AWATEA Strategy Workshop


AWATEA is hosting a Strategy Workshop in Wellington at 9am-1pm on Wednesday 17 August 2016. The purpose of the workshop is to set AWATEA’s priorities for the next 1,2,5 and 10 years and all interested parties are invited to come and participate.

We’ll confirm the exact location and further details closer to the day. In the meantime, please put the time and date in your calendars and register your interest by emailing (so we can gauge numbers).

Register today – only three weeks to go!

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There’s only three weeks until our 10th Annual Conference, which will be held on Thursday 19 May at the Royal Society Conference Centre in Wellington.

Make sure you register today to ensure your place at New Zealand’s only marine renewable event of the year. 

Click here to be directed to the booking form and payment page

The programme and further information can be found on our conference page

This year’s event is sponsored by:


Programme Released

gareth grettonI’m delighted to announce today the programme for this year’s AWATEA conference.

In keeping with the theme of “Global Advances”, the morning sessions will feature a wide range of international speakers giving us an update on activities in their field. These include both industry and academic speakers covering topics including technology, business development, and environmental monitoring. The majority of these speakers will be in Wellington, while others will be in the UK and US and presenting live via video link. Questions and answers will be available for the remote speakers as usual. I believe this may be a first for an AWATEA conference!

This year also marks 10 years since the inception of AWATEA, and the 10th Annual Conference. This provides an ideal opportunity for a reflection on these 10 years, and the afternoon sessions will provide an opportunity for this. I believe we need to celebrate the achievements which have taken place in this time – and there are many – and also examine what our priorities should be going forwards.

I now encourage AWATEA members, past and present, to register for this event. Be inspired again by the global advances highlighted by our international speakers and join in the discussion on 10 years of AWATEA.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Gareth Gretton

  • Click here for the full programme and more information on the event



10th Annual Marine Energy Conference

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AWATEA is hosting its 10th Annual Marine Energy Conference: “Global Advances” on Thursday 19 May at the Royal Society Conference Centre in Wellington.

This conference is New Zealand’s primary forum for professionals and researchers to participate in knowledge-sharing on the latest wave and tidal energy issues, innovation and best practice.

In celebration of the past decade of events, AWATEA will bring together prominent professionals from around the world for a wide-ranging review of national and international marine energy developments.

The program will lead delegates through a series of talks by international experts in the morning, followed by an afternoon session with more of a local focus – a retrospective look at national activities and discussions on the potential of the industry here in NZ. The ever-popular networking reception will be held at the end of the day, followed by a dinner available to all registrants.

Don’t miss New Zealand’s only marine renewable energy event of the year!

Online registration opens mid-April

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