Water Asset Management Forum

Water Asset Management Forum 2021

This forum focuses on the technical discipline of water asset management and is unique in the conference calendar.  With the Three Waters Reform well underway, this forum will focus on the technical expertise and leadership needed to make the reforms successful, rather than the governance structures and organisations currently being developed.
We will discuss how to ensure Aotearoa can deliver safe, sustainable and environmentally appropriate drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure.

View our COVID Policy by clicking here. 

Theme – Sustainability

Whether it is financial, social, environmental or cultural sustainability at stake, we need to be making smart asset management decisions as a country and in relation to individual water related assets.  Our collective technical expertise counts for little unless we can live sustainably within our means, this is a key challenge to be overcome to achieve an excellence standard in asset management. 
The forum will explore these challenges, and present tools and methods that can be applied to meet and overcome them.

Benefits of attending

  • New technical expertise or insight
  • Connection with other delegates
  • Inspiration to challenge norms and strive for innovation in WAM
  • An affirmed belief in the importance and value of WAM

About Water New Zealand and IPWEA NZ

This conference is a joint Water New Zealand and IPWEA NZ event and the first time we have combined to offer a conference.


IPWEA NZ represents, develops and enhances the public asset management profession in Aotearoa to enable sustainable communities through asset management excellence.   We have over 900 members made up of professionals who deliver public asset and infrastructure management and engineering services to communities in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand is the industry body for the three waters sector – drinking water, wastewater and stormwater.

We advocate and promote the sustainable management of the water environment and in particular, the three waters through supporting members, and engaging with key partners and stakeholders.

We are the “go-to” three waters advisor, providing independent technical advice and data, workforce training, and delivering and enabling knowledge-sharing across New Zealand and internationally.

Our membership is made up of 2500 decisionmakers and technologists from local and central government, industry, the academic and research communities, consultants and service/equipment and supply organisations.

We work closely with members and partners to support Te Mana o te Wai and the Treaty of Waitangi.

COVID Policy

4 November update - an online registration option has been created to allow those in level 3 to virtually attend. Site tours have been cancelled. Those who paid for tours will be refunded. 

In these uncertain times we are delighted to advise that the WAMF will go ahead on 17-18 November 2021 no matter what COVID alert level NZ is at. To provide this certainty we have adopted the following plan consistent with Government’s COVID Alert Levels as described at 15 October:

Wellington City

Alert level 1

In person


Alert level 2

In person – Attendees will be encouraged to wear face coverings and to sign in.


Additional space will be provided to accommodate up to 100 attendees safely and comfortably*.

The site tours have been cancelled and will be refunded after the forum.

Streaming also available (other regions could be at higher or lower alert levels)

The option to register to attend virtually is now available at time of registration for $495 ($595 for non-members).

Avoidable costs** will be refunded after the forum to those full registrants who use the streaming service.

Alert level 3

Alert level 4

The networking dinner and site tours will be cancelled and refunded after the forum.



Avoidable costs** will be refunded after the forum.


* If over-subscribed, priority for in-person attendance will be given to the earliest registrants, with overflow invited to join the streamed Forum online.

** Avoidable costs may include catering, and similar items, largely depending on notice of any alert level changes.

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