deliver a wide variety of technical advice to the industry by way of guidelines and practice notes.

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Media Statement - Water New Zealand Supports Changes to Local Government Act - Enables Local Decision Making on Water

Water New Zealand today announced its support for the proposed reforms to the Local Government Act that will allow for improvements to the way in which Councils can collaborate to develop shared service arrangements for managing water assets.

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Oxfam Update

March 22 is world water day – an opportunity to learn more about water related issues and be inspired to tell others to take action to make a difference.

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Funding for irrigation unlocks potential

Irrigation New Zealand applauds the latest announcement by Government sighting three more grants by the Irrigation Acceleration Fund – $804,000 for the Wairarapa Water Use Project, $575,000 for Ruataniwha (Hawke’s Bay) and $250,000 for Gisborne’s Managed Aquifer Recharge Trial.

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Government support for water scheme welcomed

Recent government support of $575,000 for delivering the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme has been welcomed by the Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company Limited (HBRIC).

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WorkSafe New Zealand consultation

WorkSafe New Zealand is consulting on:

  • the proposal to revoke the approved code of practice (ACOP) for Safety in Excavation and Shafts for Foundations (1995), and
  • draft Excavation Work good practice guidelines,
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Oxfam Water Challenge 2016 - Update

On 20 February 2016, over fifty people from around the water industry, along with many of their friends and family, got together in Auckland to compete in the Oxfam Water Challenge 2016

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Freshwater reform public meetings and hui

Further to the announcement last month of a public consultation process for the Government’s Next Steps for Freshwater Reform, a series of public meetings and hui have been confirmed for locations around the country.

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Urban Planning Submission

A commentary has been drafted for the Productivity Commission’s investigation, Better urban planning.

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WATER Journal May Issue

The deadline for the next magazine is Friday, 15 April.

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Resource Legislation Amendment Bill

The Resource Legislation Amendment Bill is currently Bill before the House. The following is the link to it. If you would like to make any comment on it please forward comments to this office (see below).

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Hanmer Springs cafes stop serving coffee after water contamination

It resulted in the supermarket selling out of bottled water and some cafes no longer serving coffee.

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New Steps for Fresh Water

This consultation document contains the next steps the Government proposes to improve the management of fresh water in New Zealand. Our objectives are better environmental outcomes, enabling sustainable economic growth to support new jobs and exports, and improving M?ori involvement in freshwater decision-making. This is part of the Government’s long-term reforms which are based on supporting communities to identify and test solutions that meet their own challenges, but within a national framework.

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Oxfam Water Challenge 2016

This Saturday, 20 February, seventeen teams from around the water industry will gather in Auckland to compete in the Oxfam Water Challenge 2016.

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Manawatu District Council slammed over Feilding wastewater non-compliance

The Manawatu District Council has been slammed for its history of non-compliance at the Feilding wastewater treatment plant.

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Legal battle costs piling up

The legal stoush involving the Wanganui District Council and the MWH Global, the company that designed the city's wastewater treatment plant, has so far cost the council $860,000 in legal fees.

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Water New Zealand Water Efficiency and Conservation Network Special Interest Group

Water New Zealand is supporting a new special interest with a particular focus on community education and delivery of water demand programmes and it is called the Water Efficiency and Conservation Network (We Can).

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Water New Zealand renews its Memorandum of Understanding with the Pacific Water and Wastewater Association

This month Water New Zealand reaffirmed our relationship with our sister organisation, the Pacific Water and Waste Association, through a renewal of a Memorandum of Understanding.

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Exhibitors Opportunity at the Summit

Business NZ Energy Council (BEC) in conjunction with the World Energy Council are hosting a conference in Wellington on 16 -17 March 2016. The conference is targeted at the Asia-Pacific and will draw in a range of energy sector leaders from around this extensive region.

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Midges plague residents near Christchurch wastewater plant

Swarms of midges have plagued residents in a Christchurch street this summer, forcing them to keep their windows and doors shut.

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Those with Water Tanks May be at Risk

Auckland Council is urging householders with rainwater tanks to conserve water for the dry summer, despite a wet start to the New Year.

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Boil water notice issued for West Melton

West Melton residents have been cautioned to boil their water after E. coli levels went above recommended limits.

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Biofilm builds up in Foxton water after increased demand over summer

The biofilm was created by a chemical reaction in the treatment plant over previous years.

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Draft regulations for work involving hazardous substances open for comment

The government is seeking feedback on regulations for work involving hazardous substances currently prescribed under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 (HSNO Act).

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Christchurch rowers battle sewage on Avon River

The region's crews are unhappy about having to train with sewers emptying out into the Avon River but in the absence of other facilities, have no option other to row through.

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Oxfam Water Challenge

How about making one more resolution and make a real difference in the lives of others. You can do this by signing up for Oxfam Water Challenge 2016!

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The summer pooswater blues

For very good reason indeed, people are shunning once-favoured recreational cavorting spots in Southland rivers.