Conference 2016

AWATEA is delighted to announce that its annual conference will be held on Thursday 19th May 2016 at the Royal Society of New, Zealand, Wellington.


More exciting details will be available soon.

AGM 2015 Announcement

AWATEA is delighted to announce that the 9th Annual General Meeting 2015 will be held in on Friday 4th December 2015 at 1.30pm at NIWA, 301 Evans Bay Parade, Kilbirnie in Wellington.


Nominations for the Board must be received at the AWATEA office (email: by 17:00 on Friday 27th November 2015 at the latest.

Voting forms and more information shall soon be available on the member’s web page.

Public Lecture: Interactions in Offshore Foundation Design

On Wednesday 6th May the New Zealand Geotechnical Society and Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) are hosting a presentation as part of the 54th BGA Rankine Lecture series.

Professor Guy Houlsby from the University of Oxford will be presenting on Interactions in Offshore Foundation Design.

As a public lecture, you are invited to enjoy a selection of refreshments from 5.30pm. The presentation will start at 6pm and take approximately 100 minutes.

The event will be held at The Royal Society of New Zealand, 11 Turnbull Street, Thorndon, Wellington.

Many thanks to our sponsor Geotechnics.

For more details, click here


To book a place: RSVP by Monday 27 April to: Jo Conway,

Annual Conference 2015

AWATEA will be holding its Annual Conference on Thursday 7th May 2015 at the Royal Society of New Zealand in Thorndon, Wellington.

Speakers will include people from MetOcean, Motu, NIWA, GNS, University of Otago and more.

You’ll hear about:

  • Latest developments at Azura, New Zealand’s leading marine energy development (recently featured on Radio NZ).
  • Fast paced quick-talk session Powered by Pecha Kucha that gives brief speaking slots to a range of new ideas.
  • An announcement confirming exciting international speakers is pending.
  • Overview of the invitation-only Callaghan Innovation workshop on Marine Energy Acceleration.
  • Update on the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge.
  • Update on the proposed Marine Energy Centre and its connections with EMEC.
  • New educational initiatives.
  • Round-table discussion on the future of AWATEA – have your say.


Register for the conference here.


AGM 2014 Results

The 8th AWATEA AGM was held on Thursday 11th December 2014 at NIWA, Greta Point, Wellington with great success. A quorum under the rules was achieved and all three of the proposed motions were passed which included expanding the number of elected Board members and the transformation of the Association to an unpaid Chair-led organisation.  More details of the amendments made and the new Board can be found on the Members page and here:

Attendees were also given presentations on the current state of AWATEA, an update from Derek Shotbolt on EHL Group’s Wave Energy Device poised to be deployed in Hawaii and the latest news on the New Zealand Marine Energy Centre. Gareth Gretton from WelTec described several exciting educational initiatives that AWATEA is pursuing, whilst Kennie Tsui from MBIE talked through various government initiatives and opportunities.

Gratitude was expressed to the long-standing board member of AWATEA, present at the Association’s inception, Alexander Malahoff, now standing down from the Board.

The Board would like to thank all who attended the 2014 AGM and those members who sent in their votes when not able to be present themselves.