Water Utilities Association (WUA)


The Water Utilities Association of New Zealand (WUA) is an unincorporated body which operates as a subgroup of Water New Zealand.

Its principal function is to discuss major policy issues that affect the sector and to provide advice to the Board of Water New Zealand.

Membership is drawn from the senior management of territorial local authorities and larger corporate members (consultants, contractors and suppliers). Each council and a larger corporate member in New Zealand are invited to send one representative to regular meetings of the Association.

Recent past events:

21 August 2020: Joint webinar with WSMG: “Establishing Taumata Arowai”, Bill Bayfield, Taumata Arowai
Establishment Chief Executive and Allan Prangnell, Department of Internal Affairs Three Waters Executive Director. 

3 September 2020: Joint webinar with WSMG: “Guide to what a good Delivery Plan looks like” Anthony Wilson (on behalf of Crown Infrastructure Partners) and Allan Prangnell, Department of Internal Affairs Three Waters Executive Director.

12 November 2020 (in-person and online ½ day):

  • Kevin Lavery, Director, Society of Local Government Managers on Three Waters Service Delivery reform
  • Ross Copland, Chief Executive, New Zealand Infrastructure Commission Te Waihanga
  • Update from Water New Zealand on technical advice and training initiatives

25 February 2021: Joint webinar with WSMG: Water New Zealand’s submission on Water Services Bill

28 April 2021: Three Waters Reform Meeting

  • Richard Ward and Scott Priestley, Department of Internal Affairs on transition
  • Water New Zealand Update

24 May 2021: DIA Workshop on three waters - transition and implementation

19 July 2021: Three Water reform update

25 August 2021: ½ day in-person meeting in Wellington: Speakers to be confirmed. Topics will include an update on three water services delivery reform and Taumata Arowai.

27 October 2021: webinar: topic to be confirmed.

1 December 2021: ½ day in-person meeting in Wellington. Speakers to be confirmed. Topics will include an update on three water services delivery reform and Taumata Arowai.

Water New Zealand provides administrative support to the WUA. Please contact Water New Zealand for more information.