Marine Energy Regional Research Institute Proposal

Dr Gareth Gretton, Chair, Aotearoa Wave and Tidal Energy Association.

The Aotearoa Wave and Tidal Energy Association is hugely supportive of a Regional Research Institute for marine energy, and the Taranaki region, with its offshore engineering expertise, and its wave energy resource, is an ideal candidate for this.

Governments around the world, including the UK, the US and Australia, have realized that marine energy is one of the sustainable energy technologies of the future, and they have supported this by establishing research and development centres, similar to RRIs. The European Marine Energy Centre in the Orkney Islands of the UK was one of the first, and it has had a transformative effect on the economy there.

NZ has been at the forefront of wave energy developments with, for example, the WET-NZ device, tested in the waters off Christchurch and Wellington. Now known as AzuraWave, it is being tested in Hawaii with US funding. An RRI for marine energy could help these developments to continue in NZ, with benefits for the NZ economy. Further projects are also in the pipeline, and would benefit from the catalysing effect of a RRI.

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.