Stormwater Conference & Expo 2024

Gillian Blythe

Message from Water New Zealand

Ka ora te wai, ka ora te whenua, ka ora ngā tāngata’
‘If the water is healthy, the land is healthy, the people are healthy’

I’m looking forward to welcoming everyone to Stormwater 2024 – this time at the Tākina Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre in Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

This past year, we’ve been challenged by some of our biggest-ever climate-related events. And we need to be prepared for more extreme weather to come. How we manage stormwater will be front and centre of ensuring future-proof resilient communities in Aotearoa New Zealand.

These challenges mean we need to embrace change – and that’s the theme of our 2024 conference. Nature-based solutions, enabling investment, Kaupapa Māori are just some of the key topics we’ll be focused on to be better prepared for a stormwater resilient future.

I hope you can join us and share ideas with stormwater professionals who are passionate about the positive benefits we can achieve together.

Ngā mihi nui
Gillian Blythe
Chief Executive
Water New Zealand

Toitū Net Carbonzero Event Operations Certification

Water New Zealand is proud to be working towards Toitū net carbonzero Event Operations certification for the Stormwater 2024 Conference.

The conference is all about creating sustainable outcomes, but at the same time we acknowledge that such events have environmental impacts. Therefore, we have taken steps to improve the sustainability of our events.

This year we will be measuring emissions from delegate, presenter and organisational travel, vehicle use, electricity and waste, to purchase carbon credits to this value. The certified carbon credits we are purchasing will be used in three ways – to store, avoid and reduce emissions.

Store: These are usually forestry projects – land specifically set aside for reforestation with strict covenants to ensure the forest remains permanent and is not harvested.

Avoid: These are usually energy generation projects that use renewable energy instead of fossil-fuels, such as wind farms.

Reduce: These are usually a form of technology that reduces the usual amount of emissions produced, for example efficient solar cook stoves that replace inefficient fossil-fuel burning stoves.

You can find out more about the projects funded by these carbon credits by clicking here.

We appreciate your support of this initiative and the future of Aotearoa.

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