Archives for March 2014

Registration Now Open

2014 HeaderDelegates can now register for this year’s AWATEA conference: “The Business of Developing Marine Energy”, which will be held on Thursday 8 May in Wellington, New Zealand.

The conference will be devoted to a wide-ranging review of marine energy developments, both in New Zealand and overseas, and includes a popular networking reception followed by a dinner available to all registrants. The final programme will be released on the conference page soon.

As usual, AWATEA members will be able to register at a discounted rate. Registration fees for this year are as follows:

  • Member: $375 + GST = $431.25
  • Non-member: $450 + GST = $517.50
  • Dinner: $70.00

Click here to register

There are limited spaces available so make sure you register as soon as possible to ensure your place.

White Paper on Marine Energy

AWATEA is seeking to bring some ideas to the political table.  The combined mix of technology-driven low impact energy supply with allied advances in research capability and growth is clearly the sort of thing that an economy of New Zealand’s scale needs to embrace.  Therefore the Executive is busy defining a roadmap for marine energy and has developed a white paper, which is now ready for release and can be downloaded below. Given that it is an election year this provides information to political parties as they evolve their energy policies. We want to give them tangible options that not only secure energy for 2030 and beyond but also act as a critical focal point for building new marine capability in what is the 4th biggest marine estate on the planet.

Call for Presentations

2GHWe are delighted to announce that Green MP Gareth Hughes, who is focussed on campaigning for clean energy and healthy oceans, will be opening the conference this year. Other keynote speakers  will be announced shortly and in the meantime we are welcoming presentation proposals based on the conference theme: “The Business of Developing Marine Energy.”

Would you like to speak at this year’s conference and present your achievements at New Zealand’s only marine renewable energy event for 2014? This is an excellent opportunity to share your ideas, look for collaborators for research or development and be recognised as a leader in this emerging sector.

Submissions should be sent to by Wednesday 20 March 2014. The Executive will review the content of sessions and respond as soon as possible whether your presentation has been accepted. It should be noted that speakers will be required to register and pay the appropriate conference fee.

Sea Week Lecture on Ocean Energy to Electricity

AWATEA’s Co-chairman, Dr. Craig Stevens will be providing a Sea Week Lecture on “Ocean Energy to Electricity” tomorrow (Tuesday 4 March) in Napier for the Hawke’s Bay branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

CraigStevensDr. Craig Stevens is a physical oceanographer with a focus on environmental fluid mechanics in extreme environments.  He holds a joint position at NIWA and the University of Auckland. His use of observational techniques takes him to a variety of locations ranging from Antarctica to Cook Strait.

Craig’s work is mainly about turbulence, stratification and waves – and how entities react/behave/exist in such fluid environments.  From the energy perspective he has looked at how to optimally locate tidal turbines so that they extract energy effectively, whilst minimizing environmental degradation.

In this lecture he will talk about energy in the ocean and international efforts to convert some of it into electricity and how this has intertwined with the vagaries of international geopolitics over the past few decades. It will include relevance to NZ and results of trials.

Tuesday, 4 March, 7:30 pm
National Aquarium of New Zealand, Marine Parade, Napier
For further information contact Craig Stevens (04) 386-0300 or

Entry by gold coin donation