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New Water Legislation Will Transform Drinking Water Safety And Delivery

Wednesday, 29 July 2020, 9:53 am | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand says new legislation aimed at improving the safety of drinking water will transform the way water is delivered and give the new regulator a solid framework to help ensure the safety of all publicly supplied drinking water. Chief ... More >>

Flood-prone Septic Tanks Pose Significant Health Risks

Tuesday, 28 July 2020, 2:54 pm | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand says effluent leakages from flooding and poorly maintained septic tanks pose a major health risk to the community. Recent flooding in Northland has led to raw sewage from septic tanks spilling into parks and a local school playground. ... More >>

Major Milestone Towards Safer Drinking Water

Friday, 24 July 2020, 3:44 pm | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand welcomes the passing today of the Taumata Arowai – the Water Services Regulator Bill. Chief executive Gillian Blythe says this is a big step towards ensuring safe drinking water for all New Zealanders and visitors. “It’s now been ... More >>

Government Funding Signals Pathway To Safer Drinking Water

Wednesday, 8 July 2020, 12:25 pm | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand says the Government’s $761 million investment in drinking water infrastructure will provide much-needed assistance to help ensure safe drinking water across the country. Water New Zealand President Kelvin Hill says there is a huge ... More >>

New CEO Appointed To Water New Zealand

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 10:44 am | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand is pleased to announce that it has appointed Gillian Blythe as the organisation’s new Chief Executive. Gillian has a strong background in infrastructure and regulatory reform. She comes to the water sector after a long career in the electricity ... More >>

Sensible Plan For Freshwater Clean-up

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 1:40 pm | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand says the Government’s Action for Healthy Waterways package provides a sensible and realistic way forward and will result in much-needed improvements in freshwater quality. Acting CEO John Mackie says it’s vital that there is no ... More >>

Three Billion Dollar Infrastructure Boost A Good Start

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 6:50 pm | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand says the Government’s Budget plans to allocate another $3 billion to fund “shovel ready” infrastructure projects, on top of the previously allocated $12 billion, is welcomed but lacks detail. Acting Chief Executive, John Mackie says ... More >>

Water New Zealand Welcomes Funding Boost For Trades And Training

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 6:49 pm | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand says it hopes that the $1.6 billion allocated in today’s budget to boost trades and training will help address the severe skills shortage in the water sector. Acting CEO John Mackie says there has been a lack of training and skills ... More >>

COVID-19 Response Provides For Once In A Generation Opportunity For Water Sector

Monday, 4 May 2020, 4:00 pm | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand says the Government’s post COVID-19 response is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve the sustainable long-term performance of the water sector. Acting CEO, John Mackie, is welcoming the decision to fast track eligible development ... More >>

Widespread Toilet Blockage Fear Through Covid-19

Thursday, 26 March 2020, 5:20 pm | Water New Zealand

New Zealanders’ flushing of wipes is putting our wastewater systems at risk of dangerous widespread blockages. Water New Zealand Technical Manager, Noel Roberts says he’s pleading with people not to flush wet wipes, paper towels, tissues or ... More >>

Don’t Risk A Costly Pipes Blockage – Only Flush Toilet Paper

Monday, 9 March 2020, 3:10 pm | Water New Zealand

Flushing anything other than toilet paper down your toilets is risking a costly and unpleasant pipes blockage. Water New Zealand Technical Manager Noel Roberts says it’s concerning that some people may consider flushing alternatives to toilet paper, ... More >>

Report highlights water challenges faced by local authority

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 4:24 pm | Water New Zealand

The Productivity Commission’s report into local government funding and financing highlights some of the key challenges faced by local authorities around adapting to climate change and funding for improved drinking, storm and wastewater quality. More >>

Taumata Arowai - a critical step to drinking water safety

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 4:08 pm | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand has welcomed the introduction of the long-awaited legislation to establish a new drinking water regulator, Taumata Arowai. More >>

Proposals set pathway for much-needed improvement

Sunday, 3 November 2019, 11:00 am | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand is urging the Government not to dilute the proposals in its recently released discussion document aimed at cleaning up the country’s freshwater resources. More >>

Independent Drinking Water Regulator Supported

Friday, 25 October 2019, 8:51 am | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand said today that they fully supported today’s announcement of the establishment of an independent drinking water regulator as a new stand-alone crown agent. More >>

Water reforms and long term sustainability

Monday, 16 September 2019, 4:55 pm | Water New Zealand

Water reforms and the long term sustainability of water will be a key focus at the Water New Zealand conference and expo this week (18-20 September) in Hamilton. More >>

Thumbs Up for Freshwater Announcement

Thursday, 5 September 2019, 11:29 am | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand the industry group representing three waters services, welcomes and strongly supports the Government’s approach to freshwater management announced today. More >>

New regulator – a big step forward for safe drinking water

Wednesday, 31 July 2019, 6:44 pm | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand has described the proposed water reforms announced by the Government today as ground-breaking. More >>

Disappointing judgement over “flushable” wipes

Tuesday, 2 July 2019, 9:47 am | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand says the ruling by an Australian federal judge that Kimberly-Clark did not break the laws in marketing its wipes as flushable is extremely disappointing. More >>

Growing risk of nitrate contamination private water supplies

Thursday, 13 June 2019, 3:14 pm | Water New Zealand

Many thousands of people could be at risk from drinking water with high levels of nitrates. More >>