Wednesday 22nd July 2020, commencing at 4.00pm

The 2020 Annual General Meeting of the Water Industry Operations Group of New Zealand Incorporated will be held via Zoom as our online platform.

Financial members to register their interest in attending the AGM by Thursday 16th July 2020 at [email protected]. You will then receive a link to the online platform prior on Friday 17th July 2020. 

Minutes from the previous AGM & financial statement will be sent to members prior to the 2020 AGM.

General business to be submitted to [email protected] by Wednesday 15th July 2020.

Agenda for Meeting

  • Chairperson’s Welcome, Open Meeting
  • Apologies
  • Confirmation of Previous Minutes – AGM held at Addington Raceway & Events Centre, 75 Jack Hinton Drive, Addington, Christchurch 8024 on 9th May 2019
  • Matters Arising from the previous minutes
  • Correspondence
  • Chairperson’s Report
  • EO Report
  • Treasurer’s Report / Financial Statement
  • Committee Election Results
  • General Business
  • Next Meeting Date


Nominations for Committee members opens on Thursday 11th June 2020 and will close on Tuesday 7th July 2020. 

Only a Member of the Group shall be eligible to be elected to the Committee of the Group at the Annual General Meeting.

A nomination form shall be lodged in writing with the Executive Officer, signed by the Member, proposer and seconder, at least fourteen days before the Annual General Meeting at which the election is to take place. Nominations to be sent to [email protected]

Once nominations are received and if an election is required, we will run the election online from Wednesday 8th July to Monday 20th July 2020.  Current financial members will be sent a link to the voting form. 

The results of the committee nominations will be presented at the AGM on Wednesday 22nd July 2020.

Water Industry Professionals Association (WIPA) Update

On Wednesday 20th May 2020, Water NZ held an online webinar to update members on the industry initiatives in training & development which included a presentation on WIPA by Nick Hewer-Hewitt.

Please refer to the link below for the recording of webinar.

WIPA Webinar

Also attached is a copy of Nick’s WIPA presentation.

Dr. Jan Gregor - Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit

Added 5th June 2020

For services to water safety and public health

Dr Jan Gregor has made significant contributions to water safety in New Zealand and the wider Pacific region.

Dr Gregor is a Senior Science Leader with the Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd (ESR) Risk Assessments and Social Systems Group. She is the technical lead of ESR’s Healthy Pacific Environments Programme and an internationally recognised safe drinking water expert, particularly for small communities. For the past 25 years she has been an advisor to the Ministry of Health in the development and implementation of its national drinking water quality management programme. Over the past 15 years, she has been involved in numerous projects throughout the Pacific region, helping to improve access to safe drinking water for many isolated and underdeveloped communities. She was a member of the New Zealand Water and Wastes Association (now Water New Zealand) board from 1998 to 2004, serving as President from 2002 to 2003. More recently, she has contributed to projects that relate to climate change, including the ‘Strengthening Water Security of Vulnerable Island States’ project and the ‘New Zealand Pacific and Development Climate Action Plan 2019-2022’.

2020 NZ Order of Merit Honours List

Ian Hyland

Added 21st May 2020
It is with sadness that we need to inform you all that Ian Hyland passed away last week.
Ian worked for Chemfeed and was well liked and respected throughout the Industry, in particular with the operators he came in contact with.
He was aged 54 when he passed. Our thoughts go out to his wife Debbie, and his two sons Alex and Ben.
Ian's funeral is being held at Davis Funerals in central Auckland on the 23rd May from 10.25am to 11.55am. The funeral will be live streamed. So if you wish to pay your respects and say goodbye to Ian, then please click on
Thanks all

Government Announcement on the 3 Waters Review

By Nick Hewer-Hewit 
Added 20 Aug 2019 

The main elements of the Government’s announcement are as follows:

  • A central, dedicated water regulator
  • Stronger requirements to manage risks to drinking water safety
  • Stronger, centralised approach to drinking water compliance, monitoring and enforcement
  • Extending regulatory coverage to all water suppliers, except individual self-suppliers but including specified self-suppliers e.g marae, rural schools etc
  • Strengthened Government stewardship of wastewater and stormwater services, with Regional Councils remaining primary regulators for the environment
  • A new Water Services Bill
  • Transitional arrangements of up to five years to allow water suppliers to adjust to the regulations, if necessary with support from the new regulator
  • Financial incentives for Councils to investigate collaborative water service delivery.
  • The Department of Internal Affairs is preparing a business case to assess options on who the regulator should be. The final form, scope and location of the regulator will be decided later in the year (September).

