Year 2015

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Water New Zealand President-elect appointed.

At its December meeting, the Water New Zealand Board elected Ms Dukessa Blackburn-Huettner as President-elect.

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Oxfam Water Challenge

There’s only a few places left so be quick!

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Water Leadership Institute

The Water Leadership Institute program is aimed at educating, training, and providing opportunities that enable developing and emerging leaders to build strong lasting relationships within the water industry.

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Study looks at declining Wairau Plains water supply

Marlborough District Council has embarked on a study into the long term outlook for water supplies on the Wairau Plains, which are in decline.

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OAG releases its report on Long-Term Plans

The Controller and Auditor General has recently delivered to Parliament and released publicly the report, ‘ Matters arising from the 2015-25 local authority long-term plans’.

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Water NZ Supports 4th LAWF Report

Water New Zealand today announced its support for the 4th Land and Water Forum Report and urges government to complete implementing the Forum’s recommendations as soon as possible.

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Government urged to improve water quality

Farmers should have to exclude nearly all livestock from rivers and streams by 2025, the Government has been told.

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Developing national metadata standards

The following update on the development of metadata standards for the water sector has been produced by Land Information NZ.

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Renwick water restrictions likely in December

Green-fingered Renwick residents bracing themselves for water restrictions this summer should let their lawns die to conserve water.

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Water New Zealand collaborates with WERF and WSAA

Water New Zealand collaborates with WERF and WSAA to develop a guidance tool for identifying and assessing markets for high-quality biosolids

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Rising sea levels could affect freshwater

Rising sea levels could reduce the availability of freshwater in some parts of the country, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment says.

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Water New Zealand calls for Central Government Direction in Wake of Seal Level Rise Report

Water New Zealand echoes the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s view it is time for a major review of how New Zealand is preparing for sea level rise.

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ECan investigates South Canterbury water demand

Environment Canterbury (ECan) is investigating demand for another possible irrigation scheme in South Canterbury.

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IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition, Call for Papers and Workshops

The IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition is the global event for water professionals covering the full water cycle. The World Water Congress & Exhibition will create new insights into how pioneering science, technological innovation and leading practices shape the major transformation in water management that is underway. As the Congress rotates through cities and countries each event has an extra emphasis on issues of specific interest to the region.

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Oxfam Water Challenge 2016 - Water New Zealand Board Team

Oxfam launched the Oxfam Water Challenge 2016 at our recent conference – The Water New Zealand Board has decided to put its money where its mouth is, and take part. Would you and some colleagues like to take us on?

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Scirt errors cause massive water loss in Christchurch

About 12 million litres of water went down Christchurch drains in 2014 because of damage caused by road works, demolitions and construction.

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Raetihi water OK despite sour taste, smell

Water in a small North Island town might smell and taste funny, but it's still safe to drink, Ruapehu District Council says.

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Councillors vote to buy water from Ruataniwha dam

The Central Hawke's Bay District Council has agreed at a secret meeting to buy water from Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme subject to further due diligence and public consultation.

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State Highway Stormwater Specification

The Transport Agency has released the draft State Highway Stormwater Specification for internal and external consultation.

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An Affordable Drop? Drinking Water Legislation

We've finally got to the pointy end of complying with the 2007 drinking-water legislation. Lesley Smith says this is the part that come councils warned about, back when the legislation was passed.

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WorkSafe New Zealand Consultation

WorkSafe New Zealand is consulting on draft Good Practice Guidelines on Worker Engagement, Participation and Representation .

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Australian Water Consumer Outlook

Do we think and talk about water only when we are in drought?

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NIWA Updates

From the third issue of Aue Te Piro – Te Waipara kia kaua e Paatu ki te Wai Maori produced be NIWA .

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New water pollution regulations come into effect

Madeleine Farman, Section National, Publish Date Saturday, 31 October 2015, 5:08PM

New regulations to manage waste and pollution in the waters around New Zealand have come into effect today.

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Council falling short of signed Ruataniwha Dam contracts

Updated at 1:53 pm on 2 November 2015

The number of farmers who have signed contracts to buy water from the proposed Ruataniwha Dam has risen by about 25 percent in the past six weeks says the Hawke's Bay Regional Council's Investment Company HBRIC, but still more are required to make construction viable.

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Richmond water quality at national standard

Updated at 3:11 pm on 2 November 2015

Drinking water in Richmond, near Nelson, now complies with national standards following the opening of a $10m treatment plant.

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Water scheme flows into Canterbury Plains

More than half of Central Plains Water's (CPW) 60,000 hectare coverage area was already under irrigation even before water started flowing in the scheme in September.

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Integrated approach the way forward, says Local Government Minister Paula Bennett

The Government is proposing a governance model similar to the Auckland Council for regions that have voted to reject a Super City-like structure.

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WEFTEC 2016

The Call for Abstracts is now open for the next WEFTEC

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Vote to continue the fluoridation of Thames water supply

The NZ Dental Association urges the community of Thames to vote for continued better health by voting to CONTINUE the fluoridation of Thames water supply in the current referendum. "By voting to continue water fluoridation you are choosing to have added protection that fluoride safely provides. Water fluoridation lessens tooth decay and that’s important” says Dr David Crum, CEO of the NZDA.

