Welcome to Industrial Waters 2021


Welcome to the 2021 Industrial Waters Conference in Wellington. Covid-19 has had a major impact on us all throughout 2020 and no doubt into 2021 and beyond as we learn to adapt to new ways of working and surviving during these trying times. 
Alongside the current issues of Covid-19 we have entered a new era globally, where people are speaking up to enact change and expecting governments to do better, reduce pollution,  and provide leadership on issues such as climate change, sustainability and clean waterways. These are not just problems for the government to fix – we as individuals, and as a group, need to step up and provide support, and access to the technologies and the expertise to bring about meaningful change. 

The announcement of the new regulatory authority (Taumata Arowai) to cover all of the three waters sector, post-Havelock North, and the 3 Waters Review is sure to see a degree of standardisation for an otherwise very fragmented sector. How this affects those of us at the coal face remains to be seen, but I for one welcome the change with enthusiasm. 

There is increasing international and local pressure on our industries to provide products that have been produced sustainably, which includes the appropriate treatment of wastes from these processes and compliance with discharge consents. These industries in turn are looking to us for guidance on where to find the technologies and expertise, to meet these tightening standards. 

One of the main goals of this Forum has always been to get Regulators, Territorial Authorities, Service Providers and Industry around the same table to facilitate conversations that will balance industrial growth with Infrastructure requirements and environmental outcomes. This year we will take full advantage of the Wellington location to bring more of the regulators to the table. 

For those industries who are having trouble meeting their discharge obligations I once again invite you all to come along and let us help you. To those that have successfully managed their way through this process please also come along and share your success stories, talk about the difficulties faced and how you have overcome them. If we work together and share our experiences in open dialogue we can streamline the processes, reduce the unknowns, eliminate the mistakes, fix the problems and facilitate more productive working relationships between our industrial neighbours and council regulators. 

As always we will have a great line up of guest speakers and presenters and continuing on from the successful launch at the 2019 conference in Dunedin, we will be running training sessions on Day 1. Please do remember to take full advantage of the invaluable networking time between presentations and during breaks to get the most out of this conference. We are a forum and it is all about the sharing of information. 

On behalf of the Board I would also like to take the opportunity to thank all of our sponsors for their ongoing support, a great event wouldn’t be possible without them. 

Please remember to submit your abstracts for papers to present at the conference – the deadline for submission is 22 March 2022. 

Please enjoy your conference and feel free to approach any Board members to discuss any issues you think the forum should be addressing, or if you would like to become more involved.  

Jason Dinsdale
NZ Trade and Industrial Waters Forum  



The New Zealand Trade & Industrial Waters Forum (NZTIWF)
is an Industrial Waters Group comprised of members from all sectors of the industry including scientists, Regional and Territorial Authorities, engineers, suppliers and liquid waste operators.The group is primarily focused on providing real-time solutions to issues facing the Industry, developing national standards and working together to develop sustainable processes that protect infrastructure and the environment.

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Claudette van der Westhuizen

This event is organised by Conferences & Events Ltd, Wellington, Auckland, Nelson & Nationwide.  We are a New Zealand business.