A central dedicated water regulator

The regulator will drive a centralised, integrated approach to drinking water compliance, monitoring and enforcement and will be responsible for overseeing the entire drinking water regulatory system.

The regulator’s main focus is on drinking water but they will also undertake some wastewater and stormwater functions to lift performance and transparency of wastewater and stormwater systems.

The regulator will have a range of responsibilities and functions, including sector leadership; standards setting; compliance, monitoring and enforcement; capability building; information, advice and education; and performance reporting.

A significant part of the regulator’s role would be to build capability and capacity across the three waters sector.

Stronger requirements to manage risks to drinking water safety

All drinking water suppliers will be required to provide safe drinking water, comply with the drinking water standards and protect drinking water sources by taking a multibarrier approach to drinking water safety, and improvement to water safety planning.

Exemptions for residual treatment (chlorination) may be available if the supplier can demonstrate that all risks to the safety of the water are being managed appropriately.

A stronger, centralised approach to drinking water compliance, monitoring and enforcement

The regulator will have the ability to support suppliers to comply with their regulatory obligations, and to act to address non-compliance.

The regulator will be provided with a broad range of compliance, monitoring and enforcement tools including providing assistance and advice to suppliers, requiring suppliers to provide information, minor penalties in the form of instant fines and infringement notices, civil enforcement, criminal enforcement, accreditation for drinking water suppliers and registration and licensing for certain workers.

In the event of non-performance, the regulator will be able to appoint a statutory manager or accredited provider or require a drinking water supplier to transfer the management of its operations to another supplier, on a long-term basis.

Extending regulatory coverage to all water suppliers, except individual self-suppliers

There will be an obligation on territorial authorities to inform themselves about the supplies of drinking water to communities across their districts – including all non-council suppliers (with exceptions) eg. schools, marae and small business. Where there is non-compliance, territorial authorities must work with the suppliers and the regulator to find solutions.

Lifting the performance of wastewater and stormwater systems and providing greater transparency

Measures to improve the environmental regulation and performance of wastewater and stormwater systems include:  

  • A new national environmental standard for wastewater discharges and managed overflows
  • New obligations on wastewater and stormwater network operators to manage risks to people, property and the environment associated with the operation of their infrastructure (including through a risk management approach similar to that for drinking water)
  • The development of national guidance to improve the regulation and design of stormwater systems
  • A new requirement for wastewater and stormwater network operators to report annually on a set of nationally-prescribed environmental performance metrics including the status of active and expired discharge consents, and the anticipated timeframes for renewals.
  • The new regulatory requirements above will be progressed through the Ministry for the Environment’s Essential Freshwater programme.

National-level oversight relating to wastewater and stormwater regulation

The regulator will monitor and audit the risk management practices (including consent renewals) and will administer the performance metric scheme. It will also identify and monitor emerging contaminants in drinking water, wastewater and stormwater.

The regulator will provide national guidance for local authorities regarding the compliance, monitoring and enforcement approaches to be used for wastewater and stormwater network operators. Regional Councils will remain the primary regulators for the environment with enforcement expectations set by the regulator.

Regional councils will report annual trends in source water quality and quantity and assess the effectiveness of actions taken to manage risks.

A new Water Services Bill

The current drinking water provisions will be moved out of the multi-purpose Health Act and into a stand-alone Water Services Bill.

The Government is aiming to introduce this Bill by the end of the year, with possible enactment by mid-2020.

Transitional arrangements of up to five years to allow water suppliers to adjust to the regulations, if necessary with support from the new regulator

From the date of enactment all drinking water suppliers must register with the regulator.

By the end of the first year following enactment, all suppliers that provide drinking water to 500 or more consumers will be required to prepare or update their drinking water safety plans and be operating in accordance with those plans.

By the end of the third year, the regulator will be required to actively monitor the performance of these suppliers, and take enforcement action where appropriate.

By the end of the fifth year, all drinking water suppliers (including the smaller ones) will be required to comply with all regulatory requirements.

Incentivising regions to investigate collaborative water service delivery

The Minister of Local Government will report back to Cabinet in late 2019 on service delivery and funding arrangements.

In the meantime, a fund will be made available to support and incentivise regions in their investigation of collaborative water service delivery changes. The fund is intended as a co-investment with local government to assist with business case development, due diligence and community consultation in regions or sub-regions considering voluntary change.

The two key cabinet papers can be found at :$file/Cabinet-Paper-and-minute-Strengthening-regulation.pdf$file/Cabinet-paper-and-minute-Plan-for-Three-Waters-Reform.pdf

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