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Selwyn Council's consultation on $8m water loan closes

The Selwyn District Council's consultation on a proposed $8 million loan to Central Plains Water has closed today.

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Vote to continue the fluoridation of Thames water supply

The NZ Dental Association urges the community of Thames to vote for continued better health by voting to CONTINUE the fluoridation of Thames water supply in the current referendum.

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Time for Authorities to Honestly Front up to Water Problems

It is well nigh time for government, regional councils, Federated Farmers NZ and some farmers to recognise New Zealand’s growing freshwater crisis both in terms of quality and quantity says the newly formed NZ Outdoors Party.

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NZ water quality getting worse - report

The Environment Aotearoa 2015 report - independently put together by Statistics New Zealand and the Ministry for the Environment - paints an overall picture of where improvements are being made and where they aren't.

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Turning on the taps

Water New Zealand is to play a pivotal part in the government's Thirsty Year New Zealand Infrastrucure Plan 2015.

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NEW CASE STUDY ADVICE FOR FISH PASSAGE RESTORATION AND REMEDIATION RELEASED

The New Zealand Fish Passage Advisory Group is producing a series of 'lessons learnt' case studies. They provide key information and guidance about attempts to improve a variety of different types of fish passage barriers in New Zealand waterways.

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WATER NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL PERFOMANCE REVIEW AND THE BENEFITS OF BENCHMARKING ARE ADRESSED BY A RECENT PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION REPORT

The productivity commission has been examining the processes that New Zealand’s fastest-growing local councils use to provide land for housing (including planning, zoning and the provision of infrastructure such as roads and water pipes) and to make recommendations about how this can be improved.

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Standards and Accreditation Bill - Third Reading

The Standards and Accreditation Bill received its Third Reading in Parliament on 15 October 2015.

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NZ's Work Health and Safety laws are changing. Be prepared! Download our free ebook!

To assist businesses in New Zealand prepare for the changes, Manage Company in partnership with WorkPro have developed an ebook 'New Zealand's Work Health and Safety Future' containing valuable information, resources and tools.

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Renwick losing 300,000 litres a day

Nearly 300,000 litres of water is leaking out of Renwick's water supply every day.

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Check, or big costs could be down pipeline

If you're thinking of buying a new house, consider getting a plumber or drainlayer to inspect the property's pipes.

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3 Waters Infrastructure Planning

John Pfahlert, Chief Executive, Water New Zealand

The latest iteration of the New Zealand 30 Year Infrastructure Plan was launched late August to much acclaim in Christchurch.

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Letters to the Editor - Self Serving

The new call by Water New Zealand (WNZ) for compulsory fluoridation (Northland Age September 29) is blatant self-serving advocacy.

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Water Operations Professionals

At the annual conference Connexis and Water New Zealand launched a CPD scheme for water professionals working in the sector.

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Water New Zealand 2016 Stormwater Conference - Call for Abstracts Open

The call for abstracts for the Water New Zealand 2016 Stormwater Conference is now open and will close at 5pm on Friday 6 November 2015.

For your information, abstracts accepted into the programme will be notified mid - December and completed conference papers will be required by Friday 4 March 2016.

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Piping report as important as building report for house buyers

House buyers should be hiring plumbers and drain layers to inspect pipes as they do builders to complete building reports when considering buying property.

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Water Sector to Pool Standards

The project to devise shared metadata standards for our country's water infrastructure arose our of concern over the information reported by councils during the 3 Waters inititative.

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Recent Report Reveals Mixed Performances

Water New Zealand's latest National Performance Review highlights the continued critical importance of water, wastewater and stormwater services - collectively known as the 3 waters.

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3 Waters Infrastructure Planning

The latest iteration of the New Zealand 30 Year Infrastructure Plan was launched late August to much acclaim in Christchurch.

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Concerns about water quality computer-modelling

Waikato Federated Farmers is warning that there would be a massive impact on the local economy if computer-modelling to improve water quality in the region was followed through.

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Fluoride Free New Zealand Statement

Industry Waste Exec Demands Increase of Toxic Fluoride Disposal, Via Nationwide Fluoride in Drinking Water

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High Cost in Cleaning up Waikato's Waterways

The high cost involved in improving the region's waterways is designed to scare people into maintaining the status quo, Angus Robson says.

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Lake Water Quality Goes Online

Information on the water quality of lakes around the country will now be available online as part of an ongoing initiative between the Government, regional councils and the Tindall Foundation, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

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Models look at costs of improving water quality

A group of technical experts has produced computer models of the land use and management changes potentially required to achieve water quality targets for the Waikato and Waipa rivers, and their tributaries.

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Water New Zealand supports agreements between Iwi Leaders and LGNZ

“As central government puts increasing responsibility on local and regional councils for managing regional assets like freshwater, it makes perfect sense for councils to be working more closely with important stakeholders like the Freshwater Iwi Leaders,” says John Pfahlert, CEO of Water New Zealand.

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Water NZ calls for government to make fluoridation Compulsory

Water New Zealand is again calling on the government to make fluoridation of public water compulsory. The call comes with the release of a new Australian study, confirming the benefits of fluoride in drinking water.

