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Here we list material relevant to AWATEA members. We will use this page to inform you of activities, events and opportunities that we think our members need to be informed about or in which they might wish to participate.

White Paper on Marine Energy, March 2014

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.  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.

2015 Annual General Meeting

On Friday 4th December 2015 the AWATEA Annual General Meeting was held at NIWA, Greta Point, Wellington.
The details, successes and stories of AWATEA and marine energy in the past year were presented with a focus on the greatly successful annual conference held in May 2015 which is to be held again this year in May 2016. National and international news was reported to those present including the progress of the Education initiative AWATEA is currently involved with led by Gareth Gretton of WelTec.
A vote on the 2016 Board members was held – details of which can be found here – and Dr. Gareth Gretton was elected as the new Chair.
The Board would like to thank all who attended the 2015 AGM.

2014 Annual General Meeting

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 whilst 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. Details of the new Board can be found 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. Links to these presentations can be found below:

2014 AWATEA AGM Presentation
EHL Wave Energy Device
NZMEC Journey

Gareth Gretton from WelTec described several exciting educational initiatives that AWATEA is pursuing. Details of these plans and the 2015 intentions of the Association will be outlined in greater detail in the Newsletter to be published early in the New Year. A special thanks goes to Kennie Tsui from MBIE for her valuable input. She 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.

2013 Annual General Meeting

AWATEA held its 7th AGM on 26 September 2013 at NIWA’s offices in Wellington. The meeting was quorate, with over 35% of available votes cast, enabling motions to be passed. This included approval of the Annual Report and election of the new Executive. Gratitude was expressed to the three Executive Members standing down for their service to the association and its membership: John Huckerby, Cliff Turner and Garry Venus. Biographies of all 8 Executive Members can be found below. Attendees were also given presentations on the current status of AWATEA, Craig Steven’s visit to MCT’s turbine in Strangford Lough and the latest news on the NZ Marine Energy Centre proposal. Details of the AGM can be found in the presentation below.

2012 Special General Meeting

A Special General Meeting was held at Power Projects Limited’s offices on 6 December 2012 where a vote was held on two issues. These related to to AWATEA’s financial year and to the votes available to Professional members:

1. Changing AWATEA’s financial year from the tax year (1 April to 31 March) to the calendar year. The purpose of this change was to simplify AWATEA’s income tax and GST returns. The objective is to ensure that the income and expenses for the AWATEA conference and membership renewals fall in the same financial year. Members unanimously approved this change (100% or 77 votes cast). Consequently, the financial year will end on 31 December. However, membership subscription renewals will still run from 1 April to 31 March the following year. The benefit of this change is that the income and expenses for the AWATEA conference and for membership subscriptions should mostly fall in the same year, so our Annual Reports will be easier to understand.

2. The second change was to reduce the Professional Members’ votes from 3 to 2, acknowledging that Corporate Members paid substantially more in annual fees than Professional Members and yet received only 5 votes. The votes cast for this change were 68 in favour and 9 against (77 in total). This exceeded the 75% of votes available to be cast at the meeting, which are required to make a constitutional change. Consequently, the change was passed and, in all future votes, Professional Members will be able to cast 2 votes.

Both of these changes have now been implemented and a new copy of the Rules has been lodged with the Incorporated Societies Office. The Executive would like to thank all of the members who voted in the Special General Meeting. The members held a total of 94 votes between them. Our Rules require 35% of the available votes (33 votes) to be ‘present in the room’, either in person or cast as proxy votes. We received 77 votes, which was 82% of the available votes, so the meeting was easily quorate.

Click on the links below for further background information

If you have any questions about the voting procedure or would like to discuss the reasons for the proposed changes, please call the AWATEA office on 04 499 0060.

2012 Annual General Meeting

The 6th Annual General Meeting of AWATEA was held at Meridian Energy Limited’s offices at 33 Customhouse Quay on Thursday 6 September.

The members present approved the 2012 Annual Report, which has since been lodged with the Incorporated Societies Office and a change to the Association’s Rules to include Student memberships. A new Executive was unanimously elected. Members were also given presentations on past year’s activities, plans for the coming year and work done by the Executive on the NZ Marine Energy Centre proposal.

Details of the AGM can be found in the minutes attached below.

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In May – June 2012, the Executive Officer of AWATEA was invited to speak at the United National Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (UNICPOLOS) at the United Nations in New York.

In May 2007 the Executive Officer of AWATEA was invited to attend a UK Trade and Investment Inward Mission reviewing marine energy facilities in the UK. The trip was organized by UK Trade and Investment but paid for jointly by AWATEA, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority and Power Projects Limited.


New Zealand became the 15th country to join the OES Executive in New York in April 2008.

Dr. John Huckerby, was AWATEA’s International Representative and the Chairman of the OES-IA for 2 years from 1 January 2009.

Dr. Huckerby produced a trip report for each of the meetings he attended:

TC114 Marine Energy – Wave, Tidal and Other Water Current Converters

New Zealand is a member of the IEC through the national standards-setting body, Standards New Zealand In August 2007 the IEC determined that it would establish a new technical committee, TC114, to develop standards for marine energy converters. New Zealand became one of 16 participating members and AWATEA was appointed as New Zealand’s representative.

Dr. John Huckerby attended the inaugural meeting of TC114, which was held in Ottawa in May 2008 and the first plenary held in Seoul, Korea, in May 2009.

TC114 has established Working Groups to develop standards or technical specifications for the following subjects:

  • 62600-1: Terminology
  • 62600-2: Design Requirements for Marine Energy Systems
  • 62600-3: Wave and Tidal Energy Resource Characterization and Assessment
  • 62600-100: Assessment of Performance of Wave Energy Converters in Open Sea
  • 62600-200: Assessment of Performance of Tidal Energy Converters

TC114 continues to operate, although only the first of the proposed Technical Specifications had been published by November 2012. New Zealand withdrew from TC114 on 28 March 2011.