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
Welcome to the annual Stormwater Conference, this year being held at Baypark in Tauranga. I’m particularly excited about this year’s conference as it will be my first major Water New Zealand event as Chief Executive.
Our decision to delay the conference this year due to COVID-19 has paid off and now we can all get together to learn from each other and meet and mingle in the one venue.
Over three days, the conference will showcase the latest developments in stormwater management.
There will be two full days of paper presentations covering four parallel sessions as well as a return of the innovation showcase where the latest in bright ideas are presented. Of course, socialising and networking is always an important reason to come and there will be opportunities to catch up with friends and make new ones – make sure you don’t miss the conference dinner.
This year we’re fortunate to be able to welcome Local Government Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta as a keynote speaker. Given that we’re in the midst of the biggest water sector reforms in decades, this will be a presentation not to be missed.
COVID-19 has meant that our international keynote speaker, Tom Schueler from the Chesapeake Stormwater Network will now be zoomed in from the US.
As part of our COVID-19 response, we will this year be offering a hybrid online and on demand opportunity. This means that we can go beyond our borders to an international audience.
However, despite COVID-19, we’re on track for a conference every bit as big and bright as in previous years, so I look forward to meeting you there.
Nga mihi nui, Gillian
Onsite and Hybrid Registrations are still available!
In 2020 the objective of the Stormwater Conference is to provide delegates with an opportunity to:
- Cultivate technical knowledge
- Hear new and cutting-edge stormwater information
- Upskill in various areas of stormwater science and management
- Keep up to date with the latest innovations
- Create business opportunities
- Build their corporate profile
- Network with peers
With a projected attendance of more than 350 attendees, the Stormwater Conference is targeted at the following audiences:
- Regional Council and TLA staff
- Professionals from related disciplines
- Procurement Managers
- Infrastructure providers