Water Journal : Water Journal May 2013
MAY 2013 WATER 41 Feature Article For organisations, twinning need not be just about the soft skill development of a few individuals and some local press articles. You might be surprised by the number of people -- from the very top to the latest newcomer on your staff -- who can have some form of direct contact or small involvement. We at Hunter Water have found the training visits by WaterPNG and Water Authority of Fiji staff have created opportunities for many of our staff to have some direct contact and discussions about their way and our way of doing various tasks. Also the challenges facing your twinning partner are usually mightier than yours. At least you have sewerage for your large urban areas and the electricity stays on most of the time. Their ability to cope with issues and keep smiling can act as a reality check on your organisation becoming too inward looking. Direct contact is a powerful wake-up call about the realities of the broader world. It might be a biased view, but Brendan and I consider that twinning in the Paci c is well suited to regional water utilities where there is the ability to know most people in the organisation. We both met our twinning partners at the annual conference of the Paci c Water and Wastes Association. There is nothing like getting a tap on the shoulder on the nal day of the conference from a big former front rower from a Paci c nation saying "how about we twin". The Ministry of Infrastructure and Planning of the Cook Islands is hosting the PWWA conference in October in Rareatonga, so why not come along, meet some Paci c neighbours, demonstrate your singing and dancing skills and check out if twinning is right for your organisation. WJ Twinning between the Water Authority of Fiji and Hunter Water makes regular use of videoconferencing for expert discussion and regular communication on joint activities. This photo, taken in the Board Room of WAF in Suva, shows a videoconference in which specialists from Hunter Water in Newcastle discuss dam safety and telemetry with senior managers and experts from WAF. MidCoast Water's Brendan Guiney and Wilf Alley embark on an inspection of Samoa's water systems with John and Semi from Samoa Water Authority's Rural Division.
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