Past Events

Past NZ Rivers Group Events

Attention Massey Students

Date: September 25, 2020

Time: 13:00 - 14:00

Location: AHB 1.35A, Massey University

Interested in floods and flood management? Interested in a free feed?

Combine the two at lunchtime (1-2 pm) Friday 25 September with the Rivers Group Stopbank Social, when we will chew down some serious pizza etc while chewing on a recently recorded webinar of Graeme Campbell (Manager, Flood Protection Department, Greater Wellington Regional Council) giving a presentation to the Rivers Group on ‘Beyond the Stopbanks’. Venue: AHB 1.35A

The event is sponsored by the Rivers Group: Student membership is free with no strings attached. If you can’t make this lunchtime session, join up and you will be able to access Graeme’s webinar in the members’ area online.

Please rsvp (for catering purposes if planning to attend) to my email: before noon on Weds 23 Sept. Please alert me to any dietary restrictions you may have.

WEBINAR: Building successful partnerships with academia

Date: August 28, 2020

Time: 13:00 - 14:00

Location: Online

Effects of hydrological alterations induced by climate change, our improved understanding of ecosystem connectivity and increasing population densification in flood-prone areas require multidisciplinary and collaborative research approaches to ensure healthy water environments and resilient water systems. In this webinar, Heide Friedrich will outline the opportunities there are of working with Academia in the river space, and share her experiences on how academic education and industry requirements can be combined.

In the second half of the webinar, Diego Ravazzolo will talk about his academic research on instream wood transport dynamics in gravel-bed rivers. He will present how laboratory experiments and field surveys help to model risks associated with hazards, such as encountered during the recruitment and transport of instream wood.

Beyond the Stopbanks

Date: July 31, 2020

Time: 13:30 - 15:00

Location: Online Event

Join the Rivers Group with their presentation on ‘Beyond the stopbanks: investment needs in flood risk management’ presented by Graeme Campbell – Convenor of the NZ River Managers Special Interest Group / Manager – Flood Protection Greater Wellington Regional Council.

Graeme will bring insights into his work with senior river managers around the country, and in the Wellington Region. The River Managers Group of which Graeme is the convenor, provides a forum for collaboration and knowledge sharing amongst the senior levels of regional councils.

Recently the group have been working to promote the case for increased central government coordination and involvement in all aspects of river management. Recent government announcements for cofounding of a range of ‘shovel ready’ projects are a start.

However, to meet the challenges of climate change, to improve river ecosystem health and water quality and provide better flood risk management to communities more is needed. The group is advocating for long term commitment and plan to helping regional councils raise the level of performance across range of fronts from investment in skills and training, to improved science and asset management practices. This presentation will provide insights on recent announcements as well as discussion on what the River Managers Groups long term goals are.

Postponed – River Practitioners Workshop 2020

Start date: June 16, 2020

End date: June 17, 2020

Location: Massey University, Palmerston North


local events may be organised in place of this and we hope to hold this event in 2021.

New Zealand river managers and engineers are tasked with working in some of the most dynamic river systems in the world. Sudden and rapid changes in these channels can render control and modification structures redundant, threaten their integrity, or undo months of river control work.

In this workshop we will introduce the key processes driving river behaviour in New Zealand. Our premise is that understanding these processes is key to working with them, rather than against them. In turn, working with the dynamics of the river is critical for effective and sustainable river management, to reduce the risks of failure and loss of infrastructure and capital, and even improve the aesthetics and habitat of managed river reaches.

We invite participants to discuss particular issues and sites that they may be working with currently or expect to engage with in the future, to connect our theory with your practice. Problem-cases in particular are welcome to discuss in a BYO case study session. A full afternoon will be devoted to these discussions and sharing of practice, problems and solutions – the floor will be yours.

The workshop is facilitated by Professors Ian Fuller & Russell Death, Innovative River Solutions Group, School of Agriculture & Environment, Massey University.

Webinar: Water, water everywhere – the challenge of providing flood protection to the Manawatū

Date: June 11, 2020

Time: 13:30-14:30

Location: Online

Webinar by Jon Bell – Manager Investigations & Design – Horizons Regional Council

This webinar looks at the challenges associated with the management of the Manawatū River, exploring the history of the river and how it has shaped the area around it. The presentation looks at how humans have attempted to train and contain the river over the years and the engineering history associated with those efforts. As well as telling the story of the past, we will also look forward and think about how lessons and observations of the past can be integrated into the future management of the river, and how that management is likely to evolve in an ever changing world.

