Welcome to
NZHS, HWRS & Rivers Group 2016

The New Zealand Hydrological Society, Engineers Australia’s National Committee on Water Engineering & IPENZ Rivers Group, are pleased to invite delegates to attend the 2016 joint Conference for NZ Hydrological Society, Australian Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium and IPENZ Rivers Group.  The Conference is being held in Queenstown, New Zealand from 28 November - 2 December 2016.

The Conference promises to be an unforgettable event that will bring together over 400 delegates, who represent all levels of government, universities, students, researchers, contractors, suppliers and consultants.

The theme of the Conference is “Water, Infrastructure and the Environment”. Over 4 days, Conference delegates will hear from leading experts in hydrology and will include concurrent oral papers and poster presentations which form a major part of the conference programme.

Just a reminder that the conference dinner is on the evening of Thursday the 1st of December. The dinner venue is the restaurant at the top of Queenstowns spectacular Skyline Gondola. 

We look forward to seeing you in Queenstown in 2016.

Charles Pearson - NIWA and Mark Babister - WMA Water
2016 Conference Convenors

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Over 300 Abstracts Received

We have received abstracts covering the following themes, this promises to come together in an informative and interesting programme. 

All abstract acceptance notification emails have now been sent. If you have any questions, or need any further information, please email
Water Infrastructure
- Storage
- Dams
- Irrigation
- Administration
- Policy
- Climate change
- Rainfall Issues
Urban Hydrology
- Water usage, supply, etc
- Stormwater, WSUD, SUDS etc
- Design, ARR
- Historical, Paleo
- Management
- Policy
Water Resources
- Surface Water
- Groundwater
- Soil / Vadose Zone
- Surface/Groundwater connectivity
- Policy
Water Quality / Environmental
- Ecohydology / Eco-hydraulics
- Transport and Transformation of Contaminants
- Land Use Effects
- Monitoring and Management
- Informatics in hydrology
- Data delivery

Keynote Speakers

Peter Goodwin    |  Idaho University

Peter Goodwin is the founding director of the Center for Ecohydraulics Research at the University of Idaho, an interdisciplinary group working on the simulation of ecological response to management actions or changes in physical processes of rivers, lakes, estuaries and wetlands. His research interests are in modeling physical processes in natural and disturbed aquatic systems, and quantifying benefits of restoration activities. These activities include the River Basin Assessment Framework (RBAF) to evaluate the sustainability of river systems under different management scenarios. Goodwin has participated in river restoration, coastal wetland sustainability, flood control and sediment management projects throughout California and the Columbia River Basin. He has served on the Science Board for Coastal Louisiana. International studies include the Lake Amatitlan watershed in Guatemala and he has been part of the multi-national Patagonian Ecosystems Research Center (CIEP) in Chile since 2003. He has undertaken numerous modeling studies of estuarine, coastal and tidal wetland systems, including Mugu Lagoon, San Elijo Lagoon, Venice Lagoon, San Dieguito Lagoon, the Russian River Estuary, Napa Salt Ponds and Delaware Bay.

Jen Crawford    |  LL.B/BA (Hons), CMInstD

Partner at Anderson Lloyd, Chair of The Arts Centre of Christchurch Trust Board, Director of Regenerate Christchurch, Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors, member of Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga and the Resource Management Law Association of New Zealand Incorporated.

Jen has 20 years’ experience as a resource management and environmental law specialist, having worked in leading law firms in New Zealand and the UK. She provides strategic advice to clients on project consenting with a particular focus on large scale water augmentation, built infrastructure, urban renewal and peri-urban planning.  Jen is a regular guest lecturer in water law at the University of Canterbury School of Law and also holds an Honours Degree in History from the University of Otago.

Rory Nathan  |   University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Hydrology and Water Resources at University of Melbourne, fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, lead author of the Current National Guidelines for the Estimation of Large to Extreme Floods, member of Engineers Australia’s Technical Steering Committee, the Australian representative on the International Committee of Large Dams floods committee and a member of the hydrology sub-committee of the NSW Dams Safety Council.

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Field Trips

Field trips will take place on Friday 2 December from approx. 8am - 5pm. Prices vary depending on the trip.  See conference website for further details. 
  • Manapouri Dam Tour

  • From Water to Wine Bike Tour

  • Morning only Tour (tbc)

  • Cardrona Valley and Skifield Tour

  • Dart/Rees Rivers Tour

  • Clyde Dam &  Manuherikia Catchment Tour

Conference Pricing

Our Sponsors

A big thank you to our sponsors, check out the conference website for more information

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