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Feedback on water industry training required

Help shape the direction of water and environment training provision.

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Levels of Service Performance Measures for the Seismic Resilience of Three Waters Network Delivery

Learning from the Christchurch Earthquake sequence and other disasters has highlighted the need for New Zealand’s 3 Waters Services to be seismically resilient. In the context of these guidelines the key aspects of a resilient system are:

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Information on Health and Safety for Business

In response to the key findings and recommendations laid out in the final report of the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and the Institute of Directors (IoD) have produced a guideline for good governance practices in managing health and safety risks.

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Freshwater Management 'at Crucial Point'

Water experts have been told ensuring that the governance and management of freshwater recognises M?ori interests is a critical challenge for New Zealand

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Community Invited to Play its Part in Local Water Management

People throughout Canterbury are being invited to express their interest in joining one of the water management committees set up as part of the collaborative Canterbury Water Management Strategy.

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Water Quality Issues and the Sticky Point of Ruataniwha

"When it comes to water quality - are we playing a long game or a short game?” asked lawyer Helen Atkins, partner at specialist environmental law firm Atkins Holm Majurey, at Water New Zealand’s annual conference today.

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Homeowners getting stung with surprise repair bills for wastewater pipes

Homeowners are being stung with surprise bills running to tens of thousands of dollars because they are unaware it is their responsibility to maintain private wastewater pipes.

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Te Manu Korihi News for 17 September 2015

Water experts have been told that a critical challenge facing this country is that the governance and management of freshwater must recognise Maori interests.

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Water Conference Takes on Major Importance

In what could be the most important event in its 20-year history, the Pacific Water and Waste Water Association (PWWA) is meeting for its annual conference in Papua New Guinea from September 14 – 17 to explore critical issues that are posing a serious challenge to its member countries.

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Oxfam Water Challenge 2016

Water New Zealand is thrilled to be supporting the Oxfam Water Challenge this year and promoting it to our members. Have you heard about the challenge? Maybe you took part last year, or want to learn more?

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Water NZ welcomes court decision to reject fluoride appeal

Water New Zealand has welcomed the decision by Justice Kos in the High Court (4 Sept) to reject an appeal by opponents of water fluoridation.

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Water New Zealand welcomes court decision

Water New Zealand has welcomed the decision by Justice Kos in the High Court (4 Sept) to reject an appeal by opponents of water fluoridation.

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Water New Zealand wants more iwi-council cooperation

Water New Zealand is encouraging local governments to form partnerships with iwi to co-manage natural resources.

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Water New Zealand Supports Agreements Between Iwi Leaders and LGNZ

“As central government puts increasing responsibility on local and regional councils for managing regional assets like freshwater, it makes perfect sense for councils to be working more closely with important stakeholders like the Freshwater Iwi Leaders,” says John Pfahlert, CEO of Water New Zealand.

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Water New Zealand applauds council and iwi for first

Water New Zealandis applauding Gisborne District Council and Ngati Porou for working together in forming an agreement, the first of its kind, in relation to the co-management of the Waiapu River under the Resource Management Act.

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Health and Safety Reform Bill passes

The Health and Safety Reform Bill passed its third reading at parliament yesterday.

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Fresh clean water free to Manaia and Opunake primary schools

Cool, clear, quality water is finally on tap at Manaia and Opunake Primary Schools.

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Water New Zealand Welcomes Government’s 30 Year Infrastructure Plan

Water New Zealand welcomes the Government’s initiatives for better developing and maintaining New Zealand’s 3 waters infrastructure announced today as part of the 30 Year Infrastructure Plan 2015.

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Oxfam Water Challenge 2016

The Oxfam Water Challenge is back for 2016! MWH Global walked away with the coveted trophy and a trip to the Pacific to see some of Oxfam’s WASH work in action last year – but now it’s your turn to steal the title of Oxfam Water Challenge Champions of 2016 and win a trip for yourself!

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Status of the drinking water database project

The Ministry of Health has been looking to update the current Water Information for New Zealand (WINZ) database.

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Water New Zealand Supportive of Final Round of Drinking Water Subsidies for Small Communities – Urges for Further Funding

Water New Zealand believes that the $10 million in drinking water subsidies just issued in the final round of the Government’s scheme is an essential part of assisting New Zealand’s small communities.

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Water New Zealand Congratulates Central Plains Water Stage 1

Water New Zealand congratulates Central Plains Water on the satisfactory completion of Stage 1 of the project on time.

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Water New Zealand Calls for Government to Legislate Fluoridation in Drinking Water

Water New Zealand is encouraged by a recent report written by two New Zealand dental scientists which reveals that the majority of the public see the benefits of fluoride in drinking water.

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Water New Zealand Supports Councils’ Collaboration on Water Resilience

Water New Zealand supports the Wellington Water Committee’s move to taking a collaborative and regional approach to the challenge of getting Wellington’s water network up and running after a major incident announced today (Friday August 28, 2015).

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Water New Zealand Welcomes Court Decision

Water New Zealand welcomes court decision to reject appeal by fluoride opponents