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Two Dunedin City Council water and waste services staff members, Paul Helm and Kerry Newnham, have won national water industry awards.
Mr Helm (19), a DCC water and waste services cadet, received the Manukau Water Ltd Trainee of the Year award at a recent Water New Zealand conference in Rotorua.
Mr Helm is undertaking an apprenticeship through Water Industry Training, having worked for the council full-time since May last year.
He received a trophy and prize, the latter including a $1000 hardware voucher and a sponsored study trip to view Manukau Water's operations in Auckland.
Ms Newnham, a mathematical modeller, won the Hynds-Water New Zealand Paper of the Year award for making the best technical presentation at the conference.
She received a trophy, and a three-night mystery weekend trip for two, including air fares and accommodation.
Another paper, prepared and presented at a recent Australian conference by DCC water and waste services manager John Mackie, and Dan Stevens, of Opus Consultants, on "A Three Waters Vision for Dunedin", has been selected for publication in a United States-based public works management and policy journal.