New Water & Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Training Programme

Enrolments Open February 2018

Connexis are pleased to announce that enrolments into the new water treatment plant operator training programmes will open in February 2018.

This new training programme has been developed through working closely with Water New Zealand, Water Industry Operations Group NZ (WIOG), and key industry stakeholders. The new qualifications and training programmes have been developed since the Havelock North outbreak, and learnings from the tragic incident have been integrated into the programme to enable operators to respond more quickly and effectively to adverse operating conditions.

The new programmes are for people who are responsible for the day-to-day operation of water/wastewater treatment plants and will replace the National Certificates in Water and Wastewater Treatment (Level 4).  Read full details below.

2018 'Meeting Challenges' Conference

9 - 11 May 2018,
Convention & Function Centre, 
354 Main Street, Palmerston North 

We invite water industry operations staff, professionals and consultants, along with representatives from any companies supplying good or services to the water industry to submit an abstract for a paper that may be presented at the 2018 'Meeting Challenges' Conference.

In 2018 you will also have an opportunity to present a Poster Paper at the conference.  This is a great opportunity for you to show case what you have been doing without the fear of getting up on stage.

Read more on the criteria for a Poster Paper - click here

For full details on submitting an abstract for a presentation of a paper - click here

For a template for your Abstract - click here 

Key Dates for paper and poster submissions


Submission of Abstracts Close:    31 January 2018

Notification of Selection:    12 February 2018

Submission of Final Presentations:    30 March 2018

Awards - Call for Nominations for 2018

Nominations are now open for our strategic awards that will be presented at WIOG's 2018 'Meeting Challenges' conference:

  • Operator of the Year
  • Young Operator of the Year
  • Mentor of the Year
  • Te Oranga Wai.

 These awards recognise excellence across our operations industry and all come with excellent prizes.  

We have some very capable, competent and enthusiastic people in our industry, this is your opportunity to recognise them, by nominating for one of these awards.

 For details of Awards criteria click here or contact

Nominations for all awards close on Monday April 9th 2018 @ 4pm.

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Water Industry Professionals Association

For the latest news on this very important registration programme initiated by Water NZ and Water Industry Operations Group of New Zealand (WIOG) click on the link below


Member status is available to any water industry employee. Additionally, any employee of any company supplying equipment and/or services for direct use in the water industry shall also be eligible to become a Member.

For further information and a membership application form click on the link on the right.

Our membership year runs from 1st April to 31st March.

Annual Individual Member Fee $35.00 incl GST.

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