Welcome Message

Thank you for helping us celebrate our 20th anniversary – a message from Water New Zealand Chief Executive Gillian Blythe

What a fantastic Stormwater 2021 conference in Tauranga – and a record attendance!

It was privilege to meet so many members, delegates and exhibitors at Baypark, especially after COVID restrictions meant that last year’s conference had to go online.

Stormwater 2021 certainly reinforces what we all know – that while technology is great, nothing beats a face to face get together.

I particularly enjoyed the many rich and varied conversations during some of the more informal sessions as well as learning about the innovative, cutting edge stormwater management solutions that so many of you are working on.

Once again, we were very fortunate be able to listen to an update from Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta on the Government’s approach to the three waters reforms along with other keynote speakers Tina Porou and Holly Greening. Nicki Green and Wally Potts provided great local perspectives.

Of course we could not run our conferences without the support of our conference partners –  our premier partner Stormwater360 as well as Dutton Stormwater, Stantec, Intergroup and Instrumatics  – thank you to all.

I look forward to catching up with you again next year (18-20 May) at the new Te Pai Convention Centre in Christchurch  – that’s if I don’t see you before at the Water Zealand  Conference and Expo in Hamilton (September 21-23) – another great event you don’t want to miss!

Ngā mihi nui,

Gillian