WIOG 2018 'Meeting Challenges' Conference

Our 2018 'Meeting Challenges' conference will be held at the Convention Centre, Palmerston North from 9th to 11th May 2018. See the full programme here.

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Conference Accommodation:
The Distinction Hotel and the Copthorne in Palmerston North are holding accommodation for our delegates.  You will need to phone them  as soon as possible, and quote WIOG 2018 to reserve your room. 

  • Distinction Hotel   +64 6 355 5895   or E-mail: reservations@distinctionpalmerstonnorth.co.nz

  • Copthorne Hotel   +64 6 356 8059   or Email  copthorne.palmerston@millenniumhotels.co.n

If you go through their websites it is likely to say that there are no rooms left. 

Awards Nominations:
Nominations will be open until Monday April 9th 2018 @ 4pm.

These awards recognise excellence across our operations industry and all come with excellent prizes.  

 We have some very capable, competent and enthusiastic people in our industry, this is your opportunity to recognise them, by nominating for one of these awards.

 For Awards criteria click here, or contact wiog.org.nz@gmail.com

2018 Conference Programme

WIOG 2018 Conference Brochure final

WIOG New Zealand Water Taste Test 2018 - sponsored by IXOM

The WIOG Water Taste Test is a fun and exciting way to raise awareness of the quality of New Zealand’s drinking water and to recognise the efforts of local water service providers in delivering valuable water services to their communities.

The event is designed to find “New Zealand’s Best Tasting Tap Water” and is open to all municipalities, both councils and utility operators.

The Grand Final of the WIOG New Zealand Water Taste Test will be conducted at lunch time on Thursday 10th May 2018 at the WIOG Conference, Palmerston North.

See full details below on how to enter, eligibility, requirements and judging. 

Call for 2018 Conference Papers

The Water Industry Operators Group of New Zealand (WIOG) is proud to present its 12th Annual Water Industry Operations 'Meeting Challenges' Conference.

This conference is recognised as the major event in New Zealand Water Industry Operators calendar.

We invite water industry operations staff, professionals and consultants, along with representatives from any companies supplying good or services to the water industry to meet at Palmerston North Convention Centre on the 9th to 11th May 2018, to discuss the latest in water industry developments and see the state of the art technology on display.

The Conference Technical Committee will organise the technical programme and has sole discretion concerning the selection of abstracts for platform and poster presentations.  The committee may also invite presentations from other sources. 

Platform presentations will be limited to 30 minutes (possibility of a shorter time frame by request), including 5-8 minutes for questions and discussions.

Key Dates

Submission of Abstracts Close:               31 January 2018

Notification of Selection                          12 February 2018

Submission of Final Presentations          30 March 2018


Who Should Submit an Abstract?

All water industry personnel involved in the operation, maintenance or construction of urban, rural and industrial water related infrastructure for the management, conveyance, treatment, discharge and reuse of water and trade wastes.   

The technical program will cover various aspects of the industry. Past presentations have discussed issues relating to:

  • Management of dams and storages
  • Wastewater collection and treatment
  • Use of reclaimed water or bio solids
  • Consultation and public education
  • Development and application of new technologies
  • Water & wastewater treatment
  • Water & wastewater reticulation
  • New infrastructure projects relating to water & wastewater
  • Project management
  • Asset management
  • Training and safety issues
  • Sharing of operator experiences

Our industry is often involved in upgrading, new projects, new technologies, maintenance programmes or everyday smart operations.

If you have ideas or have completed works that could influence the operational aspect of the water industry, there’s no better place to share them than here. You are encouraged to submit and abstract for the program for platform presentations. All papers are considered equally important to the technical program.

Guidelines for Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts for platform papers and posters must be submitted electronically by email.

Intending presenters should submit a half page (approx. 200 word) abstract outlining the contents of the proposed paper by email to the following addresses: nigelh@connexis.org.nz  and wiog.org.nz@gmail.com

Refer to later in this document for the template which is also available on the WIOG website – www.wiog.org.nz.

Please include the following information:

  • Title of Abstract
  • Tertiary qualifications held if any (to determine eligibility for operator awards)
  • Contract details including name of principal author
  • Organisation
  • Postal Address
  • Email
  • Contact phone number

Selection Criteria

Abstracts will be reviewed and judged on the basis of:

  • relevance to the industry,
  • suitability of content to a broad audience,
  • originality of work (including new concepts,
  • improvements or new research or operational data),
  • technical content and
  • practical application.

Abstracts may be accepted subject to changes being made to the content or focus of the final manuscript. Abstracts with an overt commercial message will be rejected.

Format for Platform Papers

Successful authors will be sent guidelines and a template to assist in formatting their final manuscript. This format must be strictly adhere to.

Authors must manage their own time appropriately and should ensure they complete their paper in time for internal review by their own organisation if necessary.

Delays caused by waiting for internal review is not a relevant excuse for the late submission of papers. To meet printing deadlines, the final manuscript submission date is not negotiable and late papers will be withdrawn from the program.

The manuscript will be made available in pdf format to conference delegates on a USB.

Format for Poster Papers

Authors of eligible operator posters are required to be present to provide a short oral description of their work at a time designated in the conference program.

All poster papers should be a summary of research, trial or operationally based activity and should contain an overview of objectives, methods and materials used, results obtained and conclusions relating to the work undertaken.

Posters should:

  • not exceed a maximum size of A0 (841mm x 1189mm),
  • be easily readable from a distance of two metres,
  • contain photos and charts (where necessary), and
  • adequately convey the message using a minimum of text.

Posters should not advertise commercial services, logos or Trademarks. Specific products may be mentioned by name only in the poster text. Product brochures will not be accepted.

Note: It is a condition of entry that a copy of the poster be provided in electronic format for submission into the conference proceedings and for posting to the WIOG website after the conference. Posters will be included in the manuscript in pdf format to conference delegates on a USB.

Template for Submission of Abstract



Platform or Poster                                                                                                                                                                          

Abstract Details

Title of Abstract:                                                                                                                                               _             

Abstract (approx.200 words):

Contact Details

Name of Principal Author:                                                                                                                                                


Postal Address:                                                                                                                                                              





Do you hold a qualification at bachelor level or above (Yes or No?)                          



Email to Nigel Hesford and WIOG Office    nigelh@connexis.org.nz  and wiog.org.nz@gmail.com   

2017 Conference Best Operator Paper

Steve Watts, Wellington Water won Best Operator Paper in 2017 with his presentation " INSTALLATION OF A 900MM FLEXTEND SEISMIC COUPLING ON A BULK WATER MAIN

Steve Watt, Work Operations Manager, Wellington Water Ltd – New Zealand

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