Conference Update – Thursday 13 August

We are watching developments closely following the move to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 in Auckland and Level 2 across the rest of New Zealand. We will assess the situation again at the end of the week following further updates from the Government.
Fortunately our planning has included a change in COVID-19 alert levels and we will update you early next week if there is a need to make changes to our delivery of the Conference.

In the meantime, stay safe.

Welcome message from Water New Zealand Chief Executive Gillian Blythe

It is with pleasure that I welcome you to this year’s Water New Zealand Annual Conference & Expo – the first in my new role as Water New Zealand new Chief Executive.

In our part of the world, we’re extremely fortunate. Our success in eliminating community spread of COVID-19 has meant that we can all meet and mingle face to face to share our knowledge and be part of the largest and broadest conference and trade expo of its kind in New Zealand.

Having been in the job for a matter of weeks, this will be another great opportunity for me to meet members and grow my understanding of the sector. Already I’m very impressed with the depth of knowledge and passion of the people who work in water. The three waters sector is certainly a dynamic industry to be in and that’s why the conference is such an important event on the water calendar.

The conference programme is incredibly diverse and not only covers drinking water and wastewater but also climate change, international experiences, resilience and more.

Again this year we’ll be covering all aspects of water from technology to management. There’ll be two and a half days of keynote and invited speakers, thought leadership and technical streams, plenty of networking opportunities and a trade exhibition with more than 188 exhibitor stands.

I also encourage you to try to get to the Taumata Arowai pre-conference workshop. This will be a great opportunity to meet and discuss the key aspects of the water reform process with the newly-minted regulatory authority.

Water is a great place to work and our conference certainly reflects this.

Look forward to seeing you in Hamilton,

Nga mihi nui, Gillian

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Major Conference Features:

  • Two and a half days
  • Keynote and invited speakers
  • Five to seven stream technical Conference Programme
  • Trade Exhibition with over 188 exhibitor stands
  • Networking opportunities
  • Welcome Reception
  • Gala Dinner
  • Expo visitors’ morning



2020 Key Dates

July 31

Poster Summaries Close

August 28

Presentations Due

September 16

Conference Opens

September 18

Conference Closes