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Three Waters Sector Challenged By Huge Growth And Infrastructure Demands

Wednesday, 7 April 2021, 10:21 am | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand says new data just released shows the extent of the enormous challenges facing the water sector in New Zealand. Chief executive Gillian Blythe says the three waters sector has responded to rising demands with a big jump in infrastructure spending ... More >>

Too many NZers receive drinking water of unknown quality

Wednesday, 17 March 2021, 4:10 pm | Water New Zealand

One in five New Zealanders are supplied with drinking water that is not guaranteed to be safe from bacteria contamination, according to Ministry of Health data. More >>

Water Conference Expo Stands Sold Out In Record Time

Friday, 12 March 2021, 2:50 pm | Water New Zealand

Single exhibition stands at this year’s Water New Zealand Conference and Expo have sold out within minutes of going on sale today. Water New Zealand’s chief executive Gillian Blythe says the three waters (drinking, waste and stormwater) is ... More >>

Water New Zealand Welcomes New Taumata Arowai Board

Friday, 26 February 2021, 2:18 pm | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand says the establishment of the new Taumata Arowai board is an important milestone in the journey towards safer drinking water for all New Zealanders.    The Minister of Local Government, Nanaia Mahuta has announced that former ... More >>

Check For Drinking Water Safety When You Head To Holiday Spots

Tuesday, 22 December 2020, 8:45 am | Water New Zealand

Let’s be careful this summer as we go to our summer baches, cribs, holiday homes or campsites. Your water tank could have become contaminated by vermin or from bird droppings and may make you sick. Water New Zealand CEO Gillian Blythe says in many ... More >>

Water New Zealand Welcomes Local Government Minister Decision

Monday, 2 November 2020, 4:20 pm | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand CEO, Gillian Blythe says the three waters (drinking, storm and wastewater) sector is welcoming the announcement today that Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta will retain her local government portfolio. “The Minister has been ... More >>

Water New Zealand Annual Conference And Expo Postponed Due To COVID Alert Levels

Friday, 4 September 2020, 4:03 pm | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand has postponed this year’s Annual Conference and Expo following the announcement by the Prime Minister that COVID-19 alert levels will remain as they are until at least mid-September. The conference, which has attracted up to ... More >>

Stormwater Conference Open New Possibilities To A Wider Audience

Tuesday, 25 August 2020, 4:09 pm | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand’s Stormwater Conference 2020 gets underway tomorrow and for the first time goes fully online and on-demand. Chief Executive Gillian Blythe says the online move means that many more people will now be able to “virtually” attend. ... More >>

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 >>