Welcome Message

Come and join us for our 20th anniversary – a message from Water New Zealand Chief Executive Gillian Blythe

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to our 20th anniversary Stormwater conference in Tauranga.

Twenty years is an important milestone and it will be the first time we will have been able to get together for two years. COVID meant we had to go fully online in 2020 but we’re very optimistic we’ll see each other at a face to face event on 12-14 May.

Once again we have a great line up of speakers and events.

We’re pleased that the Minister of Local Government, Nanaia Mahuta has agreed to be a keynote speaker. The Minister was instrumental in the setting up of our new drinking water regulator, Taumata Arowai and is leading the three waters reforms.

We also welcome keynote speaker, Tina Porou. Tina is of Ngati Porou, Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngati Kahungunu and Ngai Tamanuhiri. Her expertise is in connecting matauranga Māori with technical skills in planning to build successful outcomes for the environment and sustainable business practice.

These will no doubt be highly informative sessions as we navigate our way towards ensuring we give effect to Te Mana o te Wai in our relationship with water.

Zooming in from the United States will be Holly Greening, a co-founder of CoastWise Partners. Holly is a former executive director and senior scientist in the Tampa Bay Estuary Program. She has a strong focus on estuarine ecology and collaborative watershed management.

We’re also pleased that Nicki Green, the principal advisor in the Policy and Planning team at Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Regional council, will be able to share her knowledge and skills in leading her council’s implementation of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020.

Again, the Stormwater conference will be packed with plenty of the latest developments and a wide range of presentations and papers. We’ll also be running our successful innovation showcase where the latest in bright ideas are presented.

The 2021 Stormwater Conference is one you won’t want to miss.

See you there.

Gillian