Water New Zealand’s 58th Annual Conference & Expo will be held at Rotorua Energy Events Centre from 19–21 October 2016.

Demographically, New Zealand faces a number of challenges. While some of our regions are facing significant growth, others have reducing populations, an increasing number of residents on fixed incomes, and aging assets.

How then can we get on a pathway to excellence? This year’s event will explore innovative ways to mitigate the range of challenges the water sector faces.


Welcome message from Water New Zealand’s chief executive

John Pfahlert, Chief Executive, Water New Zealand

It is my pleasure to announce that Water New Zealand’s 58th Annual Conference & Expo will be held at Rotorua Energy Events Centre from 19–21 October 2016.

Pathways to Excellence

The theme for this conference is Pathways to Excellence. As you know, 3 waters administration in New Zealand is managed by city and district council who face a challenge to deliver first world 3 waters management in an environment where the population is either falling or static, and the available financial resources are declining. The government has recognised that better information is required if we are to improve as a sector, and it is funding the development of new data standards to be used by councils.

We’ll explore these issues in more depth, including a topic for discussion on “moving to excellence in service delivery”. We are working on our programme to ensure it includes an impressive line-up of keynote speakers and abstracts that cover a wide range of water topics.

This conference will bring together like-minded professionals to share experiences and knowledge and to build new relationships. I expect at least one international keynote speaker to attend the event.

Join us in Rotorua this October

I invite you to participate in this conference as delegates, and hope that you enjoy what Rotorua and its region has to offer.

Look forward to you joining us from 19 October.

John Pfahlert
Chief Executive, Water New Zealand

Conference & Expo 2016 key dates

Expo sales open 7 March – Multi Sites 3+
8 March – 2 Sites
9 March –  General sales
Call for Abstracts open 15 March
Call for Abstracts closes 15 April
Registrations open 29 June
Earlybird registration closes 29 August
Water New Zealand Conference and Expo 19 – 21 October

view the preliminary conference programme