Message from Water New Zealand’s CEO

We’re looking forward to welcoming all our exhibitors, speakers and delegates to this year’s Water New Zealand Annual Conference and Expo in Hamilton on 17-19 November. We’re certainly keeping our fingers crossed that our success in eliminating community spread of COVID will mean we’ll all remain at Alert Level 1 and that we will be able to be together at Claudelands.

As always, this conference will be the must-attend event on this year’s three waters calendar.

Many of you will also want to take the opportunity to come a day early (Monday, 16 November) to take part in our pre-conference Taumata Arowai workshop. It’ll be a full day of updates on the drinking water reforms and those attending will get the opportunity to meet members of the Taumata Arowai team including the new establishment regulator’s chief executive, Bill Bayfield.

We’ve got a great line up of conference keynote speakers that include the Local Government Minister, water utility CEOs, as well as “virtual” international presentations from Tasmania and the Netherlands, not to mention a huge array of thought leadership and technical streams.

Our priority is to ensure we have a safe and successful face to face experience but if by conference time, groups of more than 100 are not possible, the conference will go online and arrangements will be made to record all sessions speakers and have live keynotes and Q and As. We will work to ensure as good a virtual expo event as possible.

The Technical Committee has selected more than 100 papers and 12 posters. Session chairs have been allocated. They, like you and me, are looking forward to delivering a great series of conference streams.

Ngā Mihi
Gillian Blythe
Chief Executive
Water New Zealand



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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