Lessons Learnt from 2017 Rangitāiki River Flood

Date: May 1, 2020

Time: 3pm - 4pm

Location: Online

Join Kyle Christensen in an interactive session to find out about the factors that contributed to the failure of the floodwall at Edgecumbe in the 2017 flood (note – this was presented at the 2019 River Managers/Rivers Group Workshop on Whakatane). The presentation will be 30 – 40 mins with time for questions/discussion afterwards.

2020 NZ Rivers Group UoA Symposium

Date: April 28, 2020

Time: 13:00 - 17:00

Location: University of Auckland Science Centre, 23 Symonds St (Bldg 303), Room G16

Student Event

Please join us for an afternoon showcasing the cutting-edge river related research (broadly defined) currently taking place across the University of Auckland.

We will hear talks of the latest research from students and also hear keynote talks on how river research can be translated into effective river management and practice in New Zealand. There will be a prize for best student presentation on the day, and the relaxed atmosphere will present multiple opportunities to mingle and network with colleagues, students and staff at the University.

Please register your interest here

Important dates:

  • Friday 20 March: If you would like to give a talk, please send a title and short (100 word) abstract by then to Edwin Baynes ( Please encourage your students to submit a title, and if you have something exciting that you would like to talk about then please also feel free to submit a title.
  • Wednesday 1 April: Symposium schedule circulated.

For further information or if you have any questions, please contact Edwin Baynes (

NZ Hydrological Society Conference

Start date: December 3, 2019

End date: December 6, 2019

Location: Energy Events Centre, Queens Drive, Rotorua

External Provider Event

NZ Hydrological Society Conference
Water: Above, below and beyond. Challenges facing civilization   

With over 100 oral presentations and more than 35 posters the conference programme promises to showcase the latest research in the field of Hydrology.
Along with great Plenary Speakers, networking opportunities, trade exhibitors and interesting field trips the conference is not to be missed!

Earlybird Registration extended till 25 Oct.

All conference information can be found on the conference website


11th River, Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics Symposium – RCEM 2019

Start date: November 18, 2019

End date: November 21, 2019

Time: 9am - 5pm

Location: Auckland University of Technology

NZ Rivers Group Event

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Mauri ora ki a koutou katoa. Nau mai, haere mai, ki Tamaki Makaurau, ki Te Waitemata.

The International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR) and the Engineering New Zealand/Water New Zealand Rivers Group in association with the University of Auckland are proud to announce the 11th River, Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics Symposium – RCEM 2019, which for the first time comes to Aotearoa, New Zealand, land of the long white cloud.

2019 promises to be a unique and memorable event as the River, Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics Community celebrates its 20th year anniversary. The Conference will be hosted in Auckland from 16-21 November 2019. 

Celebrating 20 years, the theme of the Conference is “Ka mua, ka muri: Looking back, moving forward”, and the programme will include plenary speaker presentations as well as special and contributed sessions, poster displays, a diverse array of exhibits, networking functions, and field trips that showcase Auckland’s unique natural environments and attractions. 

New Zealand is home to some of the most spectacular water-shaped morphodynamic locations worldwide. The Conference will be held in early summer in the city of Auckland, within walking distance of the CBD, museum, art gallery, parks and the Waitemata waterfront. Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanted holiday islands including Waiheke and Great Barrier Islands. Auckland is boasting three harbours, two mountain ranges, 48 volcanic cones and more than 50 islands.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Auckland in November 2019. Nau mai haere mai! Welcome!

Heide Friedrich
Chair of the Local Organising Committee

Resilient Dams & Levees for Resilient Communities

Start date: October 9, 2019

End date: October 12, 2019

Location: Pullman Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand

External Provider Event

NZSOLD ANCOLD 2019 | Combined Conference
Resilient Dams & Levees for Resilient Communities

Registrations are now open for the NZSOLD and ANCOLD 2019 conference: Resilient Dams and Levees for Resilient Communities.

9 Oct Pre-conference workshop: Resilient Dams in an Earthquake Environment.
Speakers include Lelio Mejia, Paul Somerville, David Reid and more.

10 – 11 Oct Conference: Resilient Dams and Levees for Resilient Communities
Keynote Speakers include Michael Rogers, Elena Sossenkina and Kelvin Berryman

Dams for resilient communities themes

  1. The role of dams and levees in creating resilient communities

  2. Operation of dams and levees in creating resilient communities

  3. Emergency preparedness to ensure resilient communities

  4. Environmental and social benefits and impacts

Resilient  dam and levee themes

  1. Design and safety issues for dam resilience

  2. Design and safety issues for levee resilience

  3. Operation for resilience

  4. Construction for resilience

12 Oct Post-Conference Tour: Visit interesting and scenic dams whilst enjoying the renowned hospitality of the region.